Mindfulness, Ecology and Spirituality

Ref: C3842257

A recent survey of the U.K. population found that 23% of us consider ourselves "spiritual but not religious". Many people are turning to nature for spiritual solace and our fresh appreciation of our dependence on nature can engender a religious feeling towards it. Many people of faith are also turning to nature and are making protection of the environment part of their religious practice. On this course we will pool our understanding, concerns and inspiration to deepen our mindful practice - or provide it with a solid platform if you are a beginner (which we all are in a way!) Each week we will practise meditation on an earth-based theme - looking at images of the Goddess in the Paleolithic, indigenous cultures and Gaia theory. I will be drawing on my recent studies at Schumacher College and 20 years of teaching relaxation and meditation. We will explore other ways of knowing through mindfulness and creativity and, most of all, we will learn from sharing this journey together.

Course aim

A study of the subject using meditation, creativity and discussion. Do spirituality and ecology belong together? How did they ever come apart?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe Paleolithic images of the Earth Goddess and share your own response to them through meditation, creativity and discussion.
  • Explore indigenous teachings about our relationship with the earth and share your own responses to them.
  • Give a brief account of Gaia theory.
  • Share your vision of ecology and spirituality and the part you wish to play in it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Mindfulness, Ecology and Spirituality


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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