At Boulder Integral, our mission is to foster the emergence of integral consciousness and culture.
Boulder Integral is a community of shared philosophical agreement and committed practice. We believe that we are poised at the beginning of a new turn in the spiral of human history, where for the first time all constructions of human knowledge and forms of beneficial practice are available.
We hear the next octave of a new Renaissance, where entirely new structures of thought, new reality frames, new ways of being human, and new stages of development await us, supported by a vastly clearer view of the great contributions of the past, as well as its pathologies. At Boulder Integral we stand in this confluence, eager to aid in the creation of the next wave of development: The Integral Age.
The Integral Age is in its infancy. Boulder Integral is among the first walk-up, embodied integral communities in the world. We are an experiment in community that strives to do more than reflect commonly held values. Our experiment in living is drawn toward something new, something “explicitly integral”. What this phrase means for us continues to evolve and do not claim that we have fully lived into this new suit of values. Yet we know that we must learn to live a new way; to find a path to the highest states of consciousness and stages of development; to commit in full to our own potential, and turn in love and service to humanity. So as we turn and turn again in full commitment toward a new human possibility, we have come to believe that the following values and capacities are among those that could be called “explicitly integral”, and as such represent an important advance at this moment in history.
Among the “explicitly integral” values and capacities are:
1. The ability to see humanity in a process of a continuous development and evolution through stages which are included and transcended by the next higher stage, each of which has its own contribution and dignity. For the first time we can see the fundamental contributions of these stages, without taking on their embedded fears and contracted states. We consciously seek the best of what has come before, while at the same time rejecting the dead ends and pathological expressions of structures of consciousness that have come before.
2. The development of a capacity to hold and act from multiple perspectives simultaneously, in ways that harmonize these perspectives and produce actions that are situationally appropriate and consistent with both practical realities and our highest vision.
3. The recognition of the reality and power of the interior dimensions of any occasion. Our states of consciousness affect not only our perception of a situation but the direction and outcome of the event itself. We embrace our responsibility toward our thought forms and interior states, and are committed to practices which train and bring forth the highest state experiences. This being said, we do not see the pursuit of states alone as adequate integral practice, and see none of them as absolute. We see higher states as necessary, but not in themselves sufficient aspects of integral practice.
4. Becoming consciously aware of the framework each of us uses to interpret our experience. We understand that this framework is often a pre-given, culturally conditioned way of viewing the world. This framework, including our own integral map, may be useful but is not absolute, and is by no means the only valid or accurate interpretive framework. We recognize all such frameworks as intersubjective agreement inventions that are relatively useful in communicating and making meaning out of our experience. Philosophy is public, cumulative and constructed. We therefore own our belief systems, and recognize them as such, not as absolute truths to be imposed on others. We aspire to be public and transparent about our philosophical agreement, and are open to being convinced about changes to this agreement. We encourage debate, honest disagreement, and continuous quality improvement in the construction of our intersubjective reality frame.
5. The embrace of objectivity and the ability to see ourselves and our situations from an objective perspective without fear or condemnation. We value the fruits of the objective view which include science, skillful means, appropriate interventions, and new and better solutions to the fundamental existential problems of the human condition. This said, viewing ourselves and others exclusively as “its” or a collections of objects is an inadequate understanding for the next level of human evolution, not because of its lack of truth, but because of its ability to see only partial truth.
6. The recognition that no new paradigm is true or even comes fully into existence without the means of its enactment. We are striving to become a group of people with energy and eagerness, willing to take on big projects that tackle the fundamental problems of human existence. We want to change situations for the better. If a situation calls for a change in our thoughts, feelings, state of consciousness, or the way we behave and show up — we get about making that change. If a situation calls for a change in external conditions, we get up off our cushions, get moving and change those conditions. And if a situation calls for a re-framing or re-interpretation of experience, we don’t hang on to our old way of seeing and being right.
Our community loves the heights of transformative experience, while at the same time honoring the practical good and valuing the shared agreements that will allow us to live in peace and continue our collective evolution. We seek to serve the world by both application of our energies to specific problems and by the presence we bring to any occasion.
When you walk through our door, we hope you will find people characterized by low levels of fear, low antibodies to change, love and respect for one another, and the desire to create and be in service to the world. We criticize through creating.
We want to have fun when we get together. Our collective intention creates a field that is joyful most of the time. We are no longer afraid of ourselves and what we can create. We are a continuously learning and transforming community, moving on in the process of evolution.
