Cosmos Gaia Spirit Symposium

An exploration of each area within the Systems View Map is a response to the eight Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit questions on the home page.

The Symposium Experience

The very principles in Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit are leading the way in exploring the new routings of brain/mind that has the ability to bridge old world thinking with new order thinking, awakening one to the great forces of nature and spirit that unites the wisdom of the whole in a contextual offering that leaves one not just standing in the wake of such an event, but being a co-creative partner in a sharing that is life changing. – Pauline

The Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit retreat-symposium focuses on the spiritual, intellectual and self-development principles espoused by Maria Montessori and Thomas Berry.

Presented by Philip Snow Gang, PhD, Dean of the TIES Graduate Studies Programs for Integrative Learning, the CGS symposium uses an integrated view, providing an opportunity for individuals to explore eight principles and processes that have resulted in well-documented and paradigm-changing personal transformation.

The program begins Friday evening and completes Sunday by 4:00PM. Short presentations are followed by opportunities for collaboration and dialogue as well as individual and group creativity and reflection.

A thread throughout the experience is an immersion in your own evolving story, the core of which is your personal Lavoro Grande (Great Work).

Some of the exercises felt like I had dropped an anchor, but by the time the exercise needed to draw to a close, my anchor was still just hurtling it’s way to the depths…and I wanted it to keep dropping – such a wonderful sensation. It was a fearlessness to explore potential.  – Jacinda

We invite you to be both participant and co-learner:

Many of us have an inner wisdom that motivates us to contribute our knowledge and experience to the rising generation. Have you realized your passionate interest or professional aspiration?

Both Maria Montessori and Thomas Berry address the notion of an individual’s cosmic task or Great Work. This symposium will help you explore and align yourself with your inner vision. That is why we identify it as Inner-Leadership.

The symposium experience provides processes to:
…align your vision with right action for a planet in crisis
…explore how to work collaboratively with others in an organization for the benefit of the whole
…achieve clarity in sharing your personal and professional life with a significant other – especially if you are working together
…discover what you need in order to break through restraints or limitations that might be preventing you from achieving your personal vision.

The symposium was a dance of connection and communication, which encompassed the mental, intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual heart space. For me, it was a coming together of information and reflection – with pockets of activities that allowed for the hands to be busy while the heart and mind continued to question and look at everything. – Shubha

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Continuing Education Credits

Participants can apply for one or two graduate level credits through Endicott College. Contact us for more information

Grants and Fee Reductions

There are a limited number of partial grants available for symposium fees. Please make your request through the contact page.

Groups of three or more from the same organization can receive a 40% reduction in symposium fees. Please make your request through the contact page.

Proceeds from the symposium will go to the TIES Scholarship Fund.

Participant Commentaries

Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit Symposium
Reflections from participants of the Toronto, Canada and
Christchurch, New Zealand Events

It has been a few months since I attended the Cosmos, Gaia, Spirit Symposium held by Dr. Philip Snow Gang in Buckhorn, Ontario. I registered without expectations knowing that because the retreat involved Maria Montessori, Thomas Berry and Cosmic Education it had to be amazing. It was beyond amazing. It has been a journey and Dr. Gang’s weekend continues to process within. The symposium brought an understanding of our role in the universe; past, present and future. Cosmic Education was shared through his experiences and stories and validated with scientific proof as to how we are one with the universe. He did not lecture. Dr. Gang educated and guided the attendees through questions, discussions, reflections, openness, and revelation. Discovery and awareness was prominent as the awakening of our interconnectedness with the universe prevailed.

This is a gift. Some of us may know this, however, Dr. Gang’s work enhances the power of the cosmos. Life has become richer, there is not a boring moment and the beauty is that I can share this with my students beyond what I have in the past. It is a process that lasts a lifetime. There is a sense of peace, determination and intent within me. It is not searching. It is discovery based upon awe. Knowing what I know, yet knowing there is so much more. It becomes revealed when the time is right. I trust the universe will provide as I reciprocate with respect, care and love. The energy vibrations within oscillate and fantastic things happen as I attract with like-minded thoughts and desires. A greater awareness, understanding and inspiration has taken hold. I continue to look around me with wonder and awe.

Claudia Langlois, Northumberland Montessori School

The Symposium was a profound weekend in the way it grounded us in the heart, and nurtured an experience of the cosmos within and without . . . in a dance of intimate participation with the whole.  Indeed, inside each of us, the universe embraces itself, and Phil is a master guide for entering more deeply into the intimate and vast intelligence of the heart.  While most education centers in the head, the Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit Symposium embraces intelligence in ALL its forms. 

