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 for 2020

For 2020 I am thrilled to offer more mindful gardening and farming workshops. I am also working to develop an approach to conflict resolution that builds on the powerful healing energy of Mother Earth. For now I’m calling it “farm-based mediation.” Stay tuned for more information on these projects soon.

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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 …

Stepping Mindfully toward Healing the Earth

Fridays for Future demonstration, Berlin, Sept. 20, 2019 As our small group of Sangha members practices walking meditation to the site of the demonstration from nearby Tiergarten, I am thinking about the profound shift that is asking to manifest inside many of us. Sustainability and climate rescue aren’t primarily technological or even political challenges in …

I Hear You

“To be loved means to be recognized as existing.” Thich Nhat Hanh I spotted these two flyers posted to a fence around a large construction site in Berlin, Kreuzberg. I was touched deeply by the messages “I hear you” and “I’ll help you.” Doesn’t it just feel wonderful when someone says these words to us …

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