What can we do in a world that is falling apart?
• We will examine how to actively contribute to the positive disintegration of destructive systems assaulting the Earth’s capacity to sustain life through activism and non-violent direct action.
• We will identify opportunities to initiate cultural regeneration in our communities, working together in creative and practical ways to respond, adapt and strengthen our resilience. Co-create a new emerging culture based on compassion and care, one that prepares for the worst case scenarios yet continues to celebrate life in all its forms and expressions.
• Ultimately this is about standing our ground for the earth and all we hold dear. If we are broken we will be ineffective. By engaging head heart and hands we can explore the difficult questions and reimagine a way forward, drawing inspiration from earth based cultures around the world.
The workshop will involve individual, small group and whole group work and inquiry through experiential processes as well as song, dance, meditation and ritual. It will build on participants and facilitators life experiences, skills and creativity to weave a rich tapestry of diversity and spontaneity within the group in a spirit of mutual support and respect.
This workshop draws inspiration from the work of Social Permaculture, Deep Ecology, The Work that Reconnects, Cultural Emergence, Social and Cultural Ecology, Deep Adaption, Extinction Rebellion, Starhawk’s writings and the Reclaiming tradition of earth-based spirituality.
This course brings together two inspiring pioneers of social permaculture and earth-based spirituality, Starhawk and Robyn Francis. In 2017 they co-taught the advanced Social Permaculture course in India as part of IPC-13 and worked together in the IPC-12 Next Big Step Climate Change group in the UK in 2015. This course pioneers new edges in cultural regeneration for climate and social change.
Starhawk is a permaculture designer, teacher, and founder of Earth Activist Training, which teaches regenerative design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism. She is the author of thirteen books on earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics and social permaculture, as well as two futuristic permaculture novels, The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, she has worked on five major documentaries, including the Goddess Trilogy for the National Film Board of Canada and Permaculture: The Growing Edge.
Starhawk holds a double diploma in design and teaching from the Permaculture Institute of North America. She presently directs Earth Activist Training, teaches internationally, and is a voice for incorporating Social Permaculture into our movement and trainings. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher, and is developing a model of permaculture ranching at her Golden Rabbit Ranch. Her website is http://starhawk.org, and she is on Twitter @Starhawk17 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarhawkAuthor/.
Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer, educator, designer and innovator has been a passionate advocate of Permaculture since 1983. Founder of Permaculture International Ltd (now PA), Permaculture College Australia, designer of NSW’s first ecovillage (Jarlanbah), co-initiator of the Accredited Permaculture Training and a key influence introducing permaculture to India, Indonesia, Taiwan and China. She balances international work with direct action in her local community and bioregion. Since 1994 she is based at Djanbung Gardens, purpose-designed Permaculture training centre in the lush subtropics of NSW, Australia.
Robyn has been following climate science since the mid 1980s and presented permaculture responses and solutions at national and international conferences over the past 15 years. She is passionate about social permaculture, practical self-reliance, community resilience empowering people as agents of change. Her down-to-earth approach to earth spirituality is grounded in the Druidic traditions of her Celtic ancestry, her work with indigenous cultures and a deep sense of place. She enjoys gardening, playing with bamboo and is a singer/songwriter. www.permaculture.com.au