With Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Jonathan Horwitz, Zara Waldeback, Denise Rowe, Christopher Titmuss, Karen Stead-Dexter and Stephan Harding
This three week intensive will explore the philosophical basis, the history and evolution of two mutually exclusive narratives: the first, that humans are outside of the natural world and have dominion over it; and the second, that humans are part of an interconnected web of life.
It will explore the evidence for these conflicting narratives, from psychological, scientific and spiritual perspectives, and consider the implications each has for our relationship with the natural world, how we choose to live within it and our individual and collective actions for change.
During the three weeks we will experience and critically assess personal and group practices for developing the ‘ecological self’ and ‘reconnecting’ with the natural world, with each other and ultimately with ourselves. These will include the Work That Reconnects, Spiritual Ecology, Deep Ecology, Mindfulness, Eco-psychology and shamanic practice.
We will also be developing dynamic and purposeful personal narratives based on our life experience, values, beliefs, and a sense of our own individual developing ‘ecosophy’ (ecological philosophy) and call to action.
The aims of this programme are to
• understand the origin and evolution of our modern narratives about the place and relationship of humans within and with the natural world.
• understand the implications of these narratives on our individual and collective actions
• investigate the evidence for these narratives from within science and spiritual practice
• experience personal and group methods of expanding consciousness from ‘I to We’
• develop our own relationship and connection with nature
• learn methods and techniques for an ongoing nature-based practice
• explore the relationship between our own narrative, perceptions and actions
For this intensive, which is at the core of the learning provided by Schumacher College, you will be joined by a number of students from our postgraduate programme In Ecology and Spirituality which will allow for rich interaction between long-term students and short course participants.
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Al Jazeera, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide. Some of his films include: Marie’s Dictionary Isle, de Jean Charles, Yukon Kings, Path of Freedom, Elemental, A Thousand Suns, What Would it Look Like andBarrio de Paz. He is the founder and executive director of the Global Oneness Project, an award winning online educational multimedia platform focused on bringing the values of global citizenry into mainstream education. He directs the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, an innovative leadership and incubation program that works with emerging leaders to bring spiritual values into environmental work. He is a Naqshbandhi Sufi and lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.
Denise is a dance and movement artist and facilitator with over 15 years experience in creating and holding safe spaces for powerful transformation. Her work emerges from a creative movement practice and an intimacy with body, landscape, spirit and rhythm. Denise is associate lecturer in dance at University of Plymouth and director of dance at the Mhararano Mbira Academy. Co-founder of Tolo Ko Tolo Dance Company, Denise also works as a solo artist on various cross-genre performance collaborations including the She Who Walks project and with the band Ombiviolum. She has directed, produced and choreographed a diverse array of performances, films and events. Denise has trained in African dance in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Cameroon and the UK. She has completed 3 years training in non-stylised & environmental movement with Helen Poynor, and has 2 years contemporary dance training. Denise is also a student of Shiatsu, Aikido and women’s shamanism with The Sacred Trust. In 2012 Denise was awarded an ADAD Trailblazers Champions bursary in recognition of her work in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora.
Christopher Titmuss, a senior Dharma teacher in the West, offers retreats, facilitates pilgrimages and leads Dharma events worldwide. His teachings focus on insight meditation (vipassana), the expansive heart and enquiry into emptiness and liberation. Poet, photographer and social critic, he is the author of numerous books including Light on Enlightenment, The Mindfulness Manual and Poems from the Edge on Time. A former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, he is the founder of the online Mindfulness Training Course. He teaches in Australia, India, Israel, France and Germany every year. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in India since 1975.
Dr Karen Stead-Dexter is an Energy Healer, Teacher, Environmentalist and passionate Falconer (Bird Whisperer). Academic work and Spiritual work, for a long time, were always kept separate but for Karen something was missing. Having spent the majority of her academic career learning the damage ‘we’ have done to the planet, the need to explore ancient ways of understanding our relationship with the Earth led her in to learn more of the ways of the Shaman. Karen now has a strong understanding of ancient healing modalities, bringing in Shamanic traditions of North America, South America and Celtic Shamanism. She runs a popular clinic in Somerset & East Devon for Energy Healing, Falconry at Trill Farm (East Devon), and runs regular Shamanic workshops in Energy Healing, Bird Spirit Medicine and Plant Spirit Medicine connecting people back to nature, back to who they really are and gets them to truly listen to the world around them.