New! After a successful iWEEK summer training on 'wild wisdom' in July, OtherWise will continue exploring the topics of connection to nature, sustainable activism and our personal role and voice in the challenges of these times through monthly 'inner sustainability' workshops. In order to build a sustainable world, we need to (re-) connect to the web of life: to ourselves, to others and to the nature around us. When we truly connect rather than to separate ourselves, we feel empathy, and from empathy comes the willingness to support and take action that is in line with life. The Inner Sustainability workshops are a chance to discover sustainability from within, as well as to meet, exchange and keep up a regular practice of nature-based methods.
November 6 - Kick-off with documentary on Joanna Macy, deep ecologist, Buddhist scholar, activist and founder of the Work that Reconnects. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
10 November - We will join Lian Kasper for a Deep Time Journey; a walk through the forest and river-lands of Wageningen in which every step represents a million years of the development of our planet and all life on it. By connecting to these deep-time memories, we can find a sense of belonging to the earth and kinship to the animals, plants and minerals that goes far beyond our limited sense of individual human identity, and which can allow us to find the passion and courage to speak up for all living things.
8 December - Nature Awareness exercises with Louise vd Stok. More information will follow.
12 January - Social Presencing Theatre with Mali Boomkens. More information will follow.