Exploring Ecospirituality – connecting with the Earth through our heart and spirit, to strengthen professional and societal Earth ethics and governance
The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is part of a global movement of lawyers and other professionals inspired by deep ecology and the knowledge that we are all part of an interconnected, interdependent Earth community. AELA is interested in facilitating conversations about the common threads that bind all of us, in our deep care and commitment to custodianship of the Earth. The aim of this program is to bring interested people together from different cultures, and from secular and faith backgrounds - including academics, students, environmentalists and interested citizens - to explore different perspectives of ecospirituality and how it can inspire a shared ethic to care for the Earth.
AELA hosted a 2 day conference in September/October 2017, called 'Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Actions'. The conference was of particular interest to people engaged in education (schools, universities and adult education), faith communities, applied ethics, deep ecology, psychology and community based environmental activism.
The Conference was held at the Griffith University's Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Nathan Campus, Brisbane.
Workshop Series 2014-2016
From mid 2014 to November 2016, AELA worked with partners in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains, to host seminars and workshops focused on different aspects of ecospirituality. In Brisbane, our team included the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith University, Earthlink and WiseEarth Education. In Melbourne we collaborated with Earth Song and other local groups, and in the Blue Mountains, NSW, we worked with Pagaian Cosmology at Moon Court.
- 14 May 2016, Brisbane - "A Walk with a Difference in Toohey Forest". Evening seminar. View photos from this very popular morning walk.
- Tuesday 27 October, Brisbane - "The significance of the Pope’s Encyclical". Evening seminar.
- 5th September 2015, Blue Mountains – "Cosmic Walk", 1 day event co-hosted by Pagaian Cosmology.
- 18 August 2015, Melbourne -"Exploring Ecospirituality: Faith, Earth Ethics and Professional Life" - Evening seminar, co-h0sted with Earth Song. View the seminar flyer.
- 23 June 2015, Brisbane – “Nurturing a Spiritual Approach to Climate Change”. Evening seminar. View the seminar flyer.
- 23 March 2015, Brisbane - 'Exploring Ecospirituality in Harmony Week'. See the flyer for this event. Read a lovely article written about the event.
- 11th December 2015, Brisbane – "Journey of the Universe: Film Night and Discussion" – Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University.
- 22 November, 2014 - Perth. 1 day "Exploring Ecospirituality" workshop.
- 25 July, 2014 - Brisbane - 1 day 'Exploring Ecospirituality Workshop. This workshop explored ecocentrism and ecospirituality from indigenous, Buddhist, Islamic, Pagan, Christian and secular points of view. 100 people joined us for the presentations and the day also featured open space and small group discussions. View a copy of the flyer and program.
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