Most of the projects here connect sustainability and health with mindfulness and meditation - in different educational, counseling and research contexts and traditions. In retrospect, it is probably correct to describe my work here as a kind of translation work between these worlds.
More information about me can be found here. If you are interested in a collaboration or would like to support this work here, I would be very happy to receive an e-mail from you. If you would like to take part in one of the practical courses or would like personal advice, you will find more information on the relevant pages below.
For university teaching context and in collaboration with dear colleagues I have developed a 4 day workshop that sheds light on the cross-links among sustainability (science), psychology and the emerging field of contemplative psychology and practice. Information is available here.
Since 2016 I have been involved in the MindEnvironment project for the exchange and dialogue between experts in the fields of sustainability, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, among other things. A list of contributions can be found here.
Forests are a symbol of life for a reason. Understanding the ecological connections in these complex, living systems is inherently fascinating. However, most of my work and what it says about the future is rather sobering. I have seen, measured or modeled the effects of climate change and, in particular, our human actions in a number of remote places on around the globe. In order to enable a life-saving change in our 'self-understanding' and our actions, for me the forest or environment and meditation or psychology belong together. Here is a selection of my work on the subject of forest.
An important basis of my practical work is the theoretical, scientific analysis of old texts on Buddhist psychology in combination with modern scientific work on mindfulness, health, environmentally conscious behavior and sustainability. More information about the current project can be found here.
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is a program to gradually learn the so-called mindfulness meditation. For many people, for the first time in life, turning their attention inward and listening to their body and mind and their real needs is the first step. A first step to truly BE with yourself. Ultimately, this also helps to deal with stress or stress-causing situations more constructively or to prevent them from arising at all. This leaves more room for balance, joy and creativity. I also teach MBSR courses as a basis for openness and consideration for other people and the environment. More information is available here.
My Heart Project: Thamal Gyi Shepa (Tibetan for natural, original mind) describes the traditional teachings of my meditation teachers on recognizing the nature of mind and 'self' and the associated peaceful awareness inherent in all experiences. Old teachings, prepared here for our modern life and in the context of sustainability. Over time, qualities of understanding, clarity, openness, compassionate benevolence, and freedom from fear and hope can emerge. For me, Thamal Gyi Shepa is a wonderful connection between personal (spiritual) development and the meaning and happiness in life that comes from commitment to the world and all beings. More information will be available here soon.