We are painfully aware that we are destroying our shared and only home. Although the Covid-19 pandemic exposed both the dangers and fragility of our unsustainable way of life, we are returning to “business as usual”, unable to put aside factional interests when confronted with a global crisis. The resurgence of autocracy, nationalism, conflict, and polarization driven by social media, are driven by, yet exacerbate and distract us from, these failings in a toxic cycle that we have to break if we are to survive.
Scientists have called the current geological epoch, which began when human impact on Earth’s land, oceans, atmosphere, and ecosystems became significant, the Anthropocene. Even though we have had an inkling of the problem since the late 1800’s, consciousness is slow to dawn and behavior even slower to change. Evolution has predisposed us to respond more readily to local events, such as storms, fires, and floods, rather than to global trends, such as climate disruption and the sixth mass extinction.
We have gathered provocative and diverse experts from Western, Eastern and Native American cultures and will encompass the fields of climate science, analytical psychology, ecopsychology, cultural ecology, deep ecology, environmental science, metaphysics and philosophy. Together we will explore the interconnection of all things, the personal and collective response to the climate crisis, the meaning of the pandemic, and the call to change that it has highlighted.
This conference provides an inter-active and proactive wake-up call to engagement, which begins from the moment you register with a minimal contribution to help us make this a carbon neutral conference. We aim to leave no carbon footprint from this conference, and each participant and presenter will play an active and important part in doing so.
We hope you will join us for what promises to be a significant, stimulating, and provocative weekend.
Gaia, Psyche, And Deep Ecology: A New and Necessary Worldview with Andrew Fellows
Changing the Narratives that are Changing the World with Lori Pye
What is Matter? Does it Matter? with Yuriko Sato
Love of Earth: Exploring Our Relationship with Nature During Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis with Stephen Foster
An Excursion into the Ecological Psyche with Lori Pye
Manawa: Indigenous Visions of Restoring the Conditions of Life with Apela Colorado and Timoti Bramley
The Role of Shadow, Anima, and Animus in the Ecology of the Self-System with Deborah Egger
Re-Enchantment: Exploring Our Relationship to Nature Through Storytelling and Image with Stephen Foster and Nora Swan-Foster
Social Dreaming Matrix: Dreams Listening to Dreams (Optional) with Frances Hatfield