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Earth Day Workshops

Join us for a weekend of celebration, dialogue, and action!

This year's Earth Week focuses on sustainability in its many forms. HIghlights of the week include:

Friday, April 25: PSU's Social Sustainability Colloquium
Saturday, April 26: A day of workshops focused on cultural approaches to sustainability, indigenous ways of knowing, and paradigm shifts within education. Workshop attendees can receive 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the full day.
Saturday, April 26: Closing presentation by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Saturday, April 26 - Day
Earth and Spirit Council + Cornel Pewewardy's Indigenous Nations Studies Department Present Workshops

**Workshops qualify for 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs)**

Location: Native American Center,
710 SW Jackson Street
Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Tickets available at the PSU Box Office and online,
listed under Earth and Spirit Council

$55 General Admission
PSU Students FREE (show ID at door)
Scholarships Available: No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Inquire:  http://earthandspirit.org/?view=about.contact

Follow one series of workshops or mix-and-match:

Workshop Series 1—Stop Talking

There is general acceptance that our culture has institutionalized NOT being sustainable—our economics, politics, religions, and education are each culpable. This series focuses on sustainability and the impact of cultural differences. We'll also explore how we can shift the conversation to further our vision of a living earth. We will look to Ilarion Merculieff's new book, Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, to serve as our foundation.

9:15 - 10:30 AM Sustainability: Cultural Difference about What Sustainability Means (Ilarion Merculieff)
10:45 AM - Noon Difficult Dialogues (Ilarion Merculieff with Jennifer Johnston)
12:15 - 1:30 PM Stop Talking (Ilarion Merculieff)

Workshop Series 2—Indigenous Ways of Knowing

In this workshop series, we'll focus on expanding our notion of how we learn and know.

9:15 - 10:30 AM For Indigenous Minds Only! (Cornel Pewewardy)
10:45 AM - Noon Languages of Life (Milt Markewitz)
12:15 - 2:30 PM Earth-Based Learning (Judy Bluehorse Skelton)

Workshop Series 3—Curricula Development

This series will explore the shift from mechanical to organic thought processes and from perceived scarcity to sufficient abundance. We'll look at how a consciousness based on sacred ecology offers a sense of hope and can help us redefine our approach to sustainability.

9:15 - 10:30 AM Living Systems and Paradigm Shifts (Milt Markewitz)
10:45 AM - Noon Media-Based Curricula Development (Grace Dillon)
12:15 - 2:30 PM University Syllabi (Jennifer Johnston)

homepage: homepage: http://earthandspirit.org

Earth Day 21.Apr.2014 01:04


Earth and Spirit Council

Formed in 1991, the Earth and Spirit Council is a 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to strengthening our connection with the natural world.
Founded at a national conference in Seattle, the original intention was to establish Councils in cities across the USA. As far as we know we are the only one still in existence. Our longevity is a credit to our grounding in guiding principles of all life on our planet being in balance and harmony, a relatively small number of very dedicated individuals with a relatively large supporting cast. Our mission is to spread Indigenous wisdom through a speaker series, the arts, and education.