Our group has a unique advantage: almost everyone has had depth experiences with many “practices” designed to unleash and nurture some aspect of human potential. Collectively, we have kissed a lot of frogs, and are now ready to design and construct transformational systems that more predictably awaken and stabilize integral functioning. We have the capacity to know the best approaches and develop still better. One of our primary undertakings is the development and export of great practices and the combination of practices for ourselves and for the benefit others. Our members learn, share and create practices that exercise and develop all aspects of the self with the goal of greater capacity, awareness, compassion, and effectiveness. We love and own our shadow and growing edges.
We create most of our own programs and our menu is continuously changing. We seek to create an environment where the gifts of the individual are seen, honored, cherished and developed. We are highly creative and constantly evolving individuals who support each other’s endeavors, and establish collective conditions where creativity can flourish and transformative miracles can happen. Those who are ready to turn outward toward a public creative expression that makes a real contribution will probably enjoy our community the most.
If what you have just read sounds interesting, come hang out with us. We have a variety of programs, research and development activities, small groups, parties, public evenings and service opportunities. All of this can be experienced, but the real fun is what you want to create. We hope to see you soon.
Boulder Integral is a community of shared philosophical agreement and committed practice. Its mission is to foster growth of a community dedicated to a life of deeper goodness, truth and beauty through the creation of integral culture. Learn more about what we mean by integral.
To advance our mission, our non-profit corporation conducts operations in a beautiful 7,000 square foot facility in Boulder, Colorado, sponsors seminars, hosts classes, charters small groups, incubates explorers groups, has fun with community social events and parties, and partners with people who are seriously interested in creating books, teachings, seminars, DVD’s, webcasts, and other artifacts that have potential to advance the evolution of culture.
Our emphasis is on the development of new applications of Integral Theory, finding out what it means to live an integral lifestyle, and the creation of innovations. Our seminars, trainings, meetings and practice groups all advance the understanding and practice of personal and collective transformation.
We carry out our mission through the following vehicles:
Boulder Integral Inc. is a non- profit, 501 (c) (3) Corporation that has been recognized by the Internal revenue service as a publicly supported non-profit eligible to receive charitable contributions. A copy of our tax- exemption letter can be viewed >here<. Our tax returns are posted online as they become available.
We have given a substantial face lift to an old Lutheran church on the corner of Broadway and Balsam in Boulder Colorado, where we conduct our operations. Our 7,000 square foot facility has a kitchen, salon area for discussions, a meditation hall, workout room, kids area, offices, teaching room for classes of 30-40, a larger seminar and movement room for groups of 50-70 with a great sound system, and a well equipped video and audio production facility. We would love to have you come by and see the place. Please let us know in advance so we can greet you properly by email us at email@example.com
Each year we will host three or four substantial seminars attended by people from around the world. Typically a seminar develops when we have great teachers showing up around a topic of interest to the integral community. Seminars we will conduct in our first year of operations include a seminar in Integral Christianity, Integral Leadership, and Addiction and Recovery.
We have made a commitment great classes and helping good integral teachers become great integral teachers. Every month we have a variety of weekend and evening classes, which are announced in our newsletter and featured on our home page. We are interested in presenting material from integrally-informed individuals who offer something new and innovative in their field. If you have something new, this is the place to come and try it out. Examples of our classes are teachings on intimate relationships, community relationships, integral philosophy, Radical Emptiness, the Evolution of Christianity, Developmental Levels, Coaching, and many other topics. If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact Nomali Perera.
Small groups are fundamental points of connectivity and clear springs of creativity in the integral world. They grow and nurture the matrix of shared intention, enhanced capacity and mutual accountability that is the very best of what we have to offer. They are the place where we can see and be seen, and come to care about one another.
Currently we offer (or recently have offered) small group experiences in Intensive Integral Practice, Men’s work, Mothering, Mindfulness, Integral Christianity, Livelihood, and Integral Philosophy. To support needs for intimacy and confidentiality some of these groups are closed containers. Many more small groups come into being as we continue our work. View our current offerings.
If you are interested in joining a small group, you must first become a member, then simply show up or contact us. If you are interested in leading a Small Group, we would love to talk with you, and make sure to read our guidelines for small group leaders.
