Join us for this one day workshop exploring the principles and practices of Spiritual Ecology, what they might mean for you and how to integrate them into your lives and work.
About the workshop
Spiritual ecology is both an ancient and newly emerging field, and an aspect of our work that we are exploring in relation to building a global culture of peace, which includes learning to live in peace with the Earth. It brings together ecology and environmentalism with a deeper awareness of nature as alive, as animate, and as sacred. Spiritual Ecology is not based upon any single religion or spiritual path, but rather points to the primary and universal recognition of the sacred nature within creation. It proposes that at this time of ecological unravelling, spiritual values have the potential to provide the foundation from which to respond and rebuild.
Join us for this one day workshop exploring the principles and practices of Spiritual Ecology, what they might mean for us and how to integrate them into our lives and work.
Co-facilitated by St. Ethelburga’s Centre Spiritual Ecology Associate Fellows Beth Thomas and Nessie Reid, this will be an exploratory and interactive space drawing upon their own learning and experience of integrating the principles and practices, as well as teachings from Wangari Maathai, Joanna Macy, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and other great teachers.
By joining this workshop, you will become part of the wider St. Ethelburga’s Spiritual Ecology network. Following the workshop, Beth and Nessie will also be available to help support and mentor anyone wishing to collaborate on and develop Spiritual Ecology-based/inspired projects.
No prior knowledge of Spiritual Ecology is needed and this is a space open to everyone and anyone interested in exploring the deeper questions our global ecological crisis is asking of us at this time.
Further information to come soon!
About the facilitators
Nessie Reid is a political ecologist and a performance artist with a focus on agroecology and organic farming in the South West of England, proposing the need for radical systemic change within our current food and farming system.
As part of her studies, Nessie researched the role of indigenous art in preserving diasporic Tibetan culture and religion in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India and Nepal. Her interest in the link between agriculture, ecocide and climate change emerged during field research for the ICCA Consortium in India, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Over three years she witnessed the catastrophic ecological damage caused by large scale intensive agriculture and the displacement of local and indigenous communities as a result.
Now based in South West Wales, Nessie is manager of the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) and founder of The Milking Parlour, an on-going Rural Artist Residency with Cape Farewell which explores our human, spiritual relationship to food and the values we hold towards it and but more broadly to our place within the environment.
She is also Managing Editor for Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth: a quarterly, scientific publication from Biodiversity Conservancy International.
Beth Thomas is founder of Roots into Reverence, an initiative that leads pilgrimages in Britain whose destinations are sacred celebrations inside churches. She closely assisted in the initiation and running of Wild Church, which is a roaming pilgrim’s church whose altars are atop of tors, beside rivers or under the canopy of trees. She has recently moved from Devon to Edinburgh where she is working as an assistant to adults with learning disabilities at L’Arche, and is deeply grateful for such a joyful and loving place of work.
Beth’s big question is how the spiritual path – both personally trodden and collectively shared – can lead into a renewed relationship with the Earth. Her spiritual path was gestated within a Christian context, birthed outside of formalised religion and is now maturing within a Christian context once more. She would describe her spirituality as Eco-Buddhist-Christian, and finds great depths in sharing contemplative and devotional space with those within and across diverse spiritual traditions. She is passionate about restoring the feminine and longs for the day that it is normal to pray to our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Mother.
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