Gaia Alchemy

with Dr Stephan Harding

Sunday 29th January 2023 – 3:00pm-5:00pm (UK Time) via Zoom £15

About 400 years ago during the scientific revolution science and soul were drastically separated, propelling humanity into centuries of a valuable yet one-sided style of empiricism and rationality which has fundamentally disconnected us from each other and from nature. In this perspective, there is no room for the soul (anima or psyche), or for the development of empathy, intuition and feeling in relation to nature. This tragic separation is at the root of the serious ecological, climatic and psychological crisis which we currently experience all over the planet.

Now, for the first time, we have access to detailed scientific knowledge of the dynamics of the Earth, while depth psychology has shed light on the functioning of the human psyche. In this seminar we will spend some time exploring how combining these apparent opposites – science and psyche – can help us recover our intrinsic wholeness to heal ourselves and the earth. We’ll do this by integrating the science of Gaia (Earth System Science) with alchemical ideas and images from our pre-scientific past in relation to the evolution of our planet throughout geological time.

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Dr Stephan Harding holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from the University of Oxford. He is Deep Ecology Research Fellow at Schumacher College in Dartington, UK, where coordinated the MSc in Holistic Science for almost 20 years. He is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia and editor of Grow Small Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable Planet from Schumacher College. His most recent book, Gaia Alchemy, was published by Bear and Co in April 2022.

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