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Indigeny Today - Three Week Intensive 2018

Course dates: 
Monday, 5 March, 2018 to Friday, 23 March, 2018
Indigeny Today

With Colin Campbell, Dr David Luke, Dr Andy Letcher and others yet to be confirmed

What does it mean to really belong to a place, a community, an ecosystem?

So much of the way that ‘modern life’ is lived is displaced from the land, other people and the living beings around us. Western culture is one of movement, competition, isolation and consumerism and along the way many people have become resigned to the loss of home - somewhere we truly feel we belong.

Deep down we feel the ‘hiraeth’, the homesickness, and yet don’t know where this feeling of sadness comes from or how to heal it. We search for relief amongst the things that have caused us disconnection from our place and catch only glimpses of a different way to be, a way of magic and mystery and wildness and soul; a way that perhaps we have somehow lost and long to return to.

One place in which western culture looks to learn about deeper connection is the indigenous traditions that remain on our planet – timeless ways of living that honour the relations between us, the creatures and the land. These traditions seem to hold a sense of spirit central to a harmonious way of being on the planet that has been somehow displaced in the West.

And yet, so much ‘difference’ now exists between the two cultures, so much grief is held by so many for the abuses and disrespect of the past and present. How do we begin to bridge the gap in order that we can learn from each other? How can we find the common ground that makes us all indigenous once again to Planet Earth? How can we all find our way home regardless of the culture, lineage, beliefs and place that we find ourselves within.

In this three week intensive, we will look closely at the cosmologies and traditions of selected indigenous traditions, focusing specifically on understandings and interactions in the relationship between humans and the natural world. We will explore how elements of indigenous ways of knowing, western scientific thought, experiential practice and ritual can inform our own personal and collective thinking, feeling, stories and actions around place-making, nature connection, community and culture repair 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 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 and discussion.   

Week 1 - Exploring Ritual 
With Colin Campbell and Andy Letcher

Join us for this week in which we explore ritual and divination – the theory, the practice and the experience. Expect time in the classroom, solo time and deep vigil and ceremony.

Week 2 - Nature Connection: Practice, Place and Purpose 
Dr David Luke and special guest Colin Campbell 

In this week we will bring together the indigenous traditions of South Africa and the British Isles to look at the connection between humans and the more-than-human world. What might we do deepen this 'nature connection', what benefits would it bring to our modern lives and the world around us and what might it mean for humans globally?

Week 3 - Native Science and Western Thought: Two Worlds Within One 
Teacher to be confirmed soon and special guest Colin Campbell

Join us to explore the parallels and differences between western thought and native science - can the two be used together for a more expanded way of looking at the world? Where is the common ground and in what ways can we heal the wounds between these two different ways of seeing and being.

Contributors

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.

Dr David Luke

David is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience since 2009. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including seven books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2017). David is also director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has given over 100 invited public lectures, won both teaching and research awards, organised numerous festivals, conferences, seminars, retreats, expeditions and pilgrimages, and has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites, but increasingly has more questions than answers.

Dr Andy Letcher

Dr Andy Letcher is writer, performer and scholar of religion who began life as an ecologist, completing his D.Phil in Ecology at Oxford University. After a spell as an environmental activist during the 90s, especially during the anti-roads protests, he moved across to the humanities, completing a PhD at King Alfred’s College Winchester. He is an expert on contemporary alternative spiritualities, especially modern Paganism, neo-shamanism and psychedelic spiritualities. A writer known for his critical approach, he is the author of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom and a range of academic papers on subjects as diverse as fairies, animism, folklore, bardism and Druidry. He wrote the companion volume to The English Magic Tarot. A folk musician, he plays English bagpipes and Dark Age lyre, and for ten years fronted psych-folk band, Telling the Bees.

 

Fee: 
£ 2 200.00
NOTE: Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes twenty nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course is part of Schumacher College's MA Ecology and Spirituality postgraduate programme. It is open to external participants who would like to deeply explore this subject material and can join us for the whole three-week programme.
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