In this conversation with renowned podcaster and facilitator Amisha Ghadiali and poet and community gardener Samson Hart, we’ll explore what it means to face ecological emergency with our hearts open, asking – how can we grow our spiritual resilience? How can we dig deep in our values and find courage to live by them, no matter what?
Join us for a conversation that faces the stark reality of climate breakdown and reaches for spiritual principles to light our way. How can we respond to the urgency of our times in a way that reflects our deepest values? How can people of faith offer leadership and hope, in times when many people feel scared, overwhelmed and angry? And what deeper reserves of resilience become available to us when we connect with what’s most sacred and act from there?
In her groundbreaking podcast The Future is Beautiful, Amisha Ghadiali has interviewed dozens of activists, leaders and visionaries. Her work explores the links between politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. Writer and community gardener Samson Hart lives what he terms ‘an earth-based Judaism,’ that weaves together food-growing, writing, prayer and community building.
Both Samson and Amisha have the ability to shine forth spiritual truths to those around them: not because they have any special status as faith leaders – they don’t – but because they both convene unconventional spaces for heartfelt conversation. Amisha does this through the growing community of listeners to her podcast, and Samson through holding land-based rituals, such as the Kabbalat Shabbat ceremonies he held in Devon for a number of years, for people of all faiths and none.
Whatever your faith or background, this conversation will have much to offer – do join us!
Amisha Ghadiali is a facilitator and host of the globally acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful. She is interested in where our inner and outer worlds dance. The podcast 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.
Amisha is an experienced facilitator and has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats. workshops and rituals around the world, and designed multiple programmes including The Heart of Transformation, Wild Grace, and a five month residential fellowship in community facilitation leadership. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces for our hearts unfolding, healing and embrace of our wildness.
Amisha works one to one with her intuitive therapy sessions and through her Presence Mentoring programme which supports the transforming of unconscious patterning, opening up new qualities within and anchoring daily practice and rituals which support a lifestyle that recognises the sacred, and creates deeper connection and embodiment of what this time calls forth in us.
Her own training has included over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training, meditation teacher training, energy medicine, priestess initiation and deep time learning with mystics, teachers, swamis and nature. This deep commitment to understanding truth combined with over 15 years of experience working in Politics, Design, Tech and Sustainable Fashion gives Amisha a strong base of Sacred Activism and Spiritual Ecology. She had key roles in visionary projects and social enterprises including: Ethical Fashion Forum, Impact Hub, Provenance, Fashion Revolution and Compass. She created the collaborative book, The Future Is Beautiful – A Collection from Think Act Vote. Upon leaving university, she set up her own ethical jewellery label, with the tagline “elegance rebellion” which received several awards and accolades. Amisha brings this creative vision with social justice and the healing arts to everything she does.
Amisha’s words have appeared in publications including The Huffington Post, Rebelle Society & Ecouterre and she has spoken at events and festivals around the world such as TEDx Oxbridge, Bali Spirit Festival, Sunday Papers Live and UnBox.
Presence Collective: for Creative, Connected and Courageous Living – is a global online community which offers guidance and wisdom for embodied sacred activism, and facilitated space dive deeper into the themes explored in the podcast. Here, Amisha is your host and guide, sharing the most useful information for each theme in a way that is practical and exploratory and a live responsive enquiry – like a host of a good dinner party – putting the food on the table, and getting the right people there – and then letting it all be about you.
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.
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