Lectures

Local Economy: The Solution to our Economic and Environmental Problems

With Roar Bjonnes, author of the book “Growing a New Economy”

In the past 40 years, there has been a radical shift in our culture in the way we grow food and make things.

We have moved from a culture of sufficiency to a culture of overindulgence, from a local economy to a global economy, from Made-at-Home to Made in China, from saving and storing food to throwing food away. There has been a corporate take-over in our society that is about to destroy the planet we live on.

But there is also a growing counter-movement of slow food, farmer’s markets, organic food and local businesses. But something else is also needed to create a world-wide local economy revolution.

Come to this workshop to learn what that is and to discuss how and why a return to local economics and culture is the best way to safeguard our future.

About the speaker

Roar has been an environmental and alternative economy activist most of his adult life. As a researcher and writer with the Prout Research Institute, he has written numerous articles and essays on economic and environmental issues for books, journals and newspapers. He is the author of three other books, including “Principles of a Balanced Economy”.

“Ramesh Bjonnes is now an important voice for the study of living Tantra.” – Professor of Religion, University of Rochester, USA.

“The writings of Ramesh Bjonnes cuts right to the core of the spiritual journey.” Jai Uttal, kirtan artist and Grammy-nominated musician.

Spiritual Activism: Opening Your Heart to Transform the World

With Dada Mahaprajinananda and Ramesh Bjonnes

One million species are going extinct. A few billionaires own more wealth than half of humanity. How can we transform our broken and unbalanced world? By breaking open our own hearts to the suffering and the destruction and by becoming sacred activists.

In this interactive lecture Dada and Ramesh will introduce the concept of neo-humanism: the idea that economics and politics need to be based on a spiritual worldview and transformed through sacred activism.

This lecture will also include a guided meditation to inspire us into action.

About the speaker

Dada is a senior monk who practices and teaches meditation since 1974, while studying at university. After becoming a monk in 1979 he has actively shared his knowledge and experience, and has helped conduct activities in Europe, the East, Asia, Australia and more recently in Africa. Dada is recently in Europe and will focus on social activism. He facilitates workshops and retreats for meditation, yoga, detox and fasting, Tantra philosophy and other topics.

Roar has been an environmental and alternative economy activist most of his adult life. As a researcher and writer with the Prout Research Institute, he has written numerous articles and essays on economic and environmental issues for books, journals and newspapers. He is the author of three other books, including “Principles of a Balanced Economy”.

“Ramesh Bjonnes is now an important voice for the study of living Tantra.” – Professor of Religion, University of Rochester, USA.

“The writings of Ramesh Bjonnes cuts right to the core of the spiritual journey.” Jai Uttal, kirtan artist and Grammy-nominated musician.

Spirituality and Tantra – A way of life in a contemporary days

With Dada Krsnananda

Most of us are used to a limited concept of Tantra which often leads to misuse and misunderstanding of the word.

Dada Krsnananda, an Indian monk who has been dedicating all his life to self-realization and service will explain to us the deeper meaning of Tantra and what are its practices.

We will also reflect on the concept of Spirituality and the nature of our inner self and how this is related to our deepest desires.

How can we enjoy life, do our regular duties in society and at the same time, how do we fulfill our inner self and take care of our bodies and minds?

All these questions will be addressed in an interactive talk with Dada Krsnananda, who has been traveling all over the world teaching these and many other topics related to Meditation, Yoga and Intuitive Science.

About the speaker

O Dada Krsnananda é um monge indiano que se dedica à busca pela auto-realização e serviço à humanidade para encontrar a verdadeira paz e felicidade na nossa vida quotidiana. Viajou por cerca de 130 países, ensinando e coordenando projectos de serviço social em colaboração com ONU, WWF, Care, IRC, Concern, MSF.

Trabalhou em situações de catástrofes naturais e humanas na Ásia e em África durante períodos de seca, fome e genocídio. Esteve no Médio Oriente durante a Guerra do Golfo, no Iraque, na Jordânia, Turquia, na América do Sul em projectos de desenvolvimento.

Nos últimos dez anos tem trabalhado na Europa, ensinando as técnicas da Ciência Intuitiva do Yoga e da Meditação.

Our world, our choices – Ecology from within

With Prakash Filippo Basso

Ecology and regenerative sustainability are often addressing external symptoms of an internally unbalanced society.

How groups of people, or individual activists can join their hearts and hands to restore this balance? How simple projects can make a difference on a local level, with repercussions on a global scale?

Examples of projects where practical people with a dream in their heart can change society. Bit by bit.

About the speaker

Prakash has been active in the last 25 years in several ecological projects and spiritual communities in Europe, focusing mostly in Italy and Portugal. In the last 9 years he is the coordinator and a co-founder of Ananda Valley, a local development and conscious sustainability project in the center of Portugal.

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