Choose Aliveness - The Garden of Aliveness

The Garden of Aliveness

Choose Aliveness - The Garden of Aliveness

Welcome to “The Garden of Vitality. Nine Keys to Engaging with Life Fully”!

In this bold and lively ten-month exploration, we will learn nine practices for coming alive, finding joy, purpose and meaning, and developing intimacy with others, with the world, with ourselves.

Each key includes a specific practice, mantra, gesture, question and suggestions for applying it in different areas of life.

Although each key is powerful on its own, together, the nine keys create a symphony of vitality, embodied presence and personal power.

They also straddle two core components of aliveness: desire and surrender.

As we are at once individuals and part of a larger organism (humanity, Mother Earth, Life), our life force directs us both towards our highest expression and self-realization, and to the realization and deepening of our ultimate belonging.

Here are the nine keys:

1. Open your eyes. Awaken awe.

2. Play with life. Create your adventure.

3. Activate love. Cultivate connection.

4. Feed the body. Nurture your inner animal.

5. Practice courage. Develop fortitude.

6. Cease the war. Embrace your other self.

7. Create the future. Live in possibility.

8. Say yes. Find your purpose.

9. Be the sun. Give yourself permission to shine.

I hope you will join in this journey of the body, the soul and the imagination!

Learn more about “The Garden of Aliveness”:

Format: Virtual. You receive the video, recording and notes after each meeting, and they are yours for life!

Frequency: Monthly session, on the last Saturday of the month.

Duration: From March to December. 

Launch: March 25th, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT.

Tuition: U$D 30 to $ 50. Choose your donation according to possibility, and in relation to the value you receive. You can make the payment via Paypal, to the following address:


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    Choose Aliveness! Free Introductory Talk

    “Choose Aliveness!” A free talk about the key paths to vitality

    Choose Aliveness! Free Introductory Talk

    What is the difference between living and breathing, and feeling radically alive?

    How can we tell we if we’re being “in the world” or “of it”, trully and wholly belonging to it?

    Can we aspire to grow more intimate with others, with ourselves, with every moment of our lives?

    The answer to all three questions lies at the heart of this year’s course “The Garden of Aliveness”, which present nine keys to unlock nine portals to enlivenment.

    In this free and open talk, we will present some key ideas proposed both by wisdom teachings and scientific research, which point the way to a life of full engagement.

    We’ll also include some questions and practices that guide us into this inner garden, in the company of like-hearted seekers.

    Hope you’ll join us 🌿

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      Workshop. The activist

      The Activist

      Workshop. The activist

      Archetypes of Transformation

      What do you think of when you hear the word “Activist”?

      Does it inspire you, provoke you, challenge you, describe you? 

      Perhaps your mind immediately conjurs up the image of a person waving a sign on a protest march, writing endless emails, or petitioning the authorities for one worthy cause or another.

      All of these actions fit the archetype, but they don’t encompass it.

      With the world on the brink of climate disaster, and so many other social and environmental ills to take on, it might seem that the time is ripe for anger and outrage. But outrage will only get us so far.

      Please join us this Saturday for a deep exploration of what a contemporary version of the Activist can offer us: from deep spiritual underpinnings, to a full range of emotions, to full-fledged creativity and inspiration!

      Come meet our community of seekers and finders, movers and shakers, and all around lovely people from around the world. We’ll love to see you there!

      Tuition: U$D 25 to $ 50. It’s offered on a sliding scale so that you can choose according to your possibility, and also in relation to the value you feel you receive. You can make the payment via Paypal, to the following address:

      Hope to see you there!

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        Workshop. The Lighthouse

        The lighthouse

        Workshop. The Lighthouse

        Archetypes of Transformation

        The Lighthouse is the energy that we express when we connect with that which wants to be born in us, through us, for the good of all.

        It is the force of the visionary, the innovator, the pioneer, and it lives at the dawn of every new creation. As every archetype, it has specific qualities that can be learned and nurtured, and also shadow sides to be on the lookout for.

        In this session, we will explore what it takes to give birth to visions, projects, initiatives, and aspects of ourselves that have only visited us in dreams.

