Program Details

Silent Transformations: Fall Season


with Adam Lobel & Michelle King & Fitzhugh Shaw
October 25 / 6:00 PM - October 25 / 9:00 PM

Silent Transformations - Ecological Destruction as Spiritual Practice: Fall Season 


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Join us for an evening contemplation and fire ceremony attuned to the fall season and the reality of climate destruction.  Let's love what we are losing. 


-25 suggested donation, or pay what makes you happy


Questions?  Please contact Jess.


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About our Teachers:


Michelle King, Learning Instigator. Love Activist. Transformer.


Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Western Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she has ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.)  She


co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She is constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Green Building Alliance, SocialVR, Carnegie Science Center FAB Lab, Girl Up, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.


Michelle’s Current Conundrums:  How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity?  How might we re-design for equity and social justice in and out of school learning? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections help us re-see the worlds we inhabit?  How might we embrace silence in our lives?


Acharya Adam Lobel 


Adam Lobel, PhD, Harvard University, is a scholar of philosophy and religion and a longtime meditation teacher (Acharya) in the Shambhala tradition. His research focuses on the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, modern phenomenology, and inoperative studies (Heidegger, Foucault, Agamben). He is a Greenfaith fellow, has taught alongside Joanna Macy and others in the Ecosattva Training, and is active in ecological and social justice movements. Adam teaches a critical style of contemplative training that seeks to avoid being enclosed by neoliberal mindfulness while still disclosing effortless awareness. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons.


Fitzhugh Shaw


Fitzhugh Shaw is a senior student, meditation instructor, and teacher at Shambhala Pittsburgh. He studies food justice and the political economy of modern agriculture, along with community organizing. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.

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