Upcoming Events

Contemplative Environmental Practice

A retreat for educators and activists. July 24-30, 2018 at the Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico. This week-long workshop for educators and activists explores how reflective practices—such as meditation, yoga, journal writing, art, and nature walks—can enhance our teaching and advocacy efforts. Set in the mountains of New Mexico, we will probe the depths of environmental challenges, strengthen the connection between our personal and professional lives, and undertake contemplative practices that facilitate self-inquiry, pedagogy, and meaningful activism. The workshop will take place at the Lama Foundation, an off-grid retreat center that draws its power from the sun, water from a spring, and much of its food from its organic gardens. Surrounded on three sides by the Carson National Forest, Lama is an ideal place to integrate our deepest spiritual yearnings with our professional and personal environmental commitments. No prior experience in meditation or other contemplative practices is necessary.

North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference

Research Symposium October 9-10, 2018; Conference October 10-13, 2018 in Spokane, Washington. This North American organization focuses on environmental and sustainability education for youth and school students and those who train K12 teachers.

South Sound Science Symposium

October 16, 2018 at the Little Creek Events Center, in Shelton, WA. This year’s conference will focus on “Emerging Science on the South Sound.” Educators, students, researchers, agency professionals, elected officials and citizens all are welcome.

Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences

Inquiring into an Ethic of Place

Saturday, January 30, 2016 (All day)

This gathering, held at the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College, continued our inquiry into ways that our students are considering and connecting to place in our classes. Our participants explored the question, "How might investigating values and ways of life of our bioregion, our home place, enhance our learning and teaching about sustainability as we take up the environmental and social issues facing humanity in the 21st century?" Gratitude to Evergreen Tacoma for hosting this conference! Conference agenda for "Inquiring into an Ethic of Place"

Fostering an Ethic of Place

Saturday, February 7, 2015 (All day)

“Fostering an Ethic of Place” built on ten years of Curriculum for the Bioregion work situating sustainability studies in the places we actually inhabit. With keynote talks and eight concurrent sessions, the conference explored how we are all "placed" in distinctive ways, and how place matters and relationships matter in those places. This gathering was a launch-point for continuing work with "fostering an ethic of place" and its role in shaping healthy communities and ecosystems.  Gratitude to University of Puget Sound's Sound Policy Institute for hosting the conference! Here are some resources from the day.

Conference Agenda for "Fostering an Ethic of Place"

Conference Handouts

Community-Based Research (Lin Nelson)
Resources for Place-Based Research and Learning (Lin Nelson)
Place Based Learning Approaches (Lin Nelson)
Example: Olympia Walking Tour (Lin Nelson and Zoltan Grossman)

Assignments that Deepen Place-Based Learning (Karen Harding and Jean MacGregor)

Links to Web-based Resources Mentioned in Conference Sessions:

Waterlines Project (Cynthia Updegrave and Roger Fernandes)

Seattle University’s Youth Initiative (Kent Koth)

Northwest Earth Institute's Discussion Courses

Curriculum for the Bioregion Curriculum Collection

Enduring Legacies Native Cases - Teaching Cases Collection (Barbara Leigh Smith and Michelle Aguilar-Wells)

Sustainability "Big Ideas" - a website created by Rob Turner (UW Bothell) of the work of the Curriculum for the Bioregion "Sustainability Courses Faculty Learning Community.

Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Sustainability and Contemplative Practice

Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, November 16, 2014 (All day)

This weekend gathering of the "Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community" at The Whidbey Institute supported educators engaged in teaching for a sustainable future and also interested in using pedagogies of reflection and contemplation to deepen and strengthen that teaching. This growing faculty learning community has been meeting since 2009 and continues to stay in touch via a listserv. The meeting's agenda and concurrent sessions.