We offer a range of multi-day workshops.

The objective is to explore how we regenerate our life supports for meeting the challenge to be sustainable in the struggle for life in all its richness, including our own.



 

Our emphasis is on using the experience of being in wilderness and in community to bring the meaning of social and sacred ecology alive.

We all face the fact that nothing less than transformation of our culture is needed if we are to live within the earth's limits. Our challenge is to regenerate experience of being embedded in nature as sacred life.

Some of the questions we are asking:

  • What practices do I engage in that are wearing me out?
  • Who am I and what do I have that equips me to be a sustainable activist for the earth as part of me living fully?
  • What are the roots of my activism and what practices do I use for nurturing them?
  • How do I balance support for significant others with support for myself?
  • What barriers do I create to receiving needed support?
  • What is my experience of deep nature connections and how can they be enriched?
  • What do I need to think, feel and act to become a person committed to the earth's life, for life?


Social Ecology

By social ecology we mean the process of regenerating the human/nature relationship. Sometimes we may forget that our human existence and well-being are dependent on being in relationship with both human and non-human species. The experience is designed to help us remember that we are nature as well as human. We envisage social ecology as a philosophy committed to local community of relations between humans and other species constrained by the ecological limits of local places. It comes from the anarchist aspiration for power to be focussed within local places and communities.


Sacred Ecology

Sacred can be defined as a place, quality or object that is experienced as symbolizing and/or as having capacities to invoke connectedness to the ultimate mysteries of life. As a result, these dimensions are given special status, which accords them with respect, reverence, honour and humility. Sacred is seen in its widest possible sense to include wilderness areas, war graves and sites, religious places, national icons such as a sporting hero like Bradman. The sacred includes events and experiences of an individual that are significant life markers and changers. For example, a sacred place can be created when ‘soul from place’ is generated by a personal and collective loss in a particular place, such as indicated by flowers along the road-side where a family member was killed.

Ecospirituality is more about access to experience rather than concern with beliefs. This is a spirituality that is accessible through openness to reach for partnership with that which is more than I, through the apparent otherness of nature. Christ’s journey of forty days and forty nights in the desert or the American Sioux Indian Vision Quests are traditions that draw on wild places to facilitate attunement to the larger universe of life and to clear away the fog of everyday life that clutters and marginalises core life meanings. By observation of what is happening with the rest of nature we can consciously and unconsciously draw on the cycles of nature to attune to our own position in the life cycle, to honour our being and to work with for our becoming.


Social and Sacred Ecology

The fusion between social ecology and sacred ecology helps to bridge the gap between the human-centredness of the social, the transcendence of the spiritual, and the disconnection from nature that is experienced in the post-industrial world. Bringing these meanings together acknowledges human as victim as well as cause of the environmental crisis. It addresses the rest of nature as a source of learning, healing, inspiration and potential partner, as distinct from being seen only as a victim or threat. With this understanding as our foundation, the experience explores various pathways to restore the human-nature bond. It engages in an examination of aspects of social and sacred ecology from indigenous perspectives to the postmodern re-enchantment of the human-nature relationship.

An example of working with social and sacred ecology synergy

Spring and budding forces

Budding forces speak of the possibility of new beginnings in the face of al
l that has gone before. Following a time of inward reflection and contemplation during winter, we gather the inner resources necessary to move into new phases and cycles within our lives. Spring growth in nature is vigorous, upwardly expansive and presents colours, scents, sounds, textures and tastes of new life.

In the immense gift of recapturing innocence, non-habituated thought, feelings and actions, the wisdom of Budding phase may assist our understanding. Through abundant new growth, obsolete structures fall away, providing the fertility necessary to experience cyclic renewal. The process of healing and recapturing innocence from times when excitement and enthusiasm may have been crushed may surface. New beginnings may feel like passions are undirected and overwhelming. Historical patterns and utilisation of how to use this vibrant, outwardly moving energy may need restructuring in order to focus and direct passion to serve long-term purpose and vision.

To reclaim this part of ourselves is to invite cyclic renewal necessary for the future. Focussing on what gives pleasure and innocent joy will also initiate a shedding of old, fear-based structures. Trust and vulnerability are present in bringing forth new beginnings and are essential to true and sincere intimacy and connectedness.

To read more about Social and Sacred Ecology, download the following document.

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