Journey Back to Nature Through
NEW EYES. NEW HEART. NEW WORLD.
There is nothing wrong with nature.
The problem of mass extinction of plants, and animals in particular, lies with us and
how we see and treat them.
Fixing the problem starts from the inside out.
Our adventure then is the inner journey we take, the knowledge we gain and the experiences we have as we come to know, respect and reconnect with the beings of nature as they are and
want to live with them in mind.
Part 1. Know Nature
Seeing Nature Clearly
Through new eyes
How do you feel when you go into nature? What would you think and experience if you saw a wolf, a chipmunk, a snake or some stinging nettles? As we grew up we were so continuously inundated with myths, fairy tales and biases that what we learned unknowingly became our truth. Yet what if it wasn’t the truth? How would things change if we could see animals and plants as they really are?
In this workshop, you:
- Discover what stands in the way of seeing nature clearly. Both what our society promotes and what of that you have personally taken on.
- Understand what seeing nature clearly is.
- Mastering that process to use it as you go out into the natural world.
Seeing nature clearly is fundamental to building the foundation for a full, deep connection with nature. When you walk away knowing how to see animals and plants with new eyes to begin to know the truth of who they really are, a whole new world opens to you. You see what is really going on in the ecosystem you live in, in the woods, grasslands, mashes, lakes or rivers you are paying attention to and to respond rather than react to them to make your experience richer and more wondrous.
Come with me and rediscover nature.
Starts Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10 am – noon, for 4 weeks.
Location: Tansley Woods Community Centre. Burlington, Ontario.
Prerequisite for the rest of the program. Cost: $297.00
Nature and You
Intricate Interconnections. Seeing Nature Clearly is a prerequisite.
For hundreds of thousands of years, we have lived in harmony with nature, our actions in sync with the rhythms of nature and the lives of the beings of nature. Over time, we separated out from nature and lost connection with animals and plants. In doing so, we also lost connection to our place in the web of life.
This is our story back to nature. A story we were born to take, a reconnection we were born to need, an understanding of nature we were born to have and a relationship were born to cultivate.
In this workshop:
- Discover how nature and nature communities came to be the way they are.
- Learn how deeply interconnected we both are.
- Find out our place in nature.
- Understand the relationship we have together and how that evolves us.
Out of this weekly workshop, we begin to understand the complexity of the community we live in and our place in it. Knowing this grounds us, gives us a feeling of belonging, access to our ultimate potential and a sense of purpose.
Part 2. Deep Nature Interconnecting
Rewild Your Heart
Go beyond science. Seeing Nature Clearly is a prerequisite.
When we decided to disconnect with animals and plants, we separated from something greater than ourselves. We lost an understanding of your place, a sense of belonging and of who we are.
Through Rewild your Heart, you have an opportunity to recreate this bond. It teaches you:
- How to step into the natural world to be present to receive it.
- The steps to connect deeply with nature.
Each of you will have a different experience each time you go to connect with nature. There is no right connection, no right experience. Possible benefits: awe of the beings of nature, rewilding your heart, feeling grounded and whole, more humane and having a greater feeling of your own humanness, place and purpose.
Part 3. Honouring Life and Loss
Honouring Nature, Honour your Grief
Moving beyond grief
Honouring Your Grief.
All of us have lost someone or something we cared about or an opportunity we have lost and expressing grief is a normal emotional reaction to these losses. Grief is also commonly felt at loss of the beings and elements of nature that we care about so deeply. This grief is understandable, healthy and increasing worldwide as we truly recognize and try to emotionally cope with the wholesale destruction of nature. Our grief is, according to Thich Nhat Hanh, is a result of “hearing within us, the Earth crying” as the pain of the loss of life moves through us.
In this workshop:
- Recognizing how grief has shown up in you.
- Master ways of moving through grief without getting stuck in it to be able to deal with life as you grieve.
- How to deal with continuous grief as right now the loss of nature is ongoing and escalating.
- Let your grief transform you as you move through and beyond it so that the benefits become your strengths.
When you holistically grieve the loss of nature, move through that grief and beyond it, you change. This is a journey to greater compassion, empathy, stillness and calm. You become stronger in the face of challenge and your pain, have greater emotional balance in difficult times, are more resilient – acknowledge your grief and take courageous leaps forward and feel more empowered. In the end, you find peace, passion and purpose. This transformational process brings home the realization of the preciousness of all life.
Come and move through your grief and celebrate the lives of nature
Honouring Your Grief:
Start Date: August 17, 2019. Indoor/outdoor workshop. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Tentative Location: Tansley Woods Community Centre, Burlington, ON
Celebrating Life: Coming Together to Remember
As people, we come together to celebrate the lives of those we have lost that we care about. To remember them, their personality, their love, their wisdom, their relationship to us, what they did that impacted us, that moved us, the funny things they did. Contributions they made in their work and for their community. They were precious to us.
So too are animals and plants. Each of them has a personality, wisdom, a heart, families they love and work they do. The living beings of nature take ingenious, co-operative actions to make Earth habitable for all living beings. Their lives mattered. No matter how small they were, their lives were big to them and to us. We are alive because they were alive.
This an opportunity for you to come and celebrate the life or lives of animals and/or plants who mean something to you, who you have bonded with and care about and have lost. We provide a safe, nurturing space for this sharing.
Start Date: October 12, 2019. Outdoor ceremony. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Tentative Location: Patella Gardens, Burlington, ON.
Please dress appropriately and bring water.
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