Deep Adaptation and the creative spirit.
A 'pause' retreat, facilitated by Toni Spencer, Jem Bendell (originator of the Deep Adaptation framework) & Tina Sharman.
The Unknown. The Edge. The Abyss.
How on earth do we approach these times well? What might resource us to face our collapsing social and ecological systems with open hearts, wilder questions and renewed capacity? In mystic traditions, soul craft and the work of artists The Void is the place of possibility, emergence and the other/wise. And so we invite you to come and lean into the trouble, as a lover might; tender, curious and courageous. As we play our parts in communities and workplaces to meet these times well, we believe it's important to pause, play and call upon the creative spirit.
Are you an educator, policy maker, artist, activist, therapist, business or community leader working with Deep Adaptation? Would you like time to dwell with the unknown in good company?
This isn't fiddling while Rome burns, this is a call for people who are actively engaged in our crisis to build your muscles of presence, love and creativity.
We'll touch on the '4 Rs' of Deep Adaptation: Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration and Reconciliation, maybe explore a few more for luck, leaning in to the marginal and the mysterious that often get left behind in the fullness of our daily lives and the urgency of action.
Part regenerative retreat, part creative lab, our time will include:
- Being alone on the land, connective practices, movement, breathwork and space for strong feelings to be met well in good company.
- Creative stimuli and time for writing, devising, making, composing etc. Improvisation and the sacred fool. Embodied explorations of Kissing the Void.
- Offerings at the feet of grief and mystery; feral rituals and invocations to things we trust and long for, songs of courtship to both the human and the more than human world, the ecosystems and the lands we love.
This gathering serves to inspire and resource us individually and collectively in order to deepen the potency of our work in the world. Join us.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Spencer (Lead facilitator):
Toni is a Curator with the Emergence Network leading on 'Vulture: Courting the Otherwise in a Time of Breakdown'. In 2018 she co-lead a Deep Adaptation Deep Dive and is part of the Deep Adaptation Forum. Toni initiated 'the pause' as part of Extinction Rebellion: an invitation to bear witness and to lean in to the liminal in the midst of action: part of an ongoing inquiry in to 'A Politics of Wonder'.
As a lecturer and course leader Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College and Goldsmiths, University of London and as a participatory artist and facilitator with Encounters Arts, Embercombe, the Transition movement, St Ethelburgas and others. She is on the team for Call of The Wild with Wildwise /Schumacher College.
She has an Action Research based MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice and is trained in a range of facilitation modalities; awakening, deep ecology and embodiment practices; grief tending and activism.
Prof. Bendell originated the concept of Deep Adaptation to near term societal collapse due to climate chaos (his paper was downloaded over 400K times in the first 9 months).
For the previous 20 years he had been a researcher, educator, facilitator, advisor, & entrepreneur in the field of sustainable development. Clients included corporations, UN agencies, charities and political parties. He helped create the Marine Stewardship Council and The Finance Innovation Lab. As a leadership specialist, he worked with the leadership office of the Labour Party during the 2017 general election, including speech writing. Bendell launched Masters degrees on sustainability and leadership. With over 100 publications in sustainable business, his work on currency innovation gained significant international media attention. In 2012 he was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
In response to the latest climate science, he now focuses on helping humanity face climate-induced disruption and founded the Deep Adaptation Forum.
Jem will not be taking a fee for this retreat and he will not be co-hosting another retreat before March 2020. jembendell.com
Tina is a breathwork facilitator, coach and a director and co-founder of a land-based education project (www.onthehill.camp) where she now lives and which she runs with her partner and team. Before this she lived and worked for many years at Embercombe (www.embercombe.org) where she still co-runs the Journey programme and The Descent. She is a potter, making hand-built, smoke fired vessels and is a part of The Waiting Room, an interactive, improvised theatre group.
The venue is a beautiful converted farm in a South Devon valley. An artists led project dedicated to supporting creativity and research, it is part of CultureDeclaresEmergency (coombefarmstudios.com)
The group size will be limited to 15 people (plus team). Food will be mainly vegan with some local organic dairy and wild meat options. For any access needs contact us.
Price includes all food, accommodation, hosting, facilitation and materials. We've created a 3-tier price system with some variables to try and make this event as accessible as possible: 1. £900 / 2. £650 / 3. £450
There is potential room sharing / camping / bursary options / luxury accommodation: be in touch for detail.
NB: There will be limited places for option 3. Your generosity in paying the fee option 1 will enable more people to access this event.
More details and options to apply will be available soon via our application form but in the meantime please contact email@example.com
See also our FB event page for updates and musings from Toni Spencer: www.facebook.com/events/2289499644642727
the pause is a radical act, an invitation to stop in the midst of action, to disrupt our normal modes of being, to collectively fall silent and become aware of the moment we're in.
the pause is counter to the culture that has driven us to the brink of extinction. It is an invitation for everyday magic to unfold.