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Date: January 10, 2023 - January 31, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsor: Programs in Earth Literaciesacy
Website: https://www.earthliteracies.org/
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It is clear that we are living at a time when Earth and the systems it has evolved to sustain life are in decline due to the influence of extractive and accumulative human cultures. At the core of these cultures is the modern view of humanity as separate from and more evolved than Earth and other creatures arising from it. This myth of separation forms the basis for the only world most Western people have known; a world in which human culture has transcended nature, and nature has been demoted to the status of resource, commodity, or property. This relation to Earth is not only cultural, in that our societies are organized around it, but also embodied, in that we live with a somatic sense of separation, rather than connection, with Earth and ‘the environment’ in our everyday lives. In order to live within the web of life on Earth, an embodied sense of connectedness with Earth is needed.
Join physical educator and ecozoic futurist, Dr. Cassandra Wells, in a 4-week exploration of the forces that connect your own human body with the Earth. Using your body’s capacities to sense the inner and outter world (capacities like touch, sound, balance, interoception), participants can develop the ability to “feel” their place in the ecological system of Earth. The sessions will be composed by exercises drawn from Awareness Through the Body (ATB), a physical education system based in the integral yoga. The exercises work by first developing a sensitivity to the many and varied inputs that our bodies are continuously receiving from the inner and outer world. With this enhanced sensitivity, participants can discover and deepen their awareness of their connection to Earth through exercises that bring the attention to some of the forces that connect us – for this course we will : gravity, homeostasis, and emergence.
While the structures of colonial capitalism will need to be dismantled everywhere to preserve our ecology and the conditions for life, this political and communal work cannot be done without also exchanging the modern embodiment of self-Earth separation with a felt sense of self-Earth connection. Undoing an internalized pillar of modernity is careful and gradual work, but it is a necessary step towards recovering an Earth-centred, rather than human-centred, mode of being in world.
Cassandra Wells is a running coach, theorist of the body, and ecozoic futurist, working broadly in the field of physical and ecological education. She currently coaches and teaches at the University of Toronto, and supports the programming efforts at PIEL. Her work centres on the theory and practice of body-based methods for teaching and learning in order to begin dismantling the internalized structures of modernity, and to open a space for a more intimate and integrated experience of the world.
Jan 10, 2023 Awareness of Awareness: Exercises to direct and focus attention, and to build up the capacity for concentration. All exercises rely on the capacity for using the attention.
Jan 17, 2023 HOMEOSTASIS: Exploration of the different planes of being – physical, psychic-emotional-vital, mental – and the experience of inner/outer space.
Jan 26, 2023 GRAVITY: Exercises to explore the force of attraction between bodies – human and Earth – and the possibilities for movement that emerge from our relationship to Earth through gravity.
Jan 31, 2023 EMERGENCE: Exercises that enhance awareness of the creativity and novelty of living systems.

Date: 4 Tuesday, Jan 10 – 31, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
Cost: $60.00
Location: Zoom on-line – a link to the program will be sent to you before the program begins
Register: https://www.earthliteracies.org/
Please do not let cost deter you from attending. Ask us about our funding for programs.

Event Posted by: Gertie Jocksch