The calling for us to reconcile our relationship with the Earth, our common home which is in deep crisis, could not be more urgent. What kind of actions and responses can create the changes we so desperately need? How can our faith or spiritual practice form the basis of our environmental action?
It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
— Drew Dellinger
The calling for us to reconcile our relationship with the Earth, our common home which is in deep crisis, could not be more urgent. As melting ice caps merge into sea and the body of the earth continues to warm and warm, it is obvious that political and economic efforts are failing to protect, preserve or sustain life. They may even be exacerbating it. So what kind of responses and actions can truly create the changes we so desperately need?
Alongside mainstream approaches, there is also a growing awareness that this crisis is not just an outer one, but has it’s roots in an inner crisis. This inner dimension has to do with our underlying attitudes towards the Earth as a resource and commodity, and our failure to recognise the fundamental interconnectedness and interdependence of all life.
Spiritual ecology is an 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 this deeper awareness of nature as alive, as animate, and as sacred. Rooted in the values of interconnectedness, reverence for nature, service, compassion and stewardship, it is inspired by the teachings of faith-based and religious traditions, indigenous wisdom and the new scientific paradigm. It’s core message, in the words of the Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hanh is that “real change will only happen when we fall in love with the earth”. It is from this primary relationship of love, care, respect and attention for the Earth that we can create real and lasting outer change.
This workshop will engage both heart and mind in an experiential exploration of the principles of spiritual ecology and a new way of living in harmony with our planet.
During this interactive one-day workshop, we will:
This workshop requires no prerequisite knowledge or training, and welcomes:
Amrita Bhohi (Project Coordinator)
Amrita leads on our Spiritual Ecology strand of work which includes the Spiritual Ecology Youth Leadership Programme, public events and trainings. She is passionate about the role of younger generations in transitioning to a socially just and ecologically sustainable world, and has played a key role in launching and embedding St Ethelburga’s young adult leadership programmes.
Amrita previously worked on the global Eradicating Ecocide campaign and at the think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In 2013 she organised TEDx Whitechapel, one of the most popular and radical TEDx events in London. She holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College, and an MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College. Her wider interests lie in new economics, systems change, and social and environmental regeneration.
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