While many natives of the northern hemisphere head off on their summer getaways, our summer months have been anything but relaxing! And that’s not a bad thing! In fact, at EnlightenNext we’re taking advantage of the summer months to make some serious leaps in the future of our organization (that’s why, as you may have noticed, we haven’t been posting as frequently to the blog over the past few weeks!). Here’s a bit of an update about what’s been happening in the world of EnlightenNext:
First off, starting on July 25th, three of our editors (Elizabeth Debold, Tom Huston, and Megan Cater) and many of the other EnlightenNext staff have been stationed in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, Italy for the first ever Being & Becoming retreat led by our editor-in-chief Andrew Cohen. You can read more about the retreat here, but in brief, it is the inaugural event in a new EnlightenNext initiative that we call The Discovery Cycle. Marked by a 3-week long retreat on one end of the year and a virtual conference on the other end, the Discovery Cycle is designed to explore with with as many people as possible the mysterious relationship between the evolution of consciousness and the evolution of culture.
As for the few of us that have stayed behind here at our headquarters in Western Massachusetts, we’re working feverishly to put the final touches on our next issue, which will be shipping out at the end of August. I don’t want to give away too much about what’s coming down the pipe, but we’re very excited to be featuring some great interviews with a wide variety of contemporary spiritual teachers like Genpo Roshi (Big Mind), Jun Po Kelly (Mondo Zen), sufi teacher Aliya Haeri, and Roshi Bernie Glassman (Zen Peacemakers). Here’s a sneak peak at our cover: