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Emergence 06 - Festival of Art, Consciousness and Ecology

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

mandala.

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

with nature."


Fr 01 | 12.30 - 1.30pm | €Donation

Meditation with Dr. Anthony

Sharkey

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

www.seeartscience.com.


Fr 01 | 7.30 - 9.30pm | €12

"Living Simply and Creatively:

Psychologically Preparing for

Climate Change" - The

Schumacher Ireland Lecture by

John Lane

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

art exhibit.


Sa 02 | 11.00am - 5.00pm | €35

The Emergence Symposium:

"How will we transform our values

and thinking to respond to

ecological crises?"


"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.


tickets

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.


cultivate centre

15-19 essex street west

temple bar, dublin 8

tel.: 01 674 5773

www.cultivate.ie

 

 


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