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Deep Ecology Today – Revisiting the Work of Arne Naess

Course dates: 
Monday, 26 May, 2014 to Friday, 30 May, 2014

With Per Ingvar Haukeland, Kit-Fai Naess and Stephan Harding

This course is open for bookings

Arne Naess was the founder of Deep Ecology – a movement which has inspired and set the foundation for many of our earth activists and environmental movements today. In this week-long course we revisit his work and explore its relevance to us as individuals and us as a collective at this crucial point in human history.

Deep Ecology is a way of living in respectful harmony within the interconnected web of all life. It rests on the idea of the ‘ecological self’, the expanded sense of ‘I’ that comes from deep experience and understanding of our fundamental place within nature.

During this week-long course we will explore the central concepts of Deep Ecology, develop a sense of our own ‘ecological selves’, and establish our individual ‘ecosophy’ from which to inform our choices, build our lives and steer our concrete actions in the world.

Using processes developed by Arne’s closest collaborator Per Ingvar Haukeland and with a mix of experiential work outdoors, conversation, lecture, and individual and group work, we will uncover for ourselves how the three senses of ‘deep’ in Deep Ecology: deep experience, deep questioning and deep commitment, inform our own sense of embeddedness in nature and drive the life and work choices we make.

We will be joined for the week by Arne’s wife, Kit Fai Naess, who will help us to contextualise this work through illustration of Arnes life in a hut in the Norwegian Mountains; a life he described as ‘simple in means, rich in ends’.

Click here for thoughts on ‘What is Deep Ecology?’ by Stephan Harding

Per Ingvar Haukeland

Per Ingvar Haukeland, Ph.D., is an educator and ecosopher who received his PhD from UC Berkeley, with a focus on the relationship between nature, culture and self in learning and place-based innovations and sustainable rural community economic development.

From 1990, Haukeland collaborated with Arne Naess on various projects, teaching in tandem with Naess both in Norway and abroad. His long collaboration with Naess culminated in two books: Life’s philosophy: Reason and Feeling in a Deeper World (Georgia Press, 2003) and Deep Joy: Into deep ecology (Flux, 2008; in norwegian).

Haukeland teaches ecophilosophy and nature – and culturebased entrepreneurship at the University College of Telemark, and is often used as a lecturer in deep ecology, nature-culture connection among children and youth and Life’s philosophy.

Kit-Fai Naess

Kit-Fai holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese from the University of Oslo and a BA in Western Philosophy and Comparative Literature. She first met Arne in 1973 when she was studying philosophy in Hong Kong and Arne was a visiting professor. Later they were married and Kit supported Arne in his work at the University of Oslo for over twenty years.

Kit-Fai is a project manager at the The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) a vibrant international research institution at the University of Oslo, which promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development..

Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and as part of several of the short courses at the College. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.

Read Stephan’s excellent article What is Deep Ecology?


£ 750.00