Embodying the Forest: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: North East Asia.
Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.
This module examines who plants and trees are from embodied perspectives. We focus on building personal relationships with plants, drawing on somatic and spiritual approaches (Qi Gong, Shinto, Sirin yoku and bibo feng shui). The goal is to build a sense of personal ecological practice through movement, breathing, listening and everyday practices that recognise reciprocal human-tree relations.
5 May, 2021:
Workshop 1 led by Eline Kieft on movement medicine, Qi Gong, and movement-based exercises to reconnect with forest energy.
Workshop 2 led by Katsuji Iwahashi, President of Shinto Shrines of Japan, on kami rituals, forest protection and the worship of nonhuman forest guardians..
12 May, 2021
Workshop 3 led by Yanda, a community leader in her Sapara Nation in the area of communication and economy, and in the field of indigenous media communication.
Workshop 4 led by Swati Foster on Freediving in the kelp forests of South Africa and the transformative somatic and embodied potential of animal-human relationships.