Join us for a fascinating, provocative “big” journey through human history with Jon Schwartz. Explore where we came from, what tipping points brought us to where we are, and where we are empowered to go from here. We will reflect on various milestones of human development - our achievements and our "oops!" moments alike - and how each pivot led us to who we are today. From there, we'll explore "what's next" for humanity and we'll shatter the myth that "there's nothing we can do" to shift our direction from life endangerment to life preservation.
Regardless of whether we live in the city or deep in the country, regardless of if we work outdoors or inside, we each have an ecological identity which forms the basis of how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us. These identities were formed and are nurtured by many influences and create the fabric of how we interact with this earth and its inhabitants. Join Deb Matlock, environmental educator and conservation professional, for this seminar exploring the formation of ecological identity, the ways it manifests in our lives, and how we can continue to develop and deepen our personal sense of our ecological selves in relation to the wild animals of our communities.
We need to radically reverse how we value things. Instead of seeing beauty as a nice sideline in one’s life, or in the world, to give it real weight in our thinking and value systems. For many reasons, from natural brain wiring oriented to danger, to media that plays on that wiring, we attend instead to disorder and disharmony. Beauty heals. Beauty gives a sense of order to disorder, harmony instead of dissonance. As we tune to beauty our brains change, calm and we make better decisions, personally, culturally and environmentally. Join Dr. Susan Eirich, Earthfire founder, to explore how can we make this value and perception switch.
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