Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to about Gaia House Interfaith Center says the same thing. "I wish there was one of those in my town! I would hang out there all the time!" Why? No other place I know of offers such a rich and diverse collection of spiritually edifying gatherings, eye-opening cultural experiences, and opportunities to create a community with truly amazing people of all ages and walks of life. 

I have sat down and shared meals with Jews, Muslims, and Christians who love each other. I have meditated with Buddhists and Hindus alike. I have shared and received life lessons with believers
and non-believers of all kinds. I have spent nearly three years of my life working to expand our reach and provide our students with opportunities to deepen their connections with themselves and one another, and become leaders who are the change they wish to see in the world. I have seen these students grow into aware adults, and I have seen them build on their experiences here by moving on to other peace, justice, and sustainability-based endeavors like the Peace Corps and the Greensburg, Kansas sustainable city project. 

The earth is Gaia, and this is our Gaia House: a microcosm, a sandbox, in which to create peace and understanding and learn to spread it.

Jon-Paul Diefenbach
Operations Director
Gaia House Interfaith Center
913 S. Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

(618) 549-7387

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