The environmental crisis is worsening. We stand at an environmental
crossroads. We are examining how we live so that we may consciously
participate in the creation of a more humane and sustainable future.
Until recently, the spiritual dimension of the ecological crisis has
been largely ignored. Today, this is changing. The ecological
crisis is being seen as a spiritual crisis of the greatest magnitude.
We must transform the human heart and mind, a spiritual renewal that
deepens our kinship with life. We must create a new vision of human
presence within the Earth community. We must learn to live holding
the Earth and its people as sacred.
In the Midwest we are in the industrial center of the country where
jobs and money have been deified. Here the task of transforming the
human heart and mind to a deep kinship with the Earth sometimes looks
We are planning, therefore, a Midwest Conference on Healing and
Celebrating Planet Earth on May 22-24, 1998 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At
the heart of this Midwest Conference is the conviction that the
spiritual dimension of life offers the greatest untapped reservoir of
power, imagination and courage for meeting the challenges here in the
Midwest, of calling people to a new relationship with the Earth. The
conference will emphasize an integration of ecology, psychology,
spirituality, economics, science and the arts. Spiritual leaders,
religious thinkers, environmental activists and artists are being
invited to help us find a fresh way to work for a sustainable future
for the planet Earth. It also will give those of us involved in
developing an Earth/Spirit connection here in the Midwest an
opportunity to meet, share, and support each other in our efforts.
We have a vision of a network of ongoing support evolving from this
We believe this conference is desparately needed in the Midwest.
While such weekends have taken place in other parts of the country,
this is the first time for such an event in the Midwest. We hope you
will be part of this exciting conference.
*David Abram - deep ecologist, author of "The Spell of Sensous"
*Rosemary Radford Ruether - lecturer, author of "Gaia and God"
*David Orr - professor, lecturer, author of "Earth in Mind" &
*Paula Gonzalez - futurist, lecturer, founder of Earth Connection.
Author of audio tapes "Healing the Earth: An Emerging Spirituality"
*Dennis Banks - co-founder of American Indian Movement (AIM) and
director of the Sacred Run Foundation
*Al Fritsch - activist, director of Appalachian Science in the Public
Interest, author of "Down to Earth Spirituality" & "The Greening
of the Earth"
*Fanchon Shur - preeminent movement artist, scientist, therapist.
Director of the Growth in Motion Center and Fanchon Shur Ceremonial
*Bill Cahalan - ecopsychologist, pastoral counselor, retreat leader.
Author of "Ecological Groundedness in Gestalt Therapy"
*Paul Kittner - theologian, lecturer, peace activist, author of "One
Earth Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility"
*Michael Fogler - activist and author of "Unjobing: the Adult
*Marya Grathwold, OSF - lecturer and poet on the new story of the
*Virginia Froehle, RSM - retreat facilitator and author of "Called
into Her Presence: Praying with Feminine Images of God"
*Meg Riestenberg - geologist, specializing in hillside slippage,
focuses on plants and rock formation in the Ohio River Basin
*Steve Torma - ritualist, focalizer for Creation Spirituality, and
founding member of Earthaven, an ecovillage near Asheville, NC
*Don Boklage - children's program director with earth-centered focus,
founder of Common Ground
*Deborah Brock -storyteller, dancer, and musician
Youth Conference with Don Boklage:
A Youth Conference will run simultaneously with the adult conference.
In this program youth will learn about the environment in a
fun-filled atmosphere. The cost is $25 per child.
Friday, May 22, 1998: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Deep Ecology: Awakening to the Animate Earth with David Abram
(ecological philosopher) & Bill Cahalan (ecological psychologist)
invite you to enter the natural world as a living presence rather than
merely view it as an environment. They will lead discussions and
outdoor activities which encourage such a sensuous awakening.
Shamanic Technniques with Jenny Trier (psychologist, performing
artist, Shamanic counselor) offers an experiential workshop where
participants will learn a basic Shamanic method for entering other
realities. The awe inspiring visionary journey is used to explore a
universe otherwise known mainly through myths and dreams. Its
purpose is healing self, others, and the planet.
Monday, May 25, 1998: 9 am to 5 pm
Council of All Beings with John Seed. The Council of All Beings is a
series of re-Earthing rituals created by John Seed and Joanna Macy to
help end the sense of alienation from the living Earth that most of us
feel, and to connect us with new sources of joy, committment and
inspiration that follow from union with our planet.
$150 after May 1
Senior and Student discounts - 40%
6 meals, $35
Deep Ecology, $45
Shamanic Techniques, $45
Council of All Beings, $45
Youth Conference, $25
53 Enright Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45205
This conference is dedicated to the memory of Jim Berry, found of
"The Center for Reflection on the Second Law", brother of Thomas
Berry. Jim had a deep love and concern for the Earth and
demonstrated it in his life.
And we dedicate the conference to all those who have gone before us,
who were models in their lives of this same deep love and concern for
the Earth: Teilhard de Chardin, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold,
Hildegard of Bingham, and so many others. We will invite
participants at the conference to memorialize people who have been
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