Kara takes a holistic approach to life and social change, combining grassroots activism and training, journalism, nature connection, art and spirituality.
Her activism involves working with groups including Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid, focusing on taking direct action on climate justice with a systemic perspective and is increasingly exploring the intersection between art and activism with the un-earthed collective. She trains other grassroots activists and groups in skills for direct action and grassroots social movements. Her journalism focuses mostly on environmental issues; in books, magazines, newspapers and online (including Ecologist, the Guardian, New Scientist, New Internationalist, BBC Wildlife and others), and scientific publications on tropical ecology. She facilitates nature connection and outdoor education with children and adults, aiming to connect people more deeply to themselves, to each other and to the natural environment, creating healthier relationships to self, society and nature.
Kara is interested in the link between environmental, social and economic issues, and is exploring how Buddhism can offer an alternative set of values than the current system; shifting from greed and expatiation to kindness and awareness. An important part of her spiritual practise is challenging structural violence, which she sees as as important and harmful as any other violence. Through her actions she hopes to expose the truth, inspire change, and find alternatives.
A two day retreat and spiritual exploration of our connection to the natural world at a rewilding project in Wales.
Purpose: To introduce the concept of rewilding in its broadest sense as a holistic framework for regenerating not only healthy ecosystems, but also ourselves and human society. To support participants to deepen their connection to nature, and inspire a spiritual dimension to this relationship. To galvanise action in service of the earth through this shift in perception, encouraging participants to commit to action/change after the retreat, or become involved in the longer-term project ecosystems, but also ourselves and human society.
Future: Kara is developing her work in this area, regularly running workshops and teaching on this theme. Please see her website for upcoming talks and retreats.
“I feel I have really stepped into my power, developed my self-confidence, refined my work, my vision, moved closer to realizing my long term vision, found people to work with, integrated my connection o nature with my spiritual practice. It has changed my life, thank you!”