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The Young Sages Journey empowers young adults to cultivate an authentic voice rooted in inner wisdom and led by their desire to know truth and embody love. 

SAND supports 18–24 year-olds in developing the awareness to see life as one interconnected whole. From ancestors to self, from community to cosmos, we are all part of the same thread of existence. Grounded in this awareness of interconnectivity, we question our impact on life-giving ecological and social systems in this anthropocene epoch, and recognize the seeds of creative opportunity buried in the threats of climate crisis and social injustice. 

Through shared inquiry, we practice spiritual, cultural and ecological renewal. Online and on Earth, we explore through traditional wisdom practices, science and other emergent teachings combined with community reflection and ritual. By cultivating presence and equanimity, we are better prepared to serve a generative web of interwoven human (and more-than-human) communities. 

Practices:

  • community circles
  • trauma education
  • meditation
  • embodiment practices
  • elder teaching and support
  • brave spaces for cultivating presence and inner peace. 

Skills - the aim of the process is to develop:

  • deep listening
  • somatic resonance
  • authenticity
  • vulnerability
  • ancestral knowledge
  • embodying the collective movement from “I” to “we”
  • nervous system regulation
  • racial literacy
  • ecological wisdom

Values 

These are the pillars that guide our journey together. We seek to uphold these values in every interaction, no matter how big or small, seen or unseen:

Bravery: We attend to our individual and group needs, creating a culture in which we feel safe to explore and voice what is alive for us. We are encouraged to experience the wide depth and breadth of human emotion and expression. Our edges are where evolution occurs. 

Embodiment: The mind is a powerful tool, not to evacuate our human beings, but to inhabit our wholeness more fully. When we prioritize tending to our body wisdom, we can live our values with more integrity. 

Responsibility & Consent: We are each experts on ourselves and responsible for our thoughts, feelings and needs. We demonstrate radical love and respect by asking for someone’s availability to meet our desire for connection. We practice staying in connection and appreciate the response regardless of whether it is a yes or no.  

Radical Imagination: We know that human imagination seeds our landscape with possibility and is a key element in cultivating a world that serves all. Radical imagination requires courage & intelligence to recognize what needs to change and to inspire new actions and collaborations to propel social transformation.

Collective Liberation: We inquire about our positionality and privilege to become better stewards of social justice. We dismantle internalized and externalized oppression and violence based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, socioeconomic status in order to uplift all. None of us can claim true liberation until we are all free. 

Community: We are not meant to do the work alone. By reflecting the light and shadow in each other, we re-member how to live together. All that we experience in our “private” lives has wisdom for the connected whole. We prioritize inter-personal thriving to forge resilient networks that awaken collective consciousness. 


If you are inspired by the vision of this program, please consider making a donation to the Youth Program in order to make it available to as many young sages as possible:

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Anti-racism Statement

We acknowledge that regardless of one’s own race or ethnicity, each of us are at various points along an anti-racist journey. We understand that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism is the combination of social and institutional power plus racial prejudice. Conversations to disrupt racism require courage, respect and compassion, and may not always be comfortable. Regardless, we will purposefully strive to identify and challenge issues of race, ethnicity and the impact(s) they have on our program participants, members of the community & society at large.

We Stand Committed:

  • To affirm explicitly our identity and united solidarity as an anti-racist program. We are global co-conspirators working to overturn institutional racism. We take risks and use our power and influence to improve the lives of those most vulnerable.
  • To individual and organizational exploration and examination of implicit bias and systemic advantage/oppression such that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of our program and practices as we continue to learn about racism and ethnic oppression.
  • To the development and implementation of strategies and best practices that dismantle racism and ethnic oppression within all aspects of our organization, community and society.

Testimonials

“I just want to say thank you for the experience. I’m grateful to have been apart and for every lovely person I have met along the way. My only hope for myself is to give out the love I want to give to others to myself one day and then the difference that I’m looking for will exist. SAND brought me to this realization it’s just up to me to act out the part, which is an everyday battle but still I keep pushing knowing that I’m held in love. “

“I think the partner shares and activities, both online and in-person, were very wonderful. While we held the unified connection of the group, this allowed us to deepen and explore our presence. It also gave the chance to introduce us to people we may not readily approach.”

 “Lisa and Gillian did a great job creating a safe, open, and accessible environment. It felt like all voices were heard and received. The grounding exercises were very well placed and I think they contributed to the connection in our online meetings. I think the energy was very open online, and this allowed for open sharing from the sages and delightful feedback.”

“I am feeling validated in my dreams, thank you sages, this is the fuel needed to dance with the big Qs”

“I just found it such a relief to discover the SAND community. It wasn't the young sages program particularly that inspired me, but the quality and heart of the speakers. I found the vision and message of SAND to be so needed and the fact that there are adults out there thinking like this takes some of the pressure off of me to do everything.. This gives me the opportunity to pause and consider how can I really serve the world in my life in a way that's unique and really my strength. “

“I experienced more of a felt, embodied sense of interconnection than I have in the rest of my life. Having known about "interconnectedness" intellectually for a long time, encountering it in my body is way better and seems like an enormous source of strength.“

“I felt validated by expressing my opinions with a community that reflected back positively , I felt it could improve by having all the time outside of sand be used to make collaborations with each other on which we begin with apply some of these questions and understandings into our everyday relationships with societies and help each other as a group track these things. Maybe we leave SAND with a mission in mind where a few of us youth team up to make something happen in the world.”

“Generally, SAND was an amazing and completely life-changing experience for me. There are many ways in which I am pausing and reconsidering my own orientation and work. I am very excited to have met so many people whose values I feel are deeply aligned with mine and I want to maintain a relationship to the SAND community, grow into better serving this shared vision, and bring more people into this kind of consciousness through my own life. “