        Tuition: U$D 25 to $ 50. It is offered on a sliding scale, so that you can choose according to your possibility, and also in relation to the value you feel you receive. You can make the payment via Paypal, to the following address:

        Hope to see you there!

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          Workshop. The Bridge Builder

          The Bridge Builder

          Workshop. The Bridge Builder

          In our ongoing series on “Archetypes of Transformation”, we will explore our inner capacity to meet others who think, feel or act differently from us, and to create the conditions to transform conflict into an experience of growth and development for all involved.

          The workshop will include teachings, practices, and suggestions for further exploration.

          You can take part in this session whether or not you participated in prior ones, or plan to continue doing so.

          When: October 1st, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT

          Form: If it’s your first time, please fill this form, so that I can know a little bit about you, your interests and concerns.

          Tuition: U$D 25 to $ 50. It is offered on a sliding scale, so that you can choose according to your possibility, and also in relation to the value you feel you receive. You can make the payment via Paypal, to the following address:

          Sign up here!

            workshop-A Life of Awe and Wonder

            A Life of Awe and Wonder

            workshop-A Life of Awe and Wonder

            Awe and wonder are two emotions that arise in response to the vastness of life, that abundance of beauty and mystery that greets us at every corner, if only we have the eyes and disposition to see it.

            It might be easy to perceive that largeness in the presence of a majestic mountain, an endless starry sky, a triumphant symphony, a poem. But if we truly pay attention, we will find that immensity present everywhere we look: in the silence that follows a heartfelt utterance, in the dream that awakens us from sleep, in the eyes of a child that glimpses its first snowfall, in our own surprising strength.

            “A Life of Awe and Wonder” is a four-week e-course led by Fabiana Fondevila, an author, storyteller, ritual maker, activist, and teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her book Where Wonder Lives: Practices for Cultivating the Sacredness in Your Daily Life was chosen as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2021 by Spirituality & Practice, and her live workshops have been highly recommended to us by S&P’s former Creative Director Margaret Wakeley. Fabiana’s seminars weave together nature exploration, dreamwork, mythic consciousness, archetypal psychology, social work, and essential emotions such as awe, gratitude, and enchantment.

            In this four-week journey into the wondrous, we will scout some very noteworthy elicitors of marvel that are available to everyone. Most importantly, we will seek out the particular orientation of the heart that finds awe and wonder everywhere it looks.

            The e-course will consist of emails sent on Mondays (September 5, 12, 19, and 26) with reading material and resources for further exploration. Then on Thursdays (September 8, 15, 22, and 29), Fabiana will facilitate live Zoom gatherings from 10 – 11:30 am PT (find the time in your area here). She will lead practices for investigating four stations along the path of the journey. These Zooms will be recorded so you can view them later if you are unable to attend the live sessions. We do encourage you to make every effort to attend, however, so you can participate in breakout rooms with fellow explorers. Throughout the month, you also will have access to an online Practice Circle to share your experiences.

            These are the stations along the journey we will explore:

            Nature, a Doorway into our Inner Wilderness:
            What do the weeds in our sidewalks know about resilience and perseverance? What do birds have to teach us about belonging? How do clouds reflect our inner landscapes? In this station we will learn about the many ways in which nature can bring us closer to ourselves, and into kinship with the many life forms with whom we share this one-of-a-kind home.

            The Magic Carpet of Imagination

            Imagination is both a faculty for seeing what is not physically in front of our eyes, and a portal into an inner reality that can be a rich source of inspiration and discovery. Join us in this foray into dreams, inner visions, and the power of creatively reimagining our lives.

            Traversing our Lives by Myth

            Myths are stories that human beings have always told each other to try to shed light on the ultimate questions: What is life about? What are we meant to learn? What does it mean to be a good friend, a good partner, a good person? How do we approach death? Although we no longer have great abiding myths, we all still carry with us -mostly unconsciously- personal myths that guide our behavior. What are those myths, and how can we adjust them to allow for growth and self-actualization?

