Conscious Community Project

We live in times of great societal disruption and turmoil, and many of us recognise that something radically new wants to be born. This new emergence requires us not only to work on ourselves (through spiritual and other practices), but also to be of service in the outer, collective spheres. Together, we need to re-envision our ways of being, so that humanity may find greater peace and may thrive in relationship with the earth and her diverse ecosystems.

The Alef Trust has been successful in securing funding, enabling us to roll out a 2-year initiative which we are calling the Conscious Community Project (CCP). The initiative aims to build a community of change-makers who nurture individual and systemic transformation around the world. As part of the initiative we are planning to:

Our global research approach

In this project we would like to empower members of our community to devise and lead transformational projects around the world, thereby cultivating the soil for societal and systemic evolution. Local projects initiated by our community members may serve a range of critical contexts and causes.

For the purpose of our grant-giving endeavour we focus on the following, which we have identified as being of critical priority: 

  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Nature, sustainability, the climate crisis
  • Community building and conflict resolution

The grant strand of the Conscious Community Project is open to Alef Trust students, staff, open learners and alumni of our postgraduate programmes, including antecedent programme variants. The projects we want to support need to embrace a transpersonal or integral framework. By this we mean that projects need to resonate with the following guiding principles:

Our vision 

conscious community is not simply one in which all members contribute to the whole. For us, the term ‘conscious’ implies not only a reflective sense of awareness but also a commitment to enhancing professional practice through integrative, whole-person approaches which place the human being in the wider spheres of local, global, and ecological systems.

Learning and research are not simply intellectual but embodied and integrative processes. In the case of our aspirations to create a ‘conscious community’, learning is never complete without realising the fundamental human quest to contribute to positive change, serving the wellbeing of individuals and the whole.

We are delighted to congratulate the following successful projects

We are also excited to announce that we are co-creating a new mentorship programme for Integrative Practice Leaders. We are evolving and piloting this programme with two grant recipients, who are establishing Integrative Practice in their respective communities:

Victor Jivanescu: Learning through Integrative Practice (Romania). A 12-week programme, introducing to Integrative Practice to adults in a community in Romania.

Laura Harvey-Collins: Integrative Yoga Programme (UK). An online course for yoga practitioners, nurturing their wellbeing and integrative development through and beyond yoga practice.

Project leaders are already working with their mentors and getting started. They will be introducing their projects and vision through a series of short articles in The Alef Field, and sharing their stories of the unfolding journey during the year.

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