Monthly Archives: October 2014

Future NOW – a response to Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Bells of Mindfulness”

thich-nhat-hanh-3281This week the Ecologist ran a thought-provoking article by Thich Nhat Hanh, in which the Zen leader refers to “Bells of Mindfulness” calling out to us, trying to remind us to reduce our impact on the planet and avert environmental catastrophe. He also calls for a revolution in consciousness. Threads from this article – first published in Spiritual Ecology; The Cry of the Earth – will be explored at the Future NOW conference next Saturday.  Read the article

Latest Resurgence blog highlights Satish Kumar’s appearance at Future NOW

Satish-Kumar-c-Jack-Razzak-385x250“Satish Kumar will be a keynote speaker for an exciting conference taking place at the Trinity Centre in Bristol on Saturday 8th November called Future NOW, which aims to raise the debate about the future and explore urgent solutions and mindful steps for sustaining the Earth so we can secure sustainable future lives for our children and grandchildren on this planet.”

Check out the latest  Resurgence & Ecologist blog re Satish Kumar at Future NOW. READ MORE

NB: Guardian Online published an excellent article by Satish Kumar today entitled, “Why my 8000 mile walk to meet Martin Luther King was worth it”.  READ MORE

Joe Hoare – Laughter, a serious tool for a healthier world

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At Bristol’s Future NOW spiritual ecology conference on Saturday 8th November – leading Laughter Yoga therapist and author, Joe Hoare – introduces Laughter as a powerful tool for creating a happier and healthier Future, with his presentation, ‘It’s Time to Take Laughter Seriously’.

The celebrated ‘Laughing Yogi’ and author of Awakening the Laughing Buddha Within (co-authored with Barefoot Doctor) joins forces with Satish Kumar, Peter Owen Jones, Chloe Goodchild and Tim Freke for this uplifting and thought-provoking event in a funky converted church (the Trinity Centre), exploring what we urgently need to do now to sustain the Earth for future generations.

“Seriously, laughter is more serious than seriousness,” declares Joe. “For centuries we have been imprisoned by the seriousness trap which promotes seriousness as more valuable than lightness. Intuitively we know this isn’t true. Science now agrees. If we want a better future NOW, it’s time for lightness to be recognised and properly valued.”

awakening the laughing buddha within1A charismatic facilitator of courses, workshops, retreats and one-to-one sessions, Joe has dedicated himself to encouraging people to connect with their benign, creative individuality and to perform at their best. His regular appearances in the media have included BBC 2’s Don’t Die Young with Dr Alice Roberts, BBC 1’s Inside Out, BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show and the Sunday Times.

Joe has been facilitating health and wellbeing groups for over 30 years, and has trained extensively with internationally renowned ‘Grandfather of Laughter Yoga’ Dr Madan Kataria of India, founder of Laughter Clubs International. Joe founded the Bristol Laughter Club eleven years ago, the longest surviving Laughter Yoga club outside of India.

Joe’s mission with his Laughter Yoga training is to empower people, as he explains:

“I want to help people wake up, come alive, be the best they can be, and enjoy the ride. Because this enjoyment is contagious, it gives others permission to enjoy the ride too. It stimulates qualities like connection and kindness, and its ultimate effect is to enhance people’s experience of being alive, for the benefit of all. How great is that?”

A co-organiser of Future NOW, Joe – along with fellow keynote speakers – will also lead one of the conference’s breakout groups, encouraging participants to explore and reflect on the question, “What can I do differently?”

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

To book tickets, visit Eventbrite

For more information about Joe Hoare visit www.joehoare.co.uk

What’s happening at Future NOW? Get the lowdown on Bristol’s first spiritual ecology conference

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With just over three weeks to go till Future NOW at Bristol’s vibrant Trinity Centre on Saturday 8th November, there’s lots of buzz and anticipation building about this innovative event in a funky converted church…so what lies in store?

With a focus on exploring how we can sustain our fragile planet for future generations and offering  a spiritual response to our global ecological crisis, our exciting line up of eco-spiritual speakers – Peter Owen Jones, Satish Kumar, Chloe Goodchild, Tim Freke and Joe Hoare – proffers a series of inspiring presentations during the course of the day (10am-5pm), covering important aspects of the theme.  The lowdown on these is as follows:

speakers_POPeter Owen Jones – The New Humanity 

The trailblazing ‘Extreme Pilgrim’, TV presenter and champion of ethics – whose passion for creating a sustainable future was a major inspiration for this conference –  shares his vision for an evolved future humanity living in interconnected harmony with the Earth and with each other. He will also explore what our society’s new model of the sacred is becoming with the decline of Christianity.

