Exploring Ecopsychology – 8 Meeting Points Throughout the Year

Imbolc – Stirring of the Seeds

During this two hour zoom session, we will pay heed to the stirring of the seeds as we introduce ourselves to one another and gain some understanding of the learning models and methodologies that underpin the course.  We will also engage with the Imbolc tradition of making pledges and dedications to the coming annual cycle as we begin our journey around the Wheel of the Year.

Spring Equinox – Planting of the Seeds

During this Virtual, Immersive Weekend, we will come together via zoom to consider questions that are central to Ecopsychology, to explore our personal edges and to engage in experiential learning as we begin our holistic learning journey.  We will each commit to a daily practice and find a spot near to our homes where we can sit quietly in contact with and contemplation of the natural world.  This spot will be re-visited throughout the weekend and over the course of the year.  We will each consider what we would like to cultivate over the course of the coming year, plant the seeds of our intentions, and write individual learning contracts to keep track of these intentions and specify desired outcomes. Participants will be able to join with other to form peer groups so that contact is maintained between and beyond the 8 meeting points.  The role of these groups is to provide peer support, to fully witness and be witnessed by one another and to pose provocative questions

Beltane – Sprouting of the Seeds

During this two hour zoom session, each person will have the opportunity to check in and give feedback on their sit spot encounters and experiential learning practices. A task will be set for the following weekend to facilitate the transition from the experiential toward the creative learning phase of holistic learning.

Summer Solstice – Budding

As the Sun reaches its zenith, we will all come together in person for a residential camping weekend in the full midsummer light.  We will witness one another’s creative offerings as representations of the experiential learning coming into bud.  There will be time for meeting in peer groups in order to check on the outcomes specified in the individual learning contracts and to write new objectives for the next phase of learning.  There will also be time each day for silent, solo contemplation and integration.  Sunday will be spent on the transition from the creative to the propositional phase of holistic learning which involves an engagement with Ecopsychology thinking and theory.  Each person will go away from the weekend with a reading list specific to their own inquiry.

Lammas – Flowering

During this two hour zoom session, each person will have the opportunity to check in and give feedback on their exploration of theory and continued daily practice and sit spot encounters. A task will be set for the following weekend to allow the theoretical learning to flower.  This task will involve critical thinking and although it is usually met with a written piece, please do not worry if you are uncomfortable with writing, as there are other ways to complete the task.  The entire ethos of this course is that each person is able to engage in their own way and do whatever it is that serves their own learning journey.

Autumn Equinox – Ripening

As the sun reaches the midway point between its zenith and nadir, we will come together for our second residential camping weekend in the balanced light and darkness of Mabon. We will witness one another’s critical thinking pieces as representations of the theoretical learning ripening into fruit.  There will be time spent with peer groups to once again check on whether or not you met the learning objectives previously set and to set new objectives for going forward.  There will also be time to re-visit the spots spent in silent solo contemplation on the previous weekend and sit there some more.  Sunday will be spent on the transition from theoretical to practical phase of holistic learning with involves consideration of how you might like to apply your experiential, creative and theoretical learning to your personal and professional practices.

Samhain – Harvest

As the sun reaches the midway point between the balance of equinox and the depths of midwinter darkness, we will come together for our third and final residential camping weekend as the nights draw in.  We will witness one another’s initial ventures into the practical application of our learning as representations of the harvest of our Ecopsychology endeavours. There will be time spent with peer groups in consideration of your journey together over the year’s growth season and in reflection on what you might like to cultivate in the next one.  There will be silent, solo time spent sitting in the spots you’ve grown to love, and thanks given for the abundance of beauty, friendship, and potential for growth cycles to come.

Winter Solstice – Fallow

This zoom meeting will be arranged and held by the participants of the course to suit their purposes and to encourage a continuation of self-organized check-in beyond the duration of the course in the hopes that the cohort becomes a self-sustaining community of practice with each person attuned to the turning of the wheel each year.