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The Tree of Life is an ancient image that comes to us from deep within psyche. It has appeared across different cultures and throughout the ages. It has enabled many individuals to realise that their true happiness is inseparable from the well-being and health of nature, of Gaia, of our living earth.
Greek myths tell us that Gaia was the first born of primordial Chaos and that she gave birth to the starry heavens and then to all the beings here on earth. She is the mother of us all, including the Tree of Life.
In this talk we explore whether the power of the myths and images of Gaia and The Tree of Life can help us harness the imaginative possibilities in the contemporary sciences of Gaia to solve our terrible contemporary global crisis. We enquire whether this might enable us to embed ourselves in the living body of our sacred animate earth, open to its richness and ready to act in service of all her beings, peacefully and democratically.
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Speaker: Stephan Harding
Dr Stephan Harding holds a doctorate in behavioral ecology from the University of Oxford. He Coordinated the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College for almost two decades and has been the College’s resident ecologist and tutor since its inception in 1991. He has worked and taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological activists, thinkers and writers, including Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Lynn Margulis, and James Lovelock, with whom he has collaborated scientifically for a number of years. Stephan is highly acclaimed around the world for his electrifying and deeply inspiring talks and lectures on the themes of Gaia theory, ecophilosophy and sustainable living. He is the author of Animate Earth (2009) and Gaia Alchemy (2022)