Symposium

The first step onto the Up to Us engagement pathway is the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, a transformative educational workshop that explores the challenges and possibilities of this moment in time and the role people can play in creating a new future.

The Opportunity to Bring Forth a New Future

The Symposium awakens participants to the need for, and opportunity of, bringing forth a new future for everyone. The half-day program with skilled facilitators takes place in-person around the United States and in 79 other countries, and is also available via video that can be watched at your convenience.

A Transformative Personal Journey

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to take a stand for the thriving, just and sustainable future you want to see. You will:

  • Discover both possibility and grounded optimism in a new future, so you can find your role and best contribution.
  • Connect with like-minded people who all are stronger together, joining forces to reach solutions.
  • Experience a deep sense of personal fulfillment as you rediscover what's meaningful and possible for the world right now.
  • Be moved into concrete action with specific ways to further develop your leadership in your community and the world.

A Story of a New Dream for Humanity

In the Symposium, we look squarely at the state of the world — where we are, how we got here, and where we want to go. These are extraordinary times, full of amazing opportunities to solve our toughest challenges, including social and economic injustices.

Where Are We?

Our purpose is bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. So we start by looking at our current situation, a health-check of life on Earth. This allows us to see the current "dream" of the modern world and feel the impact this dream is having on our environment, human society and our own selves. This will provide an important foundation of shared knowledge for the rest of our journey together.

How Did We Get Here?

Let's get a fresh perspective on how we got into our current predicament. How did this happen? Identifying the root causes makes it possible to choose responses that go to the true sources of what is not working, rather than just superficially change how we do things. So we'll examine the unexamined, unconscious assumptions that lead our behavior and so determine how the modern world operates. You'll get a new way of seeing the world - as profoundly interconnected - and the power to choose differently.

What's Possible Now?

If we can choose differently, what's possible right here, right now? Is a different future really possible, distinct from the one that seems probable or even inevitable? And what is actually already emerging at this time in history?

We'll see how new futures are possible and celebrate the good news; there is a huge, unstoppable groundswell of committed energy and activity is emerging around the world. See what is looks like and begin to feel what this makes possible in your own life.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Once we know where we are, how we got here, and what's possible now, we can begin to answer the question, "Where do we go from here?" You have the opportunity to identify and express your personal stand for creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

Now we can look at the actions we can take, separately and together. These may well be your first steps in a lifelong process of identifying and committing to sustainable actions and ways that are consistent with your vision and stand.

And through this, an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just world is possible.

Participants Say it Best

Over 200,000 people from over 80 countries have participated in the Symposium.

Testimonials

"The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is one of the most powerful calls to action I have ever experienced. It combines science, ethics, art and culture in a profound and moving way, reminding us of what it really means to be fully alive and fully awake."

David Cobb, Move to Amend

"The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is the realization of one of my greatest dreams. Nearly 3 decades ago, Amazonian shamans told me 'the world is as you dream it; your people's dream of materialism has become a nightmare — change it.' The Symposium is doing that. All over the globe Pachamama Alliance is inspiring dreamers to dream a dream that will make future generations proud and empowering them to take actions to manifest this new dream."

John Perkins, Best-selling author, Co-Founder, The Pachamama Alliance

For a long time I have been aware of the need for a worldwide cultural change in thought and priorities; the videos I had the privilege to watch [in the Symposium] showed exactly what I had already been seeing and made all the sense in the world."

Maria del Corral, Bogota, Colombia

"At a time when I felt only despair about the conditions I saw in the world, the Symposium provided me with a new way of seeing things, with hope and with inspiration. It neatly organized all the things I cared about most into three easily manageable categories, and gave me a framework and language for communicating my concerns and for understanding what I could do to make a difference."

Holly Hartman, Philadelphia USA

"The approach is manageable and doesn't require 'competitive' knowledge! There is a realistic approach and expectation, and its affirming of my own views."

Elaine Winchester, Wellington, New Zealand

"Over the course of my life I have seen my passion for social justice, health, environment and spirituality as separate. The Symposium brought each these together and I was able to integrate them and begin to understand why each of those has been so essential in my life."

