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A Cosmology of Connection: Worldview, Ecology, Justice, and Creativity


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Monday, 21 September, 2015 to Friday, 25 September, 2015
Cosmology of connection with Drew Dellinger at Schumacher College

A Cosmology of Connection: Worldview, Ecology, Justice, and Creativity

With Drew Dellinger and special guest Martin Shaw

This course will be delivered as part of our Elmhirst programme at Dartington Hall. - See more at:
This course will be delivered as part of our Elmhirst programme at Dartington Hall.

In this week-long course with Drew we look at the underlying connections between the ecological crisis, social justice, our cultural worldview, and the powers of story, creativity, and cosmology.

We will learn how to awaken our imagination and creativity, using the power of dream, story, art and action and understand how we can use these powers to build effective movements for cultural transformation.

We will explore the ecological and cosmological vision of Thomas Berry, the wisdom of Indigenous and African traditions, the worldview of Martin Luther King Jr. (particularly ecological and cosmological dimensions that have previously been overlooked), and the emerging movements for social and ecological transformation as examples of what Drew calls, “a cosmology of connection.”

By examining the worldviews of connection and mutuality present in all traditional cultures, we can better recognise the cosmology of separation and exploitation underlying the modern West’s ecologically and socially destructive philosophies and practices.

This course will be an interdisciplinary exploration of the momentous ecological, social, cosmological, and cultural shifts taking place in our times and the possibilities for both personal and cultural transformation that these bring.

What you will learn:

  • Principles of eco-philosophy, holistic thinking, and ecological spirituality;
  • How to awaken your creativity and imagination through art, writing, and poetry;
  • The connections between ecology, justice and cosmology;
  • Thomas Berry’s cosmological vision, his concepts of the New Story (1978), the Earth Community and the role of the human in the universe.
  • The ecological and cosmological worldview of Martin Luther King Jr. and its relevance for our times.
  • The history of ‘interconnectedness’ from the 19th century through today.
  • Indigenous and African worldviews, and holistic thought in the Western tradition.
  • How to build movements using the powers of dream, story, art, and action.

This course is for:

Educators, students, teachers, ecologists, creatives, artists, activists, Earth-lovers, visionaries, writers, poets, new economists, storytellers, systems thinkers, and more.


Drew Dellinger

Drew is an internationally known speaker, writer, poet, and teacher who has lectured and taught extensively across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He is author of the award-winning poetry collection, Love Letter to the Milky Way, and the upcoming book, A Cosmology of Connection: Martin Luther King – Ecological Thinker. Dellinger has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and has taught at Prescott College, Schumacher College, Naropa University–Oakland, the Sophia Center, CIIS, and John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology.

Martin Shaw at Schumacher CollegeMartin Shaw

Martin is author of “Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language”, and the award winning “A Branch From the Lightning Tree”. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth, he lived for four years under canvas, exploring small pockets of the British countryside. He is principal teacher at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and devised and led the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University in Northern California. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Orion Magazine, Poetry International, the Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, and the Mississippi Review. For more on his work go to


£ 620.00
Course fees include basic, private accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. This course will be delivered as part of our Elmhirst Programme at Dartington Hall.