Jul 27 – Aug 1, 2012
At the Hollyhock Learning Centre in BC Canada
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. Let’s awaken our animal senses, shaking them free from outmoded concepts, invigorating our felt experience of the many-voiced terrain. Through elemental encounters with the living land, through conversation and magic, through vivid storytelling and creaturely shape shifting, we’ll open the way for a new relation between the human animal and the animate earth.
David Abram, co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), 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.
“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 Magazine