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Pauline was introduced to processes that enable us to reconnect with our world, at a conference given by Joanna Macy in Australia in 1997. For thirty days in 2005 she worked again with Joanna to reinforce these skills at the ‘Seeds for the Future’ advanced training workshop. Pauline offers workshops that enable participants to reconnect with our world; processes that, within the safety and security of a group environment; move us towards ‘compassionate action’.

 WORKSHOP 1:

The Council of All Beings is offered in a one-day program, or as part of a weekend program.

THE COUNCIL OF ALL BEINGS

The council of all beings is a very special ritual that invites us to step outside our human identity and speak on behalf of earth other beings – animals – trees – rivers – mountains. It is a respectful embrace of other life forms that come together in council to speak about their life experience. Humans are there to listen to the experience of all beings, but they cannot participate in the council.

John Seed and Joanna Macy initiated this powerful process and the first Council of all Beings was held in a rural retreat outside of Sydney in 1985. It is now practiced across the world. This effective and dignified process, prepares people to hear within themselves, the sounds of the earth crying (Vietnamese Zen master Thic Nhat Hanh)

The Council of all beings is inclusive of all life forms, confirming the interconnectedness of all life. It has been used in creative ways to respond to local council and Government planning that promotes environmental degradation.

 WORKSHOP 2:

'Coming back to life: Practices to reconnect our lives, our world' is offered in a one-day program, or as part of a weekend program.

COMING BACK TO LIFE

‘Coming back to life’ are the practices designed by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown that enable us to reconnect our lives with our world. Theologian Matthew Fox has described these practices as ‘spirit work’, practices that ‘coax us not to be afraid and not to be in denial’. Joanna Macy describes her work in the following way . . .

When we’re distracted and fearful, and the odds are running against us, it is easy to let the heart and mind go numb. The dangers facing us are so pervasive and yet often so hard to see – and painful to see, when we manage to look at them – that this numbing touches us all. No one is unaffected by it. No one is immune to doubt, denial or disbelief about the severity of our situation – and about our power to change it. Yet of all the dangers we face, from climatic change to nuclear wars, none is so great as the deadening of our response.

That numbing of mind and heart is already upon us – in the diversions we create for ourselves as individuals and nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, the stuff we buy.

RESOURCES:
‘Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World’ Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown www.joannamacy.net

‘Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings’
John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Arne Naess
available from www.amazon.com (books)
 
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