What’s on your plate? Mindful Consumption for Sustainable Personal and Social Transformation


24 sep, 2017 – 8:30 A.M.

3630 Poffenberger Road
Jefferson, MD 21755 Mapa

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What’s on your plate?  Mindful Consumption for Sustainable Personal and Social Transformation with Kaira Jewel Lingo and Randal​l J. Amster We will explore how the teaching on the Four Nutriments can help us cultivate personal and social well-being. We will engage mindful consumption in four areas: edible food, sense impressions, volition and consciousness. How does what we're consuming impact how we see ourselves and connect us with what is around us? How do our choices of what and how we consume reflect our values, priorities, visions and our important work in social transformation as educators?Join us for an interactive and reflective experience, as we explore how mindfulness can help connect us to ourselves, each other, and the world around us.   Where: Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center/ 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, MD 21755 Contact Jan at with questions 7:30 - 8:30 am Yoga (optional in Barn) 8:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast 9:00 am - 12:15 pm - WORKSHOP 12:15 - 1:00 pm - LUNCH and WRAP UP / vegan and veggie options   ​ Your Facilitators: Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.  She teaches each year at Schumacher College, an ecological college in the United Kingdom. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Insight tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, from Callisto Press. Visit to learn more. Kaira Jewel “There is only one kind of success that really matters: the success of transforming ourselves, transforming our afflictions, fear, and anger. This is the kind of success, the kind of power, that will benefit us and others without causing any damage." The Art of Power Thich Nhat Hanh "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how well it turns out." Vaclav Havel Randall J. Amster Randall Amster teaches and publishes on subjects including peace/nonviolence, homelessness/poverty, social/environmental movements, and political theory. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Contemporary Justice Review, and writes for a wide range of popular and scholarly publications. Current research interests include environmental peacebuilding, climate justice, intersectionality and ecology, community and sustainability, and the nexus of social and environmental justice. On campus, he works with groups exploring spheres including urban studies, the Anthropocene, curricular development, and environmental futures. His books include Peace Ecology (Routledge, 2015), Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB, 2008); and the co-edited volume Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013).

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