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Erotic Ecology: Love as a biological principle

Erotic Ecology Short Course with Andreas Weber

With Andreas Weber and Stephan Harding

£ 595.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Thursday afternoon, and includes three nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

With Andreas Weber and contribution from Stephan Harding

We are rediscovering love as a biological principle. As bodies, every living being participates in a live-giving exchange with others, led by the desire to nourish the self through intimacy, through touch and exchange. In the course we will work towards an “Erotic Ecology” as an art of living, of caring for the biosphere and of creating satisfying relationships inspired by the Eros of life – the power which makes everything in our reality yearn for connection and transformation.

At A Glance

  • Discover a new view of life and of our own selves that has overcome dualism (mind/matter)
  • Understand life from a perspective that includes emotions and feeling
  • Allow yourself to access reality through poetic understanding
  • Get insights into latest findings in biology and biosemiotics

About This Course

Erotic Ecology rewrites the life sciences as a tender practice of forging relationships, of yearning for connections, and of expressing these desires through our bodies. Being alive is an erotic process—constantly transforming the self through contact with others, desiring ever more life.

Love—the impulse to establish connections, to intermingle, to weave our existence poetically together with that of other beings—is a foundational principle of reality. Love is the activity to search for the other, the yearning to be transformed by the other, to enter into connection in order to give life. Love is actually the practice to give life. The need to exercise this practice manifests as desire.

The fact that we disregard this principle lies at the core of a global crisis of meaning that plays out in the avalanche of species loss and in our belief that the world is a dead mechanism controlled through economic efficiency.

Erotic Ecology offers an alternative to the thought of separation. It is an alternative account of biology, in tune with the latest finding of life sciences which are discovering that feeling and emotion are at the heart of the reality of being alive – a “poetic materialism,” that closes the gap between mind and matter.

What will participants gain from taking part in this course?

  • A view of life and of our own selves that has overcome dualism (mind/matter)
  • Understand life from a perspective that includes emotions and feeling
  • Allow yourself to access reality through poetic understanding
  • Get insights into latest findings in biology and biosemiotics
  • Reconnect with your emotions and your body in new ways as a feeling self
  • Connect with the more-than-human world in a more natural way
  • Get a clearer sense of what your authentic self desires
  • Get insights into the connectedness of experience, biology, society and economy

Who is this course for:

  • Biologists and life scientists who are interested to rediscover the living and creative principles within their disciplines
  • Artists and writers
  • People working in spirituality-related fields
  • Psychologists and couple/family therapists
  • Community builders
  • People working in nature education and mentoring
  • People working in sustainability projects
  • Management consultants
With Andreas Weber and Stephan Harding
Andreas Weber

Andreas Weber

Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based philosopher, biologist, and writer. He holds degrees in marine biology and cultural studies, and has collaborated with brain researcher and philosopher Francisco Varela. His books in English include: Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture and Politics (2013); The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science (2016); and Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology (2016). Weber regularly contributes to major newspapers and magazines, such as National Geographic, GEO, and Die Zeit, and has won a number of awards for his writing. He teaches philosophy at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. Weber has two children, fifteen and seventeen. He lives in Berlin and Italy.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinates and lectures on MSc Holistic Science, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led 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.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica. 

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed 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.

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