Jennifer Morgan, Deep Time Journey Network

An introduction to Cosmos, Gaia, and Spirit challenged me to look outside myself, to the earth, the universe, and into my heart. It questioned who I thought I was, my given perspective, and culture, pointed to a larger, often unnoticed beauty, and invited the possibility of moving through life in a more light and graceful way.

This was not shared in a teacher-student relationship. Phil was a fellow explorer sharing a profound wisdom, placing more importance on questions, rather than answers. Out of the cosmic elegance, and unanswered questions came a humility, and an exquisite quality permeated the room. I wish I had words to describe that background quality suffice to say it slowed thinking and expanded the space of heart. And that is my challenge, to live from that place, maybe not so clever, but connected.

Mark Matsis

Walking into our gathering space to be met by the Cosmic labyrinth spiraling round the floor I knew I was at home. Your placing education, as well as our gathering, in the context of the Cosmos I felt as though I’d found my tribe. I came away affirmed in my work and being and with deep gratitude for having been part of the conversation and community devoted to the evolution of education.
 
Being part of the Education-meme was new for me. Even though we’d named the work of the not-for-profit Gaia Centre For Eco-Spirituality and Sustainable Work ‘education’  I had never embraced the title of educator. As a result I often felt like an astronaut lost in the blackness of space.  The weekend, however, connected me to the work of Transformational Education and helped me identify my own Great Work as part of this evolutionary movement.  I took away new connections with educators whom I can support and who  in turn will enrich my work. I left excited to have experienced cosmogenesis at work.  
 
Our exploration of Eros as well as your own and others’ storytelling illustrated that mastering of the heart energy is the essence of the next human evolution. This was the inspiration I needed at this time to remain excited about my Great Work through writing,  programs at the Gaia Farmhouse Retreat, in family, and community. Telling your story showed me how, in the new context of Cosmology, our stories are educational tools. All human stories illustrate Cosmos, Gaia, and Spirit made flesh bringing more Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit into being.  I think I may have experienced Transformational Education and come to understand it not as content that must be learned, regurgitated and tested, but as a process of becoming Human, conscious of being Universe, with a response-ability to the future.  
 
Thank you for your lifework and for your venture into the Canadian woods. Wishing you, Warren, Marsha and all your family ever more adventures in Cosmos, Gaia, and Spirit.

Carol Kilby, Gaia Farmhouse

The way you wove a love story of your own into how integral our own love story with the Earth invoked a feeling of openness and clarity within my journey.

The weekend allowed me to indulge and reflect upon my purpose and place in our cosmos and accept what is, and what is to be. It awakened a creativity and space in me that is all to often lost in the chaos of life. It offered an opportunity to settle down and a realisation of the stability nature provides and has provided me throughout my life in its’ many different forms. I feel an immense gratitude to have shared in this experience and know that I will be reminded of it every time I stare at the night sky, share a story with children or find a quiet spot to watch the universe go by. 

Rebecca Nicholson

 

The symposium was a dance of connection and communication, which encompassed the mental, intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual heart space.

 It was a coming together of information and reflection – with pockets of activities that allowed for the hands to be busy while the heart and mind continued to question and explore everything. Cosmology, biology and ecology coming together with morphogenetic fields, autopoietic relationships, and integrative learning leading to a way of being that allowed for love to operate, using dialogue, meditation and observation.

Philip Gang is a storyteller who interwove his personal journey into the mystery and grandeur of the whole, arriving at a space where the macro and the micro intermeshed, bringing gratitude and humility, love and awe, into a tangible and palpable existence. The material offered was sensorial awe-inspiring, but the questions and reflections left one bereft of thoughts and touched the core deep inside, the core of inner wisdom.

Shubha Narayan, Nova Montessori

 

What an enlightening weekend; my sincere gratitude to you and of course Marsha for entrusting us with your life works and insights. It truly was a privilege. For me the realizations and beauty of your work sang to my very soul and the essence of my being!  Please find the simple words that follow only but a small part of what I have taken away as the pictures I find inside of me cannot find enough words to express!

What is the question…

What ever it maybe dance the dance of the cosmos

Protect what must be protected

Love what needs to be loved and be forever be

“THANK – FULL”

Suzanne Pope-Mayell

 

I was afraid I would be too tired to concentrate, having broken nights with my young children; and I thought with time to think and time to be just me, it would be difficult to stay focused. I’m so rarely still in the daytime – always moving, biking, organizing, being with the children, preparing food etc. It was a delight to my soul to find that not only did I not feel tired or unfocused, but also time actually flew by, and I found I was wishing we could just keep going. Some of the exercises felt like I had dropped an anchor, but by the time the exercise needed to draw to a close, my anchor was still just hurtling it’s way to the depths…and I wanted it to keep dropping – such a wonderful sensation. It was a fearlessness to explore potential.

