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Enchantment, Ethics and Nature

What do we base our ethics on when we make decisions that affect the environment or species in it?

What does it mean to act in harmony with the natural world? What does ‘appropriate’ action look like?

How do we hear the needs of a river or tree?

This workshop will offer space to engage with questions about environmental ethics, through practices which help us deepen our sense of enchantment and wonder in nature. The day will take place in Pishwanton Woods - a diverse and peaceful woodland area in East Lothian, and consist of guided deep observation of the forest around us, mindful contemplation and dialogue.

We feel that enchantment and wonder in the natural world are ever more relevant to our culture today: they can act as a deep source of motivation and guidance and help us engage compassionately with the ethical problems which face us.

This workshop will be facilitated by Margaret Kerr and Roland Playle.

Margaret Kerr: Margaret is a psychotherapist, artist and outdoor leader. She works with groups and individuals, and in her own arts practice, to help deepen the connection and understanding between humans and the rest of nature.

Roland Playle: Roland is a practitioner of Goethean Science, an experiential process that develops thinking by integrating careful observation of phenomena, imagination and self-reflection. He is a community worker and was a former researcher at Pishwanton Wood.

Saturday 11th August, 1000 - 1700

Price: £40 (If this price prevents you from attending, please get in touch with us and we will look to find alternative methods of exchange).

To book please contact:

When booking, please indicate if you will need transport to Pishwanton or if you can offer lifts for others (and where you will be traveling from). The most convenient bus station for Pishwanton is Haddington, where we can organise a pick up if necessary.

**Refreshments will be provided but please bring a lunch to share, as there are no shops nearby**

Earlier Event: August 3
Goethean Science Day
Later Event: August 18
Wild Clay Weekend with Philip Revell