Programs

Victoria Fall Programs 2017

 A Brief History of Ken Wilber: A Friendly Exploration of his Integral Philosophy with Layman Pascal

The well-known American philosopher Ken Wilber is a prolific intellectual powerhouse who has transformed our understanding of sacred evolutionary philosophy.  His integrative vision enfolds many of our most far-sighted and comprehensive thinkers.  However it is daunting to approach a complex system of peculiar terminology and exotic insights.  Local integral thinker Layman Pascal will take us on a friendly sojourn through the basic modules of Integral Philosophy.  Along the way we will learn a little about the background of Ken Wilber as well take time to explore the deep, enduring human questions that he is addressing in his own rich and profound fashion.  What do “integration” and “transcendence” really mean?  And how do they apply to our personal development and our everyday lives?

Date: 4 Tuesdays, Sept 12 – Oct 3,  2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

A Brief History Of Integral with Ken Wilber – YouTube

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May 20, 2013 – Uploaded by Ben Calder

This film gives a brief but very useful introduction to Integral Theory, presented by Ken Wilber.

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Earth’s Imagination with Gertie Jocksch

In the series Earth’s Imagination, cosmologist Brian Swimme places the human psyche within the fifteen billion year cosmic process in order to highlight the directions in which human consciousness is evolving today and into the future. With a remarkable ability to make contemporary scientific findings accessible and engaging, Swimme relates the history of the Universe to the modern human. If you are even slightly interested in understanding evolution and a scientifically-based philosophical orientation to the meaning of life, you will find this program highly valuable.

Date: 4 Tuesdays, Oct 10 – 31,  2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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TOWARD A FUNCTIONAL SPIRITUALITY FOR A CLIMATE CHANGING WORLD with Mike Bell

We always interpret our personal spirituality in light of our understanding of the world in which we exist. Today, because climate change is changing everything and introducing irreversible transformations in Earth, our spirituality must change with it. This workshop will explore how these changes might take place.

In light of this new reality we are moving from a spirituality apart from the world to a spirituality engaged in the world; from a traditional cosmology to a New Functional Cosmology; from a book spirituality to an Earth Spirituality; from a personal spirituality to a shared community spirituality.

Mike will share insights based upon his friendship with Thomas Berry, with whom he lived for several years, and his work with indigenous peoples. Mike lived and worked for twenty-seven years as a community organizer in Inuit and Dene communities in the Arctic.

Mike’s learning approach blends Thomas teachings with indigenous insights and is based upon story. He shares his own stories and asks participants to share their stories so we can learn together.  

Date: Fri Oct 13, 7 – 9 & Sat. Oct 14, 10 – 4, 2017
Cost:   $70, Please bring lunch, refreshments will be served
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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 For Love of Earth with Lisa Gordon

“Knowing that you love the Earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the Earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer from Braiding Sweetgrass.

This four-part series will explore the role your inner life plays in how you love, defend, protect and celebrate the Earth. Lisa Gordon will weave practices from Parker Palmer and other visionaries to help you  remember your inner wisdom about the Earth. You will explore how you connect with the Earth and how you connect with others when defending the Earth. How do you promote faith, hope, and love while living with doubt, despair, and pain? What is your story of falling in love with the Earth? By the end of the series, you will be more at home telling your own story and be less reactive when you listen to stories you disagree with. The program follows the Circle of Trust principles that Parker Palmer formalized at the Center for Courage & Renewal (TM). Attending the Nov 7th session is mandatory to lay the foundation of trust needed for subsequent sessions, Casual drop-ins are discouraged.

Date: 4 Tuesdays, Nov 7 – 28,  2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Poetry for the Earth with Denis Donnelly

Poetry has always reflected the evolving attitudes of societies towards the natural world. We will begin by considering the ancient Irish/Celtic world-view through the eyes and writings of John O’Donohue. Then, using examples from selected times and places including ancient Chinese, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, the Renaissance, the English Romantics, and poetry from indigenous peoples, we will explore some of the currents in these traditions. We will also consider some beautiful and evocative contemporary poetry that explores our evolving societal relationship with the Earth. Resonating with the incisive and commanding voice of the poetic tradition, these poems speak to contemporary society’s re-awakening awareness of our intimate connection with the natural world.  Also, as song and poetry have co-existed through the ages, I will from time to time lead us in songs (no singing experience required!) that will deepen our experience and enliven our understanding.

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Date: Fri. Nov., 17, 7 – 9 pm & Sat. Nov 18, 10 – 4, 2017
Cost:   $70, Please bring lunch, refreshments will be served
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

Vancouver Fall Programs

Earth Literacies and The Earth Charter with Mallora Rayner

The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It began as a UN initiative and is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It involved the most inclusive and participatory process ever associated with the creation of an international declaration and continues to inspire initiatives all over the world. In this workshop we will introduce our globally shared values and principles and explore the inter-connections between Earth Literacies and the Earth Charter. We will also engage in a personalized workshop to explore how we might be inspired in our own personal lives, our communities and around the world.  

Topics:

¨ Welcome. Connections between Earth Literacies and The Earth Charter

¨ Introduction to the Earth Charter

¨ 4 pillars for sustainable living: Respect and Care for the Community of Life; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice; Democracy, Peace and Nonviolence

¨ 10 years in the making – the history of humanities biggest collaboration

¨ The Earth Charter Initiative now: Connections to the MDG, SDG, ESD, GAP and New Urban Agenda

¨ The Way Forward

¨ Right relationships with self, others, our communities and the Earth workshop 

Date: Oct 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location:  Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 16th & Burrard St. Vancouver

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A Brief History of Ken Wilber: A Friendly Exploration of his Integral Philosophy with Layman Pascal

The well-known American philosopher Ken Wilber is a prolific intellectual powerhouse who has transformed our understanding of sacred evolutionary philosophy.  His integrative vision enfolds many of our most far-sighted and comprehensive thinkers.  However it is daunting to approach a complex system of peculiar terminology and exotic insights.  Local integral thinker Layman Pascal will take us on a friendly sojourn through the basic modules of Integral Philosophy.  Along the way we will learn a little about the background of Ken Wilber as well take time to explore the deep, enduring human questions that he is addressing in his own rich and profound fashion.  What do “integration” and “transcendence” really mean?  And how do they apply to our personal development and our everyday lives?

Date: Nov 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location:  Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 16th & Burrard St. Vancouver

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Please do not let cost deter you. Ask us about our scholarship fund.

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