- Category: Health & Spirit
As we all face Climate Change and question how to respond to this formidable challenge, The Emergence Festival, from November 29 to December 2, looks to the arts, psychological perspectives, values, creativity, meditation and more for insights and understanding.
Festival events include Crude Impact, a new film about the realities of our oil addiction, lectures on our relationship with nature from authors John Giannini from Chicago and John Lane from South Devon, an art and ‘reuse’ workshop for youth, a participatory symposium with thinkers from a broad spectrum of society, various meditations, a multi-media art exhibit and a film about a reforestation project in Leitrim.
John Giannini, author of The Compass of the Soul, Jungian analyst and former Catholic priest will speak on "The Sacred Feminine and the Patriarchal Church and Society" on Thursday, November 30th from 7.30 to 9.30pm. John Lane, author of nine books including Timeless Simplicity and The Spirit of Silence will speak on “Living Simply and Creatively: Psychologically Preparing for Climate Change” on Friday, December 1st from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Filmmaker James Jandak Wood will introduce and lead discussion on his film Crude Impact, screening Saturday, December 2nd from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
Further details about all festival events can be found on our old site at www.sustainable.ie.
This festival comes at a time when Tony Blair has warned that: “The world cannot afford to wait before tackling climate change” and economist Sir Nicholas Stern has suggested that global warming could shrink the global economy by 20%. The Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change continues to say, however, that “taking action now would cost just 1% of global gross domestic product.”
Contact Davie Philip at 01 674 6396 or 087 634 0697.
Notes to Journalists
1) Jungian, former Catholic priest, author John Giannini speaks at Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar on Thursday, 30th of November 2006 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. His talk, “The Sacred Feminine and the Patriarchal Church and Society”, given already to audiences in the US, urges a rebalancing of society dominated by the one-sidedness of the patriarchal worldview. This rebalancing, he says, requires “recovering the sacred feminine, beginning with our personal self awareness, and also by realising the importance of an intimate loving relationship with nature."
2) Giannini is the author of The Compass of the Soul: Archetypal Guides to a Fuller Life published by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type. A Kirkus Discoveries review reveals that in his first book “Giannini navigates admirably within the often murky waters of personality typology, with an innovative approach offering that which is so often rare in psychology texts: accessibility.” His second book, The Sacred Secret and the Patriarchal Church: The Feminine Principle in History, Dreams, Myths and The Da Vinci Code, will soon be published.
3) Like his friend Matthew Fox (author of Original Blessing), Giannini is a bit of a detractor from the Catholic Church where he was a priest in the Dominican Order, and is a member of an alternative Catholic community in Chicago that meets in a gym. The group would be representative of the counter-culture in the Church, who while calling themselves Catholic, support movements such as those working for the ordination of women priests, gay rights, the environment and liberation theology.
4) Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, says of Giannini: “His is a creative, courageous and far-seeing mind. His great gift is shedding useful and user-friendly light on complex and complicated subject matter.”
5) John Lane speaks at Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar on Friday, 1st of December 2006 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. His talk, “Living Simply and Creatively,” is a very timely and practical look at how we as individuals can adapt in light of climate change.
6) John Lane is a painter, writer, educator and Chairman of the Dartinton Hall Trust, a large charity concerned with the arts, ecology and rural reconstruction in South Devon. He was the founding director of the Beaford Arts Centre and instrumental in the creation of the Orchard Theatre, the Plough Arts Centre and the International Centre for Ecological Studies, Schumacher College. He is the author of nine books that include Timeless Simplicity. Creative Living in a Consumer Society, Images of Earth and Spirit, and The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity. John Lane has been art editor of Resurgence magazine for over twenty years.
7) The two lectures are part of ‘Emergence – A Festival of Art, Consciousness and Ecology’ happening at the Cultivate Sustainable Living & Learning Centre in the West End of Temple Bar from 29th November to 2nd December 2006.
Full festival programme
We 29 Nov - Fr 22 Dec | €free
Emergence Art Exhibit
Multimedia pieces "inspiring and stimulating
action in response to the issues of biodiversity,
climate change and energy scarcity."
Mandala Meditation Workshops
Book w/ Geoff at 01 6773834
We 29 | 9.30am - 5.30pm | €50
Full day comprehensive with Dean and
Geoff based around the construction of a
We 29 | 7.30 - 10.30pm | €20
An evening introduction.
Th 30 | 12.30 - 1.30pm | €Donation
A Meditation For The Earth
Shelly Flannigan leads a grounding and
relaxing hour in the beautifully restored Ss.
