Integral Living Room 2017

“A Shout from the Heart”*

Boulder Colorado, The Integral Center

November 9-12

Your Hosts

Terry-Patten Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei Jeff Salzman
Terry Patten Diane Hamilton Jeff Salzman
Ken Wilber

Special Guest Ken Wilber!

There are three ways to approach the mystery of the divine. The first practice is prayer. The second is meditation. And the third, and most important, is conversation. ~Rumi

A Message From Your Hosts

Thanks for your interest in the next Integral Living Room! Our fifth gathering in November of 2016 was a great success, but it was emotionally intense. We began the event the morning after election day, and our conversations unfolded amidst the shock waves of the election. After many exchanges regarding our hopes and fears about the outcome, the three of us kept talking. We took some time to contemplate direction the of the next Integral Living Room, and after several months, we decided on the theme of:

A Shout From the Heart!

We want to pick up on Ken’s injunction to wrestle with our moral obligations in this time.
We want to explore how we “speak out, to the best of our ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine our headlights into the eyes of the complacent.”

We are excited to do it again, to explore what we have learned about taking action built on spiritual practice and enacted through a developmental lens. The Integral Living Room is a gathering where we come to talk, explore, and learn from each other’s work in the field. At the Integral Living Room, we are always catalyzed to a whole new level of intimacy, vulnerability, and mutual trust. There is nobody we would rather learn from than you.

We hope you can join us in Boulder November 9-12, 2017, to hang out with some very special friends, old and new, in a space that lets us all go as deep and wide as our hearts and minds allow.

In the meantime. scroll down for five years of Integral Living Room community podcasts and blog posts on topics ranging from politics and religion to science and culture.

Diane, Terry and Jeff

What participants are saying...

There was an amazing immediate safety in the space and a freedom to show up as who I am, not who I make myself up to be. With that layer of my ego set aside, I found myself participating, experiencing and learning much more deeply than I have in any of the conferences I have previously attended.

–Jim Luebbers

Just spending time with Diane, Jeff and Terry is delightful, but to be in practice with seventy-five beautiful souls with shared desires to continue the evolution of Love and Consciousness is a gift beyond measure.

–Shay Pausa

The Integral Living Room is an opportunity to meet your family members from all over the world. It’s beautifully facilitated with plenty of time for open conversation. I left there feeling loved and held and supported, and educated in practical ways.

–Roshana Ariel

I think the Living Room setting is very important for the growth of Integral. I am really glad that Ken could be there.

Get yourself to the Integral Living Room in October! They keep getting better! Here is where Integral is growing Big Heart as well as Big Mind and every one of us matters!

Thank you for the curiosity, inquiry and vulnerability.

–John Mariner

This gathering will restore your hope in the future.

–Rich Tafel

A great experience, especially the interpersonal moments of Integral we-space. This has already helped me in my interactions with my patients.

–Jeffrey L. Tate, MD Psychiatrist

How Loving! What Community! How Healing and Refreshing! How Unique!

I appreciated the chance to actively, personally, effectively dialogue about how to expand integral throughout the culture and embody integral more fully in ourselves in the world, the discussion on how to apply integral to the crises present and ongoing on this planet, and the chance to celebrate and share the mystery, delight, love, challenges, terror, relationship, and exquisite beauty of this existence!

This particular embodiment of the Integral We was the very best integral gathering I have attended, in large part because it was small enough to allow for deep exchange on many levels, with an amazing diversity of personalities, backgrounds, and skills to share.

The Integral Center is a beautiful, functional, diverse, and intimate physical space to dwell in for a few days, (place matters!).

The Presence, in an intimate setting, of Ken Wilber, which allowed for experiencing his heart and compassion and bodhisattva field and the opportunity of a few minutes of direct dialogue with him also made this Integral event unique and I hope will be a feature each time.

It is a much fuller, deeper and altogether different experience being with Ken than simply reading his works or hearing a recording or video.

It is the first integral event I’ve attended that offers the chance to network in a meaningful way, which I trust will be invaluable in my work in chosen fields ongoing. All of this and more makes this the one integral gathering I intend to make each year.

–Thomas (Taom) Heady, Musician, Counselor/Educator/Political Activist

This was my second Integral Living Room and I’m going back for more next October!

I love these evolved people, many traveling here from all over the globe. They are lifelong learners like me, drawn to a weekend filled with passion, connection, and deep friendship… and all of it embedded in evolutionary and integral principles.

