Grief, Gratitude and Grace in the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects

spiral picHonoring our pain for the world and seeing with new eyes:
This one day interactive seminar based on the work of Joanna Macy explores grief, gratitude and grace in response to the planetary emergency. Deep time, evolutionary systems, and nature tales are woven into a story of who we are and who we can become both individually and as community.
Katharine Burke is a registered WTR facilitator, an educator, and a deep ecologist. She teaches social studies and geography, is a permaculture farmer at The Goats Garden and the founder of The Small Earth Institute.
Georgiana Keable is a professional storyteller, founder of the Fortellerhuset Group and of Oslo’s Storytelling Festival, and inspirational in setting up storytelling education at Oslo Met. She is a recipient of the Espen prize from the Storytelling Festival and of Oslo Artist’s price for her outstanding contribution to the artistic life of Oslo. Giorgiana is the author of the book The Natural Storyteller, which received 1st prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book awards for Green books 2018 and Moonbeam Spirit Awards, chosen from 1200 books as one of 5 gold medalists.
Time and Place:
Where Oslo: Fjøroftsvei 117A 0982, Stovner t-bane
When Feb. 9, 2020 10:00 to 17:00
Sliding contribution dependent on personal economy:
Recommended contribution: 200 to 400 kroner including lunch and workshop. Scholarships are available.
For registration, information, or scholarship please send name and workshop details to

Eco-literacy Training for Teachers

From its formation four years ago, the Small Earth institute has had as a central premise the need to train teachers in environmental consciousness and ecological literacy.  We have been working with teachers throughout Norway and abroad, offering seminars, presentations, and engaging interactive workshops.

Environmental consciousness is a key to making change.  However, in our current situation, awareness often leads to malaise or overwhelm, even among teachers, and certainly among young pupils.  An emphasis on sustainability that comes across as an admonition of what we must do can lead to frustration and anger and burnout when we become aware of just how much change is needed quickly.   Teachers know we must act as leaders in environmental change, but we are often unsure the best way to do that.  Awareness alone is not enough without a foundation of deep appreciation and a change in how we relate to the world around us.

Eco-literacy goes beyond awareness to develop a shift in perspective to one that acknowledges the interconnectedness of systems thinking and applies this to all of our interrelated subject matter in a trans-disciplinary format.  Systems thinking, and particularly developing Earthfulness- an orientation toward our interconnectedness with all Earth processes and Earth systems, is essential to developing the mindset that can help teachers guide students toward healthy and active environmental awareness that will move our entire society toward a healthy relationship with our environment.

We would like to offer a preliminary talk of one hour that can be followed up with a longer workshop format for schools that are willing to commit to this.  This unique and engaging workshop will culminate in direct collaborative work with teachers and curriculum development.

Time commitment:  1 hour for introduction and one day for the full workshop

Narratives for change

How can schools lead and inspire in an era of ecological crisis? Our students, and others, are taking to the streets to demand climate solutions; in many parts of the world there is growing dissent and social upheaval.   How can we innovate regenerative change that responds to rather than avoids, the trauma our students are facing as they come of age in a world of pressing social and ecological problems?  We often curtail dialog in an attempt at efficiency, yet research indicates that allowing for narrative increases emotional support, empathy, agency, synergistic relationships, and creative solutions.  Analysis of dialogue and narrative can provide insights not afforded in more tightly structured exchanges and utilizing narrative and storytelling can free us to face problems and solve them in innovative ways.  In this interactive workshop we propose tools from grounded theory and narrative analysis as well as storytelling to find answers by opening up conversations with our students, our teachers and our community to help schools lead toward regenerative change and start to tell a new story of sustainability.

Time commitment:  1 for an introduction and 3.5 hours for a full workshop including curriculum design.



David Abram Retreat

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This is a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop in Norway with David Abram, world-renowned cultural ecologist, storyteller, and geophilosopher.

As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the many losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a radical metamorphosis in our human relation to the more-than-human natural world. How can we spark fresh solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing planet? Join David Abram in this workshop for an investigation into the reciprocity between our creaturely senses and the earthly sensuous, between storytelling and the powers of place, between wildness and shadowed wonder, between the human imagination and the land’s wild dreaming.

david abramDavid Abram is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, Dr. Abram’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of Ecopsychology. David’s books are widely translated and taught all around the world, while his essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. Named by both the Utne Reader and the British journal Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world, in 2014 David held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and Environment at the University of Oslo. David is Creative Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), an organization dedicated to cultural metamorphosis; he lives with his family in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

houseThe workshop will take place from Thursday Aug.1 at 17.00 through Saturday, Aug. 3 at 14.00. The venue is an old farmhouse in Vestfold county in the municipality of Horten on two acres with gardens, goats, and a cat. The house and adjoining annex have three large rooms which will be converted to multi-bed dorms, as well as plenty of lawn space for tents. There are two bathrooms and water is rationed in summer so there will be a schedule for showers.


Prices are for the entire workshop including accommodation and all meals are
— 200 pounds (or 2228 kroner) – students and low waged
— 250 pounds (or 2785 kroner) — professional persons

For booking please contact Martin Lee Mueller:

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