A New Republic of the Heart
A social experiment in being the change
An international collective of spiritual practitioners and change agents is gathering to be the change we want to see in the world.
We are learning from each other, we are co-creating new projects, and we are going “all in” to catalyze rapid social transformation.
Is it time for you to join us?
What if you went all in?
If you’re feeling concerned about the unsustainable direction of society, you’re far from alone. Our culture is suffering a crisis of fragmentation, our politics are gridlocked, our public institutions are failing, our attention is being manipulated, and the living Earth, our very home, is on fire.
But are you also feeling a heroic impulse to stand and protect the future of life?
Human societies are nonlinear systems, capable of shifting dramatically, and rapidly. Evolutionary emergence is possible.
So, we’re forging a new kind of brother-sisterhood. We know it will take everything we’ve got to co-create the rapid social transformation asked for in this time. But what could be more meaningful and challenging work, or a more inspiring collective purpose?
We are asked to participate in whole-system transformation. It won’t be enough to commit to only personal transformation, or only deeper relationships, or only social action. However, committing to all three is a powerful move—a new paradigm that will transform our world.
8 Ways of Being the Change
To be the change and do the change, multiple shifts are necessary. We’ve outlined eight essential pillars below. If you join us, you will experience these shifts in your own life and you will see them happening in others.
Relating to all of life as practice and practicing every day
We will relate to life as a never-ending opportunity for practice, growth, and transformation — a conscious and constructive relationship to every moment of living.
- We establish a daily practice through the 5 M’s — Mornings, Moments, Mission, Milestones, and Momentum
- We come to an deepening appreciation of how the practices enhancing each other
- We shift from the perspective of the separate self-sense to Life as Practice as seen from Wholeness
Co-creating higher we-space and authentic relationship
From the beginning of this journey, we will be learning to enter deep we-space by building awareness, trust, and intimacy as well as shared perspectives, values, and intentions.
- We cultivate capacities to see and be seen by others through our Pods, Dyads, special projects and Large Group Sessions
- We deepen somatic and energetic awareness of the we-space and our ways of being there
- We cultivate the capacity to shift from a subjective to an intersubjective locus of awareness
Being of benefit through practical action that influence systems
In a suffering and fragmented world, we will explore which actions will make a meaningful difference and how we can sustain our contribution with integrity.
- We commit to something greater than ourselves and take responsibility for creating consequential results
- We note where we have influence — our own life choices, our family, community, work, organizations & institutions — and take action there
- We learn to convene and skillfully participate in conversations that matter
Breaking from the consensus trance and creating a new human pattern
Our experiment is radical in the sense that we are coming together to live on the basis of an entirely new emergent pattern. We open to radical change — in ourselves and the world.
- We explore what it takes to break free of society’s consensus trance
- We experiment with making wise changes to our news, media, and cultural diets
We consider how we can support one another in our ability to go sane in a crazy world
Being lived by the impulse of evolution, and seeing opportunity in our crises
In the face of daunting challenges, we realize that our future is not fixed. We open up to the evolutionary impulse of emergence and invite creativity and possibility in each moment.
- We learn to see with evolutionary eyes as we view our lives, and this point in history, within the great story of evolution
- We practice going beyond our creative edges and allowing latent leadership capabilities to come forth
- We begin to relate to loss and crisis as opportunities to invite emergent creative responses
Redefining activism as a multidimensional, systemic, and holistic endeavor
We understand that all parts of a system are interconnected and influence one another — and rapid social transformation invites engagement at every level.
- Seeing the limits of conventional activism, we discover the many untapped opportunities of an integral whole-systems approach
- We inspect our own worldviews and paradigms, and work together to awaken from their limitations
- We examine leverage points for catalyzing holistic transformation, starting at any and every point in the system
Integral Soul Work
Discovering and embodying our unique heartbreak and purpose
What does it mean to BOTH awaken from the dream and fulfill our soul’s unique story and purpose? What is the synergy among awakened souls?
- We practice and support each other in listening to the still, small voice of our soul or daemon
- We open to our deepest reasons for being alive, becoming both more grounded and more courageous
- By doing integral soul work in community we discover and explore the resonances and synergies among our unique souls
Living from our prior unity and an interconnected relationship to all of life
Our capacity to create and be of service multiplies when we orient to life as the practice of wholeness and awaken to the participatory and miraculous nature of our existence.
- We practice meditation techniques that enable us to open into samadhi and rest as open awareness.
- We expand sensory awareness of our interconnectedness with the living earth and the more-than-human world.
- We cultivate and stabilize a sense of wonder, joy and curiosity capable of navigating our turbulent times.