“The future is being taken from us,” Peter explains. “It is in the process of being stolen by multinationals and governments who have surrendered their imagination and responsibility. Very few of us have a say in the creation of a future that we would like to bequeath, until we start this conversation and in doing so face the realities that all of us are in the process of creating, we will be held hostage to an increasingly toxic vision of progress and a denuded world.”

speakers_SKSatish Kumar – Sacred Nature

The celebrated ‘Earth Pilgrim’ and editor of the UK’s flagship eco-spiritual magazine, Resurgence & Ecologist, gives an impassioned talk impressing the importance of appreciating the sacredness of nature..

“The Modern materialistic world view considers nature to be there merely to serve human needs,” elucidates Satish, “the value of nature is judged only by how useful it may be to humans. But there is another world view, a holistic and ecological view which considers nature as a living and sacred reality. Humankind is an integral part of nature, what we do to nature, we do to ourselves. When nature is considered as a living and sacred reality we develop a profound sense of reverence for her. This is called Reverential Ecology, this view of life is embedded in the philosophy of Sacred Nature.”

speakers_CGChloe Goodchild – Sound Evolution: Transforming Our Lives through the Power of Sound

The sensational sacred voice and sound pioneer presents a soul stirring performance, inviting participants to transform their lives via the power of sound. Through a simple process of sound awareness and sound intelligence skills, Chloe shows how we can re-discover our authentic voices again, and restore our true capacity to communicate consciously and compassionately.

“In this time of global transformation, many of us who are living in relative safety may feel that we are powerless to respond to the prevailing chaos and shocking news that assails us from the media,” Chloe says. “It is therefore essential for us to remember that we are participating in a birthing process of a newly evolving world. As we prepare for a greater shift in humanity’s collective destiny we must courageously stay awake to the responsibility that is our shared song.”

speakers_TFTim Freke – Love is a Political Act

The hip modern mystic presents his revolutionary new talk, ‘Love is a Political Act’, and calls for an inner revolution, stressing that if we want to change society, we have to change ourselves.

“Love is the answer,” says Tim. “For millennia saints and sages, poets and pop stars have been telling us that harnessing the transformative power of love is the secret to creating the world we want to live in. Is this just well-meaning naiveté or could it actually be true? Love can be seen as simply fluffy and sweet, but it is also deep and strong. Love is not only a wonderful feeling of connection; it is a powerful force for social transformation. History has taught us that political change alone simply leads to the same problems with people waving a different coloured flag. What is needed is an evolution of our collective state of consciousness, so that we feel connected and act from love.  This is the only practical way forward and it starts with you and me … right now.”

speakers_JHJoe Hoare – Time to take Laughter Seriously

‘Laughing Yogi’ Joe Hoare, co-organiser of Future NOW and leading UK laughter therapist/author, introduces laughter as a powerful tool for creating a happier world, which can retrain the brain and generate mindfulness and inner calm.

“Seriously, laughter is more serious than seriousness,” says Joe. “For centuries we have been imprisoned by the seriousness trap which promotes seriousness as more valuable than lightness. Intuitively we know this isn’t true. Science now agrees. If we want a better future NOW, it’s time for lightness to be recognised and properly valued.”

Throughout the uplifting conference day, participants are invited to explore how we can each make a difference and take urgent action to be the change in our daily lives, with interactive breakout sessions exploring and reflecting on the question, “What can I do differently?”

“Future NOW will explore all that we need to sustain a future for all the myriad of life on this beautiful planet,” says Peter Owen Jones.

Future NOW is a call to become more mindful, more peaceful, more connected and more loving to ourselves, to each other and to the Earth.  It’s an invitation to join the New Consciousness Revolution – come join us if you can!

To book tickets for Future NOW visit Eventbrite

For further information visit www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com

Tim Freke – only Love can save the world

JAPAN HEADSHOTWe are thrilled to be hosting the hip, deep and hugely entertaining modern mystic, Tim Freke, at the Future NOW conference on Saturday 8th November, presenting his revolutionary new talk, Love is a Political Act.

The celebrated ‘Big Love Philosopher’ collaborates with Satish Kumar, Peter Owen Jones, Chloe Goodchild and Joe Hoare for this innovative event at Bristol’s Trinity Centre offering a spiritual response to our current ecological crisis.

