CTP's Mission and Guiding Principles

 

Our Mission:
To advance effective environmental action by supporting the inner transformation of individuals and groups.

We believe:
That raising consciousness is the key to restoring community resilience and a balanced relationship with the planet and one another.

 

Our Approach:
We share a message about social transformation; we host programs, gatherings and retreats that support spiritual practice and group process; and we model low-impact regenerative living.

Our Mottos:
"Without personal transformation, there can be no social transformation.
But as we transform ourselves, society will surely follow."


The decision to respond to the environmental, economic and energy threats of today in a way that combines personal, collective and social spheres is based on CTP’s adherence to the Transformational Approach to Social Change. Adherents of this view understand social well being to be based upon the collective level of consciousness of those who make up society. This approach also suggests that in order to have a substantive long-term impact on a social problem, it must be addressed at the level of its root cause within the inner dimensions of consciousness. Agents of social transformation are also characterized by the aspiration to cultivate within themselves the characteristics they aim to promote in society.

The idea that building sustainable culture requires us to raise our level of consciousness implies that this endeavor also requires us to work first and foremost on ourselves. When the need for social change directs one to personal practice or when personal practice inspires social action represents a blurring of the boundary between inside and outside that is emphasized within non-dualistic philosophical traditions.

Ultimately, recognizing the unity between personal practice (what we would do to respond to our inner needs) and social action (what we would do to respond to our responsibilities to the outside world) undermines a conventional boundary that we use to define ourselves. Due to this, individuals and groups have a tendency to settle into the safer realms of either personal practice or social activism. Maintaining a transformational conversation requires a continuous correction to return to the side that has been left unattended.