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Fri, 06 Sept


St Luke's Church Centre

Collapse and Emergence: Truth Mandala and Embodied Visioning

A workshop to explore our responses to systemic unravelling and to tune into the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Collapse and Emergence: Truth Mandala and Embodied Visioning
Collapse and Emergence: Truth Mandala and Embodied Visioning

Time & Location

06 Sept 2024, 18:00 – 07 Sept 2024, 18:00

St Luke's Church Centre, 61 Aylsham Rd, Norwich NR3 2HF, UK


About the event

In the first part of the programme we'll be looking at the ways in which our current systems are showing signs of falling apart, and how this is evident in our own lives. This will include naming the disturbing prospect of collapse on all levels, including societal, ecological and financial, tending our responses, and inviting stories from the heart. 

The second part of our journey together will be focused on awakening our inner knowing as we listen to the call of our times and bring the heart and mind into the body as our vessel for manifesting and grounding the emerging future. We'll be honing our visionary sense, and aligning ourselves with the more abundant, connected and relational version of reality that is in some sense already here. 

The day will be interspersed with movement and song, feasting, and some time in nature.  

This is a joint event with Norfolk Grief Tending and Somatic Health, and it is part of an ongoing series of Creative Conversations on the theme of Anticipating Collapse and Envisioning and More Beautiful World.  The workshop will be facilitated by Jenny Haycocks and Liz Day.

We are offering this event in the spirit of the gift: which means pay what feels right for you. We're suggesting a sliding scale of between £75 and £165 for both sessions (this includes a soup supper on Friday). It's fine though if your contribution is less, or indeed more.  

Your initial £25 is to reserve your place - but please get in touch if this is a problem for you as we don't want finances to be a barrier.  We will then be inviting further financial gifts at the end of the workshop, and will send some guidelines to help you think through how much you would like to contribute.  

We are a registered charity and we can boost your donation by 25% by claiming Gift Aid, which is reclaimed by us from the tax you pay for the current tax year. All we need from you is your consent, and your address. We appreciate your support with this.

See below for more on the approaches and practices we'll be working with. Further details about what you can expect from the day and how to prepare will be sent on booking.

More about hospicing collapse

We'll be working with practices designed to support our nervous systems in receiving and integrating trauma and grief – both from our personal experiences and from the histories we carry. The invitation will be to tend, not only individual and ancestral wounds, but also the pain held in the collective sphere. We do this so we can update our inner compass and clear the way for what wants to emerge within and among us. 

This process will be held in a safe container, working with tried and tested practices drawn from the work of Sophy Banks, Joanna Macy and others. After calling in and naming what is resourcing us, we will gently take the lid off what is moving for each of us, as we tend our own heart and the wounding held within the wider lifeworld. We'll then move into a Truth Mandala ceremony, a powerful form designed to reveal what is hidden, to join up our perceptions of what is happening in our world, and to open our hearts and minds to greater compassion and insight. 

More about midwifing emergence

As we face and integrate our suffering and the shadow side of our human experience, this brings us naturally into greater contact with our joy and aliveness. From this place we can move with greater ease into becoming an ally with all life, including the life within us that wants to manifest in the world as beauty and light. 

Drawing on the work of Otto Scharmer you will be invited to harness this energy and embark on a guided journey during which we will each cross the threshold into the highest future possibility that is emerging within and among us. We'll then have some time to share what we are each seeing and sensing, and to begin to form a collective picture of the road that is rising up to meet us. 

"A vision is called a vision because it's already there – it's something that you see." Charles Eisenstein.  

Further steps

We'll be inviting each of us to consider concrete steps that will ground our visioning in action. We will encourage each other to take the seeds of our individual and collective vision into places where it might take root and grow, and where it may in turn inspire others to dream a new world into being. 

We're deep into a living inquiry into how the work of the Gathering Gates and its family of projects might cohere within the overarching theme of collapse and emergence. As well as being an opportunity for all of us to explore this important subject, what unfolds during our time together will also help inform this ongoing inquiry. 


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