Programs

 

Winter 2020 Victoria

I and Thou: An Encounter with Nature through Art with Margaret Walters

This program will provide opportunities for encounter with nature in its numinous presence through visual art. This is not aimed at the intellect but the soul. We will look at landscape paintings and photographs and listen to the experience of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Emily Carr. We will explore the emotions and insights that arise from the intersection of visual art, music and poetry. We will make space for ‘gazing’ at works of art and sharing what they evoke. Finally, we will tap into our own inner artist through making our own mandalas.

Date and Time:  4 Tuesdays, Jan 7 -28, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in
Location: 
Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria

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Aging in the Anthropocene, with Jan Inglis 

There is so much to navigate in the aging process in terms of health issues, relationships, identities, purpose and spiritual beliefs while reconciling paths taken or not taken. But our generation now also has the legacy of climate and social instability to consider which brings a whole other layer of existential questions and practical choices. What does it mean to become an elder during these times?  What skills of self-care, and co-care can we learn in order to sustain an ethical engaged presence? Within a framework of cultural evolution, these considerations are more generative if shared in community instead of in isolation

Date and Time:  4 Tuesdays, Feb 4 – 25, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in(If you are dropping in for programs after Feb 4, please come 10 min early to catch up with the facilitator)
Location:  Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria

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The Systems View of Life, A Unifying vision

Unique 12 week, on-line course with Fritjof Capra, PhD covering The Systems View of Life in a group setting.

Meet Thursday evenings to watch a pre-recorded lecture by Fritjof, and then spend the remaining time, using facilitated discussion to unpack the concepts presented.

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“Systems thinking,” involves thinking in terms of relationships, patterns, and context. Indeed, it is crucial to our understanding of living systems of any kind — living organisms,

social systems, or ecosystems.

The Capra Course is a succinct overview using a systems

lens, of emerging ideas, principally in biology, psychology, sociologyand ecology.

Physicist, systems theorist, educator, activist and author, Fritjof Capra, Ph.D, has integrated these systems concepts and ideas into a single coherent framework, which he will teach for the first time in this online course. Following the course, alumni are invited to join the growing international network of systems leaders through the online CapraCourse platform.

For more information, please contact:

When: February 27 th – May 21 st (Thursday’s) Where: Sanctuary at CBUC, 7 – 9pm

Cost: $200 Students/Low-income, $500 Professional,  $1000 Executive *scholarships available

Registration opens January 6th , 2020 (class limit of 200 students from around the world) (for more course details click the hyperlinks)

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Please let Clare or Gertie know you have registered.  When we have ten registrations we will get the 10% discount.

Clare Attwell clareattwell001@gmail.com or Gertie Jocksch programs@earthliteracies.org

Working together with Caboro Bay United Church and Conversations for a  One Planet Region

Program in Earth Literacies Recommends:

Reconnecting to Life: A transformative process for difficult times.  With Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler

Coming together in these difficult and urgent times, we will cultivate courage and resilience, and renew our connections to ourselves, our human communities and all life on earth. A range of experiential practices support opening to the pain we carry for the imperiled state of our world, deepen our gratitude and respect for the gifts of life, and expand our ways of knowing. With strengthened clarity and purpose, we bring our unique gifts more fully into the service of life.

Weekend workshop March 7-8, 9 – 5. Mary Lake Sanctuary (WMIEŦEN), Victoria, WSANEC territory. Cost: $175

Residential retreat May 29 – June 2, 2020. Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island (Nexwlelexm), Skwx̱wu7mesh territory.  Cost: $470 (not including accommodation, which is by donation)

Financial assistance available

Registration for both events: jlarkin@gddc.com; ziegler.maggie@gmail.com

Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler have co- facilitated The Work That Reconnects retreats for twentyyears, bringing into the work a wide range of experiences as educators, facilitators and activists insocial justice and environmental movements. They are walking a path of grounding this work inpractices of decolonization.  For more on the workshop and facilitators: www.reconnectingtolife.org. (websiteunder construction)