Alyssa Brown, Burlington, Vermont USA

"Whether it's due to our cynicism, our sense of hopelessness, or a society that's good at putting us to sleep, too few of us are engaged in making a difference as citizens on issues like poverty, peace, and climate change. That's where The Pachamama Alliance's work is so vitally important. Their programs feed these movements by waking us up, helping us get back in touch with our desire to make a difference, and bringing us back onto the playing field and into action."

Sam Daley-Harris, Founder of Results and Author of "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government"

Find Upcoming Symposiums Near You

Use the map below to find upcoming Symposiums around the world. New events are added weekly, so if you don't find anything now you can sign up to receive notifications when an event is added near you.

There are many events and communities worldwide.

There are events and communities worldwide.

Upcoming Workshops

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San Rafael, California, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Nov 22, 2014
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Fairfield Township, New Jersey, United States

Name: UpToUs! South Jersey
Type: Circle
Date: Sat. Nov 22, 2014
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Lima, Lima, Perú

Name: Conferencia Especial: "En defensa del planeta y de la vida"
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sat. Nov 22, 2014
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Dover, Delaware, United States

Name: Red & Black Friday
Type: Symposium
Date: Fri. Nov 28, 2014
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Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

Name: Entrenamiento nov
Type: Facilitator Training
Date: Sat. Nov 29, 2014 - Sun. Nov 30, 2014
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Mawson Lakes, South Australia, Australia

Name: Adelaide Hub symposium: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Nov 30, 2014
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Tucson, Arizona, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Mon. Dec 1, 2014
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Clinton, Massachusetts, United States

Name: Facilitator Training in Clinton, MA
Type: Facilitator Training
Date: Fri. Dec 5, 2014 - Sun. Dec 7, 2014
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Lima, Lima, Perú

Name: Simposio Internacional
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Dec 6, 2014
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Ocala, Florida, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Dec 6, 2014
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New York, New York, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium in NYC
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Dec 6, 2014
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Oviedo, United States

Name: P.E.A.C.E. Meeting
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sat. Dec 6, 2014
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New York, United States

Name: Community Day in NYC
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sun. Dec 7, 2014
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Rochester, New York, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Dec 7, 2014
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Ashland, Oregon, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Wed. Dec 10, 2014
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Roseville, Minnesota, United States

Name: Pachamama Book Club
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Wed. Dec 10, 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Name: MN Pacha Community Potluck
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Thu. Dec 11, 2014
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Summerfield, Florida, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer
Type: Symposium
Date: Fri. Dec 12, 2014
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Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México

Name: Simposio Ixtli 2
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Dec 13, 2014
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Fairfield Township, New Jersey, United States

Name: UpToUs! South Jersey
Type: Circle
Date: Sat. Dec 13, 2014
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Lecanto, Florida, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Dec 14, 2014
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Croydon, Victoria, Australia

Name: Eastern Melbourne Hub Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Dec 14, 2014
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Rochester, New York, United States

Name: Symposium follow-up session
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sun. Dec 14, 2014
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Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Dec 14, 2014
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Tambillo, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

Name: Entrenamiento en Ecuador
Type: Facilitator Training
Date: Sat. Dec 20, 2014 - Sun. Dec 21, 2014
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Oviedo, United States

Name: P.E.A.C.E. Meeting
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sat. Dec 20, 2014
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Ashland, Oregon, United States

Name: Solstice Ceremony
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sun. Dec 21, 2014
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Rochester, New York, United States

Name: Winter Solstice Gathering
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sun. Dec 21, 2014
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Oviedo, United States

Name: P.E.A.C.E. Meeting
Type: Local Community Group Event
Date: Sat. Jan 3, 2015
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San Francisco, California, United States

Name: San Francisco Facilitator Training
Type: Facilitator Training
Date: Sat. Jan 10, 2015 - Sun. Jan 11, 2015
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Laguna Niguel, California, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Type: DVD House Party
Date: Sat. Jan 10, 2015
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Rochester, New York, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Jan 11, 2015
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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States

Name: Disciples Christian Church
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Jan 31, 2015
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Ventura, California, United States

Name: Wake Up Ventura County
Type: Symposium
Date: Sun. Feb 1, 2015
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Colorado, United States

