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Weekend of June 29–July 1


An Ecology of Relationships in Life, Science and Art Nora Bateson & Rex Weyler


Our world is made of relationships. Our bodies are a dynamic interplay of processes. Even our most personal thoughts arise within an ecology of ideas and contexts. Science does not describe “things” but rather changes, patterns, and reci- procity. Simply: Relationships.


Humans co-evolve with every creature in nature and with every social context. Our lives are the stories of these relationships. Learning is a dance with a dynamic world. Join Nora Bateson, daugh- ter of Gregory Bateson and director of the film An Ecology of Mind, and author and Greenpeace International co-founder Rex Weyler for a weekend of synchronizing our lives with nature’s patterns.


Using Gregory Bateson’s ideas of communica- tion and relation, and our own direct experi-


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ences with nature and society, we will examine the paradigms that keep us bound to non-sus- tainable thought patterns. We will liberate habitual patterns and rediscover the creative potential of an ever-changing mind in a chang- ing world.


We’re on a quest for a new kind of thinking before we propose solutions. We need to ask new questions. When Gregory Bateson asked, “What is the pattern that connects?” he nudged us to observe relationships and change. Nature is our guide because the patterns of living sys- tems hold the secrets to revitalize human sys- tems, grow healthy communities, and heal our relationships.


See Seminar Spotlight, page 8.


Nora Batesonwrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of think- ing. She has developed curriculum for schools, written for several journals, and produced and directed multi- media projects on intercultural understanding.


Rex Weyler is a writer and ecologist. His books include Pulitzer-nominated Blood of the Land, Greenpeace: The Inside Story, and Chop Wood, Carry Water: Finding Spirituality in Everyday Life. Weyler was a cofounder of Greenpeace International and the Hollyhock education center. www.rexweyler.com.


Strengthening the Heart with Compassion


Kelly McGonigal & Leah Weiss Ekstrom


Experience a weekend immersion in compas- sion cultivation, based on the Stanford Compassion Training program developed by psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Explore strate- gies for strengthening self-compassion, connect- ing with others, finding peace in difficult circumstances, and overcoming compassion fatigue. This session will include lecture, gentle yoga movement and breathing practices, medita- tion, self-reflection, and discussion. You will also learn about the scientific research demonstrat-


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