Kinship with all life:
Coming into relationship with a living intelligent Earth
Sunday 13th August 10.30am - 4.30pm
Glastonbury, Somerset, UK
Would you like to:
tap into new scientific discoveries that reveal the network of relationships and constant communication that exist within the natural world?
understand how those discoveries mirror indigenous worldviews?
learn simple practices that will help you tune in to dfferent forms of intelligence and different kinds of conversations going on in the wild?
explore how reimagining humanity's place in the wider community of life might be inextricably bound up with other struggles for equality?
get clear on how thinking and acting more like nature makes us more resilient and efficient?
consider how to internalise these understandings and live them in your life and work?
take action to more consciously support the web of life?
Join us for a rewarding and thought-provoking day absorbing the revolution going on in our scientific understanding of non-human animacy, intelligence and interconnectedness. Explore the ways in which it reflects ancient wisdom. Come into a new relationship with the wider web of life around us and open to some of its many languages. Be nourished by indigenous understandings of kinship which can deepen our sense of belonging. Take time listening to each other and to the more than than human world. Share stories of how kincentrism is lived out through inspiring new and old forms of leadership.
What will we cover?
As it's a taster day, we'll aim to touch on a few of the following elements.
Science: Learn from scientists such as Monica Gagliano, Barbara Smuts, Suzanne Simard, James Bridle about the intelligence and interbeing of nature.
Justice: Understand the relationship between ecocide, colonialism and the oppression of people of colour. Learn about rights of nature and political agency for non-humans.
Indigenous wisdom: Drawing on teaching materials from indigenous leaders such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Pat McCabe, Sicelo Mbatha and others.
Leadership: Reflect on inspiring examples of kincentric leadership and consider what your own field of influence would look like if it were to be more deeply rooted in a sense of kinship.
Take some solo time in nature opening to deeper ways of listening to the more than human world.
Be nourished by time out from your usual routines and a moment of deeper connection with the web of life.
Justine Huxley, Facilitator: As Co-Founder of Kincentric Leadership, Justine's core passion is working with others to awaken humanity to a deeper understanding of our kinship with all life. Justine was previously CEO of St Ethelburga's Centre, where she worked for 18 years, innovating programmes on spiritual ecology, radical resilience and communion with the wild. She has a PhD in psychology and belongs to a Sufi tradition, leading meditation and dreamwork groups for over 20 years. She became a passionate student of animal and plant communication seven years ago, after a house plant unexpectedly asked her a question. She is the author of "Generation Y, Spirituality & Social Change", a collection of stories and interviews with the younger generation about reinventing spirituality in a time of upheaval. She also leads a programme called Lighthouse in a Storm, focused on strenthening spiritual, cultural and ecological resilience for young adults.
With gratitude to Jackie Crovetto for creating the opportunity for this workshop and organising logistics.
How to book
Cost: £80 (supporter) £60 (standard) / £40 (low income) / £20 (students & unemployed)
Location: Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DH
Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and maybe something to sit on if the ground is likely to be damp, such as a yoga mat or outdoor chair, and whatever you need to be comfortable spending some sessions outdoors.
To book send an email in the form below. We will respond within 48 hours with the link to book the event. You'll get a second email a couple of weeks before the event with more instructions.
Travelling to Abbey House
From the M5 - Take Junction 23 and follow signs to Glastonbury.
From the M4 - Either follow M4 until the M5 exit and follow above directions, or take M4 Junction 18 (A46) and follow signs to Bath, then take the A367 towards Shepton Mallet, then the A361 to Glastonbury.
From the M3 - Take M3 to Junction 8 (A303), head along until you reach either the B3151 (signs to Glastonbury and Street), A37 (signs to Shepton Mallet, picking up signs to Glastonbury) or A371 (signs to Shepton Mallet, picking up signs to Glastonbury) and follow signs.
The nearest train station to Glastonbury is Castle Cary (on the London Paddington to Plymouth line). Transport to Glastonbury is only by taxi from here. Alternatives are to travel to Bristol Temple Meads, Bath or Taunton. Onward travel can be via public service bus. For accurate train times and information, please visit the First Great Western website.
First Group provides services to Glastonbury - the 376 from Bristol and the 29 from Taunton - please visit their website to view their timetables and associated information, Alight at bus stop at top of High Street which is just 2mins. walk from Abbey House
The entrance on Chilkwell Street is through a tall stone archway in the Abbey Wall. There is parking for several vehicles on site or in the adjacent Silver Street car park.
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” (Robin Wall Kimmerer)