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Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Beyond Intellect into Relationship

£ 1395.00
Course fees include private accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
*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 Pat McCabe (Standing Woman Shining) and special guests Mac Macartney, Satish Kumar, Barbara Mann & Larry Emerson

This course is a two-week exploration of the ways in which we know, interpret and act on information and insight  other than the knowing which comes exclusively through our intellect.

Cultures who have maintained health, harmony and happiness, in one place, over thousands of years, have one thing in common: a deeply and intentionally cultivated broad spectrum of 'Ways of Knowing'. This broad spectrum is intricately related to the 'sustainability' that we now, as Global Citizens, are seeking and proposing. These 'Ways of Knowing' are what allow us to develop right relationship to place, in other words, to become indigenous to Earth and home.

It draws on the work of Native American scholar Greg Cajete in his book ' Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence'. He proposes that when anthropologists, archaeologists and ethnologists encountered the inhabitants of 'North America', their interpretation of what they witnessed was deeply influenced by their own culture. As these European academics witnessed Indigenous culture in song and dance, in Vision - seeing things they could not see, hearing things they could not hear - they came to the conclusion that these peoples were "childlike" and "primitive." After all, they were engaged in activities that they, as academics and aristocracy, had been asked to leave behind at the age of 4 or 5. Their culture did not allow them to recognize that these activities were actually a deep scientific method that created profound relationship to place, to each other, and to all Life.

In Western Culture, academia has chosen to hone a singular way of knowing from an early age - a way of knowing that is almost exclusively through the intellect. From this has arisen a 'scientific method' which has declared that if you cannot touch it, measure it, observe it, repeat it and document it, then it is not real. Even with this strict commitment, as Western scientific studies have continued, and with the birth of quantum physics, it has become clear that this cannot entirely be the case.

This course is for educators, scientists, environmentalists, activists, healers, parents, anyone with the gnawing feeling that there just has to be more.

What you are likely to learn:

  • practices for initiating right relationship with place
  • embodiment of the truth that you have many senses worth paying attention to
  • that we live within a truly mysterious, highly interactive, co-creative, fantastical creation that is also ordered and follows laws based on relationship
  • about the perfection of our design in general and also as embodied masculine and embodied feminine five-fingered-beings.
*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.


Pat McCabe (Standing Woman Shining)

Woman Stands Shining, Pat McCabe, has the honor of being of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. A Life-Bringer, Life-Bearer Mother, writer, artist, activist, speaker and cultural liason, her work is driven by the study of the Science of Right Relations. Moving from the central knowledge that We, The Five-Fingered-Ones, are born into Beauty, as Beauty, for Joyful Life, she brings the understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing into discussion and inquiry on Sustainability. Born to a People who have deep understanding and methodology for Restoration, she carries the Beauty Way into places where it has formerly been kept out. She is an active participant in Indigenous Peoples gatherings worldwide most recently in Chile, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Bali. She has worked with the International Center for Cultural Studies in India and with Sarvodaya with Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka, as well as with organizations and gatherings in the U.S. Her recent work includes being a cultural consultant to the Pachamama Alliance, Inner Circle Invitee to the Language of Spirit Dialogue - Dialogue between Quantum Physicists, Linguists, Scientists and Indigenous knowledge keepers. Upcoming work includes the AUM National gathering, Women's teachings In Chile, and work with Israeli and Palestinian women.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney’s work is divided between his work with business organisations and other diverse individuals and groups. In all aspects of his work he seeks to inspire people to step forward and participate in creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth. He is the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park in the UK, with the mission to ‘inspire people to deepen as human beings and take courageous action to change our world’ is external)

He has been a faculty member for IMD Business School/WWF ‘One Planet Leaders’ Programme in Lausanne for three years, and regularly contributes to the Exeter University Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ MBA programme. Mac has co-facilitated leadership, values, and sustainability workshops with INSEAD Business School (Singapore), Lafarge, P&G (Europe), PepsiCo, Nokia Siemens Networks, and WWF amongst others.

Recent and forthcoming speaking engagements include the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, HR Vision conference in Amsterdam, and the EC Retail Forum for Sustainability in Brussels. He has also spoken at three TEDx events.

For twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of Native Americans. During this training and ever since he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the huge challenges and equally huge opportunities of the 21st Century.This prolonged and challenging training has profoundly influenced Mac’s worldview and continues to inform all aspects of his work with organisations, children, families, and youth.


Satish Kumar

Satish was the originator and cofounder of Schumacher College, served as its program director from 1991 to 2010, and was also the primary fundraiser during that time. He is currently a visiting fellow.

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationallyrespected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College.

Click here to read his biography

Dr. Barbara Mann

Dr Barbara Alice Mann, is currently Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of Toledo. She is an historian of Native America and the editor and author of ground breaking books such as, "Iroquoian Women, The Gantowisas," 

See her talking here: "Where are your Women?" Barbara Alice Mann | "Where Are Your Women?" | March 30, 2013 | University of Toledo

Dr. Larry Emerson

Dr. Larry Emerson is a visiting professor and consultant for Native American Scholars and Collaborators at San Diego State University and lives in Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico.  Professor Larry Emerson has been an active lecturer and conference presenter and provided a wealth of professional services to urban foundations and Indigenous Nations.

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