Monthly Archives: September 2014

Peter Owen Jones raises debate about the Future  

speakers_POThe Future NOW spiritual ecology conference which Conscious Frontiers brings to Bristol on Saturday 8th November in partnership with “Laughing Yogi” Joe Hoare,  was partly inspired by maverick TV priest-explorer, Peter Owen Jones, and his passion a for raising the debate about the future so we can urgently preserve our fragile Earth for future generations.

At Future NOW, Peter will share his vision for an evolved future humanity that recognises the sacredness of the Earth and our interconnectedness with nature and all living beings, and explores what our society’s new model of the sacred is becoming with the collapse of Christianity.

“Humanity is in the process of bequeathing a poisonous and broken planet to the next generation,” says Peter Owen Jones. “The systems we have inherited from the past are simply unable to create a sustainable future. Whilst we are doubtless approaching an end of some sort we are also beginning at last to dream of what a new humanity and new Earth might contain.  Future NOW will explore all that we need to sustain a future for all the myriad of life on this beautiful planet.”

A leading ecological thinker, acclaimed author and pioneer of the New Consciousness Revolution, as as a TV presenter and ‘Extreme Pilgrim’, Peter has explored over fifty countries and over 80 religions and distilled essential wisdom to help evolve a progressive model of the sacred at this momentous time in human history when the world’s economic, political and social paradigms are at a tipping point of major change. His forthcoming book, The New Humanity – also the title of his talk for Future NOW shares his innovative ideas for positive evolution.

At Future NOW, Peter will explore the big questions facing society at this unprecedented time of Consciousness Revolution: What does this shift in consciousness mean for human identity? What is the new model of the sacred? What is the future of capitalism? And how can we care for the planet so we leave a beautiful world for our grandchildren to inherit? Peter shares the stage at Future NOW with ‘Earth Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar, ‘Big Love Philosopher’ Tim Freke, ‘Sacred Sound Pioneer’ Chloe Goodchild, and Joe Hoare.

For bookings and further information about Future NOW visit: www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com

Pioneering spiritual ecology conference comes to Bristol

Conscious Frontiers is excited to be staging the groundbreaking Future NOW spiritual ecology conference together with Laughter Yoga author Joe Hoare at Bristol’s Trinity Centre – a funky converted church and community arts centre – on Saturday 8th November (10am-5pm).

Showcasing leading edge eco-spiritual presenters – “Extreme Pilgrim” Peter Owen Jones, Satish Kumar, Tim Freke, Chloe Goodchild and Joe Hoare – Future NOW aims to raise the debate about “The Future”, exploring the urgent solutions and mindful steps that need to be taken imminently to sustain the Earth so we can secure positive future lives for our children and grandchildren.  As Gandhi once said,”The future depends on what we do in the present”.

thich-nhat-hanh-3281With the planet fast approaching tipping point, we are faced with potentially devastating climate change and environmental meltdown caused by our unsustainable materialistic lifestyles that could result in fatal natural disasters, outbreak of wars, famine, diseases, poverty, social upheaval and mass loss of life.  The world renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh refers to these calamities as “bells of mindfulness” warning us to wake up and urgently consider our impact on the planet before it’s too late.

SpiritualEcologyThe Future NOW conference was largely inspired by the wonderful book Spiritual Ecology, a recent anthology compiled by USA-based Sufi leader Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee as a response to this urgent call of the Earth, which features leading global voices in the spiritual ecology movement, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, Vandana Shiva, Chief Oren Lyons and Satish Kumar.  In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh points out that while most of are aware the Earth is in great danger, we continue to act as if our daily lives have no effect on the condition of the world, and he suggests that the only way of saving the planet is for us all to walk more mindfully on the Earth. “We have to hear the bells of mindfulness that are sounding all across our planet,” he urges.

And so we have reached a choicepoint – do we accept the inevitable, disastrous consequences of our current way of life or wake up to living in a more interesting and sustainable way?

An uplifting day of inspiring talks and breakout discussion groups weaved with sacred sounds, Future NOW will explore what we can all do differently to save our planet for future generations.  It’s a call to replace our outmoded Western material dream for a new dream of mindfulness, kindness, compassion, interconnectedness and community.

A limited number of Early Bird £50 tickets are currently available for Future NOW.

For further information and bookings visit www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com

 

Celebrated ‘Earth Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar speaks up for the Future

We are delighted that Satish Kumar – one of the leading lights in the global spiritual ecology movement – will be sharing his remarkable vision and passion for creating a more sustainable and just world at the Future NOW conference we bring to the Trinity Centre in Bristol on Saturday 8th November.

Satish, who has been editor of the UK’s flagship eco-spiritual magazine Resurgence (now called Resurgence & Ecologist) since 1973, was selected as one of a few of the world’s leading ecological visionaries to contribute to the iconic book,Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, which served as a major inspiration for Future NOW, offering a spiritual response to the current ecological crisis.  In his essay for the book, entitled  ‘Soil, Soul and Society’, Satish impresses the importance of appreciating the sacredness of nature and shares his vision for our planet where all 8.7 million species live and thrive connected as one interdependent global family without any sense of separation from each other. He also expresses the importance of taking care of our “inner selves” by living a simple life engaged in spiritual practice, imparting that “the inner landscape of spirituality and the outer landscape of sustainability are intricately linked”.

His also essay shares his concern that in developed countries, where people typically pursue a material path, demolishing their natural capital in the process, happiness remains a distant dream. Satish recommends replacing material concerns and self interest with generosity, mutual care and selfless service. “In a nutshell we need to live a spiritual way of life and engage in the protection of the earth, enlightenment of the self and restoration of social justice,” he concludes.

Satish, who spent much of his childhood as a Jain monk in India, is a renowned ‘Earth Pilgrim’ whose colourful life has taken him on some remarkable pilgrimages, including an 8-000 mile peace pilgrimage from India to the USA. He is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet and was recently elected vice-president with the RSPCA. In 2008 he presented the highly acclaimed BBC TV documentary Earth Pilgrim, and his many books include his bestselling autobiography, No Destination.

At Future NOW, held in partnership with Bristol’s Big Green Week, Satish shares the stage with Peter Owen Jones, Tim Freke, Chloe Goodchild and Joe Hoare.

The video clip below shows Satish delivering his impassioned ‘Soil, Soul and Society’ talk for the Conscious Frontiers event programme at Sunrise Festival in 2012. We look forward to seeing what pearls of wisdom he’ll unleash at Future NOW!

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