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Awakening our Ecological Selves – Weaving our Web of Life with Jolie Egert Elan

September  27, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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Jolie Egert Elan
Jolie Egert Elan

Awakening our Ecological Selves – Weaving our Web of Life with Jolie Egert Elan

Most people in our culture feel isolated from nature on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. However, in truth it is impossible to separate ourselves from nature because we ARE nature. Our bones are made from rock, we are bodies of water and every breath we take swirls through tree canopies that make oxygen, which is essential for our inspiration. We are intricately woven into a great web of life which is spun in sweetness made from sunshine.

In this class, we will weave together ecology, environmental science and ecopsychology as we explore Bay Area landscapes and our relationships to them. Students will discover how they are interwoven within the web of life on a physical, spiritual and emotional level. The class will be organized into four archetypal elements - Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Each element will be the guide into ecological and psychospiritual concepts in the field of deep ecology.

Jolie Egert Elan, M.S. is the founder of Go Wild Consulting, a company that promotes healthy ecosystems and our connections to them. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist and educator. Jolie has inspired thousands of people to deepen their connection to nature and has recently established the Go Wild Institute for Earth Wisdom that weaves together science, myth, education and spirit to awaken our ecological selves and foster balance within the great web of life. She has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including restoring sacred forest groves in India and developing the herbal medicine sector in war-torn Kosovo. Jolie is adjunct faculty in the Biology Department at the College of Marin and regularly teaches with nature organizations, ecoliteracy programs and herbal medicine schools in the Bay Area. She is a certified forester and permaculture designer. Jolie is also a seasoned environmental advocate with 25 years of experience building alliances and working with environmental campaigns. She received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies and her Master's degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. Jolie can often be found foraging wild foods and medicines.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
CIIS Main Building
$125/$140/$155 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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*This workshop is part of the Ecoresilience Leadership Certificate Program

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


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