Name: Naropa ATD Symposium
Type: Symposium
Date: Sat. Feb 7, 2015
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Tucson, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Mon. Mar 2, 2015
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Tucson, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Mon. Jun 1, 2015
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Tucson, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Mon. Sep 7, 2015
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Tucson, United States

Name: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Type: Symposium
Date: Mon. Dec 7, 2015
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Communities

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Alianza Pachamama Perú

Location: Lima, Lima Region, Peru
Community Since: Dec, 2011
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Awakening the Dreamer Billings Montana

Location: Billings, Montana, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2013
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Be the Change - Barbados

Location: Bridgetown, Barbados
Community Since: Feb, 2012
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Be the Change - Germany

Location: Germany, Germany
Community Since: Apr, 2009
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Be the Change Australia

Location: Australia
Community Since: Jul, 2006
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Brazil's Community

Location: São Paulo, Sudeste, Brazil
Community Since: Mar, 2013
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Charlotte Awakening the Dreamer Community

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2007
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Cleveland, NE Ohio Staying Awake Community

Location: Cleveland, OH, Ohio, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2010
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Co-Created Futures (BTC Sweden)

Location: Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Community Since: Oct, 2010
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Dallas/Ft. Worth Pachamama Community

Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Community Since: Sep, 2011
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Despertando al Soñador - Ecuador

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Community Since: Aug, 2009
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East Bay Pachamama Community

Location: East Bay, California, United States
Community Since: Jul, 2007
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Eugene Community

Location: Eugene, Oregon, Oregon, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2012
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Facilitadores del Simposio Mexico

Location: Puebla, Cuernavaca, Mexico D.F, Mexico
Community Since: Sep, 2009
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Flagstaff, Arizona Pachamama Community

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
Community Since: Apr, 2013
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Fresno Community

Location: Fresno, California, United States
Community Since: Dec, 2013
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Greater Cincinnati Community

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Community Since: Jun, 2011
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Hawaii Pachamama Community

Location: Honokaa, Hawaii, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2008
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Houston Texas Area Pachamama Community

Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Community Since: Apr, 2013
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La Comunidad Argentina

Location: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires y alrededores, Argentina
Community Since: Jul, 2008
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Los Angeles Pacha Community

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Marin Pachamama Community

Location: Marin, California, United States
Community Since: Dec, 2005
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Minnesota Pachamama Community

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Community Since: Nov, 2010
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New England Pachamamas

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Community Since: Jul, 2005
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Northwest Oregon

Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Community Since: Nov, 2007
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Northwest US Pachamama Community

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2006
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Omnicentre - South Africa

Location: South Africa
Community Since: Dec, 2013
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Pachamama Community in China

Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
Community Since: Oct, 2013
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Pachamama Romania

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Community Since: Apr, 2011
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Pachamama San Diego

Location: San Diego, California, United States
Community Since: Nov, 2010
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PEPULIH - Indonesia Community

Location: Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
Community Since: Apr, 2004
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Philadelphia Greater Metro Area

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Community Since: Jan, 2006
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Quinnehtukqut (Connecticut) Pachamamas

Location: Durham, Connecticut, United States
Community Since: May, 2009
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Rochester, New York Pachamama Community

Location: Rochester, New York, United States
Community Since: Nov, 2012
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Rocky Mountain Pachamama Community

Location: Boulder, CO, Colorado, United States
Community Since: Jul, 2007
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Seven Generations (Japan)

Location: Tokyo, Japan, Japan
Community Since: Apr, 2009
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South Bay Facilitators

Location: Santa Cruz, California, United States
Community Since: Oct, 2006
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Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance Community

Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States
Community Since: Jul, 2012
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St Louis Pachamama Community

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Community Since: Oct, 2012
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Tasmania Community

Location: Hobart, Tasmania , Australia
Community Since: Oct, 2010
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The Global Shift Alliance - Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Community Since: Sep, 2008
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Tierra Corazón - Colombia

Location: Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Community Since: Oct, 2009
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Vancouver (Be The Change Earth Alliance)

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Community Since: Oct, 2005
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Ventura Pachamama Community

Location: Ventura, California, United States
Community Since: Oct, 2011
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Victoria, BC Canada

Location: Victoria, BC, British Columbia, Canada
Community Since: Jul, 2014
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Wisconsin: WI CAN

Location: Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Community Since: Aug, 2012
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