Join us for this inspiring retreat exploring the sacred in nature and ourselves, deepening the “re-connect” component of the practice of biomimicry.
Sacred: entitled to reverence and respect, highly valued and important.
Ecology: concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments, the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment, an often delicate, intricate or complex system.
To explore life at the intersect of science, consciousness, ecology and community – brought alive through experience, explanation, creativity, conversation, contemplation - and, most importantly, immersion in the diverse and dramatic landscape of the southern Cederberg ecosystem.
We will explore the deep patterns in nature, and what this reveals about the sacred interconnectedness of all things, in particular how we ourselves fit within the larger harmonics of nature and the cosmos. This will be a melding of art, science, wonder, and deep presence within the natural world, with reflections on the fascinating re-emergence of biomimicry and the potential to deepen its application in the conscious design of a world that nourishes all life at multiple levels.
It is a journey of re-enchantment, intended to generate hope and enable inspired action from a profoundly deeper and wider perspective.
Attuning to Life’s Flows
For every process of entropy (leading to degeneration/disorder ) there is a process of syntropy (self-organising formative processes of life that are generative). The best example of Syntropy, is life itself. It is the law of order and organization, finality and differentiation, the ability to attract, evolve and bring together ever-increasing complex forms creating something new.
Taking time to explore and connect with these deep patterns in nature – within, without, above, below – is rare. Yet when we do, we broaden and deepen our (re)connection to ourselves, to nature and beyond into the cosmos - and our capacity to nurture life.
So much of our attention focuses on the entropic forces at play – the degeneration of our bodies, our politics, our ecosystems, our world. Can we empower new potentials, bring new systems into being, through our consciousness of, and interconnectedness with syntropic forces? How can we bring the health of ourselves and our systems into resonance with the harmonics of the natural world?
Areas of Learning
Observing life’s principles in nature – considering how this wisdom, evolved over millenia, might guide the way we work, live and act in the world
Traversing the territory where science meets sacred – the holofractographic universe, holistic systems, sacred geometry, interrelatedness, syntropy, cycles of life, creative evolution.
Contemplating our own ‘story’ inside earth’s great story – the evolution of consciousness and our own evolution from ego to eco-consciousness
Slowing down - attuning the senses to a vaster universe, our participation in it and what is emerging/being called for from the future.
Sharing what moves us, inspires us, troubles us, as we reawaken our wilder selves
Learning to see, feel, hear and sense all of life - from the wild creatures in the rock pools to the ancient art on the rock faces
A sense of wonder and possibility inspired by where science meets spirituality
A greater sense of your wilder self and what it ‘knows’
Appreciation for the ‘dance of life’ and your participation in it
A deepened ecosophy – informing how you might live, work and act in the world
Daily Activities will include:
Night and day walks, swims and silent and experiential exercises in Rockwood wild spots – cliffs, rock pools, river, rock art sites
New theory – multi-media presentations and experiential practices
Group conversation and shared learning - fireside at night, under the trees during the day
Optional: art, music, dance, storytelling…
Personal time – introspection, journaling, visioning
Dates: 24-29 November 2019
Location: Rockwood Farm, Cedarberg, Western Cape, South Africa
For more information or to register, contact: info[a]biomimicrysa.co.za
Claire Janisch, Biomimicry Professional, Director of BiomimicrySA
Bridget Woods, MSc in Leading and Facilitating Transformative Change, Fireglow