Talks and Discussion at GEA

Speakers and Panel Discussions

TALK Conscious Evolution or Unconscious Extinction? - Annabeth Orton - A personal exploration of the current ecological crisis from the perspective of Buddhist teachings. Is it possible to engage with both wisdom and compassion? What does the relationship between activism and spirituality really look like on a daily basis? And can recycling your jam jars actually make a difference?” Followed by a group session providing an opportunity to explore some of the themes of the talk in dialogue with others and go deeper into the emotional landscape of love and grief for the planet.


Thurs 11.30am Deep Adaptation with Jem Bendell and Reflections from Dayajoti. Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria. An author of many books, papers and UN reports on aspects of sustainable development, Bendell now focuses on supporting people from various professions to explore our challenging predicament


Thurs 7.30pm Dancing the Tightrope: the Eco Crisis and the Middle Way – Talk by Dayajoti - What happens on the tightrope between the Chasm of Doom on the one side and the Chasm of Denial on the other?


Fri 11.30am Beyond the Climate Crisis; The Journey to Solidarity & Social Justice – Panel Discussion. Yogaratna is a buddhist and passionate about environmental and social issues. He recently wote the book Breaking the Silence, Changing the Story; Buddhism versus Neoliberalism. Amaragita is a buddhist and a long time activist and campaigner for social justice. This panel will be facilitated by Stu Basden, a member of the International Solidarity network of Extinction Rebellion


Sat 11.30am Non Violent Action; A Sacred Duty? - Responses to the Climate Emergeny – A Buddhist Inquiry

Kirsten Kratz explores how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement. Yanai Postelnik has been involved in spiritual practice and exploration for much of his adult life. He teaches at Gaia House Retreat Centre and has been involved inactivism since his teens. Karim Manji has been earning and practicing meditation in Dharamsala and Plum Village, his mission is to make mindfulness accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Lokabandhu is a Triratna Buddhist and has taken his practice into many different areas, from pilgrimages to peacework in Palestine.


Sat 6pm Love in the Time of Extinction: Dharma Practice, Non-Violent Civil Disobedience and Extinction Rebellion- How practices of awakening and compassion converge with conscientiously choosing to break the law. Yanai Postelnik


Sun 10am Evolve AND Die - Kamalanandi will share his own take on some dharma essentials that can equip us for political and environmental turmoil.


Sun 11.30am What Next? - An open platform to share projects, actions and awareness raising. Facilitated by Cait Crosse