Spiritual Ecology Two Day Workshop

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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.

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What you will learn
  • 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
What you will get
  • 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

What to bring
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Appropriate weather gear
  • Pen and paper
What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothing for indoors. Appropriate gear for outdoor activities in Melbourne winter.

Appropriate for

People interested in what a spiritual response to our social and ecological crisis might look like.


CERES Education

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.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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20 July 2017 • Spiritual Ecology Two Day Workshop

I learned once more that men can be gentle creatures too wanting, needing and able to be vulnerable and express emotion. Thank you for a beautifully articulated and inspiring, clearly expressed workshop/seminar. The more men that can learn this gentle way the better! And the more women who can stand up for themselves and not be bystanders or supporters of patriarchal violence and destruction the better.


13 July 2017 • Spiritual Ecology Two Day Workshop

More about Spiritual Ecology and how to integrate it into my life Wonderful speaker excellent organisation by Ceres staff Uplifting connecting and inspiring gathering with like minded souls


12 July 2017 • Spiritual Ecology Two Day Workshop

This weekend was brilliant, I would recommend it to anyone who is feeling the challenges of living in today's society and seeking a more meaningful existence. Emmanuel integrates exercises, his documentaries and group discussions which offer us deep reconnection with our biophiliac nature. From this we can go forth rejuevenated and incorporating aspects into our daily lives.