Alliance director David Abram teaches, lectures, and consults widely around the world. Listed below are a few of his public events.  If you are interested in inviting David to offer a keynote or to lead a training, kindly use this form.

Public Lecture: Wed. June 13: 7 pm

 @ Ashland UCC Congregational Church,  717 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, Oregon

Tickets: online at
$10-20 sliding scale for adults         $5 for students and youth < 21
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Benefit for Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Also in Ashland Oregon: 

Workshop/Retreat on  June 14-17:The Speech of Things

How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere?

The climatic changes now underway ensure that civilization will experience dramatic transformations in the near future, indeed that humanity is about to undergo a sea change of immense proportions.  How can we help such metamorphoses unfold in a manner beneficial not just to human elites, but to the greatest possible range of species, ecosystems, and cultures?

A dawning recognition of the primacy of place, an awareness of wildness unfolding wherever we train our attention, a fresh humility in relation to other earthborn beings (whether salmon or cedars), and a radically transformed sense of the sacred — all these are struggling to be born at this moment in the world’s unfolding. How can this transformed awareness settle deep into our muscles and bones, and how can it come most powerfully to expression in our lives?

Join us for a vivid personal experience and collective exploration, a gathering rich with storytelling, poetry, and conversation.  We’ll pool discoveries for engendering a new experience of the enveloping earth and atmosphere — as an intelligent, exuberant, improvisational, and sentient reality— and of ourselves as full-bodied participants (along with the bears and crickets) in the emergence of that reality.



Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

a six-day workshop with David Abram at the outrageously beautiful Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, British Columbia

July 27th- August 1st, 2018

hollyhockbeach-3_5b872-1At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyze a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How to open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing commonwealth?

In the summer of 2018, David Abram will lead an extraordinary, six-day workshop with a small group of folks on wild Cortes Island in British Columbia (at one of the most ecological diverse and soulful retreat spaces in the world), from July 27th- August 1st.  The workshop is called Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder, and it promises to be a powerful event. Come join us!

Description (& Registration)

From the Archives

Mountain Confluence:
Launching the International Alliance for Wild Ethics

In August, 2006, four colleagues from different lands and diverse backgrounds hoisted their backpacks and hiked into the wild mountain backcountry to spend ten days honing their audacious insights in conversation with the rivers and the forests, and to formally inaugurate the Alliance for Wild Ethics. Although they practice in different cultures, and in different spheres of endeavor, all four were committed to a new form of human solidarity with the Earth. Each had already been working for many years, in his respective culture, to transform collective ways of imagining and of interacting with the living land. And all four were fathers of young children.

They listened close to the many-voiced silence of the forest, feeling their way toward new ways of seeing, and of speaking, that might spread like a benevolent contagion through the human population. If a new mythos, a new modality of the sacred is struggling to be born at this difficult moment in the world’s unfolding, then what is its shape?

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United Nations Keynote
In the summer of 2005, AWE director David Abram was asked to deliver the final keynote address for the United Nation’s “World Environment Week” in San Francisco, to 70 mayors from the largest cities around the world. David’s speech was given under the towering redwood trees at Muir Woods, at the very spot where the United Nations charter was originally signed into being sixty years earlier.

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Animate Earth
How can the earth sciences serve to awaken a new and deeply felt solidarity between ourselves and this breathing planet? Can we translate the rapidly growing body of facts regarding the metabolic functioning of the planetary biosphere into a storied language — a way of speaking that is not just analytically precise, but also sensorially and intuitively resonant? A film about the work of AWE founding member Stephan Harding tackles these questions directly.

Animate Earth Website