In Conversation with Gaia

In Conversation with Gaia

Monday 20th April 19h30 SAST

Many are experiencing this time of cloistering, as a rite of passage, an initiation. All initiations call for separation and a journey into the unknown, often one that challenges and brings to the surface that which can only be sensed in the in-between. A  deep listening into what is being called forth. Otto Scharmer’s U theory describes this surrender of self to a moment without past or future, as presence; a deep listening, or communing with, and in, the vast field of intelligence that we are. In this Gaia’d conversation, Beth Jandernoa, a much loved friend and mentor who worked with Otto for many years, will join us in a presencing practice and dialogue exploring our selves as ‘of the earth’ not separate from it.  ‘The natural world demands a response beyond scientific insight. The natural world demands a response that rises from the wild unconscious depths of the human soul’. Thomas Berry, ‘The Wild and the Sacred’ in The Great Work, p55.

Reconciliation as core to Deep Adaptation

Reconciliation as core to Deep Adaptation

 

18 May 2020

The controversial and unorthodox paper “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy”, by Professor Jem Bendell, published mid-2018 started a deep adaptation movement, that courageously looks profoundly bad news in the eye and at the same time offers ways to live in this ‘Great Turning’.  Deep adaptation speaks of resilience (how do we keep what we really want to keep) relinquishment  (what do we need to let go of) and restoration (what can we bring back to life to better meet the coming difficulties and tragedies) as useful frameworks for community dialogue in the face of climate change. More recently he added Reconciliation.  Join Beth Jandernoa and Glennie Gillespie, respected teachers and leading lights in the Presencing and Dialogue global communities as well as long-time meditators, in a Gaia’d dialogue on Deep Adaptation with a focus on the heart opening work of reconciliation.

Presence and the Great Turning

Presence and the Great Turning

 

27 March 2020

What happens in our minds and hearts when the ground on which we stand begins to fall away, the assumptions we hold prove to be illusory and existential threats are not in some ‘other’ place in the world but right here? An unknown future brings more focus on the present which seems for me at least, to include a confusing array of emotion –  joy, sorrow, confusion, relief, fury, kindness, despair, courage, a mind that races with each new piece of information and a body that just wont settle. My identity is made a little more fragile, and a little more surrendered to a cosmic unfolding I cannot fully grasp, but as the daily grind is paused and old habits suspended, I can sometimes sense the birth – of a brave new world. Sarah and I look forward to hosting our first fully virtual Gaia’d conversation and look forward to meeting you there to compare notes on this birth doula boot camp!

System entrepreneurs – tipping points and scaling positive impact

System entrepreneurs – tipping points and scaling positive impact

19 February 2020

How does a respected Stockholm Resilience Center scientist make sense of our continued breaching of planetary boundaries?  More importantly does he have suggestions for ways we might operate within the planet’s safe operating spaces? With Planet Boundaries and the Oxfam Doughnut Economic model in mind, Per Olssen describes system entrepreneurs and the kind of agency needed to strengthen human-nature connectedness, navigate tipping points and scale positive impact innovation. He explores leadership for breaking down destructive systems, as well as for transitioning to life-oriented systems; in short, ways to reboot systems!

Professor Per Olsson leads the Stockholm Resilience Center research stream Resilience Science for Transformations. Find out more about him here.

For the cost of coffee and a croissant, join us for an in-person conversation with Per, 7am for 8am (until 9:30am) at Italos Cafe, Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town.

A Living Laboratory for Regeneration

A Living Laboratory for Regeneration

Monday 20th January 2020

Derek Chittenden introduces us to Brave Earth, a self sufficient community, regenerative farm and healing art center in Costa Rica. Using regenerative design and whole systems thinking, Derek has found a home, not only for his extraordinarily beautiful bamboo structures and meeting spaces, but also for an alternative way of life.