            The Wonder of You

            No dimension of life is more beckoning, and more challenging, than our relationships to others. We know who we are by seeing how others perceive us, we are simultaneously inspired and provoked by what others ask of us, and we spend most of our waking time creating or responding to our interactions. How can we make this crucial part of our lives into an engine for growth and enrichment?

            Spirituality & Practice is so pleased to welcome Fabiana Fondevila to our community of e-course presenters, and we hope you will join us for her inaugural program!

            SUBSCRIBE: Click here

            Spirituality and Practice / Monday, September 05 – Monday, September 26

            workshop. The Mystic, The Alchemist

            The Mystic, The Alchemist

            workshop. The Mystic, The Alchemist

            The Mystic invites us to enjoy a direct, embodied experience of the divine, and to live from that.

            The Alchemist spins sorrow into compassion, beauty, wisdom, and transforms it into its complementary opposite, joy. It is the archetype of magic, rebirth, transformation.

            Both are energies of deep connection, gateways to enter into silence and a deeper experience of life. Both invite us to live from this perception.

            Join us for this one time exploration!

            When: September 3rd, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT

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              workshop. Practising Presence

              Practising Presence

              workshop. Practising Presence

              Join us this Saturday for an exploration of the first path towards Integral Vitality.

              We will delve into Presence and Engagement, two paths towards a life that is both vibrant and meaningful.

              You can take part in this workshop without previous experience, or having attended the prior session.

              Tuition is on a sliding scale: U$D 25 to $ 50. You can choose your contribution according to your possibility, and in relation to the value you feel you receive.

              Payment mode: Via Paypal, to the following address:

              When: April 30th, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT

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                Kindling the Fire

                Kindling the fire!

                Kindling the Fire

                In this inaugural session, we will explore the nature of desire: how it finds expression in our lives, why it ebbs and flows, the neurology of desire and the influence of the rational mind and the emotions.

                Mostly, we will share practices for sparking desire and keeping that flame lit, despite its changing nature.

                We will explore stimulating ideas, psychological research and strategies, nourishing poems and music to help us connect with our zest and vitality.

                When: March 19th, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT

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                  Workshop: Being desire

                  Annual Course: Being desire

                  Workshop: Being desire

                  “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
                  drives my green age”, says Dylan Thomas in the oft-quoted poem.

                  This is the very force that we will beckon, conjure up and seek to ignite, through this year-long journey of the soul!

                  I invite you to join us in this exploring the mysterious energy that animates our days, and guides our actions, decisions and relationship to others, to Nature, to ourselves, to life.

                  Throughout 10 montly sessions, we will explore the ways in which vital energy flourishes or diminishes in our lives, the factors that influence it, and a variety of practices that we can lean on to design lives of radical aliveness, connection and meaning.

                  Some of the topics we will be covering:

                  The relationship of vital force and meaning; specifically, the three dimensions of meaning.

                  Strategies for designing our moments for maximum aliveness.

                  The role of purpose in the decisiones we take, and in getting some forward motion in our lives.

                  Nine “archetypes of transformation”: three that pertain to our connection with ourselves (Inner transformation), three based on our connection to Nature (Ecological transformation), three that influence our relationship to others and the world (Social transformation).

                  We will resort to these practices, amongst many others:

                  “Lectio divina” (sacred reading) of poems and songs.

                  Meditations, visualizations, rituals.

                  Creative experiments.

                  Suggested readings.

                  We-space practices.

                  I hope you will join us for this joint adventure, so we can find out together how much more alive life can truly be!

                  For information on the first session, called Kindling the Fire (to take place on March 19th), please click here.

                  Format: Virtual. You receive the recording and notes after each session. They are yours to keep for life.

                  Frequency: Monthly sessions.

                  Duration: Sessions last two hours, sometimes we go a little longer.

                  Dates: Every last Saturday of the month (with possible exceptions, which will be announced ahead of time).

                  First session: March 19th, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT.

                  Fee: U$D 25 to $ 50. It is offered on a sliding scale, so that you can choose according to your possibility, and also in relation to the value you feel you receive.

                  Payment mode: Via Paypal, to the following address:

                  Sign up here!