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“When you look at what is happening to our planet – and it is hard to look at what’s happening to our water, our air, our trees, our fellow species – it becomes clear that unless you have some roots in a spiritual practice that holds life sacred and encourages joyful communion with all your fellow beings, facing the enormous challenges ahead becomes nearly impossible.”
-Joanna Macy, environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology
This is the first of the two-part Eco-Ministry Intensive being piloted by The Chaplaincy Institute this year in response to the deep desire and soul-longing for many to take action, bear witness, and heal our connection with Earth. In this module students will learn about the Wiccan, Pagan, Indigenous, and Eco-Spirituality traditions and further their studies of various spiritual care practices, theological literacy and public speaking. Experienced ChI Guest Faculty representing First Nations in North America, and parts of Africa, students will provide teachings from these sacred worldviews at site visits in the Bay Area.
Eco-Ministry Intensive Application Deadline: To take both Parts One and Two, the application form and fee are due by no later than January 31st, 2017. Pending acceptance, course payment is due by February 5th.
Each day will focus on a particular theme in the morning (left-brain input), with a deeper exploration of this theme in the afternoon (right-brain output/integration) through art, group work and/or field excursions. In our days together, we will share time in nature and at an urban farm. We will practice other ways of knowing, by looking to the teachings of plants, animals and all forms of life. Practices and presentations will be with subject-area experts living in the Bay Area. During the week, we will look at lifestyle choices, systems change and social transformation. We will also grieve, ritualizing and make space for the Earth liturgy that wants to be born in us and shared. The deadline for this module application form and fee is February 28th. Pending acceptance, course payment is due by April 1st, respectively.