Tracking the Wildscapes of Land and Soul in Uncertain Times
A daylong workshop to begin (or continue) learning the language and practice of tracking the natural world and our own wild hearts. Join teachers Sylvia Linsteadt and Mary Good in beautiful Point Reyes for a day of cultivating connection to place, self and other in ecologically and socially challenging times.
When: Sunday June 12th 2016, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Where: Abbott’s Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore
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We are living through frightening times. In the face of so much social upheaval and environmental degradation, the challenge to human communities and the very earth herself seems fraught with overwhelming impossibility. How can we still find a sense of belonging, connection and inner equilibrium to help us weather these storms? How can we begin to address solutions to our collective crisis?
Solastalgia is a term coined by Australian Professor Glenn Albrecht and is defined as the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home’. Solastalgia contains within it hopelessness and grief, two sticky experiences that lead to avoidance of the issues that need our attention the most. One important antidote is the cultivation of a sense of Soliphilia … the love and responsibility for a place, bioregion, planet and the unity of interrelated interests within it.
Soliphilia helps us to develop an adaptable and fluid sensibility that includes deep love and dedication to our own beautiful, humble “places in space” despite the inevitable and disturbing changes to our natural environment and human communities. By allowing ourselves “to get claimed” by the land we call home, we are able to kindle the embers of active hope. We can relearn what it means to find solace and reciprocal relationship in wild places – the patch of dandelions on a city block or a whole coastline. We can learn to sit with uncertainty and despair without collapsing into avoidance, blame and reactivity. It is connection that brings us back to the land, to ourselves, and each other, and it is the love and joyful responsibility of Soliphilia that can show us the way through our current era.
We will spend our day at Abbott’s Lagoon in Point Reyes, a place where lush estuary waters meet the fertile coastal hills. Together we will walk through the echoes of coyote footsteps and early summer blooms while we track our inner and outer experience. Led by certified tracker and author Sylvia Linsteadt in the basics of animal tracking, we will actively engage with multiple native species, discovering the web of connection that binds the wilds together, while honing our techniques of curiosity and observation. Utilizing somatic mindfulness and nature connection, Ecopsychologist and naturalist Mary Good will guide us to discover the sanctity and wisdom of our own wild hearts. Held by geology and natural history, we will become oriented in the specific stories of the Lagoon, discovering how to create this same orientation wherever we are claimed by place, in body, soul and community.
- Identify animal prints, markings, and motion on the land
- Ask questions about place that lead you into deeper relationship with plants, animals, waters, stones, and whole ecosystems
- Connect personal narratives to natural history narratives
- Track somatic (physical + emotional) experience as it interplays with nature
- Quiet inner chatter and converse with other sentient, non-human beings.
- Increase tolerance for, and learn navigation in, uncomfortable experiences, both internally and in relationship.
- And much more!
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