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Radical resilience: a deep adaptation training course


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Jan 10th 2020 ~ May 2nd 2020

A funded opportunity to journey with a small group through deep adaptation and beyond, growing resilience for the sake of all life. This 5-month programme looks at the truth of our perilous times and asks, how can we seize the opportunity in this crisis? How can we regenerate ourselves and our world? Starts in January, apply now!

For more information contact Clare Martin on clare@stethelburgas.org

Radical Resilience Programme

Face the truth |  Grow your resilience | Inspire others

This training course starts from the premise that humanity is at a crossroads and that ecological and social breakdown, already a reality in many parts of the world, are now likely to unfold more widely.  The accelerating climate crisis is likely to be the greatest driver of conflict that our world has ever known. Facing this calls for a new kind of resilience, one which can inspire hope when others feel desperate, summon compassion when communities polarise, and give practical guidance for how to thrive in hard times.

This 5-month programme will take a small group through deep adaptation and beyond. Our invitation is to view climate crisis as a spiritual opportunity, to find strength in our values, and to take practical steps to regenerate our world. Expect a space of unwavering honesty, where heartache is welcome: and expect, too, the fierce joy that comes when we dig deep into our creativity and passion, sharing our gifts in community, and offering what we can in service to life!

What you will get out of this programme:

  • practical skills to embed regenerative culture in your life and context
  • a place to talk  about what the climate science suggests is coming – this honesty often brings a feeling of relief
  • a community enriched by differences of faith, culture, spirituality, age, gender identification and viewpoint
  •  the knowledge base to be able to take deep adaptation out into your own community or context
  •  a shared exploration of how deep adaptation, regenerative culture and climate justice all feed into a resilient response to our times
  • A chance to explore how to balance the need for inner reflection and spiritual practice, with the call to be of service through outer action
  •  Help to discern your own way to cultivate resilience in your context through a project you create
  • a residential retreat, followed by a series of training days, evening workshops and panel discussion events
  • the chance to learn from inspiring speakers and mentors, including XR activists, faith leaders, experienced deep adaptation facilitators and others (for more info on our speakers see below)

We are looking for applicants who:

  • together comprise a diverse group, bringing different faith backgrounds, spiritualities, ethnicities and genders
  • are committed to inner enquiry, whether through religion, spirituality, or personal values
  • believe that near-term ecological and social collapse are likely, or already underway, and are interested in the Deep Adaptation framework created by Professor Jem Bendell
  • want to create a resilience-building project for their own context
  •  are curious to explore the links between resilience and climate justice

Register your interest!

Find our more about the speakers and facilitators here:

Bayo Akomalafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) is Chief Curator and Executive Director of The Emergence Network. Author, lecturer, speaker, father, and rogue planet saved by the gravitational pull of his wife Ej, Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing within an ethos of new responsivity – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’. Born into a Yoruba family, Bayo graduated summa cum laude in psychology in 2006 at Covenant University (Nigeria), and then was invited to take up a lecturing position. Largely nurtured and trained in a world that increasingly fell short of his deepest desires for justice, Bayo conducted doctoral research into Yoruba indigenous healing systems as part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He has been speaking about his experiences around the world since those moments back in 2011. Bayo understands he is on a shared decolonial journey with his family to live a small, intense life. He often refuses to share pictures of himself that do not include his wife, Ej, who is (everyone can assure you) the more interesting part of their entanglement. He is an ecstatic (and often exhausted, but grateful) father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden.

 

Amisha Ghadiali

Amisha a facilitator and activist interested in where our inner and outer worlds meet. She hosts the globally acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful which weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability – to inspire us each to rise up, move beyond silos and create a beautiful future. The show offers deep, insightful, unedited conversations with fascinating and diverse guests, calling forth a challenging and open ended narrative for our expanding worlds. She edited the the collaborative book, by the same name. She hosts the membership platform Presence Collective: for creative, connected and courageous living as well as facilitating retreats and workshops and one on one sessions. In her work she combines yoga, meditation, ritual and energy awareness to clear deep sub conscious patterns, open a connection with the sacred and bring more beauty into life.
www.amisha.co.uk

 

Toni Spencer

Toni works with questions of deep ecology, resilience and ‘a politics of wonder’. As a lecturer and course leader Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College (Educational Practice, Ecological Facilitation as Leadership, Embodied Eco-literacy) and at Goldsmiths, University of London (Eco Design). As a participatory artist she has worked with Encounters Arts and The Feral Kitchen, also taking ‘The Work That Reconnects’ to activist communities at Occupy London and elsewhere. She is a Trustee at ProcessworkUK and was on the Embercombe Council for 8 years.

