Gaia: Engaging the Rhythms of Our Living Earth
March 21–23, 2014
It’s no secret that modern life is often too fast, structured and purpose-driven for human wellbeing. Take part in a weekend retreat to not only slow down, but to find experiential, emotional and intellectual connections to the stately, purposeless rhythms of our living planet. At the base of this re-engagement is the “Gaia Paradigm” – the confluence of the most recent scientific understandings of Earth with ancient understandings of Nature and human nature. Gaia Theory describes Earth as a single living system of which human beings are a seamless continuum. It was so named by William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, to honor the fact that science is rediscovering what our ancestors knew mythologically. Gaia is the Greek Goddess of Earth. This retreat will explore all of these ideas with two talks complemented with nature walks, “solo-spots,” games, storytelling, poetry, art and more!
Martin Ogle holds degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He was Chief Naturalist for the No. Virginia Regional Park Authority 1985 – 2012, promoting a widespread understanding of the Gaia Paradigm through programs, children’s camps, writings, and a major conference. He was awarded the 2010 Krupsaw Award for Non-traditional Teaching by the Washington (D.C.) Academy of Sciences.