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Our Indigenous Story - Mapping and Re-Telling World Narratives

Indigenous Story
£ 795.00
Fee Includes single accommodation, freshly prepared meals and all course materials and any field trips.
*Multiple course discount for 'Becoming Indigenous' courses to include Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Sundance and Sacred Ritual, Our Indigenous Story - please call Janey on 01803 847237 for more information and booking.

With Atossa Soltani and Louis Fox

This course is part of our Becoming Indigenous Programme

"Many today see Nature as a stock of resources to be converted to human purpose. Many Native Americans see Nature as a living god, to be loved, worshipped, and lived with. These views are incompatible, but perhaps another viewpoint could incorporate them both, along with others."  -- Donella Meadows 

Our world is in crisis with an endless stream of issues crying out for our attention. But the worldviews and cultural assumptions that underlie these issues often go unexamined. Is it time for an examination, for an understanding of why we think what we do and for a new story that combines the best of the wisdom and knowledge alive in the world today.  

Join media strategist, global advocate for indigenous people and founder of Amazon Watch, Atossa Soltani and celebrated film-maker, Louis Fox for this deep exploration and questioning of the competing worldviews that shape the world we live in, the stories we tell ourselves and the issues we face.

What are the core narratives and cultural assumptions that underlie our differing worldviews? Is there a way of re-telling our world story that includes the body of knowledge that has been held by the Earth's wisdom traditions for millennia? How do we use a new story to shift our society towards a more compassionate, bio-diverse and regenerative world.

Inspired and informed by the work of David Korten, Fritjof Capra, Sut Jhally and George Lakoff, this course will enlist participants in developing a "paradigm map" where our dominant worldviews are laid out along with those of indigenous / traditional cultures, and new scientific / ecological revelations.

Participants will gain a shared understanding of the impact of paradigms on our world and learn to discern how our essential cultural narratives are propagated or negated in the media and mainstream culture. This deeper insight will sharpen the tools of those who are working to shift our society toward a better world for all.

No matter if your work is in education, activism, media/communications, economics, law, or government or simply personal interest, this course will help illuminate the source code on which our society is written giving participants the tools to re-define our path forward.

*Multiple course discount for 'Becoming Indigenous' courses to include Indigenous Ways of KnowingSundance and Sacred RitualOur Indigenous Story - please call Janey on 01803 847237 for more information and booking.


Atossa Soltani

Atossa Soltani has been a global advocate for indigenous peoples and the web of life for over three decades. She is a skilled media and campaign strategist and a firm believer in the power of storytelling to create change. Atossa founded the international NGO Amazon Watch in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon and served as the organization’s founding Executive Director for the past 18 years and recently transitioned to the role of Board President.  

Beyond battles to save ecologically important places, the work of Amazon Watch with indigenous peoples is illuminating the larger societal paradigms that are at the root of so many of our global problems. Indigenous paradigms challenge the prevailing worldview where the Earth is to be exploited for unrestrained economic growth in the name of “progress.” Atossa’s work highlights Indigenous peoples alternative worldview, one that honours “Mother Earth,” sees humanity as a strand in the “web of life” and seeks to redefine “progress” as the pursuit of wellbeing, harmony, and happiness of present and future generations.

Atossa serves as the chair of the board of trustees of the Christensen Fund, is on the board of directors of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, the advisory board of Peru-based Arkana Alliance. Prior to founding Amazon Watch, Atossa directed campaigns at the Rainforest Action Network (1991-1996) aimed at ending clear-cut logging in old growth rainforests. She has been instrumental in the production of short advocacy films. She holds a B.S. in Public Policy Management from the University of Akron, Ohio.  She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English and Farsi.

Louis Fox

Louis Fox is an author, entrepreneur and trained filmmaker dedicated to looking at the world as it truly is, while also envisioning it as it could be.

Since co-founding the values-based communication firm, Free Range Studios, in 1999, he’s created some of the most successful online “cause-marketing” campaigns of all time. His work for clients like Amnesty International, The Organic Trade Association, Patagonia and Greenpeace has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, NPR, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, The Colbert Report, and Fast Company Magazine, which named him one of the 50 most influential social innovators of 2007.

In 2005, Louis was asked to contribute an original animation to The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, a touring, international art exhibition that brought together 88 respected artists including Marina Abramovic, Chuck Close, Richard Avendon and Laurie Anderson. With the full life of the Dalai Lama as inspiration, the intention for this project is to shift the world's attention towards peace.

As a filmmaker, he has directed and co-written over 100 short animated and live action films. His most successful projects, The Meatrix, Grocery Store Wars, and the on-going Story of Stuff series, have been viewed by more than 60 million people and have garnered top honours at dozens of international film and media festivals such as The Environmental Media Awards, South By Southwest, and the Annecy International Animation Festival.

Louis’ passion for exploring “the world as it could be” has led him to study Taoist philosophy, “flow” psychology, Aikido, and the design science of “permaculture”, which is the topic of his first book, Sustainable [R]evolution - Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide, that was released in March of 2014 by North Atlantic Books and Random House.

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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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We follow ecological cycles as much as possible. Much of the food is grown in the five and half acre agroforestry field – in a system of alley cropping and in the developing forest garden. The field also has fruit trees and bushes; young nut trees; a flock of pasture fed poultry; two wild life ponds, a craft and pollinator garden and a hazel and willow coppice.

Other areas include two herb gardens; four polytunnels; a perennial no dig vegetable garden and several fruit areas. We compost our garden and kitchen waste for use on site, and use green manures for fertility building.

Our students find their time engaging with food growing, and all it entails, a truly transformative time.   Our gardens are as much about nurturing people as plants, and hundreds of students have found the contact with the land and soil to be a rich learning journey.

Integral to the College’s international learning community, you will get to know students, staff and volunteers through daily meetings and shared activities. There is also a diverse programme of events and evening talks, offered by college residents, visiting teachers and local experts.

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