" . . .and forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet in her soil and the wind longs to play with your hair . . " Kahlil Gibran
"If you want to create peace in the world, you don’t need to travel the world saving others, go home and save yourself first."
"If you think you are too small to be effective you have never been in bed with a mosquito."
"It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it"
from the film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
Watch this 2 minute youtube video clip by Satish Kumar on Deep Ecology if you want to understand the essence of this message:
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'Sustainable living from the inside out'
Workshops and Events for environmental alignment and Sacred ecology.
What on Earth is going on?
The root cause of the environmental/political/social crisis we are in is a symptomatic result of the disconnected and suppressed feminine principle in humanity.
However we are living our lives we cannot fail to notice that the environment around us is struggling as well as our political and social structures. Somehow or another over time we have come to believe that we are separate from nature: that we have, somehow, transcended our earthly biology and made ourselves an exception to ecological rules. This ‘separation myth’ has led us to live beyond our habitat’s ability to sustain us and we must deal with it urgently, if we are to survive its consequences.
‘Deep sustainability’ calls for a level of personal and cultural change that only emerges when we weave human Being directly back into the fabric of the Earth. It’s about a sense of personal identity that is seamlessly integrated into the biosphere. We respond to deep sustainability through our own deep-rooted sense of ourselves as nature, rather than through a sense of responsibility to nature as something separate.
The diverse web of life on whom we depend, of whom we are part, is in crisis. We need a sea-change in lifestyles, values, identity. This is about a change in relationship towards self, other and earth. (Mary Jane Rust)
We invite both men and women to reconnect to their innate wild human nature with outer nature. We believe that the root cause of the current environmental situation has come about due to a deep disconnection of the feminine. This has happened for men and for women over hundreds if not thousands of years. There are some tragic misunderstandings and ignorance in humans regarding the relationship between the masculine and feminine principles that have led to the current situation unfolding. This has resulted in the external imbalances we are now seeing manifested on Earth. The deepest work every human is being called to do by existence right now is to re-connect with our own nature and to reconnect to nature itself rather than view it as external or separate to us. We need to find the courage to deeply feel again and from there connect with the love we are and make the changes from that place.
"...Freedom is greater than power. Power is about what you can control and freedom is about what you can unleash ..." Harriot Rubin
From Denial to Despair...
'When we stop the endless internal war waged daily on ourselves we will cease to engage in war with others'
When we hear information about the current state of the planet we often feel uncomfortable and painful emotions and for most of us we choose to swallow them down and hope they will go away or hope that what we are hearing isn't true as they would seem to threaten our very life, our safety, our livelihoods, our values and our children's lives. It can seem too difficult or overwhelming to take it in because we end up feeling very afraid, powerless, emotionally overwhelmed and ineffective to do anything about it.
However, our willingness to feel the emotions that arise in us are an important step along the path to transforming the situation as they connect us to life and to our love for what we care about and this brings immense strength to take action from a place love rather than fear. If we can find the courage to feel deeply and move from denial through our despair we will find our love and from this place we become 'Love in action' and there is nothing more powerful than this as a force for change. This is the space that Living Love invites us to explore.
“The anguish we feel for what is happening is inevitable and normal and even healthy. Pain is very useful. Because if we are afraid to feel that, we won’t feel where it comes from and where it comes from is love, our love for this world. That’s what is going to pull us through.” Joanna Macy
Being present and engaged to crisis can transform ways of seeing. But it is deeply challenging to remain embodied and present in the face of potential chaos, fear and uncertainty. Confusion and suffering are the old ways of coping and structures break down. Birthing of something new is exciting yet painful. Living through a paradigm shift can feel like walking between two worlds and this is the task ahead, to bring these together and balance the masculine and feminine energies.
Earth Heart Summer camp
A wildforest summer camp at the EarthHeart centre in the beautiful Ancient Forest of Dean (near Wye valley)
The purpose of the camp
We have a deep knowing that for true transformation of humanity and for balance of all life on the planet both the inner and outer aspects of this transformation are needed. The inner landscape - that of personal growth/spiritual evolution and inner awakening. The outer lansdscape - that of caretaking the planet and changing our social and polititcal systems etc in a direct hands on way. Some of us might be more drawn to one or the other and some of us traverse both. Either way both are equally needed. The camp seeks to address this by bringing together all people whichever aspects we are passionate about so that we can learn and support each other, to be a part of the global collective shift that is needed for creating a truly sustainable, socially just, heart centred interconected beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
How will we do this ?
The experiment - Each morning we will gather together as a tribe and take a collective experiential journey through a body of work created by Joanna Macy on deep ecology. She created this map as she recognised the inner and outer aspects needed by humanity for true sustainable change to happen. The map follows a 4 stage spiral which is designed to bring these aspects together. Each afternoon there will also be 'circle time'. A chance to sit together in smaller groups and share ourselves and speak and listen to each other from the heart. The rest of the time there may be other mini workshops on offer. Beyond that you are free to simply be, play, laugh, be wild, be peaceful, be in company, be alone, walk in the forest or rest in the long grass. There is an outdoor wood fired hot tub to melt into under the night stars. A log fire in the evenings to sit together and keep warm.
The Camp setting
The camp is a 9 day outdoor camping experience located in the stunningly beautiful EarthHeart centre in the middle of the forest of Dean, an ancient 200,000 acre forest. It offers breathtaking nature and an opportunity to live closely with it while creating a temporary indigenous tribe to help re-connect us with our native homeland and live more intimately with it and our own wild nature. To be nourished by our connection and feel the heart beat of of the Earth and the collective heartbeat of each other.
Food and Practicals
There are various options for food. You can either:
1. Bring your own food and cook for yourself
2. Bring food and camp in a circle with other and share taking turns to cook.
3. Have all your food provided and pay an all in amount.
There is a basic outdoor camp kitchen for washing up and storing some foods.
Children are of course welcome. There is no childcare provision offered by us so carers/parents will be asked to take full responsibility for the safety and childcare of their little one's.
Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is advised. Everyone is welcome no matter where you come from or who you are.
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NATIVE AMERICAN CREED
The Earth is your mother, care for her and
Honour all relations
Open your heart and soul to the great Spirit
All life is Sacred, treat all beings with respect
Take what is needed from the Earth and nothing more
Do what needs to be done for the good in others
Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day
Speak the truth, but only of the good in others
Follow the rhythms in nature, rise and retire with the sun
Enjoy life’s journey but leave no trace.