Michael and John's church at Cultivate.
Th 30 | 7.30 - 9.30pm | €12
"The Sacred Feminine" - A lecture
by John Giannini
Jungian analyst, former priest and author of
Compass of the Soul is on tour from
Chicago. John says "The essence of spirituality
in any religion is our connection with
nature. This idea is foreign to a paternal
consciousness whether in Church or society.
As a result this vast dominant attitude has
not only damaged our earth but also our
psyches... we need a rebalancing of this
one-sided world view by recovering the
sacred feminine, beginning with our personal
self awareness, and also by realising the
importance of an intimate loving relationship
Fr 01 | 12.30 - 1.30pm | €Donation
Meditation with Dr. Anthony
An hour of going deeper. Come and relax.
Fr 01 | 6.00 - 7.00pm | €Donation
'The Local Project' Revisited
Jan Alexander, formally with Crann and
now VP of Pro Silva Ireland, will open this
presentation and film by artist Cathy
Fitzgerald. Cathy has created a simple film,
mixing video footage and photographs to
bring together the voices and images of
local people who became involved in the
'local project'. During 1993-96 the Forest
Service funded this pioneering Crann project
in Leitrim, in which local people planted
broadleaf woodlands. For more info visit
Fr 01 | 7.30 - 9.30pm | €12
"Living Simply and Creatively:
Psychologically Preparing for
Climate Change" - The
Schumacher Ireland Lecture by
John Lane is a painter, writer, educator and
Chairman of the Dartinton Hall Trust, a
large charity concerned with the arts, ecology
and rural reconstruction in South Devon.
He was also the founding director of the
Beaford Arts Centre. John was instrumental
in the creation of Schumacher College and
is the art editor of the journal Resurgence.
He is the author of nine books including
Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a
Consumer Society, Images of Earth and
Spirit, and The Spirit of Silence: Making
Space for Creativity.
Sa 02 | 12.00 - 5.00pm | €15
Puppets and Waste
An art workshop for 10 to 15 year olds with
Galway-based artists Eilis Nic Dhonncha
and Dave Donovan. Participants will work
with assorted rubbish to produce masks and/
or puppets to be displayed as part of the festival
Sa 02 | 11.00am - 5.00pm | €35
The Emergence Symposium:
"How will we transform our values
and thinking to respond to
"If all you do is to agitate to fix the exteriors
and you do nothing to help grow the
interiors then you have not fundamentally
helped Gaia at all. In fact you have actually
hurt Gaia by not promoting the only thing
that can finally save her." - Ken Wilber
11.00 - 12.30 The Context
Brief presentations will be introduced and
chaired by Gavin Harte, the Director of An
Taisce. Presentors include Seán McDonagh,
Columban priest, environmental activist and
author of Climate Change: The Challenge
to All of Us, John Lane, see bio left, John
Giannini, see bio left, Graham Strouts,
Permaculture educator and ecologist,
Delores Whelan, educator and author of
Ever Ancient Ever New and Paula Downey,
writer and consultant on organisational values
and culture change.
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 17.00 ‘Café’ Conversations
This 'World Café' symposium will explore
how we can transform our values and thinking
to respond to the ecological crises we
face. This is an opportunity for sharing deep
insights, thinking creatively, learning something
new and assembling the tools we will
all need to respond to such challenges as the
loss of biodiversity, climate change and
energy scarcity. Using the World Café
approach, we will explore questions that
matter, encourage everyone's participation,
connect diverse perspectives, listen for
insights and share discoveries. Table hosts
will include Dolores Whelan, Graham
Strouts, Brother Anthony, Paula Downey,
Dr. Anthony Sharkey, Marcus Hoamann and
more to be announced.
Sa 02 | 7.30 - 9.30pm | €8
"Crude Impact” - Irish premiere
and presentation by the filmmaker
The new peak oil film by James Jandak
Wood (97 min.). A powerful and timely
exploration of the interconnection between
human domination of the planet and the discovery
and use of oil, Crude Impact exposes
our deep-rooted dependency on the availability
of fossil fuel energy and examines
the dire implications of the pending threat
of global peak oil.
all emergence events are taking place at the cultivate sustainable living and learning centre
in temple bar. tickets can be purchased by phone with credit card at 01 674 5773 or
in person at the centre. tickets for the mandala meditation workshops only can be purchased
by calling geoff on 01 677 3834.
15-19 essex street west
temple bar, dublin 8
tel.: 01 674 5773