“Breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough. We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Falling back in love with mother Earth

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Root to Rise

We work with different working methods that can help to (further) open up to experiences of interbeing. These can nourish and help you to rise up to take care of life on Earth, while feeling your connection to all life on Earth.

Our working methods are rooted in:
Spiritual Ecology,
The Work That Reconnects,
Nature / Societal Constellations,
Theory U,
Sustainable Activism,
Sacred Activism.

 

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Spiritual Ecology

Spiritual Ecology recognises that our present ecological, social, economic and political crises all share a root cause: they come from a fundamental disconnection to life. A disconnection to the regenerating force of life, the sacredness it naturally holds. There is a growing awareness that these crises are not only ‘outside’ of us, but that they might be rooted in an inner crisis. If we want to respond adequately and wisely to what life asks of us, questioning our fundamental assumptions and worldview is a good place to start. What is it we value as individuals and society and how can we translate that into the systems we are part of? How can we come back into a right relationship, with ourselves, each other and the Earth? What values, belief systems, practices and rituals might support that?

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The Work That Reconnects

The work that Reconnects is a group work which arose in North America in the late 1970s, during a time of escalating concerns about nuclear weaponry and the hazards of nuclear power. Joanna Macy is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects. She is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, deep ecology and involved in over five decades of activism. TWTR offers a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change. TWTR consists of many forms of experiential group work relating to deep ecology, deep time, systems work, despair and empowerment. In this work there is room for inner exploration, at the same time it is a group method. The work uses rituals, meditations, bodywork, open dialogue, storytelling and nature connection practices. Our interconnectedness with all beings is central in this working method.

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Nature Constellations

Nature constellations are a new branch of systemic constellation work. A systemic constellation is a phenomenological method to clarify complex dynamics and undercurrents in a living system and to explore possible interventions that will improve the situation for the whole system. All that is needed is a question, a venue and some people or objects to represent the elements that matter for the question concerned. The representatives for these elements preferably do not have any prior knowledge of the subject at hand.

In a nature or environmental constellation, not only human beings but also natural elements such as rivers, trees or landscapes, are represented and thus get a voice. Their information often results in increased understanding of the effects of human interventions in e.g. agriculture, nature conservation or land use. It appears that all aspects of life have awareness, intelligence and are capable of some kind of communication with humans.
 

Societal Constellations

Like nature constellations, societal constellations represent a new branch of systemic work. Those that have experience or training in ‘family constellations’ might be aware that even questions that are rooted in family systems, often have a societal dimension. Societal constellations start at the layer of societal questions, that arise due to larger evolutionary movements, such as the energy transition, the shift of the position of women in society or the rethinking of economics. We are all shaped by societal dimensions that were present when we were young.

Exploring societal issues through constellations can lead to crucial insights on an individual level, at the level of organizations, or beyond. Because constellations are a bodily practice, insights emerge from a physical experience, which often happens to have a healing effect.

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Theory U

The U-process, is an innovation – or better – transformation process that allows for deep systemic change to occur. The U-process is much more able to address fundamental systems dynamics, for it also works on the level of our consciousness and thinking around a problem.

The essence of Theory-U is the realization that ‘the success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” Theory-U is a description of the way systems transform naturally. For any complex, living system, a phase of chaos, or not-knowing precedes change. A phase of ‘letting-go’ the existing. This is what is described in the downwards cycle of the U-process.

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