Spiritual Ecology #3: Decolonisation pt. 2


Spiritual Ecology #3: Decolonisation pt. 2

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// 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. From how I (Maaike) have been introduced in this work, Spiritual Ecology brings together environmental injustice with social injustice.

// Tonight we want to explore and dive into Spiritual Ecology and Decolonisation. We will explore the question: How can we – from our various ‘places’ on the spectrum of privilege and oppression – support the decolonisation of our own lives and those around us, and be in greater service to life?

// We hosted a first session on Spiritual Ecology and Decolonisation in June. It felt like there was so much more to explore and uncover, that we decided to host another evening on these topics. You do not need to have been there in June to be able to join this session. You’re very welcome to be there! No previous experience is needed, just bring yourself and an openness to learn. 

// This evening is hosted and lightly facilitated by Daryll Landbrug and Maaike Boumans. Daryll Landbrug is a human rights activist and youth worker with great experience in the field of anti-racism activism, building communities and motivating youth for positive change.

Practicalities:
Date: Thursday September 26 
Time: 19:30 – 21:30.
Doors open at 19:00. Kindly allow yourself some time to arrive. Tea and cookies will be ready 🙂
Cost: The evening is donation based (suggested donations 5 – 30 euro).
Maximum 20 participants.
Location: Metabolic Lab @ de Ceuvel
With a thank you to de Ceuvel for offering their space.

Register through: This Link

***BACKGROUND***

What is Spiritual Ecology?

 

For me, Spiritual Ecology is about living in a peaceful, kind relationship with yourself, others, and the Earth. As such, it can mean a radical shift from the status quo. A shift that requires great bravery.

 

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. From how I have been introduced in this work, Spiritual Ecology brings together environmental injustice with social injustice. In the words of Martin Luther King:

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

 

To shift to a regenerative society, I think 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 and learn together. 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 to hold 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.

 

Possible themes to explore in the next months: relationship self and nature, race, power, privilege and oppression, self care, vulnerability and courage, nature connection exercises, warriorship, resilience and personal practices.

 

Looking forward seeing you there,

Maaike

founder Bright Future Lab

26 September 2019

Donation

Metabolic Lab

starts: 19:30

ends: 21:30