Nature Connection Workshop - Sitspot practice

Organised by Stichting Otherwise Wageningen

Thu 21 May 2020 19:30 to 21:30

In these times of quarantine and reduction of social contacts, we invite you to connect to yourself and your (close) surroundings. Be it from your balcony, your garden or a place in nature where you can keep safe distance to others, join us in a nature awareness practice that allows your mind to slow down and relate more closely to nature.

In this workshop, we will connect at 19:30 on zoom (link below) to share some instructions. Then, you are invited to find a spot in your home, garden a place in nature where you can observe the natural world, be it the sunshine on your face or the tree in your garden, or witnessing the wind moving through the grass just across the street. We will sit with nature for an hour, which allows us to perceive it with new eyes and relate to it more deeply. After the sitspot practice, we will again check-in on zoom to share what we experienced.

This event will be repeated regularly, also making us susceptible to the subtle changes in the season and further deepening our awareness of our surroundings. Of course you can also join only once. 

Let's connect online!

Join Zoom Meeting at 19:30, May 21rst: https://zoom.us/j/99933832544

Meeting ID: 999 3383 2544


iWEEK 2020: "A journey from I to We"

In July 2020 OtherWise organises the iWEEK, an interactive summer school on (re)connection. It is a full-week experience to explore inner sustainability and leadership in the context of major societal and environmental challenges of our time. We are planning the iWEEK in a way in which we can keep 1.5 m distance from each other, but still connect.


What is Inner Sustainability?

Sustainability is oftentimes discussed within the realm of technological solutions, policy measures or innovations. This could be called the 'outside' of sustainability. However there is also a growing awareness that at the base we are intricately connected to all life. This could be called the 'inside' of sustainability. When the awareness of this interconnectedness is not experienced, this can give feelings of isolation, disconnectedness and a loss of respect for other lives, including natural environment. As long as other people and other life forms are recognized as part of a whole that we all belong to, it becomes very difficult to do harm to another being. When this connectedness is experienced consciously, decisions are made differently than when we presume to be on our own. This embodied sense of sustainability and interconnectedness is what we call 'Inner Sustainability'.