This opening session will provide a welcoming introduction, and an orientation to integral education and ecology. We will be introduced to a sense of place at Mt Madonna. All of our individual journeys intersect at this place and this point in time creating an unprecedented opportunity to deepen our practice, learn from each other, and build connections that will inspire and sustain us in our work as educators and ecologists. We will begin to get to know each other and will examine some of our hopes and expectations, sharing a few of our questions, interests, and glimpses of the paths that have brought us to this place. As a group, we will also reflect on how we can embody an integral experience, one that we will continue to create together during the seminar and in our lives going forward from this retreat. We will also briefly introduce Otto Scharmer’s Theory U model, upon which we designed the structure and flow of this year’s seminar.