The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium  is an innovative and powerful multi-media presentation conceptualised by the Pachamama Alliance to enable an “awakening” in people to the environmental, spiritual and social realities of our times. 

The Pachamama Alliance is a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco with the twin mission 

-  To preserve the Earth’s tropical rainforests by empowering the indigenous people who are its natural custodians

-  To contribute to the creation of a new global vision of equity and sustainability for all

 The symposium is a call to awaken from the “dream” of the industrial world, that we can continue to destroy the planet’s ecosystem through our relentless pursuit of economic growth.

The alternative worldview is one provided by the indigenous communities of the world, who have been living harmoniously and sustainably with the natural world.

The symposium seeks to integrate the two worldviews, to combine the technological progress of the modern world, with the ancient knowledge and wisdom of native communities, so that we can work towards a human presence that is “environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just.”




The Pachamama Alliance Asia Tour is being partnered by The Global Shift Alliance, a Hong Kong based non-profit that seeks to promote a sustainable world by enabling collaboration between people, organisations, and institutions across South East Asia. 


Irene and Rahim Eco Leadership


The Awakening the Dreamer symposium was held on 28th August 2009 for the first time in Singapore. It was organised by Irene Millar and Abdul Rahim of Eco Leadership, a social enterprise committed to training corporates for sustainable practices and leadership.




 Facilitators Giselle standing                                                                                                    


The three facilitators were Jo Fok from Global Shift mentioned above,  Giselle Gianella Gabe , founder of the Facebook Group “Pachamama Goddess Circle” and Dr. Merrin Pearse, an Ecopreneur and Geodesist from Hong Kong.




Dr Merrin seated


The symposium explores these 4 fundamental questions:

Where Are We? How did We get Here? What’s possible for the Future? Where Do We Go from Here?  



ATD Group Discussion


The interactive 4 hour session, combined with multi-media presentations, group discussions and self-examination, lead the audience to a better understanding of the answers to these 4 posers, and their own inner responses.



 The symposium gave the audience a new perspective on the way we look at our planet from the environmental, spiritual as well as social dimensions, for the three paradigms are not disconnected, but ONE and the same.

As Eugene, one of the audience participants said, “The symposium allowed me to better understand the causes and problems of our unsustainable way of living, and to see the connections between environmental protection and social justice.”  According to Andy, another participant, “it’s time to take action.”

The vision of the symposium is to connect the participants to a powerful global movement, one that Paul Hawken calls“Blessed Unrest” – a social movement at the grassroots level that is seeking to restore grace, justice and beauty to this world.

 ATD Group Photo  


If you are interested in taking the symposium to your organisation, company, city or country, kindly get in touch with Irene Millar of EcoLeadership for the Facilitator Training at irene@ecoleadershiptraining.com


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