- May 21-22, 2022
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Presidio, San Francisco
This is a one-day workshop
Participants choose either Saturday or Sunday at registration
This workshop will include walking over uneven terrain and climbing stairs. Participants should expect to walk between four and six miles over the course of the entire day, with many stops and rest breaks within that time. More information about how to prepare will be sent to registrants in advance, but we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Health and Safety
For in-person events we require all guests and staff to be fully vaccinated. All patrons must present a vaccination card along with a matching photo ID. We will follow the best practices laid out by CDC and San Francisco County to minimize the spread of COVID and will continue to revise our policies as the situation changes.
For verification purposes you are considered to be “fully vaccinated” two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This event will take place entirely outdoors and masks will not be required, although they are welcome. Updates on these requirements will be sent in emails to registrants prior to the event start date.
Attendance at this event will be limited to 30 people per day.
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Engage further with An Evening with David Abram: On the More-Than-Human-World. Learn more about the conversation's web page.
How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing planet? At this liminal moment, when so many ecological boundaries are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its embedment within the biosphere, how can we activate a collective recognition of our thorough interbeing with the animate Earth?
Join David Abram, cultural ecologist, geo philosopher, and author, for an intimate in-person walking workshop exploring our relationship with the more-than-human-world. David’s work explores the ecological depths of the imagination, articulating the ways in which sensory perception, language, and wonder inform the relation between the human animal and the breathing Earth.
Wandering the terrain of San Francisco's splendid Presidio, stopping to linger and delve deeply, David guides participants in a series of experiential practices and exploratory exercises for binding our individual nervous systems into the wider ecosystem. Ponder together the entwinement of place and poetics, wondering what role the built environment plays in our dialog with the more-than-human Earth.
David invites us to recognize the primordial power of place and explore a keen awareness of wildness unfolding wherever we train our attention—a new humility in relation to other Earthborn beings—whether owls or boulders, humpback whales or coast live oaks. How can this new awareness settle deep into our muscles and our bones, and how can it come most powerfully to articulation and creative expression?
Weaving heartfelt conversation with direct encounters out in the many-voiced landscape, in this workshop we'll seek to awaken our animal senses, unshackling our eyes and our ears from the constraints imposed by obsolete ways of speaking and thinking. We'll tickle our nostrils and taste the breeze on our tongue, opening the pores of our skin toward a fresh experience of the breathing Earth as a wild, improvisational, and sentient reality, and of ourselves as full-bodied participants—along with spiders, suspension bridges, and storm clouds—in the planet's exuberant life.
David Abram, PhD is a cultural ecologist and geo philosopher. He is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Described as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by the journal Science, David's work explores the ecological depths of the imagination, articulating the ways in which sensory perception, language, and wonder inform the relation between the human animal and the animate earth. In his first book, David coined the phrase "the more-than-human world" in order to speak of nature as a realm that thoroughly includes humankind (with all our culture and technology), yet also necessarily exceeds humankind; the phrase has now been taken up as a key term within the worldwide movement for ecological sanity.
David was perhaps the first contemporary philosopher to advocate for a reappraisal of Indigenous animism as a complexly nuanced and uniquely viable worldview, one which roots human cognition in the dynamic sentience of the body while affirming the ongoing entanglement of our sentience with the uncanny intelligence of other animals. A close student of the traditional ecological knowledge of diverse Indigenous peoples, his work also articulates the entwinement of human subjectivity with the varied sensitivities of the plants upon whom we depend, as well as with the agency of the particular places (or bioregions) that surround and sustain our communities. Our unique modalities of mind, David suggests, simply cannot be understood in isolation from the material dynamism and fragility of the breathing Earth.
David has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Rockefeller and Watson Fellowships, and the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction; he recently held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and Ecology in Norway. Co-founder and director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), and a distinguished Fellow of Schumacher College in England, David lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.