The Spirit Of Activism
With Manda Scott, Gail Bradbrook, Della Duncan and Special Guests
For too long in our world, spirituality and political activism have been kept apart. And yet we are living through a moment of absolute crisis of people and the planet, and for those of us who strive to live a connected, open-hearted, full-hearted life, action is the only possible way forward.
The challenge is to unite these two – to find ways to ask for help in ways that feel grounded and authentic, so that our activism grows out of a fully connected heart and our spirituality is grounded in the changes we need to see in the world.
Over five days, we will explore the nature of spirituality and politics.
Dates and Times: 5 pm Friday, November 8 – 2pm Tuesday, November 12
Fee: residential £645
Limited bursary places are available at £450 on application.
3 fully funded bursaries have just been released. Apply here. The closing date for applications is the 25th October.
What To Expect
We will explore and unpack the philosophies and tools of consciously being and acting in the world, methods that are our inheritance and our birthright. These include elements of shamanic practice, Joanna Macy’s ‘Work that Reconnects’ and other ways of expanding our awareness and ability to be present. We will marry these with the latest neuroscience of conscious plasticity with the specific intent of finding new ways of being, new ways of walking through the days, new ways of connecting to the world and asking for help.
Finally, we will explore what it might be to make the next evolutionary step consciously: to step empty handed into the void and hold our minds open for an entirely new way of being.
Manda Scott is a novelist, smallholder, shamanic teacher and – soon – podcaster. Her Boudica: Dreaming books both grew out of and informed her shamanic dreaming practice and were the start of a fifteen year journey of teaching small groups. Now, as we near the biggest crisis in our evolutionary history, she is focussing more on how to bring the birthright of shamanic dreaming to wider groups of people and combine it with the explosion in cognitive neuroscience that is teaching us how to shape the structures of our minds. Her belief is that we can make the next evolutionary step consciously, but that we will need to know how to ask for help of the Heart Mind of the Universe – and that we need to get to grips with this as a matter of urgency. Yesterday would be good. Today will do. Tomorrow might be too late.
Dr Gail Bradbrook has been researching, planning and training for mass civil disobedience since 2010 and is a co-founder of the social movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) which rapidly spread internationally since its launch in October 2018. There are over 200 groups in the UK as well as 375 XR groups in 59 countries. Gail has been arrested three times for acts of civil disobedience, most recently at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and previously at fracking and incinerator sites. She joyfully invites UK citizens to join her in the streets of London to close the city down and has said she is “willing to die” if it would serve to protect the environment, though she has every intention to live a long and courageous life. Gail is a mother of two boys age 11 and 13, and has trained in molecular biophysics. Her talk on the science of the ecological crisis, the psychology of active participation and the need for civil disobedience has gone viral and been part of the inspiration for many to join XR. She is from Yorkshire, the daughter of a coal miner and was recently profiled on Radio 4’s Profile show for her part in instigating a rebellion against the British Government.
Gail identifies as a pagan and her practice includes prayer, sharing circles and ceremony; she is also an advocate for the safe use of psychedelic medicines.
Photo: Martin Lever (Orkney)
Della Duncan guides opportunities for personal and systemic transition to a more equitable, sustainable, and enlivened world. She is an Atlantic Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, a Right Livelihood coach, the host of the Upstream Podcast, a Gross National Happiness trainer for the Eurasia Learning Institute, a Work that Reconnects facilitator, a 5 Elements Dance Instructor, and an Alternative Economics Consultant. She is currently in a Dharma leader program with James Baraz, She holds an MA in Economics for Transition with Distinction from Schumacher College, a BA in International Relations and Sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, and has completed Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects Intensive Program.
Upcoming Dates & Booking
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