MODULE 16 – Deep Ecology

24th-28th December 2018 (5 days) in N Thailand

 

Module Description:

Deep Ecology, a term first coined by Arne Naess, is an ecological and environmental philosophy promoting interconnection and diversity, and endorsing the inherent worth of all beings regardless of their utility to human beings.  It involves moving beyond the individualism of Western cultures towards seeing human beings as part of a global ecosystem.  The ‘Work that Reconnects’ is a series of experiential practices pioneered by Joanna Macy drawn from systems theory, deep ecology, Buddhism, Indigenous wisdom and other sources, which aims to:

●      Provide people with opportunities to confront feelings of being overwhelmed and powerless relating to the catastrophes the planet is facing

●      Reframe our pain for the world as evidence of our interconnectedness in the web of life

●      Revitalise ourselves to play a part in the creation of a regenerative planet

 

Facilitators

Om and Tom Dieters are pioneers of ecovillage living in Thailand, and are co-founders of Gaia Ashram, Gaia School Asia, and Next-GEN (Global Ecovillage Network youth movement). They host a range of sustainability trainings at their land near the Laos border, including permaculture, deep ecology, forest gardening, and they have been a long-term host of EDE programs in the region. Their facilitation is deeply rooted in their own personal experiences and practical application of deep ecology teachings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Goal

To provide people with opportunities to confront feelings of overwhelm and powerlessness related to the catastrophes the planet is facing, to reframe our pain for the world as evidence of our interconnectedness in the web of life and to revitalise ourselves to play a part in the creation of a regenerative planet

Learning Outcomes

            Participants will:

  1. understand the interconnection and diversity of all living and nonliving things
  2. gain awareness of ecological crisis and reconnect with Mother Earth and all beings
  3. deepen their roles as active caretakers of nature

 

Learning Themes

DAY 1 Deep Ecology

Ego-centrism and Ecocentricism

DAY 2 Traditional Wisdom and Sacred Rituals

Ecological Wisdom –  deep experience, deep questioning, and deep commitment

DAY 3 The Work That Reconnects : Gratitude, Knowing our pain, Seeing with new eyes and Going forth

 

Recommended Readings and Websites:

 

Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:

The Deep Ecology Platform

Some Tips for Leading the Work That Reconnects