“Love is the answer,” Tim decrees. “For millennia saints and sages, poets and pop stars have been telling us that harnessing the transformative power of love is the secret to creating the world we want to live in. Is this just well-meaning naiveté or could it actually be true? Love can be seen as simply fluffy and sweet, but it is also deep and strong. Love is not only a wonderful feeling of connection; it is a powerful force for social transformation. History has taught us that political change alone simply leads to the same problems with people waving a different coloured flag. What is needed is an evolution of our collective state of consciousness, so that we feel connected and act from love.  This is the only practical way forward and it starts with you and me … right now.”

A contemporary life commentator and leading authority on world spirituality, Tim is  the author of more than 30 books that have been translated into 15 languages, including a top 10 international bestseller and Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. His latest book and Magnus Opus, The Mystery Experienceis a phenomenally wise and fresh approach to spiritual awakening which he calls “waking up to the WOW”.  Passionate and playful, Timis celebrated for his unique ability to convey complex spiritual teachings in an accessible, fun and user friendly way. His mission is to bring deep spirituality into mainstream culture, to help people become enlivened, connected, empowered and in love with life.

Tim is regularly featured in the global media. He has been waking people up all around the world, including Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Orleans, Mexico, Croatia, Prague, Dublin, Holland, South Africa … and next stop, Bristol for Future NOW!

At Future NOW – which will explore urgent solutions for sustaining the Earth so we can secure happy and sustainable lives for future generations – Tim will be calling for an inner revolution. “If we want to change society, we have to change ourselves,” he says, “no one else can do it for us.”

The Early Bird deadline for Future NOW tickets run out this Friday, 17th October –         BOOK NOW to save £5.00!

For the lowdown on Future NOW visit www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com

For more information about Tim Freke visit www.timfreke.com

Chanting for Change – Chloe Goodchild gives voice to the Future

speakers_CGWe are excited to be hosting the incredible sacred voice and sound pioneer, Chloe Goodchild, at the Future NOW spiritual ecology conference in Bristol on Saturday 8th November, giving an uplifting presentation and soul stirring performance entitled, ‘Sound Evolution: Transforming Our Lives through the Power of Sound’.

A celebrated international singer, music educator, author, and director of The Naked Voice Foundation – Chloe shares the stage at Future NOW with Peter Owen Jones, Satish Kumar, Tim Freke and Joe Hoare, all exploring ways to preserve our beautiful planet for future generations, and Chloe through this powerful medium of sound.

“In this time of global transformation, many of us who are living in relative safety may feel that we are powerless to respond to the prevailing chaos and shocking news that assails us from the media,” Chloe says. “It is therefore essential for us to remember that we are participating in a birthing process of a newly evolving world. As we prepare for a greater shift in humanity’s collective destiny we must courageously stay awake to the responsibility that is our shared song.”

Chloe reveals how the disconnect between our speaking and our singing voice has also disrupted the essential flow between our head and heart, our rational and our intuitive mind. This has also  sabotaged our personal, interpersonal and transpersonal powers of communication. Yet, through a simple process of sound awareness and sound intelligence skills, Chloe shows how we can re-discover our authentic voices again, and restore our true capacity to communicate consciously and compassionately. Chloe will inspire you to connect with the voice of your soul and generate a new mode of consciousness, and relationship, beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, a spirit of oneness.

“This may sound ridiculously naive and idealistic to the sceptical or suspicious rational mind,” Chloe says. “However, once you begin to re-connect your heart with your head, there is a chance that you will begin to access and uncover a long-forgotten depth of communication, no longer driven by the obsessions of the fearing ego, but by the compassionate conscience of the human heart and soul.  A new language of consciousness can then unfold, empowered and transformed by a direct encounter with the authentic voice of your soul.”

Chloe has made several albums and recordings for radio and TV. She has been music director for several major global humanitarian events across the world, and her avidly anticipated book The Naked Voice will be published in Spring 2015.

In addition to her ‘Sound Evolution’ presentation at Future NOW, Chloe will lead a break out group exploring the event’s theme, “What Can I Do Differently?” and, together with her harmonium she will infuse the day with sacred sounds and chants.

The video clip below shares Chloe’s beautiful track ‘The Singing Field’.  The Singing Field is a unique meeting place inspired by the sacred chants, poems, love songs and non-judgmental listening of Chloe’s Naked Voice community, where everyone is welcome and everyone’s voice is heard. We look forward to communing in her Singing Field at Future NOW!

For more information and to book tickets for the Future NOW conference visit: www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com

For more information about Chloe Goodchild visit www.thenakedvoice.com