How to Participate in the Experiment
Join live every 2-3 weeks—Wednesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 PM PST
- Experience a vibrant, international community meeting in mutual appreciation, collaboration, and committed practice.
- Participate in group meditation to drop in to deep presence.
- Experience teachings that deepen your understandings and respond to current events in the world.
- Join breakout groups for deep we-space practice.
- Engage in community-wide discussion and Q&A.
- All Full Community Sessions are recorded (video & audio).
Small Group (Pod) Sessions
Groups of ~5 people, Every 2–3 weeks, 75–90 min.
We meet online in small groups for deep conversation, mutual support, we-space practice, and more intensive training in principles introduced in the Large Group Sessions.
Partner (Dyad) Sessions
Groups of 2 people, 30–60 min.
We meet online or by phone every week for more intimate relating, more focused support of your practice and challenges, and deep we-space.
"Outer Work" Commitment
If you are not already actively engaged in beneficial activism, the outer work, you will choose an arena in which to engage at least two hours per week. You can originate your own project or join an existing initiative, organization, or cause. (There are so many ways to be of real service!) You are welcome to apply to volunteer for our nonprofit, A New Republic of the Heart, as well. You are also encouraged to share your experience and growth with the whole community in our Large Group Sessions, breakout groups, and online community forum.
Occasional ad hoc Q&A Sessions with Terry
Terry will respond to questions and offer coaching during our primary course sessions. Additional Q&A sessions will be announced and scheduled as needed.
A private forum where we can find recordings, information about sessions, links, handouts, and other support materials. It’s also a place optimized to help you to meet others, connect, share insights and discoveries, ask for support and respond to the requests of others. We can also share our projects, writings, and other creative expressions here. You can also invite others into written or video conversations, and respond to such invitations.
Creating a new human pattern is only possible among people with a real commitment. We are dedicated to growing a community that you’ll want to be a part of for years, but you’re asked to make a nine-month minimum commitment. Your commitment to participate long term and show up with integrity is essential to your own transformation and to creating a deep brother-sisterhood.
Fully participate at 2–4 hours per week or become a supportive observer when you don’t have as much time.
You choose your monthly contribution. We operate as a nonprofit, inviting you to join in a spirit of generosity. We want you to feel welcome to participate, and we also need to cover essential costs so it’s worthwhile and sustainable.
Our sustainable level is $95/mo. If you can contribute more, you’ll make it possible for people who cannot. $65/mo covers our marginal costs. Some participants can only afford a lower amount down to $35/mo. Contact us at email@example.com to discuss other options. We are honored and excited to welcome you at whichever amount feels true to you. Join us!
Terry Patten is a philosopher, activist, consultant, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, as well as Integral Life Practice, which he co-wrote with Ken Wilber and colleagues at the Integral Institute. As a teacher, he has taught an integral approach to personal transformation for over 15 years.
Terry also founded the consciousness technology company Tools for Exploration, led a key team at the HeartMath Institute, and is currently involved in businesses engaged in restorative forestry, developing fossil-fuel alternatives, addressing collective trauma, and empowering human beings to reclaim our data, online relationships, and power.
Hi, I’m Siobhan McClory. I’m so grateful and moved to help facilitate the amazing community and social experiment.
As a certified Integral Master coach™ and long time meditation practitioner, the recognition that we are always in a process of becoming is close to my heart.
In my coaching work, my focus is in guiding that process in ways that enable conscious, sustainable change. As I get to know each of you, I look forward to being of support through mentoring sessions, supporting your groups and dyads, and also as a fellow practitioner in our bewildering and yet beautiful world.
From Participants in the Community
“I just want to appreciate all my dyad and pod friends who taught me so much in our conversations. Since we started, I’ve set up meditation classes, I’m setting up a local group, and I’ve done campaigning as well — three campaigns!”
“Thank you for helping us to grow flowers instead of storms. This is blossoming into something. It is building rooms where the truth can be freely spoken. I feel a big movement in the world of this connecting, even while some of the craziness is going on.”
“This experience is bringing me the capacity to overcome survival mode […] having this connection to something greater so we can overcome the difficult times we may be experiencing soon. I am having this great source to keep evolving.”
“One year ago I was lost in frustration and I had no outer work. […] Today I have grounded myself and I have for the first time in my life felt that I am loved. I go from here out into the world and have my outer work. I’m so pleased to see what 2020 will bring.”
“The courage that emerged over the year was really what I was seeking […] allowing me to reach out into my community and be the warrioress I knew I was. And giving me the language of activism and being an activist. All of this steeped in love and more love.”
“What’s happening inside myself is I have grown more aware of the suffering of other people, and how important it is to be open to these feelings and to let them work on me. I have become more certain of how important activism is.”
