Integral Education / Integral Ecology & Sustainability Seminar (NSi2010)

Venue: Mount Madonna Center

Location: Watsonville, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 03, 2010 End Date/Time: Aug 08, 2010
Registration Date: Aug 01, 2010
Early Registration Date: Feb 02, 2010
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The integral framework offers profound tools for evolving our practice in all fields, allowing us to step into a larger universe of awareness in our work in the world . This seminar offers an opportunity to both experience and learn about embodying an integral perspective through a deeper understanding of integral theory and its application in the areas of ecology and education.

By simultaneously holding a seminar on integral education and one on integral ecology in the same location, we will weave these two strands together, while also honoring and deepening each one separately through parallel programs. Certain segments of the event will be held with everyone – participants from both seminars – present, while others will allow for participants to dive into the exploration of either integral education or integral ecology, depending which program you choose.

The most complete treatment of every ecological or environmental issue involves crucial aspects of educating and informing a broader audience. And every educational undertaking takes place in both a local and global ecology that influences the nature of what can be offered in the learning environment. Each of these streams has its own perspectives, approaches, and methodologies, and yet the two fields are equally informed and deepened by an integral understanding, and also intimately interwoven.

Integral education stands out as one of the most pertinent and practical means of creating positive change in ourselves and the world. As educators we will explore how we can deepen the necessary vision, skills, and processes to fully serve students and the world that we inhabit.

Integral ecology provides a multifaceted framework for engaging fully with our human surroundings and the natural world in a way that allows both to flourish and shine. As ecologists, we will work with our ability to identify and use understanding of multiple perspectives across many levels, bringing energy and vision together to make a real difference in the world we inhabit.

As agents for integral change and progress, we will explore how we navigate the next decades as a human family – focusing on the tools, skills, and understandings for us to be co-creators in building a healthy emergent global ecology with new generations of lifelong learners.

Integral Education and Integral Ecology are two emerging fields, propelled by people who seek to push the envelope of what these two ways of being present and active in the world have to offer. This two-strand seminar will provide an inspiring environment to meet with colleagues and to network with a small but growing community that clearly understands that addressing a more complete spectrum of personal, cultural, and systemic realities at play in the universe is one of the most powerful ways to begin creating the changes we hope to see in the world.

Some of the core questions we will be asking ourselves are:

* How can our work in education and/or ecology coherently address the whole human being, a being of body, mind, and spirit, immersed in cultural meaning making, social structures, and natural systems?
* How can we embody an integral perspective in all aspects of our work, vision, and personal practices ?
* In a universe unfolding into increasing consciousness and complexity, how can we work not only to develop current capacities, but also to create the conditions for the emergence of more complex perspectives in the future?


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