Guardians of the River: An Online Course — Advaya

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Guardians of the River: An Online Course

Guardians of the River: An Online Course Online Event with Edgar Kanaykõ, Tawana Cruz & Comunidad Ecologica Fulkaxo, Josh “Bones” Murphy, Ikal Angelei, Jennifer Avila, Rajendra Singh, Adib Dada, Bruce Shillingsworth, Michal Kravčík, Anne Poelina & 13 more

A transformational and experiential online course exploring river guardianship. Join us, Guardians Worldwide, along with a global community of river guardians as teachers from 1 February to 16 April 2022.

Tuesday 1st February to Saturday 16th April, 2022 Zoom via Mighty Network platform

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Guardians of the River

Guardians of the River is a transformational online course led by indigenous teachers, scientists, ecologists, land justice activists, community leaders and water defenders from many nations around the world, including India, Slovakia, Brazil, Honduras, Colombia, Lebanon, and Nigeria. This community of global restorers will share somatic, spiritual, legal and practical approaches to river guardianship in a 3 month transformational online learning journey.

Join us and learn about rights of rivers, rivercide, water kinship, community-building and approaches to environmental, land and social justice.

It is time we unite with global river guardians.


The Course Content#

Water runs through bodies of land, through air, through the mountains, and through human and more-than-human beings. It is a living entity with whom we all have a deep relationship. Without water, there would be no life. We were all water beings once: foetuses. Our webbed fingers are evolutionary traits pointing to our embodied connection with water.

Repairing the water-human relationship is at the core of this journey. How can we reconnect with water and understand our relationship with water bodies based on values of kinship? Can we begin to shift away from perceiving water as a mere resource in service to the human project of capitalism? Can we begin to understand our relation to rivers as sources of life, as blood? As crucial as the air we breathe?

In this unique course we have the privilege to learn from many skilled practitioners from diverse nations about traditional water knowledge and global confluences of water thinking. Our aim is to understand spiritual, ecological, cultural and legal aspects of river guardianship.

The Course Format#

Weekly Live Sessions with prominent authors, activists, inspirational matriarchs, indigenous leaders and world-renowned facilitators. Facilitated by Ruby & Christabel Reed, and Nicolas Salazar Sutil.

This 12-week course is structured into 3 interactive river biographies and a series of regional projects. In each weekly session, participants take part in 2 workshops during which we will follow an iconic river from source to sea, following stories of environmental, social and political struggle to protect and restore river systems. These sessions will be followed by a group reflection and debate.

Sessions will be recorded if you can’t make the live gatherings.

Our approach is based on a three-way flow: we must take care of our own bodies (i.e. learn how to use water for our own physical and mental wellbeing); we must take care of physical and affective relations between humans through the interpersonal power of water (water kinship and community); we must extend that sense of familiarity and responsibility to the protection of water bodies in general (river guardianship).

Starting from a somatic perspective, you will learn how to take care of our own bodily self in the way we drink, cleanse, bathe, swim, move and flow; you will learn about water kinship and riparian community-building, and you will learn how to extend that sense of care between humans to a sense of love and care for freshwaters (i.e. via river activism, advocacy, counter-current journalism, legal defence of river and water art).

Whether you are interested in environmentalism, nature reconnection, community building, communication, activism, eco-art, research, environmental law, advocacy, or simply looking for inspiration, this course is designed to change the way we understand our relationship to rivers in an age of ecological crisis.

Session Dates#

Tuesday 1st February to Saturday 16th April, 2022 Zoom via Mighty Network platform

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Edgar Kanaykõ #

Edgar Kanaykõ belongs to the Xakriabá Indigenous people in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from Federal University of Minas Gerais. He works in the area of ethno-photography: “a means of registering an aspect of culture — the life of a people.”

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Tawana Cruz & Comunidad Ecologica Fulkaxo #

Tawana is the cultural and spiritual leader of the Kariri-Xoco Fulkaxo, a group of three tribes of the Fulnio trunk based on the banks of the river Opara in Northeastern Brazil.

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Josh “Bones” Murphy #

Josh is an award-wining director and producer. He recently directed ARTIFISHAL a feature documentary for Patagonia. He co-founded the production company Liars & Thieves! with editor Collin Kriner.

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Ikal Angelei #

Ikal Angelei is a Kenyan politician and environmentalist. She was born in Kitale. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012, in particular for her voicing of environmental implications of the Gilgel Gibe III Dam, speaking on behalf of Kenyan indigenous communities.

