Communications and Interventions

Practice provides the groundwork for Action. The field of action can engage participants in different interconnected realms, such as Communications and Interventions.

1. Communications entails broadening the realm of discourse as wide as possible, to engage in dialogue with a wide spectrum of society and its institutions especially those engaged in issues of health, gender, education, ecology, and food production and security. This will involve a calendar of events and seminars to engage people from different disciplines and professions to consider how better to address the pressing issues arising from the human ecological predicament.

2. Interventions engages participants in any field with the work of transformation through workshops that open the heart and mind to new models of sustainability based on the four elements of Diversity, Ecology, Ethics and Practice already discussed at length. A workshop acts as an intervention that challenges participants to abandon outmoded methods or frameworks that have failed to address the challenges of a world in deep crisis and to respond to the urgent problems facing society with creative and holistic solutions. We seek partners to effect change where it is needed, especially in health, wellbeing, education, and environment, and to thereby evolve models of sustainability management an leadership.

 

WORKSHOPS and EVENTS

I hope it will be possible to run interactive workshops on Joanna Macy’s Working To Reconnect principles facilitated by the WTR global network, as well as Mindfulness and Meditation Retreats and regular programmes designed to engage people in exploring the many dimensions of the human global predicament so we can use the principles of Diversity, Ecology and Ethics to prepare ourselves and our children to meet the challenges and uncertainties of the future. We will publish a programme of workshops and events online soon.

 

EDUCATION

To find ways of introducing Mindfulness Training in schools, as well as to encourage Eco-Literacy, and to offer extra-curricular programmes that involve both parents and children in re-connecting with nature and sensitizing minds and hearts to the ecological dimensions of responsibility and the fundamental nature of our organic belonging to the web of life. This may involve excursions that include wilderness walks designed to create within participants a deep resonance with a primordial sense of mystery wild nature evokes. We would encourage visiting sensitive ecological sites, and to engage with indigenous cultures and their understanding of wilderness, savannah or forest. There is an urgent need to create, enhance or reinforce water catchment systems, and to devise new ecologically sound building practices using natural materials, as in dwellings made of adobe or earthbags, or learning cobhouse construction, and using appropriate inexpensive and renewable materials like bamboo for sustainable ecologically low-impact structures. 

 

POETRY READINGS

Poetry is a way of exploring and expressing our interdependence and interconnectedness with the natural world. The Deep Centre will have programmes of poetry readings and invites participants to contribute their own poems that celebrate our relationship with nature and the ways in which this vital connection nourishes our human relationships.

 

PERMACULTURE 

The Deep Centre has links with the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya that has initiated sustainable natural models of providing food security in a number of projects around the country. We aim to initiate similar projects within school environments at both Primary and Secondary levels to supplement diets with healthy organic produce and to enhance food security as well as to provide a teaching tool in the holistic principles of working with nature to build resilient communities. We have qualified Permaculture Designers and will be running Permaculture Design Courses for both urban and rural environments.

 

COMMUNITY GARDENS

This work with the PRI-Kenya can be extended to social programmes of clearing dump sites within overcrowded slums of urban areas and using permaculture methods towards land regeneration and waste management. In some cases this will enable a previous dump site to be restored through intensive organic composting methods and to provide kitchen gardens and food forests for the local community to self-manage in a sustainable way.

 

SOLIDARITY ECONOMICS

To encourage smallscale co-operatives within communities as income generating projects where the monetary gain stays within the community in a collaborative effort to build resilience and sustainability.

 

If you are interested in any of the above please send your query to the Deep Centre using our CONTACT PAGE.