With a BA in Fine Art and an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice, Toni has trained in a diverse range of awakening practices and facilitation modalities, alongside many years of dancing, foraging and ‘living life as inquiry’. She is a mentor and teacher for Call of The Wild with Wildwise and Schumacher. She has enjoyed spending time at Findhorn, on Dartmoor and in the deserts of Jordan where she fell more deeply in love with humanity, silence and writing.

Current passions include: Kali and the Sacred Fool; being a complete beginner at Kung Fu; and the wild green feasting that comes with a Devon spring.

 

Samson Hart

Samson Hart is a researcher, writer, activist, community gardener, and earth-based Jewish diasporist. He has an MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College, where his research focussed on access to land as central to the revival of rural life and ecological agriculture. Samson holds a deep spiritual connection to earth throughout his work, and a spirituality that is influenced by Buddhism and the wisdom of nature, but grounded in his ancestral Jewish practice. His work lies in the conversation between the ancient and the emergent, where text, tradition, prayer and ritual meet the land in the present moment, and the poetry that springs forth from this melding. He believes strongly in the power of land-based living, arts, poetry and radical interfaith work to transform communities beyond the dominant story of separation and towards a radical collective liberation. In recent years, his search for a connection between social justice, spirituality and ecological agriculture have led him to Adamah, a Jewish diasporist farm in Connecticut, and to the Arava Institute, where he spent time researching agrarian resistance in Palestine. He now lives and works on a small market garden in the UK and is at the early stages of imagining a spiritual, land-based community, grounded in radical social justice.

 

Pat McCabe

Woman Stands Shining, Pat McCabe, has the honour of being of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. She brings the understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing into discussion and inquiry on Sustainability. She carries the foundation of Beauty and Spirit into places where it has been kept out. Pat is an active participant in Indigenous Peoples gatherings worldwide including Chile, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Bali. She has worked with the International Center for Cultural Studies in India and with Sarvodaya with Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka, as well as with organizations and gatherings in the U.S. She has been a cultural consultant to the Pachamama Alliance, presenting at the 2013and 2014 National Bioneers Conference, and presenting on “The Feminine Design and Sustainability” in the U.S. and Internationally.

She first came to the UK in 2014, as an invited guest to the New Story Summit at Findhorn Community, Scotland. She also visited Devon that year, and returned to lead sessions of the Becoming Indigenous course at Schumacher College in 2015. https://thrivinglife.weebly.com/

 

Skeena Rathor

Skeena Finebaum-Rathor is the Vision coordinator of the Extinction Rebellion Movement, and has been at the heart of this extraordinary new eco-social movement. She is on a mission to bring kindness, ethics and honesty to politics.

Skeena ia a mum of three who lives in Stroud, where she runs the Politics Kitchen and is a co-founder of Compassionate Stroud. She is also a Labour Councillor and mental health champion at Stroud Council.

 

Justine Huxley

Justine leads on vision, strategy, management and fundraising. Her raison d’etre is bringing people together and co-creating innovative projects rooted in worldview of interdependence. Her biggest achievement is building a dedicated and passionate team, who she feels privileged to work alongside. She has a Ph.D in psychology and her first job (usefully) involved training an impossibly grumpy camel on a small Danish island. Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a reflection of six years of work with the younger generation at St Ethelburga’s.

Justine can give workshops and keynotes on: faith and the future; spiritual leadership for times ecological and social collapse, deep adaptation, radical resilience, peace-making and conflict transformation and the role of inner work in effective peace-building and social change.

