Integral Ecology Seminar 2010

Integral Ecology Seminar

Deepening our Practice Through Integral Awareness

August 3–8, 2010

Mount Madonna, Watsonville, CA

Integral ecology offers a framework for appreciating the fullness of ecological complexity through the insights of an integral awareness. As we face critically important issues related to biodiversity, climate change, water supply, and energy policy, we may be left wondering how we can navigate the next decades as a human family. Integral ecology offers a unique set of tools, skills and understandings that allow us to be co-creators in building a healthy emergent global ecology.

With the breadth and depth of an integral perspective, we can identify the different forms and aspects of ecological challenges; we can better comprehend the sources and origins of imbalance that can degrade, deteriorate the environment or generate conflicts in resource management. Additionally, an integral awareness enhances our ability to recognize and use an understanding of levels and perspectives in bringing together energy and vision to make a real difference and effect change.

Addressing many views of ecology from differing perspectives and values can also lead to a more healthy whole. As we also inquire into ourselves, we will use an integral vision to look at our global passion, our commitments, and behaviors to explore more of where we are going and learn from where we have been.

We’ve seen what happens when less-than-Integral maps have been used to try and drive sustainability. What has yet to be tried – on a large scale – is Integral theory combined with Integral praxis. This is the exciting frontier lying ahead of us, and it’s hard to think of anything more important in the world today.  —Ken Wilber

Faculty includes:

Stephan Martineau / Abigail Lynam, M.S. / Claire Andrea Zammit, Ph.D. / Craig Hamilton / Diane Musho Hamilton / Gail Hochachka, BSc., MA. / Gil Friend, M.S. / Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. / Terry Patten

Integral Ecology and Sustainability Overview

This seminar applies the Integral Framework to the full range of environmental, social and economic (triple bottom line) issues.  The Integral Approach moves the action away from conventional, partial, and piecemeal approaches to ecology and sustainability, and does so by embracing a comprehensive and integrally-informed understanding of systems, cultures, and individuals.

One of the biggest challenge faced by anyone working in the fields of Integral Ecology or Integral Sustainability is the reality that the people we are working with / for or the communities, agencies, government or countries that we are trying to engage in embracing change are coming from such a diverse set of perspectives and value-systems, and often take completely different stances on the issue at hand such that the task of coming up with solutions that can be implemented and embraced and that will synergistically propel the human family to new heights seems sometimes daunting if not outright impossible.

The big question is:  How can a group (be it a group of individuals, municipalities, countries etc…) come to agreement on a given environmental challenge, and embrace a solution and work together to implement it?

Integral Ecology and Sustainability provide a framework specially suited for practitioners that want to propel their work to the next level.  The understanding of the Integral framework and most importantly the embodiment of an integral stance will result in an increased capacity to see the world through other people eyes, and it will also help in identifying ones own perspective, therefore increasing ones ability to navigate and embrace multiple perspective simultaneously. When faced with environmental challenges this very ability could make the difference between success and failure.

The framework is specifically suited for individuals committed to building bridges between differing perspectives in order to achieve solutions that can be embraced, acted upon and that ultimately will help the human family in its ever illusive quest to marry evolution with environmental sanity and sustainability.

Integral practitioners are committed to increasing their capacity to take and hold multiple perspectives.  To achieve this result they recognize that the work at hand will include intellectual understanding but also personal transformational practices.
We invite you to join this community of international practitioners as we deepen our capacities to design and implement increasingly effective ecology and sustainability programs.

Your presence is not only welcome, it is crucial to creating an ongoing community of thinkers / players in an ecological and sustainability context.  Find out more about this unique opportunity below!

What you will experience:

The seminar is itself an example of integral practice, and is designed to engage you physically, emotionally, cognitively, interpersonally, and spiritually.  Our emphasis is on the embodiment, experience and application of the Integral framework.  You will experience a balance of informational presentations, group processes, application and case studies and experiential learning activities.  You’ll learn from, network with and develop community with leading Integral Ecology practitioners.

