Welcome to the Evolutionary Connections site! You’ll find both a blog with useful info here and a directory of connections that I hope will help you feel apart of this global movement that is occurring.
and just in case you wanted to know more about who I am, I will put my author bio info below
Alice Gardner, author of this site, is also author of two books, Life Beyond Belief; Everyday Living as Spiritual Practice, and Finding Our Way Forward; New Perspectives on Human Development. She coaches people over the phone in living from their highest possibilities in the midst of active andinvolved lives, works a man agent job at Stanford, and writes blogs too.
Alice found herself radically transformed after a retreat with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle in October of 2002. This completed her 30 year spiritual search and was the beginning of a new and vital exploration about fully living the realization while in the very human moments of everyday life. This has become the focus of her work and writing.
As a child Alice had searched in her parents tradition – the Congregational Church, but was unable to satisfy a un-namable yearning. At the age of 15 she found Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, on her parents bookshelf and has since felt herself to be on a spiritual path of sorts.
Alice’s spiritual calling has led her through many experiences including living at the Findhorn Foundation for seven years as a young woman where she married and had two children. It was at this time that she began working with people involved in spiritual development in the large Findhorn guest programs. At this time she also discovered an ability to contact a source within herself that had the answers to whatever questions she could frame, and this had a powerful effect, and was the beginning of her ability to write from a deep source within herself.
She returned to rural New England with her new family, and stayed there for 20 years, during which time she attended retreats with Richard Moss and facilitated a local “energy work” group in Vermont based on his work.
At the time when her children were starting to leave for college, Alice discovered the teachings of Eckhart Tolle through his book The Power of Now which spoke to her deeply. She attended a retreat with Eckhart and was utterly changed by it in a way that was obviously the answer toall her prayers and spiritual yearnings.
Alice was surprised to find herself in a completely changed situation after her retreat with Eckhart Tolle. Everything was now perceived in an inside-out and upside-down way as compared to her previous life and Alice no longer knew how to live. This new life was what all the spiritual yearning had been for, but what to do now? She had no idea how to make decisions or navigate her daily life any more. A teacher named Adyashanti stepped into this breach, and gave assistance and support with his teachings. Alice moved to California, where Adya also lives, in 2004 wanting to be near other people who were also experiencing what she had now learned to call “spiritual awakening”.
ALICE GARDNER lives very much in the mainstream of modern life. She holds a Master of Management degree from Cambridge College, Massachusetts, and has worked as an academic administrator at educational institutions in Brattleboro, Vermont and Palo Alto, California. She volunteers with Open Gate Sangha and mentors an international group of people online and by telephone.
In 2003 Alice started the website called Wide Awake Living at www.wideawakeliving.com. It was a creative outlet for the poetry and other writings that came from her time of awakening. It has grown and grown and is now enjoyed by a substantial mailing list of people from all over the world who subscribe to the monthly Wide Awake Living Newsletter. This website is also the place to find out about Alice’s mentoring practice, through which she offers the fruits of her lifelong spiritual dedication to individuals in person, online or over the telephone.
Awake Publishing was begun in December of 2006 as a business entity to support the production of Alice’s first book, Life Beyond Belief. It has a partner website with Wide Awake Living and is located at www.awakepublishing.com.