Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology underpin and inform our personal journey.
Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative response to the energy of the summer solstice. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the connection between nature, human nature, and the quest for authenticity and meaning in their lives.
During the course of the day we will explore:
· The principles of Deep Ecology and Eco-psychology - nature, human nature and the quest for meaning.
· Personal and collective myths and the role of human consciousness in the ecological process.
Participants will have an opportunity to:
· Explore the potential of ritual as a creative tool for personal and collective growth.
· Deepen their connection and sense of belonging to the web of life.
When we transcend the myth of separation and embrace our role within the ecological system, we enrich our human experience and contribute to a more sustainable future.
In this workshop, we will explore the symbiotic processes operating within the local environment. We will consider the living and non-living components of the ecosystem and the flow of energy and materials within it. We will acknowledge the cyclic nature of the life and the phase of growth represented by the summer solstice. Using a range of practices, including solo time in nature, we will connect to our authentic ‘solar’ calling, freeing ourselves to move forward inspired and replenished.
Together we will explore our intrinsic connection to the wild and sensuous universe of which we are a part. We will seek to align ourselves with the energy of the summer solstice, addressing blocks to living creatively and passionately. Using the power of co-created ritual we will strengthen and affirm our commitment to personal growth and planetary wellbeing.
What you need to bring.
As this workshop will be held in Hawkwood's outdoor classroom, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You may wish to bring something to sit on e.g. sheepskin, rug etc. Hot drinks will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
£40 per person
Mark Graham is an ecologist and author with many years' experience of working in conservation and habitat management. He has regularly appeared on local and national radio and television promoting a wide range of environmental issues. Mark has a particular interest in the interface between people and place, and our physical, psychological and spiritual relationship with nature. He is a recognised national expert in the field of green burial and facilitates seasonal festivals and rites of passage.
Jennifer Horsfall is a Gestalt psychotherapist, life coach, and trainer with over 20 years' experience of working therapeutically with adults. She has worked extensively in the NHS and Higher Education providing training, supervision, and consultancy in mental health and resilience. Jennifer has a particular interest in Ecopsychology and is an experienced facilitator of ‘the work that reconnects’, an empowerment approach developed by Joanna Macy. She brings a dynamic, warm, and creative approach to her facilitation.