I do not ever remember feeling like that, or at least, I have only known that sensation once or twice – like the moment I committed myself to marry Rich. It was like that. Exploring potential and possibility was touching love. That’s why I say I had no fear. Those two must be opposites.

I am so grateful for your kindness shown in sharing your journey with me.

Jacinda Faloon-Cavander

 

Firstly, thank you for this offering, which I know has been quite a journey for you, Philip. I felt a much deeper connection with the cosmos. This felt uplifting and joyous; an awakening, I guess you might call it – to look at our world with renewed awe. I also found the self-exploration insightful and the permission to sit with questions was such a huge weight lifted as I do not need to know all of the answers, I can simply be!

Jackie Hawes

 

This workshop for me reinforced the “power of context” to enable and supercharge any personal or professional objective. Thanks for making the known more visible and real. Whatever the situation, it can only be improved when you have the cosmos as your big picture, and your feet firmly planted on mother earth.

Guy Pope-Mayell

 

Its beginnings were created in the fiery bellies of stars; Cosmos. Its coming together was created during your and Marsha’s cosmic dance together on Gaia. Its birth was created, by and through your love for each other, surrounded and morphed in Eros.

The symposium’s transformative nature is a living testament to the fact that we are all living in times during which our very nature is in transition and this change is calling forth potentials in the human brain/mind that to our knowledge has never been needed before.

It is transformative in the sense that things that were relegated to the unconscious are now moving into consciousness. They are being seen with eyes of knowing, and those knowing eyes and seeing hearts have the ability to move and deliver, as Gang has done, which offer extra ordinary experiences to others; others who also capture the perfume and the wisdom of what is needed for Gaia and Cosmos, in order to bring about a change of heart during this period of grace on planet Earth.

The symposium and its unique, yet eloquently simple delivery by Gang, is transformative in its very nature as it awakens the unconscious knowing to a place of self-reflective consciousness. When one is awakened to this incredible offering through flow patterns of inquiry, rather than linear steps, one begins to see the integrative patterns and systems within the very “beingness” of the symposium itself.

The very principles in Cosmos, Gaia and Spirit are leading the way in exploring the new routings of brain/mind that has the ability to bridge old world thinking with new order thinking, awakening one to the great forces of nature and spirit that unites the wisdom of the whole in a contextual offering that leaves one not just standing in the wake of such an event, but being a co-creative partner in a sharing that is life changing.”

Phil and Marsha: Peace, Love and Blessings for all you do and for who you are Catalysts for Change, World Peace and Unity

In the words of Thomas Berry:

 To all the children

To the children who swim beneath

The waves of the sea, to those who live in

The soils of the Earth, to the children of the flowers

In the meadows and the trees of the forest,

To all those children who roam over the land

And the winged ones who fly with the winds,

To the human children too, that all the children

May go together into the future in the full

Diversity of their regional communities.

Thomas Berry, 1914-2009

Pauline Matsis, Nova Montessori

 

Phil, I was greatly moved both by the content of the presentation and by your process in its creation.

To re-engage in the context was deeply refreshing, rejuvenating and had the effect of re-normalising me.  To observe, and feel your process was humbling and inspiring and elicited within me compassion and admiration.

I have been a student of yours for many years.  I have participated in many of Marsha and your presentations and have had both my inner and outer worlds opened and enriched by the myriad of learning experiences invoked by you both.

As I sat there listening to you talk, I felt that something subtle but powerful had shifted in your teaching.  I sat looking at you – giving quiet space inside myself for the sense of it or a word for it to arise. But it didn’t.  I couldn’t ‘get a grasp’ of it.  Then I realised that I couldn’t grasp it because it wasn’t yet in form.  The change in you is still shifting and turning and coming into being.  But already it is affecting your teaching in marked ways.

I don’t know why sorrow is an awakener of the human heart, but it is. To teach in ways that allow the tenderness of the human heart to be seen, felt and experienced is very powerful.  It takes a lot of courage to teach in this way, and I really acknowledge your courage last weekend.

Phil please keep teaching for many years to come, and please keep inviting me!  I look forward to continuing to learn with you and I am very interested to see where your journey takes your learning and your teaching.

Nicky Gresson