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Life Itself April Update

Hello to all!  As May floats gently along and the days are longer and brighter, there is plenty more news to report to you. We have been busy behind the scenes at Life Itself, as well making more frequent public appearances on podcasts and seminar discussions.  Life Itself co-founder, Sylvie Barbier has been discussing her […]

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Wise Metrics

We have started thinking about a Wise Metrics Project. What might it mean to measure societies by altogether different metrics, that put wisdom at their heart, rather than economic metrics like GDP? And how might we go about doing this? The Vision Currently, societies are mostly measured against a narrow set of material and market-based […]

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What role did views play in determining the fate of slavery?

In 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, African-born former slave and military leader of the uprising of slaves in the French colony of Saint Domingue, proclaimed a declaration of independence. He, and those fighting alongside him, rejected Emperor Napoleon’s attempt to reintroduce slavery, and attested that ‘we have dared to be free’. 28 years before this proclamation, in […]

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Awami: Spring Sesshin in Bergerac Hub

Written by Valerie – Tenzo and Life Itself Pioneer It was in the community of Life Itself in Bergerac that our zafus settled down to practice and move together to the rhythm of Zazen, cleaning, cooking and eating, and it was in this dynamic movement that we touched the heart (the literal meaning of sesshin).  […]

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HubBook: A Collective Evolution

Me to Inna: Are you a part of me now? Inna: Yes. Me to Inna: Am I a part of you now? Inna: Yes. Me: Weird. Inna and I are huddled on Ilja’s bed, swimming in blankets and giant pillows. A long string of LED lanterns is strung across the wall overhead, casting a calming […]

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Five things we learnt from our permaculture research

By Joe Hughes and Charlotte Peart As part of our time at Life Itself, Charlotte and I were tasked to undertake research into permaculture: its general meaning, and how we could practice it at the Petit Bois Martin site in Bergerac. We went into this task with very little understanding of permaculture, but were eager […]

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MIC camp weekend at the Bergerac Hub: connections across communities

Over the last few days, the Life Itself Bergerac Hub had the pleasure of hosting Les Maisons d’Intelligence Collective (MIC) for one of their twice-yearly retreats or ‘camps’. This group was brought to our attention by Valerie, a pioneer of Life Itself who is also a member of the collective. To briefly explain, the MIC […]

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What’s new at the Berlin Hub?

Once a month the hubs inform each other about what has happened during the last month. Below you’ll find a shortened version of the last Berlin Hub Update. Enjoy! Safety first Winter so far has been the time of big and important conversations between and within the hub(s). One (actually by now two) of them […]

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Contemplative Disposition

I asked the question at the end of Sunday’s Contemplative Activist Sangha call, “Have we held this exploration of Patriarchy contemplatively?” What did I mean by that? What does holding a discussion or an exploration contemplatively mean? I was curious about whether we felt that we’d held this sometimes hot and uncomfortable discussion as contemplatives […]

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Possibility Now

What do you believe is possible? Contribute to the collective conversation by sending us your visions for a better society. With 2021 beginning, we are looking back on a year in which the pandemic brought grief, hardship and anxiety. Many of us connected more deeply to our mortality and vulnerability, our needs for community and […]