–Leila Bruno

I appreciated the opportunity to bring the AQAL map alive in person. Navigating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person terrain in a supportive container was fantastic.

The Integral Living Room was a creative cauldron of evolutionary potentiality. Theory came to life as the AQAL model was lit up and made real experientially…and we were it! Highly recommended!

–Grant Hunter

Your Hosts

We’re thrilled to announce that Integral pandit extraordinaire Ken Wilber will be joining us in the Integral Living Room! If, like most of us, you have been inspired by Ken’s brilliant insights and writing, you will love the chance to hang out with him in this informal setting. Ken is a delight in person, and will share his latest thinking (including his up-to-the-minute writing on Volume II of the Kosmos Trilogy), answer questions, and schmooze on any topic the group is engaging.

It’s a rare chance to get up close and personal with the man who has sparked the modern integral movement and is still its leading light.

Ken Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books, translated into some 30 foreign languages, including the recent Integral Spirituality. Ken is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is the founder of Integral Institute, Inc. and the co-founder of Integral Life, Inc.

Ken Wilber is a national treasure. —Robert Kegan, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ken Wilber is one of the most important pioneers in the field of consciousness in this century. I regard him as my mentor. He is a source of inspiration and insight to all of us. —Deepak Chopra, M.D. author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Ken Wilber is one of the greatest philosophers of this century and arguably the greatest theoretical psychologist of all time. —Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei is a gifted professional mediator, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 25 years. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Merzel Roshi to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute in Denver, Colorado, since 2004. She is also the co-founder of Two Arrows Zen, a center for Integral and Zen practice in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman.

Diane is a very special person, compassionate, caring and wise. Her facilitation and teaching skills are beyond question. I very much appreciated and recommend her timeless and timely integral zen work. —Lama Surya Das
Diane is a gifted and profound facilitator. Just to be in her field is healing. Her capacity to lead a group is very gentle, and yet she is able to bring out broad perspectives from Big Mind to Deep Shadow. Her work is very transformative. —Marcelo Cardoso

Terry Patten has worked with Ken Wilber and I-I since 2004, and was the senior writer and co-author of the book Integral Life Practice. He created the acclaimed 8-session online course, Integral Spiritual Practice. He writes and coaches, and also speaks and teaches internationally, and he hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice.

Working with Terry lifts my heart, while strengthening and clarifying the evolutionary impulse within me. If you study with him you will be empowered, uplifted and inspired into your own next level of conscious evolution. —Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution
Terry Patten is one of the most clear-thinking and articulate people I’ve ever met and his big mind is held firmly within a very big and awakened heart. —Andrew Cohen, author of Evolutionary Enlightenment
Terry Patten is an incredible spiritual teacher: articulate, possessing amazing depth yet highly accessible, humble, skillful, of the highest integrity, thoroughly grounded in Ken Wilber’s work yet offering an original synthesis that is uniquely his. —Paul McHugh, Minneapolis, MN

Jeff Salzman has worked in adult education and transformation for thirty years. For three years Jeff worked side by side with Ken Wilber developing the Integral Institute, an international center for integral theory and application. Jeff spent the last few years as co-founder and a lead teacher at Boulder Integral (now The Integral Center). These days he travels, teaches and comments about current events on Integral Life and on his blog, The Daily Evolver.

Jeff explains current events better than anyone I know. He always makes me feel better and more hopeful about our world. —Maria Aarons, Denver, Colorado
Ok, here is integral in action. Jeff doesn’t just know integral, he transmits it. I feel like I’m flying at a higher altitude just from being around him. —Brian DiPospero, Los Angeles
The Garrison Keillor of Integral. —Steve McIntosh, author of Integral Consciousness and Evolution’s Purpose

A Shout From the Heart

And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authenticity always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.

Ken Wilber
One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality, (p. 35)

The Conversation So Far

A series of community calls has been our way to stay connected between gatherings. We had great conversations in our trio, with Ken Wilber, and with you over the years. We are delighted to be able to share those calls. Each community call leading up to the five Integral Living Room gatherings is posted here. Please have a listen to any and all that interest you!

