Conscious Community – People in Sydney are Gathering in Groups to ‘Consciously Commune’_Featured_, Conscious Evolution, Consciousness Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
(Source: Reality Sandwich)
A new trend is gaining ground in Sydney, Australia – people are gathering in groups of 30 to over 300 to ‘consciously commune.’
Groups like The Conscious Club, Wake Up Sydney and Soul Sessions offer events and experiences that distinguish themselves from the ‘unconscious’ behavior of going out to clubs and getting hammered. Their sold-out events tackle topics like enlightenment, eliminating self-destructive habits, entrepreneurship and living a happier and more meaningful life.
Tim Brown, one of the founders of The Conscious Club, believes that the popularity of such events owes to the fact that “people are just sick of the groundhog experience, which is, to go and commune with people, I’ve got to go down to the pub and downgrade my consciousness [by getting drunk] in order to have a kind of unified experience.” With his events, which he describes as being “like ‘Ted Talks’, ‘MTV unplugged’, ‘Tropfest’ and a ‘Meditation Ashram’ all rolled into one,” he feels that people are offered a “high-grade and elevating experience.”
Eloise King, the journalist who founded Soul Sessions, believes that people are flocking to these events out of a need for community and self-nurturing.
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