We will also focus on helping you develop and strengthen your own integral transformative practice, with modules including:

* Contemplative practices including Big Mind/Big Heart
* Shadow work
* Visual art, music and singing
* Physical play and movement
* Free time in nature
* Self-reflection and small group reflection and integration
* Facilitated exercises to support personal and professional next steps
* Self-expression and fun!

There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe. –Teilhard de Chardin

What You Will Learn

With faculty and participants already engaged in Integral Ecology and Sustainability efforts worldwide, you’ll develop personal and professional connections, deepen community in the Integral Ecology and Sustainability fields and you’ll learn:

  • Why many approaches to sustainability and sustainable development fail and what you can do to dramatically increase the chances of your sustainability programs succeeding.
  • How the major approaches to sustainability are mostly partial in their response to complexity, yet are held within the Integral Framework.
  • About making the case for sustainability: How to craft a combination of economic, political, ecological, ethical, aesthetic, legal, productivity, or systems-based logic that appeals to the core motivations and perspectives of your audience.
  • Why sustainability initiatives and research should focus less on the physiosphere (domain of physical resources) and biosphere (domain of biological resources), and focus more on the noosphere (domain of mental resources).
  • The radical effect of shifting from a sustainability model that you follow to a question-centered sustainability framework that you can customize.
  • The power of shifting from the task being at the center of all activity to your awareness holding center stage.
  • The vital role self-development plays in successful sustainability initiatives, and how Integral cross-training of your body, mind, and awareness accelerates your personal growth.
  • The power of using the AQAL Integral Framework: quadrants, levels, lines, states, and types.
  • How to handle increasingly complex situations, hold contrasting views, synthesize positions, dissolve paradoxes, work skillfully with polarities, understand others and yourself on increasingly subtle levels, and better access information through, and beyond, the rational mind.
  • How to take what you do to the next level of success and effectiveness, by experiencing and examining success stories from the field! You’ll learn from ecology and sustainability practitioners who are pioneering concrete applications of the integral model around the world.

Seven core skills that you will develop during the seminar:

  1. Communication with people at different levels of development: Learn to perceive the level of complexity (for example, egocentric, sociocentric, and worldcentric) of yourself and others’ development in areas such as perspective-taking, worldview, and morals, and then skillfully shape your communication in order to assist their and your own flourishing and evolution. Learn to transcend simpler perspectives and include them within more complex ones.
  2. Integral framing of challenges: Situate educational and ecological challenges within the deepest and widest framework available so that their respective goals and problems can be better understood and addressed. Learn to map out and facilitate practical solutions to both the exterior complexity of social systems and human behavior, and the interior complexity of culture and psychology.
  3. Multi-perspective awareness: Learn to hold multiple perspectives — with their practical implications, warnings, and growth opportunities for yourself and others — when designing any learning environment, ecological solution and action plan, including motivating, parenting, teaching stances, curricula, assessment, and implementation strategies.
  4. Presentation of the integral approach: Increase your ability to teach the integral approach to others.
  5. Integral innovation: Envision and elicit the possible within yourself and others through integral framing and skillful means in educational and ecological contexts. The Integral framework has been field tested for over a decade.  Leading practitioners from a range of domains will share their success stories during the seminar.
  6. Integral management of energy: Learn to center in stillness while taking action; work with your and others’ physical, emotional, and spiritual energies; and recognize and skillfully address your and others’ negative or limiting energies in your area of work.
  7. Integral self-reflection and personal practice: Learn ways to engage in integral self-reflection and mutually-enhancing training of body, mind, and spirit.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is specifically designed for community leaders, educators, activists, students and ecology and sustainability-minded professionals in all realms: business, government, international development, education, NGO’s and non-profits. The integral framework has proven invaluable in international development initiatives, policy development, urban planning, green building, green business, outdoor schools and wilderness travel, restoration projects and environmental impact assessments. This seminar focuses on what it means to be an integral human being, as well as real-world application.

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