Previous Calls

Integral Activism Engages the Human Collective
Recorded 10.3.2017
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Scale, Complexity, Polarization, and Depth
Recorded 7.20.2017
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Integral Takes on Trump
Recorded 5.25.2017
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What Is Integral Activism?
Recorded 3.16.2017
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Preparing to Die: An Integral Conversation
Recorded 8.4.2016
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An integral relationship to grief and loss
Recorded 5.26.2016
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Death Denial and the Immortality Project
Recorded 3.17.2016
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Spiritual Bypass of the Soul?
Recorded 9.10.2015
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Magical Thinking Vs Real Psychic Phenomena
Recorded 6.25.2015
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A Discussion of Subtle Energy
Recorded 4.9.2015
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Subtle Energy, the Soul & Life Purpose
Recorded 1.22.2015
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Integral Activism Engages the Human Collective








Recorded October 3, 2017

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The theme of the Integral Living Room this year is “A Shout from the Heart” and, in this fraught moment during our global crisis and national crisis during the Trump administration, an exploration of integral activism.

Coincidentally, Terry Patten recently finished the first book about integral activism. It’s called A New Republic of the Heart: Awakening into Evolutionary Activism, and it will be released early next year by North Atlantic Press.

In our last community call on October 3, 2017, Terry offered a short talk about some of the ideas in that book. Jeff and Diane offered additional perspectives, and we had a vigorous discussion, in which many of our community members also participated.

Terry pointed out that integral life practice is ultimately a four-quadrant affair, not just engaging practices directed at “my” body, mind, spirit and shadow, but also practices that engage the human collective—including our roles as citizens of our communities, nations and world.

And he argued that we have a special paradoxical responsibility amidst our larger ecological and civilizational crises. If we are to see profound whole-system change, a transition into a new stage of culture and consciousness, that depends on a large number of people. Some responsibility lies with every one of us.

Jeff rejoined by rejecting the idea that humanity has gone wrong and modernity is a great mistake. And Terry readily agreed that a self-negating misanthropy is inappropriate. In fact, observing that “Things are far too serious for us to lose our sense of humor”, Terry pointed to the existential, spiritual and emotional challenge of penetrating our denial of the seriousness of our situation without losing touch with the joy and fundamentally positive orientation to life that are the soul of wise practice. Diane helped clarify the philosophical points here by observing that both these positions can be simultaneously true.


Scale, Complexity, Polarization, and Depth









Recorded July 20, 2017

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Scale, Complexity, Polarization, and Depth

The Integral Living Room’s third community call happened on Thursday evening, July 20, 2017. Jeff Salzman, Terry Patten, and Diane Hamilton were joined by four Canadian activists and an online group of 100 or so others. We continued exploring the idea of Integral Activism. We have been engaging this question ever since the presidential election shocked our system and prompted us to think about how to be more involved.
Our theme for this year’s Integral Living Room is “A Shout from the Heart: Living An Integral Activism”. In our first ILR community call, Ken Wilber gave us his thoughts about our topic, emphasizing the importance of catalyzing adult development by educating people Integral theory, and how that relates to trans-partisan politics. In the second call, we focused on what an Integral response to the current American administration looks like. For this third call, we wanted to dialogue with social activists in our community who have already given a tremendous amount of their creative life energy to this endeavor.

The Integral community has its fair share of activists, among them Gail Hochachka, a seasoned Integralist who works in climate change adaptation and is a co-founder of Integral Without Borders; Lisa Gibson, a wholehearted change agent working with complex social issues including sex work; Julian Gonzales, a deeply thoughtful Integralist involved in multi-scale sustainability projects, and Trent Berry, a truly forward-thinking activist who works with re-designing community energy consumption and delivery. Each of these people is smart and seasoned, with tremendous experience and skin in the game. It also happens that they are all Canadians living in British Columbia (a shout out to the Maple Leaf) and good friends with each other and the integral community surrounding Ken Wilber’s work.

Our conversation began with the acknowledgement that activism is literally “the act” of bringing our realization or insight into form, into life, into manifestation. For an integralist, Terry Patten reminded us, spiritual recognition underlies our work; that is, we see the perfection at the heart of all things. This perspective releases us from subject-object consciousness, from seeking, from the sense that thing are inherently wrong and bad, and allows for the full embrace of reality as it is. At the same time, we must acknowledge when things need to change. There are truly urgent issues requiring our attention from environmental degradation to economic injustice to providing healthy conditions to all people to keeping peace on the planet. These are real. We have to engage ourselves with the truth and urgency of this, while remembering that wholeness is not just a prior principle, but it is a dynamic force. Wounds heal, we recover from illness, and as Ken has pointed out over and over, over time people choose more equitable social agreements like outlawing slavery and giving women equal rights.

