Programs

 

Spring 2020 Victoria

Our programs are cancelled until further notice.

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 -10, 17 & 31, 9:30 –  – 11:30 am
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in
Location:  First Met United Church 932 Balmoral Rd Rm 119

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Exploring Systems Thinking through Joanna Macy’s ‘The Work That Reconnects’With Ann Ronald

In these precarious ecological and social times on the planet, ‘systems thinking’ within experiential learning contexts can provide powerful opportunities for individuals and groups to engage with new ways of thinking, shifts in perspectives, deep commitment to actions and new ways of being.  In this interactive series, participants will explore the potential for individual and collective efforts to be more effective in working toward long-term systemic change.  We will move through the stages of the ‘Spiral’ of the Work That Reconnects beginning with Gratitude, followed by Honouring our Pain, Seeing with New Eyes and ending with Going Forth. 

Date and Time:  4 Tuesdays, April 7 – 28, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in
Location:  First Met United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd Victoria, Rm 119

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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Exploring Teilhard de Chardin’s Human Phenomenon, with Margaret Walters MA

Written in 1938, during a time of great conflict, The Human Phenomenon by visionary, paleontologist, and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is his book of the Earth – an epic journey which tracks the growth of complexity and consciousness to release what he called the ‘spirit of the Earth.’ Teilhard guides his readers back in space–time to experience the birth of our planet, the emergence of life and consciousness, the beginning of human thought and socialization, and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane, the Noosphere. We will explore the main themes of Teilhard’s masterwork and discuss its relevance to our own times.

Date and Time:  4 Tuesdays, May 5 – 26, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Cost:  $75 or $20 Drop in
Location:
  First Met United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd Victoria, Rm 119

Register now! 

Spring 2020 Vancouver

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

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.   

Date and Time:  Saturday, April 25, 2020 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75, Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location:  St Philips Anglican Church, 3737 W 27th Ave. Vancouver

Register now!

Exploring Teilhard de Chardin’s Human Phenomenon, with Margaret Walters MA 

Written in 1938, during a time of great conflict, The Human Phenomenon by visionary, paleontologist, and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is his book of the Earth – an epic journey which tracks the growth of complexity and consciousness to release what he called the ‘spirit of the Earth.’ Teilhard guides his readers back in space–time to experience the birth of our planet, the emergence of life and consciousness, the beginning of human thought and socialization, and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane, the Noosphere. We will explore the main themes of Teilhard’s masterwork and discuss its relevance to our own times.

Date and Time:  Saturday, May 23, 2020 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75, Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location: 
St Philips Anglican Church, 3737 W 27th Ave. Vancouver. Garden Rm

 Register now!

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.

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)

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