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.

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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 


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