“The groups and dyads have held me and supported me in the shifts I wanted to have during this year. I feel very clear now on who I am, where I’m going, and what I want to do […] The ripple affects for us as individuals and as a group will keep happening for years to come.”
“I’m so grateful that I stood up for it and that you all received me. I’m grateful for the faces that I see that I was able to get to know through the pods and the dyads. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue. […] Just so much expectation for what is to come.”
“The transmission and the quality of the space has continually expanded, grown, matured and deepened. I’ve been so amazed. I would not have known this was possible. I honestly think we’re on the cutting edge of the most important thing to do in the world right now.”
From Colleagues of Terry Patten
“The world is changing now, rapidly and radically. Terry Patten imparts a challenging insight to us all—helping us feel and understand how the world is calling us to transform our interior lives as well as our behaviors relating to our immediate urgent evolutionary challenges.”
“Like all true spiritual guides, Terry Patten shows us how to open our hearts and respond to this suffering world.”
“A superb, terrific, exciting, sane, and enlightening look at more truly integral approaches to activism. It represents a social activism that is certainly social, but also personal, emotional, spiritual, ecological, relational, and that stems from, and points toward the very leading-edge of evolution itself.”
“In a stunning marriage of wild heart and cool mind, Terry Patten turns the black diamond of our global darkness to illuminate our hearts, hone our wills for selfless service, and resplendently deepen our commitment to enact our divine identity and its joy, whatever happens.”
“Patten brings a wealth of integral thinking to a seminal perspective on human and cultural development. The genius of this work lies in the author’s own deep knowledge of inner practices that offer a synergy of body, mind and spiritual practices which, together, evolves the human condition and elevates one’s ways of being and working in the world.”
“Terry Patten has woven together strands from evolutionary neuroscience, deep ecology, integral theory, and spiritual wisdom to offer a practical path forward out of humanity’s current morass.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I Join an Online Video Meeting?
A: Video meetings are simple and easy ways to learn, make friends and be part of our community. It also allows our community to welcome people from anywhere in the world, and with great flexibility—home, office, or wherever you have a reliable internet connection. You can join the weekly sessions via computer, mobile device, or telephone and access session materials via computer or mobile device. We Zoom video conferencing for our live events, and we will provide you with detailed instructions. It’s easy and a lot of fun!
There is no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
Q: When exactly are the sessions?
A: Sessions in will occur at Noon Pacific Time (CA) on Wednesdays. Here are the confirmed dates for 2020:
Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29, May 13, Jun 3, Jun 24, Jul 8, Jul 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 9, Sep 23, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 2, and Dec 16.
Recordings will be provided if/when you’re unable to attend live. If you participate in small group (pod) and/or partner group (dyad) sessions, they will be scheduled later, at a time that works for you and your fellow participants.
Q: What if I can’t make all of the sessions?
A: Each session will be recorded, both in video and audio format, and posted to the community website, so if you have a scheduling conflict, you can watch or listen to the recording at your convenience!
Q: How does the Community Online Forum work?
A: Our online community is open only to participants in this course. The intention is to provide a lively, supportive environment outside of class. Here you will be able to continue the conversations and deepen your understanding with fellow participants.
Q: How do the Small Group Pods and Partner Dyads work?
A: When you get started, after completing a survey to determine timezone compatibility, you’ll be introduced to your first dyad partner (2 people) and pod (4–6 people). Dyad meetings can range from 30–60 minutes. Pod meetings will range from 75–90 minutes. You will then work together to establish a day and time for your meetings and determine the platform you’ll be using for your meetings, either by video (Ex. Zoom, Skype, Adobeconnect) or audio (ex. Freeconferencecall.com, Maestroconference.com). Dyad partners will change every 6–8 weeks; We will have 3 different pod configurations over the course of our year together.
Q: What if I can’t commit the time required but I want to be part of it?
A: Sincerely interested, supportive individuals whose lives don’t allow them to commit to this whole experiment are invited to audit this program so they can learn and observe and participate in a more limited capacity. If you’re interested in auditing, go through the normal sign-up process; we will give you an opportunity to define your desired level of engagement later.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: This course is for the most part billed monthly, so you only pay as you go. Thus, in some sense it is an honor system. However, we make a huge investment in generating the community, and as we cohere a group field, it hurts everyone when anyone drops out. So we invite you to register, participate, confirm your commitment, and if you don’t cancel by Feb. 29, 2020, to fulfill the required 9 months of participation and payment. If unexpected circumstances force you to withdraw, we ask you to have a conversation first. Be aware that our expenses will not be reduced by your early withdrawal. So if a completion conversation becomes necessary, we ask you to make a mutual and respectful agreement about the remaining payments.
Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 612-470-5495 and we’ll get right back to you.