 

Tarot Couzyn
Tarot manages the building and leads on the infrastructural processes of St Ethelburga’s. Her work includes repairs, maintenance, and upgrades of our space, as well as managing venue hire. She also contributes to fundraising, strategy, and and financial and staff processes.
Tarot has a background in arts project management which has included managing her own collaborative arts organisation. She partnered with a range of grassroots and international organisations in Central Asia, South Africa and London, including UN Women and the Red Crescent. She also has experience as a consultant undertaking fundraising, evaluation and creative community projects. Her building management skills were acquired while building her own house!

 

Clare Martin
Clare oversees communications as well as leading on the Radical Resilience programme. She first came to St Ethelburga’s as a volunteer 12 years ago. Since then she has supported numerous projects at the centre. She contributed programme design and facilitation for the Re-Awakening the Sacred series. She also led on the creation of The Feminine and Social Change series, exploring what it would look like to respond to global crisis from principles of receptivity, interconnectedness, beauty, and the honouring of darkness.
Clare brings more than 10 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change. Each time she facilitates, she discovers afresh how sitting in a circle of people who share an intention for truth is a transformative act. The power of this process never ceases to amaze her.
Clare worked for many years as a communications consultant in the corporate and charitable sector. She runs a community garden on her Hackney housing estate, where she lives with her husband and 6-year old daughter.

 

Our Justice and Diversity Advisory committee brings wisdom from different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, ages and perspectives, to help guide us in the formation of this work. We are immensely grateful for their contribution. Find out more here:

Bayo Akomalafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) is Chief Curator and Executive Director of The Emergence Network. Author, lecturer, speaker, father, and rogue planet saved by the gravitational pull of his wife Ej, Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing within an ethos of new responsivity – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’. Born into a Yoruba family, Bayo graduated summa cum laude in psychology in 2006 at Covenant University (Nigeria), and then was invited to take up a lecturing position. Largely nurtured and trained in a world that increasingly fell short of his deepest desires for justice, Bayo conducted doctoral research into Yoruba indigenous healing systems as part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He has been speaking about his experiences around the world since those moments back in 2011. Bayo understands he is on a shared decolonial journey with his family to live a small, intense life. He often refuses to share pictures of himself that do not include his wife, Ej, who is (everyone can assure you) the more interesting part of their entanglement. He is an ecstatic (and often exhausted, but grateful) father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden.

 

Jasvir Singh

Jasvir is Chair of City Sikhs, a leading national Sikh body with over 6,000 members which provides a voice for progressive Sikhs in the UK. I am also the founder and Chair of the British Sikh Report, producing robust data about British Sikhs on an annual basis.

 

 

 

Sun Kaur

Sun Kaur is a human rights and social welfare activist. She was born in Birmingham, UK, into a traditional Skih family. Now, she work

s for the

international humanitarian charity UNITED SIKHS, a UN-affiliated NGO involved in social development, emergency disaster relief, and advocacy. UNITED SIKHS aims to eradicate poverty by empowering the less fortunate, especially disadvantaged minority communities. Over the years, Sun has taken the lead in many challenging projects around the world. Known to her friends as ‘Kaur on a Mission’, Sun is one of very few Sikh female activists in the UK to appear on mainstream radio debates and television productions. She was the winner of the Unsung Heroes Award in 2017.

 

Kishan Shah

Kishan Shah holds a BSC Mathematics degree from Aston University and a PGCE from Reading University. In 2017 he left his teaching position to focus on philanthropic work and completing his fourth book.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Newman

Jeffrey Newman is Rabbi Emeritus of Finchley Reform Synagogue and Adviser to the International Secretariat of www.EarthCharter.org, a systemic UN-inspired set of 16 Principles and 61 sub-principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. He is one of 11 people mounting a legal challenge to get the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

 

