– Walt Whitman
. . . I wander’d off by myself, in the mystical moist night air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars. – Walt Whitman
— Stephan Martin interviewing Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams, Cosmic Conversations
Through an audio-only Zoom call, we simultaneously and collectively contemplate and celebrate the cosmic dynamics of radiance, generosity, and interconnectedness while bathing in the light of the late summer Sun. During this special September event, we’ll bask in the light and warmth of the Sun while reflecting on its many gifts to life on Earth, encouraging us to enter into a new relationship of appreciation for our faithful daytime companion.
While the Sun is shining brightly for both the East and West coasts, astronomer and author Stephan Martin (located in North Carolina), along with meditation teacher and psychotherapist Marianne Rowe (located in California), invite you to turn your attention to the radiative generativity and generosity of the Sun as a way of opening the door to an expanded perspective and universe of possibility. By contemplating our cosmic experience together we deepen our relationship with the Universe, the Sun, the natural world, and each other.
— Thomas Berry
Stephan Martin is an astronomer, educator, author, and Director of the nine-month Deeptime Leadership & Wellbeing Program offered on the Deeptime Network. He has taught astronomy, physics, and consciousness studies at colleges, universities, and learning centers across the US for over twenty-five years. Between 2003-2008 he studied directly with Brian Swimme and others at the California Institute of Integral Studies, out of which came his first book Cosmic Conversations, in which he held dialogues with scientists, spiritual teachers, and cultural creatives on the nature of the universe and our role in it. Since then he has led workshops on the New Cosmology at seminars and retreat centers across the US and Europe and has been active in exploring multidisciplinary approaches to exploring the universe. He is currently adjunct faculty in the Consciousness and Transformative Studies graduate program at National University where he teaches a course on “Cosmology and Consciousness.”
Marianne Rowe is a Founding Teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, an Emergent Dialogue facilitator, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pacific Grove, CA. Her teaching, therapeutic work and leadership focus on healing, transformation and evolution through awareness and relationship — developing Integral consciousness through the physiological, cognitive, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of being. She is dedicated to catalyzing and cultivating embodiment of a New Story for human beings (inspired by Charles Eisenstein) and playing a conscious role as part of the evolving Universe Story (inspired by Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and Duane Elgin). Marianne’s passions include inspiring reverence and reciprocity with Earth and Universe, spiritual activism, and conscious relationship with all beings.
" It is so supportive to have a whole community, from around the world, working together to embody and live out a deep connection to the new cosmology in its ethical and spiritual dimensions. We are the Universe emerging. "- M.J. Zimmerman
" After 20 years of living into the Universe Story, I was reawakened to how truly empowering it is through what is emerging for others on parallel paths from around the globe. "— Penny Andrews
" If you're seeking a meaningful story that explains our place in our Universe and in Nature, and like-minded global citizens, this course may be your next step on that journey. " - David Morton Rintoul
" Everything I have known in life is being integrated into unifying perspectives and connectedness which come like seeds being nourished from a deep space of love, abundance, and creativity "— Marides "Madett" Virola-Gardiola, Philippines
" I am co-creating a space for children older than 7 years old and this course has been granting me a deeper understanding of how I want to position myself and act in this space while deep listening to children. " — Joana Benetton, Brazil
" Being around so many talented and confident people has helped me with developing a children’s book for Montessori Sunday school. " — Nancee Cline
It is all and more than I expected – I am not new to the material though have certainly learned and gained new insights into the wonderful planet we call “home”.
The assignments are doable, interesting, and inviting. I am enjoying the course very much.
Am loving it. The small groups are wonderful. It is such a marvelous group of participants. The networking is fabulous. Love the opening and thoughtful reflections.
I look forward to every session.
I had to miss two weeks and was aware there was something missing in my life, so I know I am finding it really useful and challenging. Also good to make connections.
I am feeling inspired, energized, and more-connected-than ever! I am also enjoying the arc of the course, the meditations, quote sharing, and especially the content.