• Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy

    A Workshop With Lee Irwin

    Saturday, April 11, 2009, 2-5 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • The Alchemical World View

    An Evening with Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Friday, May 1, 2009, 7-9:30 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • An Introductory Alchemy Workshop

    With Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • The Promise of Islam: A Dialogue

    Hosted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Sheikha Fariha

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • Awakening to the Prophetic Call

    A Conversation with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

    Tuesday, June 8, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    St. James Church, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

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Thomas Berry, A Profile

From his academic beginning as a historian of world cultures and religions, Thomas Berry grew into a historian of the Earth and its evolutionary processes. He saw himself not as a theologian but as a “geologian.” Berry began his career as a historian of Western intellectual history. His thesis at Catholic University on Giambattista Vico’s philosophy of history was published in 1951. Vico was trying to establish a science of the study of nations comparable to what others had done for the study of nature....

Sister Miriam MacGillis Introduces Cosmology Theme at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Sister Miriam MacGillis introduces the Cosmology theme at Seven Pillars' Inauguration's Opening Ceremony, Labor Day weekend 2008. Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth. Miriam invites us to see ourselves as a living part of a living cosmos, and lectures extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Seven Septillion Stars

Seven Septillion Stars. Yes, 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000: seven followed by twenty-two zeros. How many is that? It’s the current estimate of stars in the universe based on a recent astronomical survey. More than the grains of sand on the earth.  

A New Story for Children

Thomas Berry, in his landmark essay “The New Story: Comments on the Origin, Identification and Transmission of Values” (Teilhard Studies no. 1, 1978), was among the first to express what many already knew but didn’t dare say—that the Western creation story no longer serves as a reliable rudder. Based on information people had thousands of years ago, it's no longer adequate for today and a new story based on up-to-date information and knowledge inside a larger context, according to Berry, hasn’t yet come into a form that's compelling enough to guide people as to how to live....

A Vision of Holarchy

By the time my first child, John-Michael, was born in 1983, I had already been a spiritual teacher for nearly twenty years. A major perennial topic in my lectures and workshops was love, and I felt I reasonably understood what love was about. But the first time I held my son in my arms, I realized how incomplete my knowledge was. I knew immediately that this new person was going to teach me things about love that I had never known before. And he has, along with another son and two daughters who came to join him as my teachers over the years....

Starting with the Universe

Welcome to a small corner of the cosmos dedicated to exploring cosmology and a re-enchantment of humanity’s view of the world. Traditionally, cosmology has resided more in the realm of philosophy than science. Here, now, at Seven Pillars, the two are seen as complementary, often inseparable. Increasingly so, in fact. Convergence is one of the wonderful things about a world that is becoming ever more complex, but in that process, many branches of inquiry are growing together, not apart.

Cosmology of Love

Photo: David Spangler Please join us for a weekend of exploring love as a force and presence in the universe. We will explore the boundary between self and other, enter the flow of divine compassion, and reveal the sacred presence within our loving relationships, all as we seek to deepen our understanding of the ultimate goal: A Cosmology of Love. The weekend will be a combination of interactive presentation and small group work led by the program's presenters. There will be morning dreamsharing, music, and heartful dialogue throughout the weekend, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at noon on Sunday, at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York.

Sacred Earth: A Global Cosmology for our Time I

This discussion with the cultural historian Thomas Berry about his cosmological and geologian worldview with philosophy professor Ashok Gangadean was originally published in a slightly longer form in Elixir: A Journal of Consciousness and Conscience no. 2 (Spring 2007). For background on Thomas Berry and his contribution to a New Story about the cosmos, see Mary Evelyn Tucker’s "Thomas Berry, A Profile" Ashok Gangadean is a professor of philosophy at Haverford College.

The End of the Age of Religion and the Birth of Symbiotic Consciousness

Through my collaboration with the chaos mathematician Ralph Abraham in designing an evolution of consciousness curriculum for the Ross School in East Hampton, New York, I began to understand that the shift from the linear causation of Galilean dynamics in the early modern era to the complex dynamical systems of our era also expressed a shift from linear modernist ideologies and religions to planetary ecologies of consciousness in which diversity was affirmed...

Sacred Earth: A Global Cosmology for Our Time II

Part 2: Wonder, Interconnectivity, A New Universe Story

Sacred Earth: A Global Cosmology for our Time III

Part 3: Institutions, Planetary Rights, Mystical Economics

The Homesteader Lifestyle: Growing a Nature-Minded Consciousness

Recently I have been studying up on shower curtain liners -- those large pieces of plastic that we buy at grocery and drug stores, usually for under $10. I’ve been learning about how they emit toxins, how they hold mold and allergins, and how they live in landfills f–o–r–e–v–e–r. For years I have been living with old curtain liners, ones that close friends and brave house guests complain about, all because I cannot bring myself to buy new ones in fear of environmental disaster. Now I’m seriously thinking about redoing my bathroom, and am making a sincere study of non-toxic possibilities. And my only question is, “How did I get here?” How did I become someone who cannot make a purchase without questioning its origin, ingredients, and future life in a landfill? Well, I’m an obvious product of my environment, and over the past few years have been heavily influenced by the thoughtful acts of my friends and neighbors, much more so than by the now environmentally-friendly media.

Accessing Prophetic Sources & Wisdom Traditions

Pir Zia discusses the need to access prophetic sources and wisdom traditions for the articulation of a forward-looking world culture. This talk was originally given at the Sufi Conference, held October 2008. For the full audio or set of DVDs related to this event, please visit and for the text of this discussion, please see

The Alchemical World View

This free introduction will present some of the basic premises of alchemy as taught during the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment. Participants will discuss what alchemy is and what it is not, as well as examine the movement from an Alchemical World View to a Chemical World View during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The conversation will evolve into an exploration of how society has now come full circle into a Living Systems World View.

An Introductory Alchemy Workshop

This one-day workshop will examine the philosophy and practice of the alchemists. Participants will explore how all things in existence participate in three fundamental alchemical principles: Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt. These names represent a symbolic language that represents form, quality, and life -- principles that all known things possess.

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