The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship Program

The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship is an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation, developed to support its mission to create a future where universal spiritual values form the foundation of how we care for our common home. 

We are seeking emerging young leaders and innovators who recognize the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion and service.  The fellowship is designed to offer an experience of deep study and practical application of the principles of spiritual ecology.  The central component of the fellowship will be the development and implementation of pilot projects that have the potential to be catalysts for change.

We are looking for participants from diverse fields and backgrounds who are interested in developing creative solutions based on spiritual values to environmental and social issues.  The fellowship is open to people of all faith backgrounds as well as people without any direct religious or spiritual affiliation.  

The fellowship follows a 9-month program and will consist of 8 selected participants, all of whom will receive full scholarships for program tuition and a $10,000 stipend to assist with project development.  All travel, food and lodging for retreats will be provided at no cost.

Participants will be mentored through the process of developing and implementing projects that put the principles of spiritual ecology into action.  Projects may be for any nonprofit or social and environmental benefit, and must be for a charitable, scientific, religious, literary, or educational purpose. Successful and viable projects will be eligible for incubation and potential seed funding consideration via the Kalliopeia Foundation incubator program upon completion of the fellowship.  

The application deadline is March 15th, 2017.  Applicants should be between the ages of 22-30. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for consideration. 

Priority will given to applicants who present projects that have a high likelihood of being brought to fruition, demonstrate strong leadership skills and have relevant work experience.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 15th, 2017. 

Please also see Frequently Asked Questions.


Fall — The Principles of Spiritual Ecology
September 7 - 13, 2017: A week-long retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington, which will focus the following:

  • Workshops and classes with teachers and mentors exploring the principles of spiritual ecology

Winter — Tools for Practical Implementation
January 7 - 13, 2018: A week-long retreat in Northern California, which will focus on the following:

  • Skill building workshops with teachers and mentors
  • Development and support for project ideas with mentors and teachers

Spring — Project Presentations and Outcomes
May 3 - 6, 2018: A 4-day retreat in Northern California including the following:

  • Project presentations
  • Review of outcomes and learning
  • Closing activities and next steps

In addition to retreats, fellows will receive:

  • Ongoing mentorship with project development and leadership
  • Peer support
  • Targeted access to networks to assist with project development
  • $10,000 stipend, paid in two installments


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Seana Quinn

Mentors TBD
Previous year included:

Joanna Macy
Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Dekila Chungyalpa
Vandana Shiva