About Us

skydiversnarrowEnlightenNext is a global movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to the evolution of human consciousness and culture. Founded by spiritual leader and cultural visionary Andrew Cohen in 1988, EnlightenNext is inspired and guided by the principles of what Cohen calls Evolutionary Enlightenment. Connecting individual transformation with a deep sense of responsibility for our collective future, this twenty-first-century spiritual philosophy is the lifeblood of EnlightenNext’s organizational culture and all of its events, programs, and publications.

EnlightenNext offers:

  • An original, contemporary spiritual path and practice for individuals who aspire to make their own lives an expression of evolutionary and enlightened values
  • Numerous courses and publications on the essential elements of Evolutionary Enlightenment
  • A global network of “Evolutionaries” and a series of forums and events in which individuals can engage with others to explore the collective dimension of enlightened consciousness and its implications for the evolution of culture
  • In-depth cultural inquiry through award-winning quarterly magazine EnlightenNext magazine (formerly What Is Enlightenment?), as well as teleconferences, websites, salons, and a forthcoming annual month-long spiritual retreat and international conference
  • Intensive retreats with Andrew Cohen, providing an opportunity for experiential engagement with the teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment

Through its programs and publications around the world, EnlightenNext is becoming recognized as a focal point and guiding light for spiritual leaders, progressive thinkers, visionaries, and inspired activists who are passionately interested in and contributing to the evolution of consciousness and culture.

In 2008, EnlightenNext was proud to celebrate twenty years of dedication to spiritual transformation and cultural inquiry.

"Traditionally, enlightenment has been defined as a profound awakening to the Ground of Being - an awakening in which the seeker finds liberation through transcending the world of time and space.

"But in the new enlightenment, which is redefined in an evolutionary context, the discovery of this primordial ground is not an end in itself. It becomes the essential foundation from which the individual is freed to participate wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process.

"What arises out of that ground is an impulse to evolve, which I call the Authentic Self, and the goal of Evolutionary Enlightenment is to liberate this creative principle in human consciousness so that it can transform us and the world around us."

- Andrew Cohen

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