Qaisra Khan

Qaisra was born in Pakistan on 9 August 1963 and came to the UK with her parents when she was just two years old, settling in Manchester. Her career path has led to work across different organisations and sectors including the voluntary sector and as a Homecare Organiser for a number of London boroughs. Through all of the roles she has had, she has always been fascinated by religion and spirituality and so was offered and accepted the post of Spiritual and Cultural Care Coordinator for Oxleas NHS Trust. Her role crossed all faith backgrounds − she managed the chaplaincy service within Oxleas, co-ordinating all of the chaplains representing different faiths. She has written many publications including contributions to: Spirituality and Mental Health: A handbook, by Pavilion and Understanding Wellbeing by Lantern Publishing. She also jointly edited the mental health newsletter of the College of Healthcare Chaplains. She currently provides spiritual care on a freelance basis. In addition she does so at St Andrew’s Healthcare Essex and works as a Senior Wellbeing Officer at Mind in Enfield.

 

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Rukaiya Jeraj

Rukaiya is the Senior Programme Manager in London. Before joining UpRising she spent nine years at the Muslim Youth Helpline as the Head of Advocacy. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Al-Mizan Charitable Trust.

Rukaiya is a strong advocate on diversity issues with experience in undertaking service user consultation, developing policy and designing practical tool-kits for implementation in the public and voluntary sectors. She has participated in international delegations of the Foreign & Commonwealth Organisation to Iran and Singapore, sharing good practise and delivering training. She has also lectured at the University of Brighton on the role of creative writing in the virtual domain.

Rukaiya is passionate about the arts including poetry, drama and contemporary fashion. She is a graduate in English Literature and Language from the University of Brunel and holds a postgraduate in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.

 

What kind of resilience-building projects are we looking for?

Many of our programmes are based on the action learning model, where people share a co-learning experience, then distill what they’ve learned into tangible projects. Some examples of previous projects are: creating workshops and events, giving talks, coordinating clothing collections for refugee centres, organising groups to volunteer in refugee camps, creating spiritual ecology nature immersion retreats, and setting up community gardens and book clubs. We offer this list to inspire and encourage you, but not to limit your imagination! You will receive support to develop your ideas throughout the programme.

It’s an experiment!

We’ve been evolving our deep adaptation strand of work in response to the huge demand we see within our networks and beyond. You can read more about our thinking, and about our previous retreats, herehere and here. The Resilience programme is a pilot project. In it we’ll be exploring the values-led model of resilience that is our contribution to this field. Our four core values are 1. putting our values into action; 2. forging community across differences; 3. seeking the opportunity in crisis; and 4. protecting sacred space. We see these as a road map for the radical resilience that is needed to live whole-heartedly in challenging times. Our work is constantly evolving and we invite you to join us in a spirit of co-creation and adventure!

Dates:

Friday, 10 January 2020, 6.30 pm – 9.00pm – launch event, featuring a panel discussion*
Friday 17 January – Mon 20 January – residential retreat in Sussex
Friday 7 February, 6.30 – 9.00pm – panel discussion event
Saturday 15 feb 2020, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Field trip
Friday 13 March, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm – evening workshop
Friday 27 March, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm – dialogue event
Friday 3rd April, 6.30 pm – 9.00pm – evening workshop
Friday 24 April, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm dialogue event
Saturday May 2, 10.00am – 5.00 pm – closing workshop
*unless otherwise specified, events will take place at St Ethelburga’s

Costs:

All places are at least part-funded, and we are able to offer a number of fully-funded places. Successful applicants will be offered a choice of what they wish to pay based on their financial circumstances. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to participation so please indicate in your application form if you need a fully funded place. These are our payment tiers, and we trust that you will choose the one that most fits your circumstances:

£895.00, covers yourself and allows you to pay for someone else who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to join the programme
£695.00 – suggested for those in full time employment
£415.00 – suggested for those in part time employment
£250 – student or unwaged
£0.00 – fully funded place for those who need

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from events, including the residential retreat and field trip. The residential retreat is in Sussex, and the field trip will be in or near London.

Important information for applicants:

Applications are open until December 6th. We’ll be assessing applications as and when we receive them, so please don’t wait until the deadline to apply!  We have already had a high level of interest in Radical Resilience and we expect to receive more applications than we have places on the course. If this happens then we may invite you for a phone interview.

 

Register your interest by filling in this form:

 

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