Creating a Global Community
We believe that, whatever the daily news, a clear majority of those of us who inhabit this planet possess a vast, unrealized potential for love, generosity and peace. Despite the darkness of these times, we turn toward the light.
We ask you to join us, in discussion and in action, to form and nurture groups dedicated to the greater realization of the human birthright to learn, to love, to feel deeply and to create.
There is a special power, a warmth and camaraderie in a voluntary group dedicated to positive change for all its members.
Detailed instructions for the practice, along with ITP’s history and philosophy, can be found in The Life We Are Given. And you can perform the ITP Kata alone by going through the movements and meditations of that body-mind-spirit exercise while watching The Tao of Practice DVD. But most people prefer practicing with a group. A transformative community can help keep you on the path and also lend a hand in times of trouble or sorrow. The Mill Valley, California, group, for example, created a moving outdoor memorial service for a member who died after a long illness. Both family and friends appreciated it greatly.
When Murphy and Leonard withdrew to write The Life We Are Given, a large proportion of the original participants continued their practice, meeting for two-and-a-half hours Saturday mornings, plus spending a weekend together at least once a year at a retreat center. The descendants of the founding group are still quite active, providing a model for numerous newer groups.
The ideal number of participants in an ITP group ranges from around ten upward to around 35, though as few as two or three people can get feedback and support by practicing together. The total number of members is constrained by the size of the meeting room. The space needed for movement exercises, as in the ITP Kata, is from 35 to 40 square feet for each participant.
Finding members and getting started
The first source for fellow practitioners is likely to include personal friends and work associates—and the friends and associates of those people. You might also find potential members who share social or spiritual memberships in other organizations. But make sure that ITP won’t conflict with their practices or vice versa.
Once you've assembled a potential group, you can ask that each member obtain copies of The Life We Are Given and The Tao of Practice. From this book and DVD, you and your group can learn Integral Transformative Practice on your own.
Even better, you and other new members can attend an ITP workshop and carry the learning back to your group. For more information, see Workshops.
Best yet, ITP International can arrange for a certified ITP trainer to come to your locale and, for a reasonable fee, give a day-and-a-half or weekend training workshop for you and your group. We can also provide written material on the organizational aspects of an ITP community, as well as our lasting support. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for ITP Groups and Individual Practitioners
Below is a list of recommended reading and DVDs that you may find interesting.
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Brian Green. Vintage Books, 2005.
The Varieties of Religious Experience. William James. Random House, 1902, 1993.
Education and Ecstasy. George Leonard. North Atlantic Books, 1968, 1987.
Mastery. George Leonard. Penguin, 1992.
The Life We Are Given. George Leonard & Michael Murphy. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 1995, 2005.
The Essential Aurobindo. Robert McDermott. Lindisfarne Books, 1987, 2001.
The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature. Michael Murphy. Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1992.
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution. 2nd Ed., Revised. Ken Wilber. Shambhala, 2000.