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Spiritual Civilization
Collaborative Community


The Spiritual Civilization collaborative community explores the intersection of philanthropy, contemplative practices, self-reflection and spirituality. In brave spaces, leaders in philanthropy discuss how they are bringing inner work to outer action and the impact this creates for change.

Activities online and in-person are designed to promote the sharing of projects and learnings, explore and support collaborations, and provide a space for members to engage in contemplative and reflective practices.

    Events and Programs

    Tuesday, September 19th 2023

    Virtual Session, 11:30am - 12:30pm ET / 5:00pm - 6:30pm CET


    Join us for our upcoming Spiritual Civilization meeting, in partnership with Tianren Culture and the Garrison Institute, as we explore pro-sociality and its connection to resilience. Resilience is often understood as the ability to "bounce back” from challenging situations. Resilience is not one inner trait that we draw on as needed, but rather the result of a whole host of prosocial values, intentional practices and social supports. We can cultivate resilience through:  


    • Building caring relationships that can provide us and others with support   

    • practicing compassion for self and others to bolster our emotional and mental well-being   

    • practicing gratitude to stay in touch with all that brings us well-being and joy   

    • understanding more deeply the reality of our interdependence, which increases our kindness, compassion and altruism.   


    This session will nurture our inner resilience using contemplative practices to create a transferable energy to positively impact our work and society as a whole.  Research on the topic will be presented by Christa M. Tinari, Director of Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) from the Garrison Institute.  Meditation practice will be led by Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, NY Times best-selling author and world-renowned teacher. 


    To Register, please contact Joanna Safarik at



    Authentic Leadership Immersion: Inner Transformation for Outer Change
    October 26th - October 29th

    The Home, Spain

    Taking an intentional pause from our routine allows us to create the conditions for our inner clarity to arise and guide us to show up to our commitments more thoughtfully and purposefully. This is an invitation for rising leaders devoting their resources and talents to create meaningful change in the world; and who understand the importance of wielding power and influence responsibly and with integrity. This immersion offers an opportunity to engage deeply with yourself (body, mind, and spirit), connect and build trusting relationships with others and discover collaborative opportunities to amplify our missions. Our programming will explore how authentic leadership can help us bridge divides and create regenerative and equitable futures in service of life.

    For more information, please contact Joanna Safarik at

    Becoming a Heart-Centered Leader
    June 14, 2023 - June 17, 2023

    Big Bear Retreat Center, Southern California, CA, USA

    This gathering is for leading philanthropists and members of the Spiritual Civilization Collaborative Community. Participants will step outside of their daily routine and environment, providing space to clarify and sharpen individual life purpose. This event is designed to enable participants to approach their lives and social engagement in the world with greater joy and clarity. Participants will learn how to apply the Synergos Bridging Leadership approach, opening a space to become more self-aware, develop and enhance the capacity to think systemically, and facilitate and take part in inclusive partnerships. Read the full meeting report here. 


    Synergos Global Gathering: Spiritual Civilization Meeting, May 22 2023

    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Tarrytown, New York
    This gathering brought together philanthropic leaders who are active and interested in what can be done to increase consciousness in society, the ideals that drive members of society to help each other and work towards the greater good. We will be examining themes like love and our interconnectedness. 
    Read the full meeting report here. 


    Virtual Session: March 2023

    Members came together and were guided through meditation by Mark Chen in a session that combined eyesight, hearing, and breathing. Attendants reflected on the practice and shared updates about their work and journey. Read the full meeting report here. 


    Virtual Session: 6 December 2022 

    Members were guided through a sound healing experience led by Laura Inserra, a sound alchemist. Members then reflected on the past year and shared what has been impactful for them. This was followed by updates from community members Charlie Hartwell and Marlene Ogawa. Read the full meeting report here.


    Synergos Europe Gathering

    Finca Bell-Lloc, Spain, October 23-25

    Members of the Global Philanthropists Circle & the Spiritual Civilization Collaborative Community came together in Spain at the Finca Bell-lloc, owned and operated by Synergos’ GPC member Victoria Engelhorn and her family. The stunning rural backdrop of the hacienda was the ideal setting for reflective dialogues, meta music meditation immersion, and other experiential practices. Members connected to their peers and to nature and took part in thought-provoking presentations with guest speakers at the event. The program included holistic, reflective, and experiential activities, as well as space for inner work, connection, and co-creation. Read the full report here.


    Spiritual Civilization Virtual Community Meeting

    Virtual Session: October 11

    Members were guided through a visualization exercise tapping into “awareness, congruency and service.” This was followed by member sharing and updates by Peggy Dulany and Jeff Walker. Read the full meeting report here.


    Synergos Spiritual Civilization Gathering
    Mexico City, Mexico, September 12
    This evening gathering and dinner convened 25 philanthropists and social entrepreneurs interested to explore Spiritual Civilization – how leaders are bringing inner work to outer action and the impact this creates for change. 

    View meeting report 


    Spirituality & Science Forum IV: Human Flourishing
    October 2021 - June 2022
    In partnership with Krueger & Lee and Fetzer Institute
    The latest installment of the Spirituality & Science Forum, Forum IV: “Human Flourishing”, was a hybrid event that combined seven online sessions and virtual practice meetings, spanning over nine months, and a closing 3-day in-person gathering in Thal, Switzerland.

    View meeting report


    Spiritual Civilization Meeting
    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Tarrytown, May 12 2022

    This meeting convened 52 Global Philanthropists Circle members interested in diving deeper into exploring Spiritual Civilization – what can be done to increase consciousness of the ideals that drive members of society to help each other and work towards the greater good.

    View meeting report


    Spiritual Civilization Community Gathering

    Virtual Session: 24 March 2022 

    A meeting for members to reconnect as a community and deepen relationships along with exploring opportunities for collaboration and nurturing personal journeys through a group practice. The group practice was led by Spiritual Civilization Community members Pascale Deau and Corey Cleland, both leaders of Wild Vessel, an academy for nature-centered human development.

    View meeting report. 


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    These projects are made possible through the support of grants from the Lunt Foundation and the Fetzer Institute. 


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    Human Flourishing: Session 4

    Indigenous Health & Wellbeing

    Nancy Bordeaux

    The Four Sacred Gifts


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