Past Events

Maitreya Centre for eco-justice and eco-spirituality seeks to make a diverse range of educational and practical courses, seminars and workshops available to everyone who wishes to participate. Maitreya is open to individual seekers who are motived to do what they can in protecting mother earth. In addition, Maitreya supports and encourages as well as promotes groups with similar values in the presentation and execution of their programs near and far.

The peaceful centre of Maitreya

The following programs have been arranged by Maitreya and / or others with whom we have a philosophical and practical link:

“Franciscan Approach to Spirituality & Environmental Justice”

A RARE opportunity to attend a one-day workshop with Fr Joe Rozansky OFM from the Generalate in Rome. THURSDAY 3 February, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Cost: 100 Rupees (includes lunch and refreshments)

(Contact: Leena Lobo, 080 2658 3034)

“More festivity; less electricity” – Saving Electricity Campaign – February 2011

This tag-phrase is borrowed from the Archbishop of Patna’s 2010 pastoral letter, where he urged parishes and families to cut back on extravagant Christmas lights, as their sign of increased responsibility for saving electricity – a source of increasing environmental pollution due to coal-fired power plants. Maitreya will, through letters and pamphlets, undertake an immediate direct-mail campaign to help people become more aware of how they can, in practical ways, save power and also, thereby, save otherwise wasted resources. If you would like to receive literature that is being prepared by Maitreya please

Contact: Ms Leena Lobo at Maitreya (080-2658-3034) or Dr Conlan (direct – 8861-847-512).

“Values and Practices that Promote Food Sovereignty in the Context of Climate Change”

16 – 19 February 2011, Fireflies Inter-religious Ashram, Bangalore, India

This conference will serve to integrate traditional knowledge with modern scientific practices to face the challenge of climate change in the area of food security and food sovereignty. Insights will also be drawn from cultural and religious traditions to motivate communities to act with a sense of urgency.

Contact: Pipal Tree Fireflies Intercultural Centre Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O. Bangalore – 82

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Visiting Eco-Spiritual & Eco-Justice Centres during Jan-Feb 2011

With an eye to on-going learning as much as possible about the Indian environmental movement, Maitreya Staff will, through January and into February, visit those meeting participants who are conveniently available.

Centering Prayer Workshop: Saturday 5 March 2011

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of ‘resting’ in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

Contact: Ms Leena Lobo at Maitreya (080-2658-3034)

The Universe Story Weekend Workshop: 26 – 27 March 2011

Based on the book The Universe Story by cultural historian Thomas Berry and cosmologist Brian Swimme, this inspiring workshop takes us on a journey, from the birth of the Universe, through the arising of galaxies, the formation of the Earth, the emergence of life and finally to the development of human consciousness. This two-day workshop, hosted by Maitreya, will be presented by Orla Hazra, PHD.                                                                                                                              Contact: Ms Leena Lobo at Maitreya (080-2658-3034) or Dr Conlan (direct – 8861-847-512)

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