Spiritual Ecology Events and Courses 2019-02-08T11:13:54+00:00

Spiritual Ecology: Building Reverence & Resilience for a New Generation

2019 Retreat + Leadership Program

Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. It is 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 such environmental issues as depletion of species, climate change, 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 fall on millennials and younger generations. Spiritual Ecology can help support and inspire young people who recognise 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 social and ecological crisis would look like.

4 day retreat (Otway Ranges)

February 14-17, 2019. This four day retreat will introduce participants to the field of spiritual ecology and ways of cultivating personal and social resilience through reverence for nature. Over the course of the retreat participants will learn simple and practical techniques for integrating spiritual values into their lives and work. Through storytelling, nature connection and deep inquiry participants will journey into the nexus of the human and non-human worlds, building a relationship that can nourish both personal and societal change.

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. 

Bookings are now closed. If you wish to register your interest in a future event please contact sieta@ceres.org.au.

About the facilitators:

Claire Dunn

Claire Dunn
Claire Dunn 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

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi
Amrita Bhohi 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.

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee has unfortunately had to cancel his visit to Australia due to unforseen circumstances and will not longer be facilitating this retreat.

Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program

February – August 2019: 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 14th – 17th 2019

2. Toolkit Development Workshop Series: March 16th 9am-5pm at CERES, April 13th 9am-5pm at IofCA, May 19th 9am-5pm CERES, June 15th 9am-5pm IofCA. Mentoring runs continuously from March to July.

3. Public Presentation & Open Dialogue Forum: Saturday July 27th

This program is funded by the Victorian Government Community Harmony Program.


Bookings are now closed. If you wish to register your interest in future Spiritual Ecology events, please email sieta@ceres.org.au


4 day retreat:
Thursday 14th February – Sunday 17th February 2019
King Parrot Cottages, Otway Ranges

Leadership Program:
As above, plus full day workshops on Saturdays:

  • March 16th, CERES
  • April 13th, IofCA
  • May 19th, CERES
  • June 15th, IofCA.
  • July 27th, TBC


Leadership Program (includes retreat): We offer this course by gift, welcoming participants to set the course fee that feels appropriate to them (it could be zero).

4 day retreat ONLY (ie not participating in Leadership Program): $695 cottage accommodation / $475 camping


Sieta Beckwith
03 9389 0180

Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program (SELP): Begins with the retreat, and is followed by a series of 4 full day workshops, mentor support to develop a community project, and finishes with a public presentation and dialogue. The SELP program is aimed at young people aged 18-35 who have a strong spiritual or religious practice and are looking to connect that with environmental activism.