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Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive

Course dates: 
Monday, 6 March, 2017 to Friday, 24 March, 2017

With Colin Campbell, Jon Young, Greg Cajete and Luci Attala 

How do we know what is 'real?'

On the one hand, we have Western Science – a methodology that is based on reductionism, measurement of parts and the assumption that human intelligence, experienced through human faculties and senses, is the highest appraisal of the reality in which we live and operate. This way of knowing has led us as a species to remarkable accomplishments, but has also had many unforeseen and negative consequences on the earth and human society.


On the other hand, we have what some have termed ‘native science’ – traditional ways of knowing that have evolved in indigenous human societies for thousands of years and are still the primary way of knowing for many cultures worldwide. These tend to be more relational ways of experiencing the universe, from within an interconnected and continuously evolving web of life in which everything is a living phenomenon. This type of knowing acknowledges that we, as human beings, may never be able to know everything about the reality in which we live and operate.


In this three week intensive we explore how we might incorporate both paradigms into our understanding of reality – how we can use both ways of knowing to gain an expanded understanding of our place within nature, our relationships with each other and the likely consequences of our human actions, thus equipping us to better deal with the complex interdependencies between ourselves and the social and natural worlds.


As part of this investigation, we will look closely at the cosmologies and practices of a number of indigenous traditions, focussing specifically on understandings and interactions in the relationship between humans and the natural world. We will explore how elements of indigenous ways of knowing, practice and ritual can inform our personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection and sustainable living. 


This will be an intensive that brings together theory and practice, critical thinking and direct experience, as we work together to ask, and hopefully find answers to, some of humanities core questions around the issues of place, home, belonging, connection, indigeny and sustainability. 


You will be joined by a number of students from Schumacher College's postgraduate programme in Ecology and Spirituality which will allow for rich interaction between long-term students and short course participants.



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.

Jon Young

For over 30 years, Jon Young has been a leader in the field of village building, nature-based education, Permaculture and cultural mentoring, implementing vital advancements in the understanding and benefits of effective nature- and people-connection modeling. Jon is a deep nature connection mentor, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, village builder, consultant, inspiring public speaker and storyteller. He has appeared as an expert in numerous documentaries concerning nature and ecology and travels to teach widely throughout North America, Europe, Australia and southern Africa. He has authored and co-authored several seminal works on deep nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007) among other titles in print and media. As a founder of the 8 Shields Institute, Jon Young has established best-practices process for cultural modelling and nature connection mentoring. He is actively promoting village building globally as a nature-based model of cultural regeneration for the benefit of current and future generations.

Greg Cajete

Greg is a Tewa author and professor from Santa Clara PuebloNew Mexico. He has pioneered reconciling indigenous perspectives in sciences with a Western academic setting. His focus is teaching "culturally based science, with its emphasis on health and wellness.Currently he is director of the Native American Studies program and associate professor of education at the University of New Mexico in AlbuquerqueCurrently he is director of the Native American Studies program and associate professor of education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.


Luci Attala

Luci is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at Lampeter, University of Wales (TSD), the School of Health and Social Care at the Open University and is involved in community projects in Africa. Her research interests are primarily ethno-botanical focusing specifically on plant agency - exploring human-plant interactions and repositioning them as plant-human relationships. Using this ‘phyto-centric’ perspective her work draws on phenomenology and the ideas of the more-than-human, post-humanist and multi-species movements to reinterpret plants as ‘persons’ and as affective players in their relationships with humanity.






£ 2 200.00
Course fees include comfortable, single accommodation, vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and teaching sessions.