Spiritual Ecology Events and Courses 2019-08-05T19:59:11+00:00

Spiritual Ecology: Building Reverence & Resilience for a New Generation

Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. As a developing field that joins ecology and environmentalism with the awareness of the sacred within creation, it calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. The principles of spiritual ecology are simple: In order to respond to climate break down, species extinction, and over-consumption, humanity must examine and reassess our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet.

Over the coming decades much of the work needed to support ecological renewal will increasingly rely on individual and grassroots efforts, especially amongst millennials and younger generations. Spiritual Ecology can help build resilience and inspire people who recognize the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion, and service.

These events offer younger generations and those who are drawn to work for the future, the tools and resources to respond from a place that is real and transformative. Together let’s consider what a spiritual response to our ecological crisis would look like.

2020 Retreat

February 20-23, 2020

Listening to the Living World: This four day workshop will introduce participants to the field of spiritual ecology and offer ways of cultivating personal, ecological, and social resilience through deep listening and respect for the living world. Over the course of the retreat, participants will learn simple and practical techniques for integrating spiritual values into their lives and work. Through nature connection practices, deep inquiry, and storytelling participants will journey into the nexus of the human and non-human worlds, building relationships that can nourish both personal and ecological renewal.

The retreat, located at the spectacular King Parrot Cottages in the Otway ranges, will include seated and walking meditation, lectures, spiritual ecology and nature connection practices, storytelling, group discussion and reflection. 

Prices: $695 twinshare / $595 fourshare or camping

Prices include food, accommodation and tuition. A limited number of bursary-supported places are available for students, on application.

Expression of Interest Form

Download the Info Booklet

Leadership Program

February – July 2020

The Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program (SELP) is aimed at young people who have a strong spiritual or religious practice and are looking to connect that with environmental activism. Beginning with the retreat, this program is an opportunity to immerse yourself more deeply in the principles of Spiritual Ecology.

Developed in partnership with Initiatives of Change Australia, this program will enable you to:

  • Explore leadership skills and reflective practices
  • Develop authentic relationships and improve collaboration
  • Be mentored by experienced spiritual and ecological mentors
  • Learn Human Centred Design and develop local community

Program Outline

1. Immersion into Spiritual Ecology principles: Participate in the 4-day Spiritual Ecology retreat in the Otways National Park February 20th – 23rd, 2020

2. Toolkit Development Workshop Series: March to June 2020.  A series of four full day workshops with mentor support to develop community projects.

3. Public Presentation & Open Dialogue Forum: July 2020

More info:

Please fill in the 2020 Retreat Expression of Interest and more info including pricing will be forwarded.


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an award-winning filmmaker and a Naqshbandi Sufi teacher. He has directed and produced numerous films including: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, Atomic Tree, Marie’s Dictionary, Isle de Jean Charles Yukon Kings , Elemental , What Would It Look Like , and Barrio de Paz.

Emmanuel is also the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine, a publication exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture and spirituality. He lives and teaches in Point Reyes with his wife and two children.

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita leads the Spiritual Ecology Programme at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. She teaches and facilitates public workshops, retreats and events sharing the spiritual ecology curriculum and tools. She also manages the Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme, which supports the next generation of emerging leaders to embed spiritual values into their practical work and leadership. She holds an MA in Ecological Economics from Schumacher College. In 2013 she organised TEDxWhitechapel, named as one of the most popular and radical TEDx events in London.

Claire Dunn

Claire is a writer, educator, Rewilding facilitator and barefoot explorer. Claire worked for many years as an environmental campaigner, before studying deep ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology, and wilderness survival skills. In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush retreat. Her book My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in search of the Wild is the best-selling memoir of that journey. Claire is currently working on another memoir, this time exploring rewilding in the urban landscape. Claire is a passionate advocate for ‘rewilding’ our inner and outer landscapes. She facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats, contemporary wilderness rites of passage and offers individual mentoring. www.naturesapprentice.com.au

2020 Retreat Bookings

To apply for the Spiritual Ecology: Listening to the Living World Retreat with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, please register your interest:

Express My Interest

2020 Retreat Info

Download the info pack here:

Info Booklet


Workshops, courses and events on this theme are currently growing at CERES. For all enquiries please contact Sieta Beckwith:

03 9389 0180

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