Earth Spirituality, a Meta-spiritual Journey into the Sacredness of the Universe, with Gertie Jocksch SC 

“The historical mission of our times is to reinvent the human at the species level with critical reflection within the community of life systems.”  Thomas Berry  “There is a science now to construct the story of the journey we have made on this Earth, the story that connects us with all beings.”  Joanna Macy  “We humans are evolution made conscious; hence, our choices for and in the world shape the future of the world.”  Ilia Delio Climate scientists tell us that we humans have exceeded the carrying capacity of earth.  Matthew Fox sees this destructive behavior as a result of the loss of the sense of the sacred.   Together we will explore how the insights from science shape our spirituality.  How are we to know ourselves and the sacred, in light of this this larger story?

Date and Time:  4 Tuesdays, March 3 – 24, 9 – 10 am
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in
Location:  Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria

Victoria Fundraising for Friends of Bowker Creek

Sara Thomsen in Concert

Working together with Gettin’ Higher Choir & Wavelengths Community Choir 

Date & Time:  Friday April 17,2020. 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Cost:   $25.00
Location:  Cadboro Bay Gordon Head United Church 2625 Arbutus Road, Victoria BC

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Songs Like Seeds –Planting Love Note by Note, Singing Playshop with Sara Thomsen

Harmony happens in community. Songs sow solidarity. Songs sung with intention, like seeds planted with care, can take root in an individual or community and flower into unexpected fruits: simple joy, healing balm, increased sensitivity, awe and wonder, a re-enchanted and revitalized spirit, a grounding and centeredness, a deepening of compassion. The art and practice of community singing draws us outside of ourselves and at the same time deepens us within.

Come join in singing simple and compelling songs from around the world, songs of justice and peace, songs of hope and longing, songs of celebration. Singing opens the heart and re-enchants the spirit. Come reclaim the joy of singing as a human birthright. No previous singing or music reading experience required. In a casual atmosphere, Sara will teach the songs by call and response. 

“I want to sing like birds sing

Not worrying who hears or what they think.”

—Rumi

Working together with Gettng Higher Choir & Wavelength Community Choir

Date & Time:  Sat April 18,2020.  10 – 4:00 pm
Cost:   $75.00 Please bring your lunch, refreshments are served
Location:  Cadburo Bay Gordon Head United Church  2625 Arbutus Road, Victoria BC

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Winter 2020 Vancouver

Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic with Gertie Jocksch SC, DMin

Program is cancelled due to a death in the family.  We will reschedule in the spring.  I am sorry for any inconvenience.  

There are many challenges facing us as an earth community: climate change, species extinction, economic collapse, etc.   Ecotheologian, Roman Catholic priest and Cultural Historian, Thomas Berry spoke of these challenges many years ago and he offers an alternative of deeply affirming the sacred quality of Earth.  He calls this The Great Work, which he sees as a spiritual calling, namely one of a mutually enhancing relationship between earth and humans.   Through this day we will explore together Thomas’s insights and the actions we can take to participate in The Great Work.   

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church

Date and Time:  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75, Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location:  Canadian Memorial United Church, 1825 W 16th Ave, Vancouver

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I and Thou: An Encounter with Nature through Art with Margaret Walters

This program will provide opportunities for encounter with nature in its numinous presence through visual art. This is not aimed at the intellect but the soul. We will look at landscape paintings and photographs and listen to the experience of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Emily Carr. We will explore the emotions and insights that arise from the intersection of visual art, music and poetry. We will make space for ‘gazing’ at works of art and sharing what they evoke. 

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church

Date and Time:  Saturday, March tba, 2020 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75, Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location: 
Canadian Memorial United Church, 1825 W 16th Ave, Vancouver

 Register now!

PLEASE DO NOT LET COST DETER YOUR FROM ATTENDING, PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR SCHOLARSHIPS!