We like to have fun. Some of the ways we have fun are parties, movie nights, and other community events. We typically have something of interest to everyone. This is a great place to hang out with people who “get you”. Checkout our current events online or sign up for our newsletter.
We regularly act as a convener of intimate groups of people with substantial experience or interest in a topic, and a desire to change the world in some way great or small. Typically these groups are by invitation only, and assume a fairly high level of understanding of integral philosophy. If you are a serious student of integral and would like to be invited to an explorer’s group in your area of interest, Please contact Jeff Salzman.
The integral world space is filled with people who want to make a difference. If you have an artifact (seminar, teaching, DVD, product, etc. ) developed or in development, that comes from an integral level of consciousness, and want to talk to someone about it, please contact Ross Hostetter. Our guidelines for partnership are in the process of formation at the present time.
Five people are currently responsible for all of the day to day decision making at Boulder Integral. They consist of two full time staff, Nomali Perera and Jason Lange, and three voulunteers, Jeff Salzman, Ross Hostetter and Mary Hostetter.
Jason Lange is part of the founding circle at Boulder Integral. Jason helps manage both the facilities and technologies behind the Center. He has been a student of integral theory for nearly a decade and moved to Boulder to join the Integral Institute in 2006. He has a BA in Film & Digital Media and loves all types of media and technology, but has a particular passion for film directing and the cinematic arts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder Integral’s board currently consists of three members: Jeff Salzman, Ross Hostetter, and Steve McIntosh. The bios of both Jeff and Ross are outlined above.
An honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, today Steve is founder and president of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing “natural lifestyle products” which he has invented, including the famous Zen Alarm Clock. Steve is a long-time participant in progressive culture, he has traveled extensively throughout the world, and has had a variety of successful careers, practicing law with one of the nation’s biggest firms, and working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings tea company. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons.
He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Here are a few testimonials about some of our offerings and our life together:
Boulder Integral is one of the great integral communities that have developed around the world, and one I highly recommend. The people are first-rate, the programs top-notch, and the atmosphere integral through and through. I might even see you there!
The Integral Vision
State experiences are wonderful, but how do you stabilize them? Boulder Integral is the answer to my longstanding wish for a place to practice, learn, and apply Integral principles to daily life. Personally, I I do it best within a live and in-person community setting. It’s great to be able to pick the events that I want to attend on the weekends or during the week. I’ve especially enjoyed Steve McIntosh’s lectures on Integral Philosophy and a moving “Show and Tell” Sunday morning where I got to see the amazing creativity of our Integral community—and also got feedback on the first chapter of the novel I’m working on. I’m really excited about Movie Nights, and Jeff Salzman’s unique guided meditations are always great. Plus, the building and sanctuary are truly beautiful! I’m really grateful to have an Integral community at last.
The experience of sharing prayers, songs, and theology with a community of like-minded people is truly manna in the wilderness. One cannot walk the way of re-imagining Christianity in isolation, and your Center in Boulder is going to be a vibrant “think tank” and “well of living water” as a new way of being Christian begins to emerge. Thank you for the beautiful setting, the warm hospitality, and the wise choice of leadership.
Integral Christianity Participant
Like many advocates of Integral Theory, I have sensed the profound relevance, inclusiveness, and self-authenticating nature Ken Wilber’s works. Our ongoing challenge in the world today seems to be the development of grounded applications that support the sustainable embodiment of Integral Theory in day to day life. Fortunately, there are developing vehicles to explore such vital matters, Boulder Integral is such a vehicle.
Spacious, inspiring, and contemporary in design, the central location of Boulder Integral is fitting. A facility that addresses the heart of Integral Community in the heart of Boulder – as one of the homes of Ken Wilber, it is a city with an Integral heritage.
Boulder Integral hosts a variety of world class teachers. The spectrum is vast yet focused. Whether an open forum on parenting, a meditation intensive, a presentation on Integral Politics, or a community picnic; this fluid space that also keeps attention and awareness on an Integral perspective is an experience that one can count on.
Key to so much of the soundness and fidelity of these experiences is the founder’s and staff’s commitment to embodiment of Integral perspectives themselves.
I find it thrilling to be part of such potential that seems to be attending to an inclusive and dynamic dissemination of an Integral worldview. The conscious approach that Boulder Integral exhibits to essential matters of both opportunities and challenges is truly an asset to the Integral Community at large.
MA Transpersonal Psychology