Conscious Learning Festival 2022
October – December 2022
The Conscious Learning Festival is back! Just like the first edition (see event recordings here), this festival is an invitation: let’s pay closer attention to what changes may be arising, and what learning may be occurring for us, as a result of participating in Deep Adaptation events, groups and spaces. And let’s just meet and share how we are changing, together.
The current phase of Wendy and Dorian’s action research project on radical collective change and social learning is drawing to an end. So this year, several webinars will be an occasion to discuss some results, and for comments and alternative views to be expressed!
If you would like to host your own event on learning and collective change, please get in touch with Wendy or Dorian.
Three main types of activities are being organised:
1. THE CONSCIOUS LEARNING BLOG
The ‘Deep Adaptation Conscious Learning‘ blog is a place in which any insights or interesting experiences can be shared, anonymously or not, and discussed. Several ‘learning journeys‘ and ‘insights‘ are already being shared here.
Invitation #1: At the end of a Deep Adaptation call or event, before moving on to other things, please take a few minutes to pause, and reflect. What happened for you during this call? What did you discover, or re-discover? Did this call help you ‘connect the dots’ with something else you were aware of already? Do you feel some new insight or awareness emerging in you as a result? If so, please share it with us on the blog, even if it’s just a small detail.
You can contact us to share your insight with Wendy and Dorian, who will help you publish it.
2. SHARING USEFUL RESOURCES
On the occasion of this festival, we would like to invite you to share with us some information about key personal teachers, texts, videos, tools or other resources which were part of your learning journey – and which could then be compiled into a suggested “Deep Adaptation 101” course, offering guided access to the most popular resources identified in this way to the wider membership of Deep Adaptation.
Invitation #2: In the coming weeks, Wendy and Dorian will be in touch with each person who was previously interviewed for this research project, to ask for a few recommendations on books, courses, websites, and other resources. These resources will be shared in the Resources section on this blog.
You can also use the Resource Recommendations Form to share your resources with us directly, at any time.
3. HOSTING & PARTICIPATING IN WEBINARS
Finally, a series of special webinars, open to the whole DAF community, are currently being organised as part of this festival. Their focus is broad, and touches on the topics of learning, change, and Deep Adaptation. Where relevant, they will highlight the presenters’ “learning journey” into the Deep Adaptation Forum and beyond. Certain conversations will also take place as pre-recorded videos, which we will share on this blog.
Invitation #3:Please join us in these webinars! Follow-up calls will allow participants to reflect on what we might be learning (or unlearning) thanks to them. Call details will be posted on the DAF Events Calendar.
Q&As hosted by Wendy and Dorian:
Register here to join these calls
Social Learning: A story of seeds, soil, and sowers
During this call, Wendy and Dorian will introduce certain findings from their research in DAF, and touch on: the seeds of change (what has been going on, for whom?); the soil (what is it that allows these seeds to grow?); and the sowers (who has been caring for these seeds, and disseminating them?).
Event time: Oct.6, 4 to 5.30pm UTC (check your local time here)
Permaculture CoLab’s Cross-network Weaving
During these two calls, Carolina Carvalho (Global Regeneration CoLab) and Nenad Maljković (Permaculture CoLab) will facilitate a conversation about connecting across different networks to explore opportunities for withlearning, (un)learning and coherent action.
A prelude of conversations have been happening over the last couple of years between (in alphabetical order) Deep Adaptation Forum, ECOLISE’s Communities for Future, Global Regeneration CoLab, Greaterthan Collective and Permaculture CoLab.
What is emerging and what more could emerge from these conversations?
Carolina and Nenad will also briefly present the NONAME initiative.
- Oct.11, 4 to 5pm UTC (check your local time here) – Europe / North and South America time zones
- Oct.25, 7 to 8am UTC (check your local time here) – Africa / Europe / Asia-Pacific time zones
To receive an invitation: Please contact Nenad – nenadmaljkovic [at] gmail [dot] com
Unlearning and Radical Collective Change
In this call, we will present some findings from a newly released research report, “Views on Unlearning and Radical Collective Change in DAF.” What kind of changes are being precipitated in various groups within DAF? Do we, in the network, pursue radical forms of change? And what does all of this have to do with the idea of unlearning?
Event time: Oct.20, 9-10.30 am UTC (check your local time here)
What is the shape of radical change?
This call is an invitation to release our playfulness and creativity, and to explore together (as embodied beings) questions such as: What might be the shape of radical change? What somatic practices do we want to dance with as we embark on the work of changing and being with change?
Presented by DA Guide Constance Clare-Newman
Event time: Nov.5, 7-8.30 pm UTC (check your local time here)
D&D Circle: Fostering deep mutual learning within a small group
In this call, members of the DAF Diversity and Decolonising Circle will share some insights from the past year of their life as a group, with a focus on conflict transformation and nurturing relationships.
Event time: Nov.17, 12pm to 1.30pm UTC (see your local time here)
Learning to be in relationship: The ground of mutual transformation
In this call, we will get right down to the heart of community-building: the work and play of nurturing interpersonal relationships, as the foundation of the process of deep adaptation. How do we build and preserve this ground for self- and mutual transformation? How to keep showing up, and model the ways of being and relating that are most important to us? But also: How can we keep finding common ground with people who see the world differently?
Event time: Dec.1, 6-7.30 pm UTC (check your local time here)
How can we get access to another level of thinking and intuition consistently?
We will experiment with the practice of Focusing, an intuitive way of interacting with our innate body-felt knowing that leads to mutual respect, authenticity and compassion. The experience of “felt-sensing” is a practice of allowing our bodies to guide us to deeper self-knowledge and finding right-action and compassionate solutions to our predicament. It’s a powerful antidote to oppression and hate in chaotic times, and can help us to make sense of the emerging climate crisis.
Presented by DA Facilitator Chiara Borrello
Event time: Dec.13, 5-6.30 pm UTC (check your local time here)
And… Your own webinar!
Invitation #4: Would you like to share your skills and knowledge with others, or convene a discussion on a topic of interest to you? Go ahead and host your own webinar! Wendy and Dorian are there for some advice on how to make it happen. We will also help you promote your event along with the other ones that are being featured in this festival. Contact us to discuss what we can do together.