The Eco-Philosophy Panel

This panel was a response from Rebecca Andrews and Jim Lavranos participation in ‘Heading for Extinction and What to Do About it’ + a day of non-violent civil disobedience training hosted by Extinction Rebellion, Melbourne. It is an exploration of…

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This panel was a response from Rebecca Andrews and Jim Lavranos participation in ‘Heading for Extinction and What to Do About it’ + a day of non-violent civil disobedience training hosted by Extinction Rebellion, Melbourne.

It is an exploration of the intersection of Activism and Spiritual practice and how to develop resilience and adaptability in the face of tragic climate data.

About our Hosts:

Rebecca Andrews is an experienced Chinese Medicine Practitioner www.cloudgate.com.au
She is a Teaist in the Ueda Soko tradition + outside of her traditional practice, collaborates with artists, ecologists and scientists to create immersive experiences in Nature. A vehicle for people to explore timescale, interdependence, reverence, remembrance and concepts from Taoism, Zen + Wabi philosophy.

Jim Lavranos
Is an Activist, Spiritual Care Practitioner and Meditation facilitator

Kirk Fisher
After 16 years of Zen study with Susan Murphy Roshi, Kirk formally took jukai with her. In 2016, Susan appointed Kirk as her apprentice teacher in the Diamond Sangha Zen lineage. Kirk has also studied Zen with Subhana Barzaghi Roshi, Nelson Foster Roshi, and Ross Bolleter Roshi. Kirk and his wife Sharon are parents of three children. Kirk has a background as a musician, schoolteacher, workshop facilitator and executive coach. He is the founder of two alternative schools, and currently works as a leadership and innovation specialist with schools and organisations around Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Sieta Beckworth
Sieta is the Narrative Director at CERES Community Environment Park.
Since 2014, Sieta has been actively engaged in the emerging spiritual ecology movement, which seeks to explore what is the role of spirituality in social, economic, political and ecological change. In 2019 she led a Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program for young people which took participants from deep spiritual inquiry into practical activities embedded within their communities. Through her work at CERES, which has a strong narrative about the power of community to bring about lasting change, Sieta is using stories centred on universal human values, to articulate the potential power of bringing spirituality and action together.

Elva Zhang
Elva is the Founder of Peace Lab (www.peacelab.com.au), which curates and conducts experiential workshops that synthesise ancient Eastern wisdom teachings and contemporary Western science theories as a unique agent for cultivating well-being and greater human potential. A long-term meditator, trained in laughter yoga and passionate about positive neuroplasticity, Elva is passionate about harnessing the power of mind and brain for positive change from inside out.

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