The Sacred Ecology Forum encourages Earth-honoring devotional consciousness transformation in all aspects of our lives and for all living beings. Based in New York, NY, we raise awareness about environmental issues and their roots in spiritual and moral issues. Our ecological crisis and climate crisis are, fundamentally, a crisis of the human spirit. Our programming seeks to support individuals and communities on a path of transformation in their inner spiritual lives and their outer lives of service.
We draw inspiration from the Chaitanya Vaisnava Bhakti tradition and the teachings of AC Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada. His prophetic vision created a house the whole world could live in, that was simultaneously Earth-honoring, devotional, and respectful of all forms of life. Our homes are The Bhakti Center in New York, NY and Govardhan Eco Village in Maharashtra, India.
We desire to help develop the eco-theology of the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition through the experience and practice of eco-bhakti. Eco-bhakti is one and the same root of the great tree of bhakti-yoga, the yoga of selfless devotion and fierce love which is at the core of many traditions of faith and spirit. We understand eco-bhakti as the common ground and good which connects our devotion to the Divine with our devotion to Earth. All of Earth is full of the energy and presence of Krishna, of the Divine. As we take shelter of the Divine for all of our devotional needs and desires, we are simultaneously taking shelter of Earth. As we serve the Divine, we must always serve Earth and our fellow planetary communities and creatures in concert and in kind.
Our programming takes the form of workshops, discussion groups, and retreats. As community extends beyond our home base of New York, NY, we strive to make all our programs accessible for live online participation and to offer a number of online forums such as this website and our social media platforms. Our core program is a monthly discussion group, Eco-Sangas, that explore a current environmental or social issue through the lens of sacred texts. We also hold quarterly workshops and lectures that dive deeper into the teachings of sacred texts or introduce our community to someone who is living out spiritual ecology in a profound way. We hope to offer retreats as well as online classes to serve our community.