Welcome to UML

The Urban Mindfulness Lab is my expression of adapting mindfulness practice and peace-building to urban life after spending two years in a Buddhist monastery.

Daniel Dermitzel

New Plans, Same Goals

The year 2020 was difficult for most of us, for many even painful. I was quite lucky not to have suffered illness or loss but Covid 19 caused me to reevaluate and put on hold some of my aspirations and projects. I had hoped to offer mindful gardening and farming workshops and to experiment with an approach to conflict resolution that builds on the powerful healing energy of Mother Earth. But under social-distancing rules workshops were difficult to organize and my training to become a certified mediator was interrupted as our class decided to wait until we can all meet in person again. Hopefully this will be possible in spring of 2021 and I will complete the course.

So, new planning, same goals… I hope to connect with you in 2021.


Pause in the Garden

On May 2, 2020, during the continuing partial lock-down due to Corona virus, our garden offered a beautiful opportunity to stop, return to our body and greet Mother Earth. Click on the short video below to pause, enjoy the sound of the birds, and listen to the bell for a few seconds. Enjoy.

Mother Earth is “how you eat the carrot… how you shut the door” — Buddhist Monastics on Caring for the Planet

Recently I visited Evermind Media, a website showcasing the collaborative efforts of Dutch filmmaker Wouter Verhoeven and the Plum Village Community founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in Southern France. Among the many films and stories posted to Evermind is a series of interviews with monks and a nun from Plum Village on the topic of …

Paths along the Journey