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Earth Talk Video: Building Community in our Shared Endeavours - Sister Jewel

Sister Jewel is currently the Scholar in Residence at Schumacher College’s new Elmhirst Centre. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ordained her as a Buddhist nun in 1999 and a Dharma Teacher in 2007. Sister Jewel will explore how we can build community in our organisations and enterprises, and how this links to the practice of mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh has said that while the 20th century was a time of individualism, the 21st century needs to be the era of community.

Sister Jewel asks how we can support each other by cultivating our relationships in our places of work, learning to flow like a river rather than living as isolated drops of water. The Earth Talk includes experiential practice such as mindfulness exercises.

Sister Jewel

Sister Jewel (Chan Chau Nghiem in Vietnamese) grew up in the US and Kenya. Thich Nhat Hanh ordained her as a Buddhist nun in 1999 and a Dharma Teacher in 2007. Before ordaining, she graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences. She has led retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa. She is passionate about exploring the ways art, play and mindfulness practice intersect and sustain each other. She spends much of her time sharing mindfulness and compassion, especially with children and young people, and bringing mindfulness to teachers and schools, as part of the Wake Up Schools initiative. She is editor of Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children (link is external) by Thich Nhat Han and also the co-editor of Thich Nhat Hhan's book 'Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life'.