The Study Programme Ecology and Sustainability will unveil the values and the relationship one is capable of having with the natural world. Drawing from philosophers, ecologists, eco-phycologists, anthropologists, storytellers, activists and poets we will reflect on how we perceive the environment today and how we can create environmental and social change.
Every week we will explore a new subject, you can join the full course or individual session, see complete schedule here. During the programme you will receive materials such as book chapters, articles, videos and online talks to support and enrich your investigation.
What does sustainability mean to you? Where does your connection with the Earth rest?
The sessions will be facilitated in a holistic and transformative learning format and will be recorded for your keeping. Subjects will be introduced by the facilitator with PPT support and discussed by the group through an inquiry method.
Is This For You
All are welcome to this study programme. We will have a small group to ensure participants get to know each other creating an intimate and safe space for conversation and learning. No background in ecology is required, simply the desire to deepen your thoughts around nature connection, ecological values and sustainability.
The programme aims to offer a space of reflection, learning and action stirring the critical thinking of participants. To guide us on this inquiry we will study and discuss different authors work such as Arne Naess, Joanna Macy, E. F. Schumacher, Stephan Harding, Aldo Leopold, Vandana Shiva, Murray Bookchin, Mathew Fox, Andrew Harvey, James Lovelock and more. You will be open to radical ecologists and thinkers while sharing your own perspective and rediscovering your own ecological values.
III. The Work That Reconnects
The ‘Work that Reconnects’ is a series of experiential practices pioneered by Joanna Macy drawn from systems theory, deep ecology, Buddhism, Indigenous wisdom and other sources, which aims to:
● Provide people with opportunities to confront feelings of being overwhelmed and powerless relating to the catastrophes the planet is facing
● Reframe our pain for the world as evidence of our interconnectedness in the web of life
● Revitalise ourselves to play a part in the creation of a regenerative planet