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Artistic Contemplative Practice for EcoJustice
October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An online retreat with JuPong Lin
Friday, October 15th, 2021
1 – 4pm ET (10 – 1pm PT)
Registration closes an hour before the event.
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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and record-breaking climate change events, communities are swinging between denial, anxiety, paralysis and urgency. Ecojustice education, particularly processes that bridge personal practices with the political/collective actions, are needed for systems change. Ecojustice encompasses racial justice, anti- and decolonial practice, and justice for the more-than-human world. An ecojustice framework holds space for revitalization of and reconnection with our ancestral wisdom and our more-than-human kin. At the same time, a contemplative ecojustice pedagogy can hold open the door for critical engagement with the extractive, exploitative systems that have divested so many communities from our wisdom lineages.
Participants of this retreat will receive guidance for co-creating a space for contemplative engagement with the existential, planetary crisis we face through contemplative arts creation and worldmaking, while attentive to spiritual bypassing and cultural appropriation.
- Learn and practice contemplative arts, specifically paperfolding as prayer; embodied poetry; deep listening; story circle; qigong-infused somatics.
- Learn and share practices of integrating contemplative and critical pedagogy
- Work with responses to spiritual bypassing and cultural appropriation
- Connect personal contemplative practice with collective action for climate justice
A Taiwan-born artist and poet, JuPong Lin weaves her ancestral traditions into community performances, cultivating kinship between humans of different places and with our more-than-human kin. As a de/colonial artist and institutional activist/educator, she blends paperfolding, poetics, story circle and qigong in contemplative, relational arts that bridges personal and collective healing. JuPong is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England, a faculty member in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College for over 15 years, and led an initiative in decolonial arts.