Program Details

Activating the Global Heart-Mind

November 8 / 6:00 PM - November 10 / 4:00 PM

 In the spirit of the emerging gift economy, participants will be asked to contribute $50 to reserve a spot for the retreat and to cover basic costs, and then decide afterwards what the experience was worth above and beyond that amount, if any.  Healthy vegetarian meals will be served and simple overnight accommodations provided


At a time of converging crises and inspiring developments, more and more people are realizing that a major planetary shift is underway. With so much at stake, it becomes crucial to understand the deeper dynamics, and possible implications, of our pivotal evolutionary moment.


  • What is the nature of this great transition?

  • What are its underlying causes?

  • What might be its ultimate effects?

  • And what can we do, both personally and collectively, to bring about a more sustainable, just, and fulfilling world?


These are the main questions explored by author Darrin Drda in his book, The Four Global Truths. Drawing from his studies of Buddhism, consciousness, cosmology, philosophy, psychology, and astrology, Darrin takes a wide—and penetrating—look at our planetary situation and offers a solid basis for hope and even excitement as we all bring our particular gifts to bear in this collective coming-of-age.

This intimate weekend workshop will delve into each of the four truths with the aim of activating the total being in service of the Earth community. Mind-expanding discussion will be combined with heart-opening practices and group exercises designed to facilitate a deeply felt sense of interconnection and joyful engagement with life. 

Suggested Schedule:


6-7:30pm registration 

8-9pm introductions and orientation


8am breakfast

9am meditation instruction and practice

10am talk and discussion

11am guided walk on the land

12pm lunch

2pm visit adjoining organic Springdale Farm, Wisconsin's oldest CSA

4pm talk and discusiion

6pm dinner

7pm campfire circle


8am breakfast

9am meditation 

10am group exercises

11am self-guided hike

12pm lunch

2pm meditation

3pm final talk and closing

4pm return home inspired  


About The Four Global Truths

THe Four Global Truths book cover

"In a brilliantly appropriate application of the Buddha's fourfold Truths, Darrin Drda provides a conceptual structure for perceiving the unique nature of this planetary moment… The book brings such a rich cargo of companionable inquiry and inspiration, I want to see it in every book bag and backpack. I love to think of the hands it will fall into, the minds it will ignite, the hearts it will embolden, so that this great adventure may continue! ~ Joanna Macy, author, World as Lover, World as Self

“With a warm and open writing style, and drawing from his extensive knowledge of Buddhism and the ecological state of the planet, Darrin Drda gives expression to some of the noble possibilities of human consciousness. The Four Global Truths is destined to become an essential part of the ongoing illumination of this wild, groping, confused, but ultimately beautiful human species.” ~ Brian Swimme, Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies

“The Four Global Truths allows us to see that we need to wake up and free ourselves from this dream that is robbing us of our true capacity as human beings. Fortunately, the Buddha offered a path to liberation, one that is now possible for humanity as well. This magnificent book powerfully invites us to choose that path.” ~ Lynne Twist, author, The Soul of Money and Co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance





About the author:


Darrin Drda picture

Darrin Drda is an artist, writer, and musician, a longtime practitioner and occasional instructor of both Insightmeditation and loving-kindness practice, and a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, which promotes ecological sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Darrin grew up in Northern Illinois-not so far from Windhorse, and currently lives in Northern California with his wife, Annabelle.  Darrin holds a Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  

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