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Shifting Outlooks: Yoga & Ecology

Workshop with Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Peter Owen-Jones, Martin Shaw, Miranda Taylor, Colin Dunsmuir, Archie Brun

On Saturday 5 November Advaya Initiative brought together some of the UK’s most exciting writers, activists, healers and teachers for a full day of workshops including talks, music, food, yoga, sound healing and meditation.

Saturday 5th November 2016, 11:00am–4:30pm UK Time The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Shifting Outlooks: Yoga & Ecology

The event#

Through the day we explored the ecological challenges we face and how we can shift our outlook to engage with lifestyles that place our individual, social and environmental well being at the centre of contemporary life.

The day kicked off with a welcome ceremony with chanting and a dedication followed by Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama or Sound Healing workshops. Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama were run by Miranda Taylor and Colin Dunsmuir, two of London’s leading yoga teachers. In a nourishing yoga and meditation class we looked at how to cultivate sacred space on an internal and external level, and how to develop a strengthening, healing and nurturing personal practice.

Sound Healing was held by Archie Brun. We nested down with our blankets, cushions and bolsters, and with the lights dimmed we were taken on an all out vibrational journey through sound with immensely healing effects.

After the workshops, Piccallili Caff prepared an amazing vegan feast which we ate together on long tables. Dishes included delicious Asian salads, wholemeal breads and grains.

The afternoon kicked off with a dynamic and mind shifting talk from biologist, psychologist and author Rupert Sheldrake on MORPHIC RESONANCE, RITUAL AND THE MEMORY OF NATURE. Rupert has written more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, and in 2013 was ranked among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders by Switzerland’s leading think tank, the Duttweiler Institute in Zurich (see bio for more information).

Our second speaker was Martin Shaw, a mythologist and storyteller. Martin wove together folktales, humour and deep ideas in a rumination on the times we’re living in in his talk UNLOCKING THE POWER OF MYTHOLOGY.

After a short break, our final talk was from Peter Owen Jones, a maverick 21st century priest, cutting edge spiritual leader, ecological thinker and champion of ethics. He spoke about SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

Shifting Outlooks followed the success of our recent London events.


11:00 - Welcome ceremony, dedication and group chanting

11:30 - Choice of Workshops: Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama or Sound Healing

13:00 - Vegan Lunch by Piccalilli Caff

14:30 - Talk 1: Rupert Sheldrake: Morphic Resonance, Rituals and The Memory of Nature

15:15 - Break

15:30 - Talk 2: Martin Shaw: Unlocking the Power of Myth

16:00 - Talk 3: Peter Owen Jones: Spiritual Ecology

16:30 - Event Ends / Drinks and Networking

Piccalilli Caff#

Piccalilli Caff is a wonderful oasis on Surrey Docks Farm. They are open every day and serve delicious, locally sourced fresh produce.

Saturday 5th November 2016, 11:00am–4:30pm UK Time The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Dr Rupert Sheldrake #

Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 85 technical papers and twelve books, including Science and Spiritual Practices.

Read Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s profile

Peter Owen-Jones #

Peter Owen Jones is a maverick 21st-century priest, ecological thinker and champion of ethics who, as a celebrated BBC TV presenter, has explored the world’s vast pantheon of religious and spiritual ideas and distilled essential wisdom for contemporary modern life and business.

Read Peter Owen-Jones’s profile

Martin Shaw #

Martin Shaw is a mythologist and storyteller. Dr Shaw lived under canvas for four years exploring tiny pockets of the English countryside - claiming to have walked out of this century altogether.

Read Martin Shaw’s profile

Miranda Taylor #

Miranda Taylor never wanted to be a yoga teacher, she just had a bad back and was a bit stressed being a Mum and a full-time editor and writer. But when her son had to be home schooled for a year she gave up her job as editor of a travel magazine and began to go to a yoga class to help her back. It worked and she was amazed by her teacher’s approach and skill. In order to learn more about yoga she began to train with Colin Dunsmuir on his legendary four year teacher training course in the Krishnamacharya tradition, and within a few months she found herself teaching family and friends - and really enjoying it! She particularly enjoys teaching one-to-one and Vedic chanting. Now Miranda combines her old job writing and publishing (Desa Publications) with also teaching yoga in west London.

Read Miranda Taylor’s profile

Colin Dunsmuir #

When Colin Dunsmuir was rushed to hospital in his late teens, just two hours away from dying, he had an extraordinary experience that was to change his life forever.

Read Colin Dunsmuir’s profile

Archie Brun #

Archie Brun is trained in the disciplines of Yoga, Massage, Reiki, and Sound Therapy, giving him a holistic insight as to the interactions between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. His own journey began after attending weekly meditation classes at the Kagyu Ling Meditation Centre in Manchester, when he realised the incredible value of silencing the mind and bringing awareness to the body. He then embarked on a process of self-healing and he now gives individual consultations in which he intuitively draws from the different modalities in which he has been trained, allowing him to tailor-make each healing session to suit the client’s needs specifically in order for the deepest healing to take place.

Read Archie Brun’s profile