Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological, social, economic and political crisis. It recognises that life – all life – is sacred and invites us to act in service of life. In the words of Barbara Sargent, Spiritual Ecology ‘seeks to heal unspeakable wounds and tries to rebuild the fabric of our lives together with the Earth’.
We have developed a highly dysfunctional society that is based on continuous economic growth at the expense of the Earth and its many life forms, including human lives. This system is more oppressive for some than for others, and ultimately harms everyone.
To shift to a regenerative society, we need to:
• work with ourselves and our own awareness
• build relationships with others (perhaps even outside of ‘your bubble’) and
• reconnect with Earth and find ways to be in service to life
This Community of Practice is a place to practice these three aspects and to learn together. A place to grow our ‘muscles’ of resilience, compassion and warriorship.
*** This Community of Practice ***
It is my* aim to create a space that welcomes all identities, recognises that everyone is on spectrums of privilege and oppression and holds space for people to express what it’s like to have these experiences. I would like it to be a space where we can hold difficult conversations, allow all emotions to be present, and support our own and each others’ learning process. You are very welcome to join.
*I am Maaike Boumans, a host, trainer and spoken word performer. I founded Bright Future Lab, hold an MSc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and am a fellow of Spiritual Ecology of St. Ethelburgha’s Center for Reconciliation and Peace. In my work and life I practice kindness, generosity and curiosity, and create spaces for people to be in learning together. I strongly believes in the regenerative power of life.