A number of groups have now formed to provide training and guidance in integrating awareness practices into social change work in order to improve the effectiveness of and sanity within the progressive social change movement. For example, having trained nearly 2,500 alumni, Rockwood Leadership Institute is the nation’s largest provider of multi-day, transformative leadership trainings for social change nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Recognizing that visionary, collaborative and sustained leadership supports a strong civil society, Rockwood’s trainings are organized around five core practices—Purpose, Vision, Partnership, Resourcefulness and Performance. Similarly, but with a very different approach, stone circles works to sustain activists and strengthen the work of justice through spiritual practice and principles. And the Center for Transformative Change informs, incites and empowers the transformation of society by making the cultivation of compassion and presence synonymous with broad-based social change.
Contemplative practice can assist people in creating together a living experience of a new paradigm of social justice out of which work can then flow, work that creates social justice rather than striving to create social justice while leaving a trail of social debris.
— Robert Gass, Rockwood Leadership Institute
Hidden Leaf is grateful for the work of the training organizations listed below. Please let us know if there are others we should add to this list.