2015 Convergence Announced!

Place-based Activism and Spiritual Practice

After a successful turn out last year for the Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies Convergence, the newly formed Salish Sea Spiritual Ecology Alliance (SSSEA), based in Vancouver, BC, is planning its second Convergence. This year the group will focus on creating more of a workshop-style. As ‘Spiritual Ecologists’, SSSEA seeks to witness to both the pain and beauty of the world through engaged Inter-spiritual dialogue and active solidarity with ecological and climate justice movements. Planned as a series of four workshop sessions, this year’s Convergence will take participants on a pilgrimage through the domains of Ocean, Forest, Farm and City. Entitled ‘Place-based Activism and Spiritual Practice’, we will focus on grappling with the problems and passions that activate us, and the spiritual practices that sustain us. Sessions will occur on four separate days in September and October. Each session will engage with the issues facing each domain, grapple with the grief we feel with every loss, and seek entry points for embracing hope. We will explore the strategies that work, and the spiritual practices that energize and recharge us. REGISTER NOW!

Salish Sea Spiritual Ecological Alliance – Kerrisdale Tree and Shrub Walkabout

WHEN:   April 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE:   Kerrisdale Community Centre, West 42nd Avenue Entrance, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6M 3W9, Canada
COST:   Free
CONTACT:   Robin Clark

Robin is a Vancouver based natural resource consultant and a registered professional forester. This tree and shrub walk will go through the basics of tree and shrub identification and then take a walk along surrounding streets observing specific characteristics of the species we encounter. We’ll return to the KCC at 2:30 to share tea and discuss the experience.

Knowledge of trees and shrubs makes the public more aware and comfortable in the place they live and call home. This experience will create a greater appreciation for nature and encourage participants to seek other outdoor activities in the urban ecosystem.

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This event is wheelchair accessible event and can include all ages.

Meet at the entrance to the Kerrisdale Community Centre (KCC) on West 42nd Ave at 1:00 pm. Come dressed for the variable spring weather.

What do we mean by ‘sacred,’ as settlers on unceded Salish land?

Discussion group – Monday April 20st, 2015, 6:30

Seeding the Discussion: Earth-Based Spirituality: An Indigenous Paradigm, Christopher Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk), (26:00 min)

Program:

  • Welcoming
  • Sacred food: sharing and honoring fruits, nuts, tea and red wine (you can bring organic fruits or nuts)
  • Mindful listening: Nargan – A Cave Inhabited by Spirits (Traditional ritual music from Australia) – 7 min
  • Talking stick circle: tell us what ‘the sacred’ means to you (you can prepare a written paragraph)
  • Open discussion  – Leads:
  1. As eco-activists on Salish land, should we be knowledgeable of ‘Indian Laws’ and  indigenous sacred spaces? Are we at risk of colonizing the sacred?
  2. How to create interfaith sacred spaces: who’s images, sculptures, musics, language, symbolism?
  3. How to bring Indigenous’ voice to our group?