Journey Back to Nature Through
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.
Our adventure then is the inner journey we take, the knowledge we gain and the experiences we have as we come to know, respect and reconnect with the beings of nature as they are and
want to live with them in mind.
The Journey Back to Nature
New Eyes. New Heart. New Purpose. New world.
We have watched first hand as people in Canada decimate nature at a rapid and accelerating pace. This is troubling as how we treat nature is pivotal. We are one of only five nations that together hold 70% of the remaining intact ecosystems on land and we need these ecosystems to function at their best so our Earth will continue to be habitable. To have a future on Earth, we must see nature and the problem with new eyes to turn our Eco crisis around.
At the same time, we have become curious about the intelligence, heart, lives and specific jobs non-human beings do to keep all life alive. Caring about them for who they are and wanting to thrive together with them is a deep desire spreading across the globe.
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL WORKSHOPS
Before we can 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 give you a fresh perspective, new knowing, a rewilded heart, caring about nature and desire to live with the beings of nature.
1. Rediscover Nature
Seeing nature clearly.
What would you think and feel if you saw a wolf, a slug, a snake or “weeds”? As we grew up, we were so continuously inundated with myths, fairy tales, arbitrary decisions, biases, boasts and fears that what we learned unknowingly became our truth. What if it wasn’t the truth?
Sahlaa takes you through a process to revisit and re-examine society’s stories to become aware of those you trustingly took on that got in the way of establishing a relationship with nature. As you uncover these disconnecting thoughts, opinions and tales for what they are, you discover how to let go of them. When you relinquish everything you thought you knew about nature and feel the safety and freedom this release brings, what do think you will see when you look at a mosquito, a spider, a whale or a lion?
To explore that, you are guided to take a fresh, grounded look at animals and plants to receive them fully and see the whole of them for who they really are and what they are actually doing. Seeing so openly without fear, leads to a fresh new perspective of nature that allows deep understanding and true connection to become possible.
Come and learn how to see nature again.
Rediscover nature is a prerequisite for all the Journey Back to Nature Programs
Three Class Sessions to Chose From:
April 13 – May 4, 2019, Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
May 11 – June 1, 2019, Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
June 8 – June 30, 2019, Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Tansley Woods Community Centre
1996 Itabashi Way, (Off Upper Middle, near Walker’s Line)
Cost $297.00. Payment due before start date.
Registrations accepted until the day before the session chosen.
Nature and You.
For hundreds of thousands of years, we have lived in harmony with nature, our actions in sync with the rhythms of nature and the lives of the beings of nature. Over time, we separated out from nature and lost connection with animals and plants. In doing so, we also lost connection to our place in the web of life.
This is our story back to nature. A story we were born to take, a reconnection we were born to need, an understanding of nature we were born to have and a relationship were born to cultivate.
In this workshop:
- Discover how nature and nature communities came to be the way they are.
- Learn how deeply interconnected we both are.
- Find out our place in nature.
- Understand the relationship we have together and how that evolves us.
Out of this weekly workshop, we begin to understand the complexity of the community we live in and our place in it. Knowing this grounds us, gives us a feeling of belonging, access to our ultimate potential and a sense of purpose.
Part 2. Deep Nature Interconnecting
Rewild Your Heart
Go beyond science. Seeing Nature Clearly is a prerequisite.
Through Rewild your Heart, you have an opportunity to recreate this bond. It teaches you:
- How to step into the natural world to be present to receive it.
- The steps to connect deeply with nature.
Each of you will have a different experience each time you go to connect with nature. There is no right connection, no right experience. Possible benefits: awe of the beings of nature, rewilding your heart, feeling grounded and whole, more humane and having a greater feeling of your own humanness, place and purpose.
Part 3. Honouring Life and Loss
Honouring Nature, Honour your Grief
Moving beyond grief
Honouring 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. Grief is also commonly felt at loss of the beings and elements of nature that we care about so deeply. This grief is understandable, healthy and increasing worldwide as we truly recognize and try to emotionally cope with the wholesale destruction of nature. Our grief is, according to Thich Nhat Hanh, is a result of “hearing within us, the Earth crying” as the pain of the loss of life moves through us.
In this workshop:
- Recognizing 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.
- How to deal with 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.
When you holistically grieve the loss of nature, move through that grief and beyond it, you change. This is a journey to greater compassion, empathy, stillness and calm. You become stronger in the face of challenge and your pain, have greater emotional balance in difficult times, are more resilient – acknowledge your grief and 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.
Come and move through your grief and celebrate the lives of nature
Honouring Your Grief:
Start Date: August 17, 2019. Indoor/outdoor workshop. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Tentative Location: Tansley Woods Community Centre, Burlington, ON
Celebrating Life: Coming Together to Remember
As people, we come together to celebrate the lives of those we have lost that we care about. To remember them, their personality, their love, their wisdom, their relationship to us, what they did that impacted us, that moved us, the funny things they did. Contributions they made in their work and for their community. They were precious to us.
So too are animals and plants. Each of them 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 care about and have lost. We provide a safe, nurturing space for this sharing.
Start Date: October 12, 2019. Outdoor ceremony. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Tentative Location: Patella Gardens, Burlington, ON.
Please dress appropriately and bring water.
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