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.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Where does your connection with the Earth rest?
Can we ever be sustainable?
The programme aims to offer a space of reflection, learning and action stirring the critical thinking of participants. The subjects discussed will aim to rethink the values between society and the environment.
During 8 meetings we will journey through different ecological thoughts and perspectives to re-construct a narrative of wholeness and authentic sustainability. 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.
During the programme you will receive materials such as book chapters, poems, videos and online talks to support and enrich your investigation.
Participants will have the opportunity to dive into research. Following a thread of your own choosing you will have support to develop your ecosophy or any kind of expression of your choosing, this is an optional offering. Participants may chose to work on a poem, a painting, an essay, a story, a photograph, design a nature connection activity, a workshop or a talk.
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 full course has 8 weekly meetings facilitated in a holistic and transformative learning format. The sessions 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.
When you subscribe to the study programme you will receive study materials.
Session (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