The Swelling Seed
Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham
Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology can be aligned to our personal journey of growth and self discovery.
Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative response to the energy of the seasonal cycle. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the connection between nature, human nature, and the quest for authenticity and meaning in their lives.
Event time: Sat 1st Feb 2020 at 10:00am - Sat 1st Feb 2020 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- The principles of Deep Ecology and Eco-Psychology – nature, human nature and the interconnectedness of life.
- Personal and collective myths and the role of human consciousness in the ecological process.
Participants will gain
- 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 it’s deep ecology. As well as the flow of energy within and between ecosystems. We will also acknowledge the cyclic nature of life, and the phase of growth represented by each festival. Through using a range of practices, including solo time in nature, we will seek to connect with the energy of the season and explore how it reflects our own life process, freeing ourselves to move forward inspired and replenished.
Together we will align ourselves with the energy of Imbolc – the time of the swelling seed. We will seek to bring in to consciousness and explore the emerging themes that are germinating deep within the fertile soils of our unconscious. Using the power of co-created ritual we will strength and affirm our commitment to personal growth and planetary wellbeing.
As this workshop will be held outdoors, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You may wish to bring something to sit on e.g. sheepskin, rug etc. Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
Registration from 9.00am-9:30am at Reception.
£20 of the course fee is a none refundable deposit. Please see the FAQ for our full cancellation policy.
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.Visit Tutor's Website
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.
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