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Come to Your Senses! - Foundations for Ecological Literacy at The Whidbey Institute
The Whidbey Institute
Clinton, WA
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Come to Your Senses! - Foundations for Ecological Literacy at The Whidbey Institute
Wednesday June 19 9AM - 5PM

In this one of a kind single-day intensive workshop, you will be exposed to a comprehensive set of experiential methods for understanding, communicating, and participating in the ecological story of our time. The observational awareness to experience the world ecologically opens the emotional connection, in addition to intellectual, that motivates right action. The story of our families, our homes, our communities, and the greater human story has become an ecological one and learning to perceive ecologically has never been more important.

The model grows from a foundation of perceptual awareness so that a person can embody and participate in their ecological reality. This approach is also accessible to children a well as adults and parents or soon-to-be parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

You will be exposed to six interrelated approaches to open your ecological awareness:

1) Observational, Awareness, and Perceptual Shifts: Everything we know must first be perceived. Shifts in the way we observe can bring ecological relationships into our everyday awareness.

2) The Living Earth: Thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuiting  We perceive in many ways that the vast living systems of Earth are ever adapting to keep the Earth itself suitable for life, in a way similar to us maintaining our own homes.

3) Naturalist Knowledge and Tracking: The way we know and become the place we call home. The ability to read the patterns of the land is ancient and in our blood.

4) Bird Language and other messengers: Wherever you are in the world, the birds and other sensitive creatures form our extended awareness, feeding back information about our surroundings and ourselves.

5) Story and Myth: Our modern scientific culture has articulated a story of creation that is rarely told in its full, ecological form. The story of the universe shares much with the creation stories of all times and cultures. It asks us, "What does it mean to be the universe looking back at itself?" and informs all aspects of life.

6) Designer's Mind: With ecological awareness comes ecological actions. Simple design principles and practices form the competence to turn awareness into action.

The class will be taught by Robert Mellinger whose bio can be found here:

Please be ready to be comfortable in any weather and bring your own lunch and snacks.



The Whidbey Institute (View)
6449 Old Pietila Rd
Clinton, WA 98236
United States

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Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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