Between the Body & The Breathing Earth
Presented by: David Abram
As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a transformation in our relation to the rest of nature. Awaken your animal senses, shaking them free from outmoded concepts, invigorating your felt experience of the many-voiced terrain. Through elemental encounters with the living land, through conversation and magic, through vivid storytelling and creaturely shapeshifting, open the way for a new relation between the human animal and the animate earth.
David Abram is a cultural ecologist and geo-philosopher who teaches widely on several continents. He's the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous. Hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Named by both Utne Reader and Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries transforming contemporary culture, he’s been the recipient of many awards. David’s essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), he lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies. wildethics.org
In the words of Rex Weyler, Hollyhock and Greenpeace International co-founder, "David is inspiring in his love & respect for nature. That inspiration is contagious. He is a rare treasure for our times." Check out Rex's review of David's book, Becoming Animal.
"Speculative, learned, and always 'lucid and precise' as the eye of the vulture that confronted him once on a cliff ledge, Abram has one of those rare minds which, like the mind of a musician or a great mathematician, fuses dreaminess with smarts." - Village Voice
"Prose as lush as a moss-draped rain forest and as luminous as a high desert night. . . Deeply resonant with indigenous ways of knowing, Abram lets us listen in on wordless conversations with ancient boulders, walruses, birds, and roof beams. His profound recognition of intelligences other than our own enables us to enter into reciprocal symbioses that can, in turn, sustain the world. Becoming Animal illuminates a way forward in restoring relationship with the earth, led by our vibrant animal bodies to re-inhabit the glittering world." - Orion
TUITION: $545 CDN (meals & accommodation extra) / 5 nights