Jeff Salzman picked up on this theme described his activism as his passion to educate people about what he believes is the next wave of the good, true and beautiful. He is interested in a specifically Integral activism that has tired of looking at the world through a single lens or perspective, but wants the biggest point of view possible. And part of this larger view is seeing that we humans are, indeed, the heads, hands, mouths and feet of compassionate activity. Wholeness flows across boundaries in creative bursts, and we can work with that wholeness in action.

Gail had just returned from working with a research team focused on climate change adaptation in Guatemala, reframing climate change as potentially a process of deliberate transformation. Integral theory is explicitly included in this project design because of Gail’s role. She has been participating in a whole set of conversations taking place about climate change — such an enormous, wicked problem — and is noticing that we have to rethink how we even conceive of it. In these climate change conversations what people mean by transformation is very different. We need to create new cognitive space, and challenge our habitual concepts regarding climate and our conventional responses to it. She is thinking a lot about how people change, about how culture changes, and how large systems change. It is truly a four quadrant consideration. She believes we can find a transformational path through this massive and non-local challenge.

Julian has moved from working on climate change mitigation to climate change adaptation. In the time he has been involved, there is already a big shift in the framing. He said that when we consider what will it take for us to address this problem, the first thing that comes to mind is the scale. There are different scales to from which to engage the issue from local to regional to global, and we have to ask, “What is the appropriate scale for addressing it?” The challenge itself cannot be addressed from any limited perspective, so it requires our perspective to shift, to change the vantage point from which we see the problem. This requires tremendous flexibility of mind.

Terry Patten pointed out that our ecological predicament requires whole systems change. The scale is ridiculously daunting. But every Integral activist can see their work as one of “a thousand points of light” that are each contributing to how coherence is reestablishing itself amidst fragmentation. From this perspective, many small contributions can play important roles. But Trent added the necessary caution that sometimes our independent efforts can actually be counter-productive if we are not actively bridging scales and looking at the big picture together.

Lisa Gibson chimed in that she in working on social justice issues and resiliency, she sees the issues of scale, but also of complexity. She added that whether it is sex work or the opiate crisis or the legalization of marijuana, the conversations tend to be very polarized. Additionally all the available solutions seem to be inadequate. Policy makers may agree that what they are doing isn’t really working, but even then, they often don’t know how to respond. It is more and more critical to bring in more perspectives. But even while there are no easy answers to these wicked problems, the relationships among those working on the issues can ground and stabilize the inquiry.

Gail said she is also compelled by the value of relationships in this work. She is asking, “What sort of culture of change agents could scale dynamic multi-level systemic change?” People want to know what constitutes an the Integral activism practice ? That question is not answerable for us as individuals because an adequate response isn’t held within an individual consciousness. Individuals needs to realize the dimension of our togetherness, but even further, our shared beingness, and move flexibly from autonomy to communion. This realization is an expression of vision-logic within social change movements which can address multi-stakeholder and multi-perspectival engagements. Lisa’s activist community talks about “scaling deep”. This relates to the interior changes required for cultural change adequate to scale social and systemic transformation. Policies and right hand quadrant change are only effective and sustainable if they are supported by the culture’s values and beliefs.

Trent mentioned intimacy as another aspect of this work on relational depth. He noted the work of Michael Stone, a very popular Buddhist teacher and yogi who recently died, who wrote a lot about the relationship of spiritual practice to activism. Trent recalled that Michael’s identified three big issues in this writing: Climate change, economic injustice, and the atrophy of intimacy – including loss of intimacy with our bodies, in relationships, and in communities. This list reflects the importance of both the right and left hand quadrants in our activism. Julian mentioned that in his work, he often reflects on intimacy — intimacy with himself as a facilitator, intimacy with the humans he is working with, and intimacy with the natural world.
Interest in the structures and systems, and willingness to include the interiors of culture – enduring relationships, emotional depth, and profound intimacy are essential dimensions of any real conversation about scaling systemic change. We’ve summarized some key perspectives here, but there were many more interesting moments.


Join us in beautiful Boulder, CO | Nov 9th 7pm to Nov 12th 1pm