Nature is life!
'Earth Healing Arts' is a labour of love that is supporting and reconnecting human beings and the wider, natural world. Why? In order to heal the split that is causing both humans and other kinds of beings - including forests, mountains, oceans and skies, to really suffer.
Ecological devastation is a concept that doesn't even touch the unimaginable proportions of destruction ongoing on our planet right now. Humanity has evolved into a beautiful, technologically savvy civilization and now is the time to turn our attention toward what cost this has been for us and nature. We have isolated ourselves from raw elements and the pains as well as pleasures of nature.
Many indigenous societies still live in a nature-connected way, with different value systems to much of the Western world. Europeans evolved in a challenging climate so we struggled to refine agriculture and technology but we did very, very well at surviving. Yet, we have also destroyed our ancestral habitats of life among mighty trees, clean rivers and fresh air - not just for ourselves but wildlife also. In the work that I do as a healer-facilitator & coach, I invite people to explore what it is like to rediscover our belonging to the land, the web of life and restore balance to ourselves and our ecosystem.
The field of ecology scientifically verifies the interbeing of all life on Earth. We cannot exist without reserves of freshwater from ancient rainfall, or without vegetables that grow on humus-rich soil. We cannot live without the ozone layer protecting the Earth from the Sun's most damaging electromagnetic rays. Yet all of this is being damaged by industrial practices that are unecological and arguably criminal.
Perhaps the most critical concern of all is the amount of carbon being added to the atmosphere from fossil fuel emissions combined with deforestation (trees breathe in carbon and breathe out oxygen). The Earth is in crisis.
There are many tools available for us to transition to a more ecological society. There is hope.
I lead group experiences to reconnect with nature. When we love nature again, truly and deeply, we can be inspired to create change in our own lives and influence others. This creates a ripple effect. It begins with thought, speech and action, and these ideas, conversations and behaviours spread throughout the world. This is what is meant by 'going viral' and together we can create and participate in global phenomena for change.
Please join me for workshop-experiences of reconnecting with nature. Everyone is welcome - scientists, teachers, artists, community leaders and the general public. As a facilitator, it is my role to introduce activities and ensure that each individual's voice is heard. Together we will learn about how appreciation and gratitude are the ground-work of human and ecological well-being. We will have the chance to honour our pain, personal and natural, and together we will develop insights to empower wise action in the way we live and engage with the world.
'Earth Healing Arts' is informed by Joanna Macy's 'Work That Reconnects', Mindfulness in the Way of Thich Nhat Hanh, Eco-Art Therapy authored by Theresa Sweeney and Permaculture Design as taught by the Brighton Permaculture Trust and Heather Jo Flores. Workshops and retreats take place in the UK and Europe.
To participate in this work, please email me on email@example.com.
Photography by Shane Rounce
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