Local Nature: Ecology, Crisis & Mindfulness

Our planet is facing an unprecedented ecological crisis of our own doing: climate change. Catastrophe is looming, yet we seem unable to act quickly enough. What can we do? How can we become more motivated to correct our destructive behavior? This workshop explores the use of mindfulness practice to awaken a spirit of compassion and kindness for nature. We’ll provide a brief explanation of mindfulness, discuss why it is difficult for us to change our behavior, and guide participants through fun and easy mindfulness-based exercises around the theme of gratitude for nature.


Andy Wallace, Professor of Philosophy, Sonoma State University

Dr. Andy Wallace was trained in mindfulness at the Mindful Awareness and Research Center at UCLA, and in the cultivation of compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Dr. Wallace researches in the areas of contemplative studies, mindfulness meditation and compassion cultivation. Dr. Wallace is teaching a free drop in class on Mindfulness and Self-Care.  To register, click on this link. Registration: Mindfulness and Self-Care Drop In Class


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Monday, April, 19, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm