Journey Back to Nature
NEW EYES. NEW HEART. NEW WORLD.
There is nothing wrong with nature.
The problem of mass extinction of plants, and animals in particular, lies with us and
how we see and treat them.
Fixing the problem starts from the inside out.
Your adventure then is the inner journey you take,
the knowledge you gain and the experiences you have as
you come to know, respect, reconnect with, grieve and celebrate
the beings of nature as they are.
Come and prepare to make the real world changes nature needs.
Journey Back to Nature
New Eyes. New Heart. New world.
This program consists of transformational workshops, dynamic, informative on-going Friday night nature gatherings and increasingly deeply felt nature experiences that bring you and nature back together to thrive together.
Right now, Canada is one of the five countries in the world that contains 70% of the world’s intact ecosystems so how we treat nature is pivotal. Yet, Canada is choosing to decimate nature at a rapid, accelerating rate.
To stop this trend and to turn things around, we need new eyes, a full heart and a deep respect for nature to see problems differently and to find alternative solutions.
Making changes in perception and understanding nature and the problems it faces is beginning to inspire change here in Canada as more and more people are joining together to stand for nature. A Better Place is proud to be part of this movement.
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL WORKSHOPS
To take effective, successful action that allows nature to thrive, we have personal transformations to make, inner evolutions to undergo, things to understand about nature, relationships to rebuild and beings to mourn and remember.
Our unique workshops are a blend of science, holistic science and beyond science. Thought pieces, stories and experiential processes engage you mind, body, spirit and soul to help you see nature and you differently.
There is an eco-crisis going on right now where non-human beings are rapidly going extinct due to our actions. This matters because you never get to know them and the wisdom, intelligence and heart they posses and how that is key to your personal
The beings of nature also create the clean air you breathe, the clean water you drink and the fertile soil your food grows in. You cannot live without them. Turning the eco-crisis around begins from the inside, out.
Rediscover Nature is that essential first step. It’s the game changer, the missing piece, the inner journey you take to see nature differently.Changing how you see, changes what you do.
Join us on an inner voyage to Rediscover Nature To begin to guide and support you in a great turning towards life sustaining living, we have put together this initial, indoor, eight week workshop.
• In it, you follow a proven pathway to bring to light and shift old–thoughts about nature you unknowingly took on that influence how you think and feel about animals, plants and fungi.
• Then, you discover how to see nature with new eyes using an ancient, trusted process we provide. If we do not change our current mindset, we will keep on doing what we have always been doing and we will lose nature. Changing how you see and feel about nature is fundamental to paving the way for new insights and solutions to come that meet nature’s needs and allow it to thrive.
Seeing with new eyes initiates the way forward to bring you and nature back together to thrive together.
Having a fresh, new look at the beings of nature is essential to:
• Discover your link to nature.
• Form a deep understanding and connection with the beings of nature.
• Stand for and protect nature. This journey will transform you and knowing nature will evolve you.
• Taking a fresh, new look at nature gives you the means see yourself differently.
• You build your personal qualities.
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness—Thich Nhat Hanh
Feeling alone? A glimmer of understanding. Have you ever felt lonely, empty, lost, depressed, anxious over stressed? Theve is a reason for this.
On the other hand, have you ever stood in a grove of trees so tall, you and 10 other people could not put your arms around it or have you ever sat by a stream eating lunch and watched a beaver amble up to the other side of the stream and eat his lunch with you?
You can feel the wisdom in those ancient trees and expevience a kinship with the beaver eating across from you.
Come and awaken from your illusion of separateness.
Come on a journey with us to explore your relationship nature. We guide you along step-by-step at your own pace to discover how nature and you evolved together, what your role in nature is, what nature does for you, what you can do to give back to ensure nature thrives and move.
Understanding the interconnectedness between nature and you brings home the message that the fate of our species is utterly dependent on the fate of nature.
When they die, we die.
Find your place
Knowing how we are interlinked empowers you. You know you are part of something greater than you, that you have a place in it. Understanding your place in nature, gives you a feeling of wholeness, helps you realize your own humanness, become move humane, awaken to your purpose and lead a more meaningful life.
We also give you guidelines and suggestions on how to live with nature in mind.
THE Friday Night Ongoing Nature Gatherings
Discover the Wisdom, Heart and Lives of Wildlife and Plants and the Intricate Connections between them.
“A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.”
Intricate Connections – Henri Nouwen
The most unparalleled marvel of life to me are ecosystems and how the myriad of life that makes up these almost infinitely complex nature communities maintains a dynamic balance where everything functions perfectly. Not only that but they have sustained this balance, despite changes in the beings who lived there, for millions of years.
Here we re-introduce you to the beings of nature, bring them to life for you to get to know and to help you discover how their communities work.
Through our talks and tales, films, music, guest speakers, playshops and wilderness walks, we hope to excite and educate you, to peak your curiosity and stimulate your creativity as you begin to know the wisdom, wise hearts of animals and plants and learn how they live together.
What we share is theme based to go more deeply into who animals and plants are and what they do.
The living Earth has taken billions of years to advance into the infinitely intricate communities that exist all over the world right now. It takes time to get to know the beings of nature from the basics to the ancient and ever developing lessons and advancements they have to share if we choose to pay attention.
Some of it moves us forward, brings us to our ultimate potential and helps us be our best self. Some of it is essential to our very existence.
Deep Nature Reconnecting
Activate the bond with nature you innately have
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Within each of us is a “system” that helps us connect with nature, not just at a naturalistic level but one that opens our heart more and touches our soul. Dr EO Wilson, who first noticed it, says we are born with this connection with nature. We just have to activate it.
In Nature and You, you walked away understanding the connection between nature and you.
In this 2-day weekend workshop you reawaken what it feels like to be connected to nature.
We help you prepare to be in nature, experience the fullness of nature by creating a timeless, wordless connection where the essence of you and the essence of nature become one, to experience the quiet, deeper experiences that can come your way and give back to nature. Intuitive moments can occur where you and a plant or animal have a silent communication exchange.
The wonder and awe you can experience with this combination of knowing who the beings of nature are, respecting them and what they do coupled with the deep connection you can create is not to be missed.
Not only is it possible to have a full connection with nature, this deep connection helps you feel whole, safe and rooted and belong in a world so much greater than you with beings you feel like you have come home to and can make friends with. All of this opens you more to your humanity, your humanness and assists you in finding purpose and meaning from the whole experience.
Ecological, Environmental and Climate Change Grief
Honouring and moving beyond your grief
All of us have lost someone or something we cared about or an opportunity we have lost and expressing grief is a normal emotional reaction to these losses.
Ecological, environmental and climate change grief is also commonly felt at the loss of the beings and elements of nature we so care about from our actions. Further deep sadness and rage is rising up within us from losses due to the pollution that is causing the rises in temperature that claim more animal, plants and fungi lives and affect our health and way of life. This grief is understandable, healthy and increasing worldwide as we truly recognize and try to emotionally cope with the destruction of nature and our Earth.
Our grief, according to Thich Nhat Hanh, is a result of “hearing within us, the Earth crying” as the pain of the loss of animals and plants lives, the loss of the quality of all our lives and the profound damage to our Earth moves through us.
In this Workshop, you:
- Recognize how grief has shown up in you.
- Master ways of moving through grief without getting stuck in it to be able to deal with life as you grieve.
- Deal with the continuous grief as right now the loss of nature is ongoing and escalating.
- Let your grief transform you as you move through and beyond it so that the benefits become your strengths and more.
When you holistically move through that grief and beyond it, you change. This is a journey to greater compassion, empathy, rootedness, stillness and calm. You become stronger in the face of challenge and pain, have greater emotional balance in difficult times and are more resilient. Acknowledge your grief, take courageous leaps forward and feel more empowered. In the end you find peace, passion and purpose. This transformational process brings home the realization of the preciousness of all life.
Celebration of Life
Coming together to remember
Each animal and plant has a personality, wisdom, a heart, families they love, and work they do. The living beings of nature take ingenious, co-operative actions to make Earth habitable for all living beings. Their lives mattered. No matter how small they were, their lives were big to them and to us. We are alive because they were alive.
This an opportunity for you to come and celebrate the life or lives of animals and/or plants who mean something to you, who you have bonded with and cared about and have lost and to celebrate who they were and the lives they led. We provide a safe, nurturing space for this time together.
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