A daylong Alchemy Lab offering a radically imaginative exploration into community-rooted methods for responding to climate apartheid, state violence and environmental racism. With the founders of Oakland based initiative LeadtoLife, this workshop will share practices from their inspiring climate justice and spiritual ecology work.
Join us for this special daylong ‘People’s Alchemy Lab’ in collaboration with the US initiative Lead to Life, founded by Bronte Velez & Kyle Lemle, both alumni from our partner US Spiritual Ecology Fellowship programme.
Calling all artists, activists, ecologists, peace-builders and community organisers, this workshop will offer a radically imaginative exploration into community-rooted methods for responding to climate apartheid, state violence and environmental racism.
The violence being wielded across our planet will not deescalate with more violence. Solutions cannot be born from the same worldview that sees humans as separate from each other, and humans as separate from Earth. These times are calling on us to see ourselves as healers, dreamers, alchemists – to decompose systems of oppression and recompose them into culture in reverence of life.
This workshop is inspired by the work of Lead to Life, based in Oakland, California. Inspiring thousands to reimagine violence, Lead to Life are transforming guns into shovels, and holding ceremonial tree plantings at sites impacted by violence and sacred sites across Turtle Island (united states). These transformative healing rituals are held with and for people who have lost loved ones to police brutality and gun violence.
The workshop will offer:
Participants will leave with skills to practice deep adaptation towards climate justice, and and supported with new visions and practices to respond with dignity and playfulness to all forms of injustice. Together we will emerge with a renewed imagination to go forth in our work towards collective freedom.
Brontë Velez is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). as a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, designer, trickster, and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking & prophetic community traditions, environmental justice, and death doulaship.
they embody this commitment of attending to black health/imagination, commemorative justice and hospicing white supremacy through serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective (leadtolife.org), media director for Oakland-rooted farm and nursery Planting Justice (plantingjustice.org), and quotidian black queer lifemaking ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life.
An organizer, facilitator and musician born and raised in the Bay Area, Kyle works to catalyze the impact of organizations working at the intersections of environmental justice, forest restoration, and spiritual ecology around the world. A former leader of CA RISE for Climate and SustainUS UN Climate Talks delegate, he is currently Director of Distributed Organizing with GreenFaith. Kyle is also the co-founder & program director of Lead to Life, a collective of artists transforming environmental and systemic forms of violence. Channeling his passion for justice into original music, Kyle performs at festivals, conferences and direct actions across California as founder and co-director of the Thrive Choir, whose mission is to sing the music for the revolution.
St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace.