Spiritual Ecology Community of Practice #6: Community Building

Spiritual Ecology Community of Practice #6: Community Building

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The Spiritual Ecology Community of Practice is BACK! We took a little break at the start of this year and are excited to continue these monthly gatherings. I hope you’ll join us. 

The first CoP of 2020 is centred around Community Building. We have always lived in community – with our fellow human beings and greater plant and animal family, with the land, the water, fire. We may have lost some of it as we moved to cities, society picked up speed and became more individualised. But communities are essential. We exist in relationship. 

The intention of tonight is twofold: to support community-building, as is the intention with each of these evenings, by creating a space where people interested in living in a different relationship with life can meet each other, learn together, laugh and share stories. 

The second intention of this evening is to support YOU in community building. We’ll inquire into what ‘community’ means to us – how does it show up in our lives, what role does it play? Who is part of it, who is not (yet)? What kind of community(ies) would you like to live in or be part of? How can you contribute to building more inclusive communities and what might behold you back from stepping into building community? 

These evenings are participatory in their nature and lightly facilitated by Maaike. They consist of a mix of dialogue, storytelling, meditation or contemplative practice and nature connection practices.

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

March 19 
April 16
May 14

Date: Thursday, February 20th 
Time: 19:30 – 21:30. Doors open at 19:15. Kindly allow yourself some time to arrive. Tea and cookies will be ready 🙂 
Cost: ranging from €10,- (student) to €15,50 (regular). See ticket link down below. If money is a barrier for you, drop us an email @ maaike@brightfuturelab.nl 
Maximum 20 participants. 
Location: Metabolic Lab @ de Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 2, Amsterdam. 
With a big thank you to de Ceuvel for offering their space. 

What is Spiritual Ecology? For me, Spiritual Ecology is about living in a peaceful, kind relationship with oneself and all other forms of life. I think it is 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. 

To shift to a regenerative society, I think we need to:
• grow our own capacity for compassionate action
• build relationship and inclusive communities 
• 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.

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.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
founder Bright Future Lab


20 February 2020

10,- / 15,-

Metabolic Lab

starts: 19:30

ends: 21:30