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Jennifer Avila #

Jennifer Avila Reyes is a honduran journalist. She is the co-founder and editor in chief of Contracorriente, a news media outlet in Honduras, since 2017. She has previously been a documentary filmmaker and radio broadcaster in Honduras, as well as a fixer and freelance for digital media outlets in Latinamerica and Europe.

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Rajendra Singh #

Rajendra Singh is an Indian water conservationist and environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as “waterman of India”, he runs an NGO called ‘Tarun Bharat Sangh’ (TBS), which was founded in 1975.

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Adib Dada #

Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada. His work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative buildings; in essence working with nature to develop resilient and generous cities.

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Bruce Shillingsworth #

Aboriginal Childrens Advocate (ACA) Bruce Shillingsworth Jnr, a Muruwarri/Budjiti descendant who has a track record of getting his hands dirty also not afraid to stand for truth, honesty and what is right.

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Michal Kravčík #

Michal Kravčík is a water management engineer. He graduated from the Civil Engineering Faculty of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He has worked for 8 years at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He promotes ecological solutions for integrated river basin management.

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Anne Poelina #

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman who belongs to the Mardoowarra, the lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Poelina is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and a respected academic researcher

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Eline Kieft #

In her work, Eline combines her passion for anthropology, health, spirituality, and her intimate knowledge of the dancer’s body.

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Nicolas Salazar Sutil #

Nic is a creative practitioner, researcher and author born in Buenos Aires. He has conducted work on conflict resolution in Central Africa among former combatants, children and women survivors, as well as environmentally displaced peoples, especially in Chad and Nigeria.

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Daniel Kobei #

Daniel Kobei is the Founder and Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP), a Kenyan-based NGO working to secure human and land rights of the indigenous Ogiek community and other Indigenous Peoples (IPs) across Kenya and Africa.

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Maida Bilal #

2021 Goldman Prize Recipient Maida Bilal led a group of women from her village in a 503-day blockade of heavy equipment that resulted in the cancellation of permits for two proposed dams on the Kruščica River in December 2018.

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Tracey Benson #

Dr Tracey M Benson is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Her work has been extensively presented internationally in media arts festivals and exhibitions. With a passion for understanding different knowledge systems and engaging audiences, she often collaborates with Indigenous communities, historians, technologists and scientists

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Kathleen Roberts #

Clean Ilkley River Campaign Group is made up of a group of residents who were shocked at the way that raw sewage was being discharged into the river frequently, even in the summer months. Some of the members had logged this happening regularly since February 2014 but could find no way of stopping it.

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Mark Wilkins #

Clean Ilkley River Campaign Group is made up of a group of residents who were shocked at the way that raw sewage was being discharged into the river frequently, even in the summer months. Some of the members had logged this happening regularly since February 2014 but could find no way of stopping it.

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Richard Moreno Rodriguez #

Richard is community leader in the district of Tangui, Choco (Colombia). He is an environmental lawyer, who specialises in Rights of Nature, Conflict Resolution and Peace.

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Charles Dannreuther #

Charlie Dannreuther is Lecturer in European Political Economy at the University of Leeds, and a member of SeaSure, a wild swimming organisation based in Brighton advocating for bathing rights and open swimming

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Kamilu Hassan Hamza #

Kamilu Hassan Hamza is the Founder of Al Fitra Academy, a primary school in Kano Nigeria. He is an oral historian of the Maguzawa, or Hausa animists of North east Nigeria and a human rights lawyer as well as a nature guardian

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Sandy Sur #

Sandy Sur is the director of Leweton Cultural Experience, an organisation devoted to the ancient customs of the Islands of Gaua and Mere Lava. He is a practitioner of Water Music, which is an amazing display of sounds, rhythms and movements demonstrating the living nature of water and life on earth from the people of Vanuatu.

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Leah Barclay #

Leah Barclay is an Australian sound artist, designer and researcher who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. Barclay’s research and creative work over the last decade has investigated innovative approaches to recording and disseminating the soundscapes of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform conservation, scientific research and public engagement. Her work explores ways we can use creativity, new technologies and emerging science to reconnect communities to the environment and inspire climate action.

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Stephen Okpadah #

Stephen Okpadah is a Nigerian theatre and performance researcher interested in participatory theatre, storytelling and climate justice, with a regional focus on the Niger Delta. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick

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