Holyscapes
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Holyscapes

Mapping Your Personal Spiritual Ecology
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Created by Jason Brown
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Familiarity with the Holyscapes Project
  • The ways that place and landscape intersect with spirituality
  • The importance of the Spiritual Ecology perspective for environmental awareness and action
  • Basic online mapping skills using Google My Maps
  • The basics of the Ecological Literacy concept, setting goals for life long literacy
  • The meaning of sense of place, and the opportunity to reflect on significant places in one's own spiritual ecology
Requirements
  • No
Description

“No settled family or community has ever called its home place an “environment.” None has ever called its feeling for its home place “biocentric” or “anthropocentric.” None has ever thought of its connection to its home place as “ecological,” deep or shallow. The concepts and insights of the ecologists are of great usefulness in our predicament, and we can hardly escape the need to speak of “ecology” and “ecosystems.” But the terms themselves are culturally sterile. They come from the juiceless, abstract intellectuality of the universities which was invented to disconnect, displace, and disembody the mind. The real names of the environment are the names of rivers and river valleys; creeks, ridges, and mountains; towns and cities; lakes, woodlands, lanes roads, creatures, and people.”

–Wendell Berry (1993)

Where are you right now? This may seem like a simple question, but it's at the heart of a deep unease Western culture and civilization. Holyscapes is a project that seeks to explore the 'where' of our lives with the deep rooted 'why' at the heart of who we are as creations of a loving Creator. 

The purpose of this course is to explore together the coming together of our inner landscapes with the world around us—the points of contact between landscapes of earth and soul. In this course and in the series of courses that are to follow, I am eager to explore with you the depth and breadth of the world’s rich spiritualities of place and landscape (particularly forested landscapes). While much of my public writing happens under the name Holyscapes, another popular term for this relationship is Spiritual Ecology. Holyscapes as a project could be characterized as nested within the broader Spiritual Ecology movement.

Spiritual Ecology boldly proclaims that our current ecological crises are just as much moral crises as they are political, economic and technological. Certainly we need all hands on deck, solutions and minds from all sectors of society, but spiritual ecology focuses its energy diagnosing the problems with our inner ecosystems as much as we need to work together to solve problems on a global ecological scale.

Climate change and global ecological change can often feel abstract, but its effects are always locally felt, and felt in radically different ways in different parts of the world. Thus, this course will feature a combination of theoretical, case-based, and practical knowledge aimed at equipping us with the tools and instincts to be better ‘readers’ of our places. To fall in love with our places as a mode of global ecological activism.

This course provides an opportunity to cultivate an awareness to place, landscape, and the people and creatures with whom we inhabit the world, while at the same time working within whatever spiritual or religious tradition you may (or may not) subscribe to in order to explore the contours of the vast terrain within. This is not to say that the course advocates a dualist perspective (spirit and matter as distinct substances). Rather, interiority is more of a contour of the many folds that make up the world, rather than a compartment within it. This course will be an overview and an invitation to engage in a lifelong practice of ecological literacy, deepened sense of place, and personal introspection.

For future courses with holyscapes, see my website at holyscapes dot org.

Consider becoming a Patron for free access to this and all future Holyscapes Workshops. Just search Holyscapes on Patreon dot com!

Who this course is for:
  • Environmental Activists
  • Writers
  • Poets
  • Those seeking deeper connection to place
  • Those interested in learning more about the world around them
  • Contemplatives from all religious and spiritual traditions
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 06:48:07
+ Introducing Holyscapes
2 lectures 37:07

In this lecture I will give a short background to the Holyscapes Project, and the future of this online workshop series.

Preview 22:33
Each assignment will consist of readings, an outing, a mapping exercise and a writing reflection.
Introducing Holyscapes
1 question
+ Spiritual Ecology as Method
3 lectures 02:10:49

In this lecture, I will go on a global tour of historical and contemporary examples of distinct Spiritual Ecologies.

Examples of Spiritual Ecology in Culture
40:18

In this lecture, I will survey the discipline and movement of Spiritual Ecology.

What is Spiritual Ecology?
48:38

In this lecture, I will highlight the growing movement of Spiritual Ecology and its personalities.

Contemporary Spiritual Ecologists
41:53
Each assignment will consist of readings, an outing, a mapping exercise and a writing reflection.
Spiritual Ecology as Method
1 question
+ Cultivating a Sense of Place
3 lectures 01:51:16

An overview of place and landscape studies paradigms related to our purposes.

Overview of Place and Landscape
45:52

In this lecture I delve into the cognitive paradigm of place and landscape.

Symbolic Landscapes
28:55

In this last lecture in the section we explore phenomenology!

Embodied Landscapes
36:29
Each assignment will consist of readings, an outing, a mapping exercise and a writing reflection.
Section 3: Cultivating a Sense of Place
1 question
+ Deepening our Connection to Place through Ecological Literacy
2 lectures 01:20:59

In this lecture I will overview the paradigm of ecological literacy and share some resources on how to develop it more deeply.

Ecological Literacy 101
37:26
What's in a Name? Beyond Literacy
43:33
Each assignment will consist of readings, an outing, a mapping exercise and a writing reflection.
Assignment 4: Ecological Literacy
1 question
+ Change, Loss and Hope in Place
2 lectures 47:56

In this lecture I will look ways to name our experience of place in a shifting climate.

Dealing with Change and Loss
47:54
On Hope
00:02