Working together for a better world...
In this workshop we will deepen understanding that we are members of the ecosystem, the one complex living system we actually know exists in the Universe. We will explore what it means, not merely to be ‘stewards’ of ‘the environment’, as if this is separate from us, but members of a bigger Body on which we depend for existence; and what this means for the evolution of Life, and for ourselves as persons and species with a role to play in this unfolding. I will elaborate on these themes, and we will explore them in group activities and discussions.
We have been trying to wake ourselves up to the question of our part in this bigger scheme of things for millennia. It has been the aim of spiritual-religious wisdom of all times and traditions. Having now pushed our multi-generational refusals to the limit, we have finally reached the tipping-point of breakdown. Earth’s complex life-support systems of relations and dynamics can no longer sustain our onslaught. Regardless of this trajectory, however, there is what we might call ‘hope’. Not the hope of ‘false optimism’ about the ecosystem’s capacity to adapt to us, or our ingenuity to manage the collapse. Rather a hope that requires a complete psycho-emotional re-orientation of ourselves in relation to Earth; so that we place ourselves in Service to it, finding our meaning from this instead of consuming and emptying it in trying to fill our own emptiness of anguish, meaninglessness and dissatisfaction.
Paul Maiteny: is a psychotherapist and ecologist with many years of experience in both fields. He teaches transpersonal ecopsychology on the Alef Trust's MA, on an MSc Education for Sustainability at London South Bank University, and is a tutor on Tariki's Ten Directions programme.
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