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  

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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