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Thinking Like a Mountain: Reflections on Forty Years of Deep Ecology Work

July 20, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Frieda Nixdorf

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In this two-hour Work That Reconnects Webinar John Seed and Pat Fleming will reflect together on 40 years of deep ecology work, its origins and development, its worldwide reach and on where their current enquiry and edges are now. The webinar will include video of their recent conversation with Joanna Macy, as well as archival footage of the fourth author of the book, Thinking Like a Mountain, the Norwegian eco-philospher and founder of the deep ecology movement, Arne Naess. This webinar follows the spiral form of the Work that Reconnects with an opportunity for participants to engage in a deep ecology exercise.


Saturday, July 20 at 5pm PDT (UTC-7)
Sunday, July 21 at 10am AEST (UTC+10) 

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The whole group portions of this webinar will be recorded. Activities and sharing that occur within breakout rooms will not be recorded. The recording will be available three days after the live webinar and will be sent by email to all those who are registered.


John Seed is founder of the Rainforest Information Centre. Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests. John has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other deep ecology workshops around the world for 35 years. With Joanna Macy, Arne Naess and Pat Fleming, he wrote Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings which has now been translated into 10 languages. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) by the Australian Government for services to conservation and the environment.

Pat Fleming grew up in England with Irish roots, and has Australian nationality from her time working in mental health services in Sydney in 1980’s. She recently moved with her partner to northern lutruwita (Tasmania) – an island of much wild beauty below the SE coast of mainland Australia. Since meeting and training with Joanna Macy in the early 1980’s she’s worked in many countries facilitating deep ecology work and the Work that Reconnects workshops. Her writing includes co-authoring Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings and a chapter in A Wild Love for the World – Joanna Macy and the Work of our Time.

Also a passionate plantswoman, educator, musician, poet, she been an active advocate for protecting wild places, biodiversity and indigenous peoples. She set up the poetry publishers, Wylde Publications, in Devon, UK, and also instigated Moor Poets – a network of local poets which has published a number of anthologies over 20 years. She has a Masters in Psychology from Edinburgh University, and an MSc in Botanical Conservation from Plymouth University, which led to her working with Botanical Gardens.


July 20, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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