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A Deep Ecological History of the Earth


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Course dates: 
Monday, 26 September, 2016 to Friday, 30 September, 2016

With Bruce Lipton and Stephan Harding

Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. Residential Places are full for this programme but there are still non-residential places available - at a reduced fee of £670. Use code "Non-Res-DeepEco" at checkout.

Leading-edge science is shattering old myths and rewriting the fundamental beliefs of human civilization. 'New' knowledge takes us beyond economic collapse, climate change and religious extremes to reveal that such chaos is a natural step in an unfolding process, rather than the tragic end to a broken planet.

Stephan and Bruce offer an elegant synthesis of modern science and ancient spiritual wisdom in assessing the past and future of Gaia’s evolution. Their collective story provides hopeful insight into the unfolding destiny of our species — and how we can each play an active role in nurturing our planet’s evolution.

We will explore a recent series of remarkable discoveries in science that have unlocked the mystery of
the spirit-mind-body-world connection. The ancient belief that all life truly is interconnected takes on a new, empowering significance in light of advances in fractal geometry, quantum physics, Gaia theory and epigenetics.

We will discover how fractal geometry, the principle upon which Nature is designed, provides us with a practical realization of the Hermetic maxim 'As above, so below'. Nature’s fractal structure expresses a hierarchy of repetitive and self-similar patterns, which collectively are useful in visioning the future of life on this planet.

We’ll see how quantum physics principles, when applied to biological processes, illuminate the powerful force that invisible energy fields, including “spirit,” have on shaping the origin and character of the biosphere.

Neo-Darwinism, with its emphasis on random mutations and a struggle for survival, has been a major factor in disconnecting us from Nature. We will discover how the new science of epigenetics provides the dynamic by which the environment and the web of life control organismal genetics and evolution, and we’ll expand this insight to the planetary level by considering how Gaia theory reveals that the web of life is coupled through complex feedbacks with rocks, atmosphere and water, giving rise to an intelligent, evolving, self-regulating Earth – a planetary organism.

Civilization is now poised to take an incredible step forward in the evolution of Earth and our species. Collectively, the new scientific insights we’ll explore reveal that we are on the threshold of a major evolutionary event:  the emergence of a new giant super-organism called Humanity embedded in Gaia. This course will empower you to learn about, live and reinforce humanity’s new story as a thriving organism, here on the planet to tend Earth’s Wild Garden.


Bruce Lipton

Bruce is a pioneer in the new biology, and an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. A cell biologist by training, Bruce was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and later performed groundbreaking stem cell research at Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and the more recent Spontaneous Evolution, co-authored with Steve Bhaerman. Bruce received the 2009 prestigious Goi Peace Award (Japan) in honor of his scientific contribution to world harmony.


Stephan Harding

Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953, and  came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue).  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University. After completing his first degree he returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. After Oxford Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990.  The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.

Stephan is author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia. Green Books, and editor of Grow Small, Think Beautiful. Floris Books.  He is also the writer and presenter of the documentary film Animate Earth,  produced by Angel TV.

£ 820.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. Residential Places are full for this programme but there are still non-residential places available - at a reduced fee of £670. Use code "Non-Res-DeepEco" at checkout. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course will take place as part of our Soul | Spirit | Story Programme.