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An Exploration Of Eldering

Key Info: 
  • An opportunity to explore the meaning of contemporary eldering
  • How might a mythic perspective and traditional ways inform our understandings of eldering?
  • A chance to gather with your peers to journey and reflect together on the role and contribution modern day elders can make in their communities.

With Colin Campbell, Mary-Jayne Rust, Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley

Fee: 
£ 650.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
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. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.

Becoming older in our culture is often seen in a negative way - on this course we are taking a radical, fresh look at what it means to reach older age; how we can share our experiences and insights to find the deep joy of living ever more fully; and what we can offer to our communities as elders. We will be aided and abetted by Colin Campbell who brings the spiritual wisdoms and practices of cultures very different to our own western ones, and who will shed a light on other paths and the mysterious adventuring of our deeper selves. Mary-Jayne Rust will also be with us as inspirational guide, bringing her many years' experience of Eco-psychology - the practice of supporting our human genius to re-imagine our relationship with the Earth. Bringing together political, ecological and spiritual understandings, she is also passionate about story and the riches of our imaginations in understanding and rebalancing our lives. Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley will be working with the whole group in sharing our ideas and experiences of eldering, our hopes and fears, our need for a coming together towards collective wisdom and energy. We are needed now more than ever in our troubled world.

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With Colin Campbell, Mary-Jayne Rust, Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley
Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. He is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology.

His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. He is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style once again bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.

Lynn Alderson

Lynn has been involved in group work for more than 40 years, having learned from early work in the Women's Movement its value in both changing consciousness and changing lives. Having worked for some years as a non-religious funeral/life celebrant her work more recently has focused on ageing, death and eldering. 'Finding companions for this latest part of our journeys has radically transformed my experience of becoming and being older.'

Fiona Tilley

Fiona Tilley

Fiona Tilley completed her PhD research into the environmental practices of small and medium sized enterprises in 1998. A career in academia followed with positions at Durham University Business School and latterly the Sustainability Research Institute at the University Leeds. She has published extensively in the field of sustainability entrepreneurship and emerging new business models. From 2009 she stepped back from conventional education in sustainability social sciences to explore alternative and transformational learning practices. Finding Schumacher College has been a significant place of influence. More recently the College has offered opportunities to facilitate short courses and to convene modules on the MA Ecology and Spirituality and to be the Programme Co-ordinate for Becoming Indigenous.

Mary-Jayne Rust

Mary-Jayne Rust

Mary-Jayne Rust is a psychotherapist of 40 yrs experience, inspired by trainings in art therapy, feminist psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. Journeys to Ladakh in the early 1990’s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis, and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice she lectures, teaches and writes about ecopsychology, a field of inquiry into the psychological dimensions of ecological crisis. Her writings can be found on www.mjrust.net. She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming. She lives and works beside ancient woodland in Nth London.

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
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  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?
     

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