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Deep Ecology by John SeedAugust 31, 2017
On Saturday September 2 and Sunday September 3, Rahamim Ecology Centre will be hosting John Seed for a weekend retreat of Deep Ecology.
John Seed will be facilitating weekend deep ecology workshops with all proceeds donated to the campaign to protect the Los Cedros Biological Reserve in Ecuador.
“I have worked for worldwide rainforests since 1979. Although many of our efforts succeeded, for every forest saved 100 have disappeared. Clearly you can’t save the planet one forest at a time. One green Earth or a bowl of dust. Without a profound change of consciousness we can kiss the forests goodbye, the ones we’ve “saved” alongside the rest. Deep ecology is a key to the change we need. To deep ecology, underlying all the symptoms of the environmental crisis lies a psychological or spiritual root – the illusion of separation from the rest of the natural world which stems from anthropocentrism or human-centeredness. Conditioned since the Old Testament to “subdue and dominate” nature, the modern psyche is radically alienated from the air, water and soil which underpin life and this is reflected in the rapid shredding of all natural systems in the name of economic development. Deep ecology reminds us that the world is not a pyramid with humans on top, but a web. We humans are but one strand in that web and as we destroy this web, we destroy the foundations for all complex life including our own.
“While we maintain a self-image created in the matrix of anthropocentric culture, a shrunken and illusory sense of self that doesn’t include the air and water and soil, we will experience nature as “outside” our self and fail to recognise that the nature “out there” and the nature “in here” are one and the same. Many people INTELLECTUALLY realise that we are inseparable from Nature and that the sense of separation that we feel is socially conditioned and illusory.The deep ecology workshops created by Joanna Macy and myself enable us to find an end to this illusion and EXPERIENCE our rootedness in the living Earth.”
About John Seed
John Seed is an author, filmmaker, lecturer, activist and founder of the Rainforest Information Centre (www.rainforestinfo.org.au).
John has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology, conducting Council of All Beings and other re-earthing workshops world wide for 30 years. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Arne Naess he co-authored ‘Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings, (translated into ten languages). In 1995 John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to conservation and the environment.
Messages to: Leah Moulden, Rahamim Ecology Centre