It is september, beautiful autumn, and we are surrounded by the tranquility of Waldbrol and the EIAB. On the German country side, the contrast with the speed and endless movement that we experience in our city lives becomes very apparent. The EIAB, as a place destined to promote Social work Initiatives, is the perfect setting for this the first Wake up, Deep Ecology and Permaculture retreat in our tradition. We have come from places as far as North America, mainly Europe, leaving behind our lives , jobs or studies, looking forward to experience the unusual mix of Applied Buddhism and Ecology in action . As a group of diverse young people we are connected through our longing to connect with mother earth, but firstly with ourselves, as being young is sometimes synonymous for rebelling against the critical situation of the world.