What on Earth

What on Earth sessions aim to help you move past overwhelm and engage with active hope. What on Earth takes place over 3 sessions but each can be taken independently. We start by exploring the spiral of the 'Work that Reconnects', a widely practised emotionally grounded cycle of experiential research, developed by Joanna Macy, an American Buddhist writer and activist.

Warning

Participating may prompt you to change your life and your relationship with the world at the same time.

Scope

Your time on this Earth and the impact of your life on the planet.

Content

The activities in WOE (detailed below) nourish, inspire and empower participants, enabling creative responses to concerns about emerging planetary crises.

Aim

To move past overwhelm and engage active hope.

Benefits

These one day events, which may be attended singly or as a series, will be a space to;

  • Step back and develop resilience
  • Speak your truth in the company of the like-minded
  • Reconnect with nature and make sense of your pain for the planet
  • Build your desire and intention to act for the well-being of life
  • Support consideration of the impact of your lifestyle on the earth and its resources. Reduce the urge to buy, consume and party on regardless.
  • Move beyond denial, disavowal (knowing and acting as if you don’t know) and numbing out.
  • Identify your personal pathway to contribute, make a difference and be of service to the future.

Availability

Any part of 'What on Earth' can be attended on its own or in series. Please find the booking form at the bottom of this page. 

Across all 3 days Ecopsychoanalytic Investigation will reduce the out of awareness resistances to change. Beyond the workshops I will be available in a coaching capacity to support your implementation of personal action plans.

Free admission! 

Donation to enviromental charity. (optional)

Part One
Sunday, September 25, 2016 -
10:00 to 18:00

We start with the spiral of the Work that Reconnects, a widely practised emotionally grounded cycle of experiential research, developed by Joanna Macy, an American Buddhist writer and activist.

Part Two
Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
10:00 to 18:00

In the Council of All Beings we give a voice to the non-human elements of the world. Through Ecoconstellations we explore your questions and burning issues systemically to get clearer about the bigger picture.

Part Three
This workshop's dates have not yet been set.

Through Carbon Conversations you get real about halving your carbon footprint (home energy, food, travel, consumption and waste).

Contextual Footnote

For some time now 'out there' a consensus has been building in the scientific community that not only is human-induced climate change irrefutable, but that the window of opportunity for arresting it, let alone reversing it, within a few short years from now, will have closed. As with peak oil a momentous 'tipping point' will have been passed. A related catastrophe in waiting is the almost total dependence of current Western standards of living on a massive energy surplus generated from all fossil fuels. In the 1930s EROEI (Energy Return on Energy Invested) was 100-1 whereas in 2012 it was 14-1 and falling fast. Governments remain under the sway of the industrial growth fetish, and to date will only enact token measures, Their captors and masters, the transnational corporations, promote rampant consumerism, sometimes masked by greenwash. What have therapy and personal development to offer in this dismal context?

We are moved, and moved to act, by our emotions, for better or for worse. Change at the micro level of the individual is a pre-condition for (but not a substitute for) systemic macro level change.

In What on Earth we will endeavour to express our fear, grief, anger, greed, apathy and guilt as they relate to the planetary crisis i.e. global warming and critical weather events, loss of biodiversity and ecological degradation, resource depletion with consequent war and mass migration etc. The workshops will provide a setting where such feelings can be heard without being discounted or rationalised.