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The Berkana Institute works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. As pathbreakers, we do not deny or flee from our global crisis. We respond by moving courageously into the future now, experimenting with many different solutions. Berkana and our partners share the clarity that whatever the problem, community is the answer. We prepare for an unknown future by creating strong and sustainable relationships, by wisely stewarding the earth’s resources and by building resilient communities. We rely on the belief that human beings are caring, generous and want to be together.

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A Personal Journey

Meg Wheatley, Berkana's co-founder shares her inspiration for Warriors for the Human Spirit: "Who do we choose to be in service to this time? I've asked this question of thousands of people in different places for the past few years. It’s a question I had been asking myself for many years, as I struggled to discover ways I could serve that also would give me the ability to persevere. After many decades of working in the world, I have declared my answer to this question by naming myself a Warrior for the Human Spirit." Learn more.


Sign up for Gathering Friends

Sign up today to start a Gathering Friends group of your own. Berkana is acting as a catalyst for the creation of self-organized circles of friends who are willing to offer steadfast support, consolation, companionship, and delight for one another. When you sign up you will receive a welcome letter from Meg Wheatley and a small packet of resources to inspire and sustain your group. Questions? Check our FAQ. Learn more about Berkana's role in Gathering Friends. Learn more.


Support the Warriors

Currently, there are more than 90 indivduals from 17 countries around the world training as Warriors for the Human Spirit. Berkana has developed a scholarship program called the Warriors Resource Fund to help support greater numbers of diverse people from around the world to participate in this powerful year-long experience. Only with a trustworthy community do we develop the skills and perseverance to withstand the loneliness, criticism, setbacks and failures that are part of this path. Support Warriors by making a contribution. Learn more.


Beyond Hope and Fear

In difficult times it takes effort to stay grounded in the present, but it is only there that we will find a place unclouded by hope and fear. We have to abandon hope, all of us, and learn how to find the place "beyond hope and fear." Willingness to feel insecure is the first step on the journey beyond hope and fear. It leads to the far more challenging state of ground- lessnessknowing that nothing ever remains the same. This 2009 article by Margaret Wheatley illuminates some of the fundamental underpinnings for the Training, Warriors for the Human Spirit. Read more.