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Humanity Renewal

How did we get here and where to next?

Humanity Renewal

How did we get here and where to next?

Keynote Presentations with Robin Grille

Saturday – Main Stage

Sunday – Main Stage

Neurosocial evolution: towards the Empathic Civilization – part 1 (how did we get here?)

This presentation seeks to retrace how humanity has evolved towards the age of separate-individual consciousness. What have been the implications?

Child-rearing is the design stage for the way that society will behave – one generation later. With the aid of recent revolutionary discoveries in childhood brain development, epigenetics and anthropology, the history of childhood offers vital clues about the roots of human violence and social disharmony.

This presentation will help you understand world events – war and peace, dictatorship and democracy, and ecological exploitation – in terms of dominant child-rearing styles. Even our treatment of the non-human environment has much to do with the way we were treated as children. These discoveries offer powerful clues about our collective way forward in neurosocial evolution. 

Robin Grille draws upon revolutionary new research to argue that safeguarding children’s emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. He emphasizes that our future rests on the way we care for parents, and the way we treat children.  Read Robin’s Bio 

Neurosocial evolution: towards the Empathic Civilization – part 2 (where to next?)

Peace, democracy and ecological harmony all begin at home and at school. “Interconnectivity consciousness” is secured via emotionally connected childhood.

This presentation follows on from Part 1 on the Saturday, and we move from the political to the personal. 

  • What role can we each play in helping to usher a new society founded on the interconnectivity of all beings? 
  • We will be unveiling the huge social activism potential in parenting, grand-parenting, teaching and mentorship. 
  • Presenting: the Children’s Wellbeing Manifesto – a 15-point social policy proposal for raising the empathic, “interconnectivity-consciousness society”

You personal role in accelerating neurosocial evolution towards the Empathic civilization is… far more important than you have imagined!

This presentation will leave you with a number of practical and concrete strategies you can use to help usher a new Empathic Civilization.  Read Robin’s Bio 

Saturday – Main Stage

Zan Boag presents
Amusing Ourselves to Death

There’s little doubt that the media – from traditional to social media – influences who we are, how we think, and what we discuss. Simply put, it defines which topics and ideas are most important to us

However the problem is not simply that it influences us, but how we are influenced – and how much. The average Westerner spends over 11 hours a day – 70% of waking hours – in front of a screen. Children now consume 52 hours of media each week, six times more than the time they spend doing physical exercise. In short, the average man, woman, and child spends more time with media than doing any other activity, except perhaps sleeping. But how much we consume is only part of the picture – in all forms of media, entertainment rules over education, style over substance. Instead of focusing on matters of importance to us and to the livelihood of future generations we are, as media theorist Neil Postman put it, amusing ourselves to death.

In this talk Zan Boag will discuss the extent of media influence on our lives, positive developments, and the role of philosophy in finding solutions to the fundamental problems we face in contemporary society. Read Zan’s Bio

Saturday – Main Stage

Zan Boag presents
Amusing Ourselves to Death

There’s little doubt that the media – from traditional to social media – influences who we are, how we think, and what we discuss. Simply put, it defines which topics and ideas are most important to us

However the problem is not simply that it influences us, but how we are influenced – and how much. The average Westerner spends over 11 hours a day – 70% of waking hours – in front of a screen. Children now consume 52 hours of media each week, six times more than the time they spend doing physical exercise. In short, the average man, woman, and child spends more time with media than doing any other activity, except perhaps sleeping. But how much we consume is only part of the picture – in all forms of media, entertainment rules over education, style over substance. Instead of focusing on matters of importance to us and to the livelihood of future generations we are, as media theorist Neil Postman put it, amusing ourselves to death.

In this talk Zan Boag will discuss the extent of media influence on our lives, positive developments, and the role of philosophy in finding solutions to the fundamental problems we face in contemporary society. Read Zan’s Bio

Sunday | POD Program

Denise Love presents
Living Until You Die

If we can get out of our fear, then we enable life. When we see death as a part of life, allow babies to come into the world simply and without interference, treat them with respect as they grow and develop, and set reasonable boundaries in life, then we can move towards dying with a grace that makes it all more comfortable and doable. Oh, that it were that simple! I feel compelled to work towards this, one person at a time.

Moving beyond your parents’” expectations and desires for you is imperative to finding freedom in your own life. We have a world that is beautiful, clever but in turmoil. It is my dream that if each person takes the responsibility they can in their own lives, at the level of development they are at, then the world will evolve back to being a wholesome space. We are a mere speck in time, but have the capacity to have a huge impact.

Community works……choose the community that sustains you! Death is not the enemy. Failing to live life is! Read Denise’s Bio 

Marion Rose presents
Empathic Parents, Connected Children

How we respond to our children affects their relationship with themselves, other beings and the planet. What can we do to help them respond lovingly to all three?

With a deeply empathic approach for parents, Marion will be looking at three main ways that we can help children be more compassionately connected with themselves, other beings, and the planet.
Read Marions’s Bio

Erin Young presents…
Bringing the Folk back to the Forum

Folk Forums are the modern day sharing circle, allowing people the space to hear & be heard. This session will share insight & practical skills on the gifts offered when humans share in circle together.

