Forest Center
                             Personal Growth for a Flourishing Planet


AWAKENING
THE ECOLOGICAL SELF

FOR AN EARTH-HONORING SOCIETY


Thurs. Oct.  4, 2018 - 7 to 9 PM   Talk & Conversations
Sat. Oct.  6, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   All-Day Workshop

​INDIVIDUALS CAN REGISTER FOR EITHER ONE OR BOTH GATHERINGS.

(DETAILS BELOW)  



The matter changes when we deeply realize that the nature "out there" and the nature  "in here'' are one and the same, that the sense of separation no matter how pervasive is nonetheless totally illusory. I would call the need for such realization the central psychological or spiritual challenge of our age.
-John Seed, Rain Forest Activist-



Creating a life-sustaining world involves redesigning the external infrastructures in ways that are harmonious with planetary ecosystems. While this occurs it is also essential to engage in forms of inner work that catalyze long-term positive change. The focus is on who we are to "become" as a complement to what we are to "do".


Awakening the “ecological self” (a term coined by deep ecologist, Arne Naess) refers to one aspect of what this inner work entails.  Joanna Macy described this task as the “greening of the self”.  Thomas Berry referred to it as becoming more "coherent with the larger community of life”.  Bill Plotkin calls it “eco-awakening: a person's first conscious and embodied experience of their innate membership in the Earth community”. They - and many others – are voicing an emerging worldview that portrays our sense of self as interwoven within the web of life (dismantling the assumption of separateness and shifting our collective awareness in life-altering ways).

This evening and day-long gatherings are designed to thoughtfully and experientially explore what this all means. We will also identify the pro-active role our ecological self plays during these turning times.

THIS MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THOSE WHO APPRECIATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
~What internal shift in me would help bring about a more regenerative life?
~Am I feeling a disquieting severance from greater nature and wish to recover a felt communion with it?
~How does this re-union occur in the midst of modernity's divisiveness?
~In what ways will I and the wider community benefit from this form of personal transformation?​
 
WE’LL ENGAGE IN PRACTICES THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO:
~enhance our understanding of the inner self as an extension of the natural world (what the ecological self really        means); 
~help us experience enlivening human qualities that ground us as we engage in this restorative process;

~open us up to the wisdom of our heart-break regarding the historical/societal elements that have extracted the          soul from its natural place in the world;
~broaden our sense of self and experience more spontaneously our ​kinship with all life;
~clarify the practical implications of this personal work in our lives and communities...and at this seemingly                  chaotic moment in time.​


(THIS WORKSHOP DRAWS FROM JOANNA MACY'S WORK THAT RECONNECTS, ECO-PSYCHOLOGY AND DEEP ECOLOGY)

LOCATIONS
Thursday (7 - 9 PM) – Tampa Friend’s Meeting House  1502 West Sligh Ave. Tampa   
Saturday (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) - Forest Center   30 mins. north of Tampa – Directions will be sent once you register.
PLEASE NOTE - During the day-long workshop we will be both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).
​A comfortable house with all the necessary amenities will be readily accessible at all times. 

REGISTRATION FEE
$20   Thursday Only          $95   Saturday Only (Bring Your Lunch)          $105   Both Thursday and Saturday

TO REGISTER
Send a check by Oct. 1 made out to Rebecca Blanco to 17217 Sweetwater Rd. Dade City, Fl. 33523
Please make sure to include your contact information.

If you prefer to pay by credit card PLEASE CONTACT Rebecca at 813 416 3069 or rebecca@forest-center.com​​