Remembering Terry Patten and obituary

[et_pb_text content_tablet=”


” content_phone=”


” content_last_edited=”on|desktop” _builder_version=”4.13.0″ _module_preset=”default” width=”77%” module_alignment=”center” min_height=”100.2px” custom_padding=”||27px|||” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Dear IEC Friends,

one of our global integral community member, teacher and friend,
Terry Patten has
passed away on the 30th of October.
Terry was instrumental in the American integral movement, participated in almost all of the Integral European Conferences offering keynote speeches and workshops and was a regular guest teacher in Latin America too. We’d like to honour him with this newsletter and asked dr. Roger Walsh to write an obituary about him for the IEC community.

TERRY PATTEN, 1951-2021

One of the great integral pioneers and contributors, Terry Patten died on October 30. Terry’s life and death were committed to awakening, relating, and contributing. A long term dedicated spiritual practitioner, he studied in multiple traditions with a variety of teachers though especially with Adi Da. He became an inspiring advocate and interpreter of integral studies, offering seminars, workshops, and co-authoring a book, Integral Life Practice, with Ken Wilber and others.

Deeply concerned about our mounting global crises, he sought for nuanced integral perspectives which transcended and included the usual narratives, and pioneered approaches which infused personal and interpersonal transformation into social-global activism. To spread these ideas, he created the podcast, The State of Emergence and wrote a book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries.

Much of his last few years was devoted to forming a community and organization to support people to “collaborate in becoming the next-stage human beings who can rise to our collective moment” and respond effectively and compassionately to our social and global challenges.
This organization, A New Republic of the Heart is committed to carrying on Terry’s work and community.

Home | A New Republic of the Heart

Diagnosed with metastatic cancer on his 70th birthday, he was initially most saddened that he hadn’t managed to contribute more. However, within 24 hours, he came to accept that he had done what he could do, and that if his time had come, he needed to accept it.

Then he turned his cancer into a teacher for him and a teaching for others. As he put it, “the cancer has me by the throat, so I need to accept it as a fierce teacher! You can’t fight reality, so I need to learn to dance with it.”

He spoke and wrote and taught openly about the physical, psychological, and spiritual processes he was going through and what he was learning from them. He gave his last webinar– an incredibly moving and heart opening dialogue– while on oxygen in his hospital bed only days before he died.

Terry’s last webinar is available at: Complete last teaching (1 h 7 mins)

Excerpts and highlights are available at: Excerpts from his talk (9 min)

Watch it and you will likely be moved to tears by this remarkable man.

Roger Walsh 


Dr. Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.

The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.

His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers.

This page is under redesign, please check back later. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Your Cart