FACING REALITY

Embodied tools to navigate ecological breakdown

Autumn 2019 dates TBC soon

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With so many experts warning of ecological breakdown, many of us are experiencing a profound loss of confidence in our way of life and fear for what the future holds. It often feels too depressing to talk about and we can feel like giving up and turning away. Yet the greatest danger of our time is perhaps the deadening of our response. This course explores how by facing the realities of our time, we can strengthen our resolve, empower our actions and deepen our aliveness. The intention is about activating our hope – not for what is most likely to arise but by becoming active participants in brining about what we hope for.
WHY PARTICIPATE?

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed and confused but it’s hard to know what to do about it. In response, we often either turn away or dive straight into action without seriously confronting our reality and giving enough space to feel into our emotional and intuitive response. By finding the courage to turn towards the mess we are in with a like-minded community, we can empower our response in a more authentic way and build personal agency for our creativity, gifts and action.

This course invites you to ask what does ecological breakdown mean – not for the world – but for your life, work and relationships? How is it impacting you? What happens when you take it in? Through the embodied and experiential practice of “Focusing”, both in groups and pairs, it will help you to explore your inner landscape and provide you with a number of tools to both meet the challenging feelings and responses that come, as well as find new ways to find a deeper and more intuitive response to our times. It will help you navigate through stages of grief for what we should be prepared to lose and stages of empowerment for how you can find meaningful ways to act and be.

HOW IT WORKS

There are seven weeks, each of which will be 2.5 hours online (via zoom) and involve both group discussion and practices in pairs. In between sessions, there will be invitations that will help you connect to nature and your inner wisdom, as well as carefully curated content (videos, articles, etc) from thought leaders such as Satish Kumar (Founder, Schumacher and Resurgence), Jem Bendell (Deep Adaptation), Joanna Macy (Author) Jonathon Porritt (leading environmentalist and author), Clare Dubois (Founder, Tree Sisters) and Mac Macartney (Founder, Embercombe).

By the end of the course you will have:

  • A better understanding of the ecological crisis and what it means for you personally
  • Learned how to meet the range of emotional responses, including grief, denial, anger, numbness and overwhelm
  • Learned new ways of dealing with uncertainty and complexity
  • Developed new skills to listen to your body, building your mindfulness and inner awareness
  • Learned tools to meet different parts of yourself that might be in conflict
  • Found doorways to intuitive knowing
  • Connected and listened deeply to the natural world
  • Be supported and inspired by a like minded community

Co facilitated by Andy Raingold from "Change in Nature"


Course Dates
Autumn 2019 - dates TBC soon

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