An expression session for those wishing for a culture of deeper levels of interpersonal sharing, the session provides people with an experience of circle sharing, a simple yet powerful skill they can take away with them to share in their own communities. Sharers will learn to have more powerful and conscious conversations about topics that matter. This practice will also call on the collective holding-of-space, skilling-up individuals to be more capable listeners, more authentic in expressing, and more attuned with the collective experience.

The Folk Forum has been developed as a response to the observed collective wisdom in our communities, with no specific forum for it to be expressed or recognised. Panel sessions provoke insightful conversations to which many community members have much to offer – the Folk Forum provides a space for all to contribute to the conversations relevant to our modern community. Read Erin’s bio

Sequoia Krop presents
From Maiden to Mother, The Sacred Birth Journey

Birth is a rite of passage, transforming Maidens into Mothers, young men into Fathers and imprinting babies with a story they will carry for their lives.  Families are increasingly looking for support that will help them transition into their new lives feelings powerful and ready to be the parents they want to be.  Doula support is one way that is changing the face of birth.  

We will explore what that support looks like and means for mothers, focusing on mothers blessings, pregnancy rituals, sacred space creation, ways to support women and men during birth to support and honour the sacred transition from maiden to mother.Read Sequoia’s Bio 

 

Emma Brindal presents…
Practices & Rituals for an Intimate Earth Connection

Founder of Wise Earth Education, Deep Ecologist. 

Remembering and understanding ourselves as part of the Living Earth is an essential part of bringing about a Life Sustaining Society. Deep Ecologist Delores LaChapelle identified that most First Nations societies “had three common characteristics: they had an intimate, conscious relationship with their place; they were stable ‘sustainable’ cultures, often lasting for thousands of years; and they had a rich ceremonial and ritual life” and that “they saw these three as intimately connected.”  

This workshop will explore how our modern societies can bring about this shift and introduce some experiential practices that we can use in everyday life to support it. These deep nature connection practices include regular ‘sit spots’ where we observe and learn deeply about the place in which we live, to Earth rituals that perform the role of allowing us to discover ourselves as part of nature. Read Emma’s bio

Sean Whyte presents
Dream Yoga, Interpreting your Dreams for Inner Understanding

Founder of the Advanced Institute of Esoteric Studies.  

What are dreams and what are they telling you?

Dream Yoga has been practiced as part of all ancient traditions and is a powerful tool for personal renewal.

Learn practical exercises, learn how to Astral Travel, and better understand the Astral World. Through the Dream/Astral World we can deepen our connection with Nature and the Earth, and gain a Greater Knowledge of our role as carers of all life. Read Sean’s Bio

 

…..panel details coming soon.

Presenter and panelist bio’s….

Dr Marion Rose

Marion Rose is passionate about inspiring and supporting mothers to change their inner dialogue from self-judgment, guilt and shame to deep self-compassion. The more that we as mothers can listen to our needs, feelings, and unique callings with unconditional love, the...

Peter Hunt

Musician Peter Hunt, who’s most well known project is the group Kooii, is a cultivator of music resonating with the region.  Together with his creative out-pourings with various collaborations, he has been evolving with the holding of circles for the activation of...

Sequioa Krop

Sequoia works in service to women and the Goddess. As a Teacher with the School of Shamanic Womancraft she brings her presence and skills to witnessing and supporting transformation. She is a writer, a doula, a Shamanic witch, a blood priestess and energetic healer,...

Sean Whyte

Sean, with his wife Rachelle is co-founder of the Advanced Institute for Esoteric Studies in Byron Bay. For more than 30 years he has studied the world’s mystery traditions: Gnostic, Tibetan, Egyptian, Mayan and others. Through Esoteric practice he has a...

Professor Judy Atkinson

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of...

Tess Lore

Tess Eckert is an expressive arts activist and educator–using dance and other embodied art processes for community building, social change and inclusion. Tess moved to the Northern Rivers three and a half years ago from San Francisco after completing her BA...

Erica Nettle-Chik

Erica is a mother of four and the founder of Luminous Youth; a youth and parenting experiential learning space operating locally in the Byron Shire and launching globally in 2017. She is a doula, a writer, a children’s-rights activist, a truth seeker and an...

Zan Boag

Zan Boag is Editor of New Philosopher and Editorial Director of Womankind magazine – both of which are produced in Byron Shire and are distributed in over 20 countries. As an Ethics Coordinator with Primary Ethics, he helps promote critical thinking skills in children...

Erin Young

A whole systems designer, facilitator & pollinator, Erin is a change-maker for healing & change in our world. Deeply inspired by the principles of Permaculture and with a background in Environmental Engineering, Erin works with Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance to...

Emma Brindal

Emma Brindal is the founder of WiseEarth Education, which works to nurture and build respect for our planet. She believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a thriving and sustainable world, and is...

Denise Love

Working on myself and others who sought my thoughts and knowledge, medicine mixed with the power of the mind, I became intensely interested in the way we enter the world, the way our lives unfold (intentionally or by accident) and how we leave the earth. I am...

Annalee Atia

Annalee Atia is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health and Wellness Coach, Independent Producer, Radio & Podcast broadcaster, Speaker, Writer and above all a Loving Mother. She works both locally & globally, out of the beautiful small town of Mullumbimby,...

Robin Grille

Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been published and translated internationally. Robin is the author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ and...