Spiritual Ecology - Uniting Spiritual Values with Social and Environmental Change
A Two Day Workshop with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Recent global events indicate that humanity is at a tipping point; facing irreversible change and unforeseeable consequences. Spiritual values have the potential to provide the foundation from which to respond and rebuild.
This two day workshop with spiritual ecologist, award winning filmmaker and Sufi teacher Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee will introduce participants to the main principles of spiritual ecology—i.e. reverence, interconnectedness, compassion, stewardship, and service— and examine ways to apply these values practically into our daily lives.
Using film and story, deep inquiry and simple spiritual practices participants will explore strategies and techniques to integrate spiritual values into social and environmental change work. The workshop offers younger generations and those who are drawn to work for the future, the tools and resources to respond from a place that is real and transformative. Together lets consider what a spiritual response to our social and ecological crisis would look like.
About the Facilitator
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an award winning documentary filmmaker, spiritual ecologist and Sufi teacher. His work has been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, PBS, exhibited at the Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide. He directs the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, an innovative leadership and incubation program working with emerging leaders to bring spiritual values into environmental work. He also is the founder and executive director of The Global Oneness Project, an award winning educational multimedia platform focused on bringing the values of global citizenry into mainstream education. He is a Naqshbandhi Sufi and lives in Northern California.
This is a two day workshop on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, 2017 Class times are 10am to 5pm each day Optional film night on Saturday 8th July - dinner followed by screening of Elemental.
- How to integrate spiritual values into social and environmental change work
- How storytelling serves as a foundation for building a spiritual response to the current global social and environmental crises
- Explore the worldview and principles of Spiritual Ecology - reverence, interconnectedness, compassion, stewardship and service
- Insight into a developing field that joins ecology and environmentalism with a deeper awareness of the sacred within creation
- Tuition from the director of the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, an innovative leadership and incubation program working with emerging leaders
- Opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice and connect with the earth
- Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
- Appropriate weather gear
- Pen and paper
Casual, comfortable clothing for indoors. Appropriate gear for outdoor activities in Melbourne winter.
People interested in what a spiritual response to our social and ecological crisis might look like.
Vendor since 2016
CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.
CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.