Event: Day Conference: The Marriage of Spirituality and Ecology.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 21 April 2018.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Event: 10am-5pm.
Event Description: This day conference will explore Spirituality and Ecology.

Conference: 9.30am-5pm

9.30am-10am: Arrival and Registration.

10am-10.10am: Introduction and Welcome: Dr Ian Wight

10.10am-11am: Keynote address:

Ian Wight PhD FCIP

Senior Scholar, City Planning, University of Manitoba


Two Sides of the Same Coin, or the Whole Deal? - Engaging Spirituality and Ecology

An integral perspective on the theme, reaching for a sense of an integral marriage of integral spirituality and integral ecology. drawing on offerings from Ken Wilber and others influenced by his work. Exploring related ‘integral liaisons’ (how might we better ‘join-up’ spirituality and ecology?) and ‘co-creative integrities’ (as potential transformation venues for re-patterning the future?). From engagement to consummation…

11.05am-11.35am: Plenary address:


Anthony Hodgson PhD

Trustee H3Uni; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Dundee;

Founding member of the International Futures Forum


[Research interests: future consciousness; second order science;

impact of worldviews on practical life and sustainability]


Is the Universe Intelligent? Towards a Cosmic Ecology for the Future.

Based on a view that ecology should not be terminate at the edge of planet earth and drawing especially on J.G.Bennett's philosophy of the unity of science, a proposition is made for an inclusive Cosmic Ecology that explores the wider implications of an Intelligent Universe and the meaning of humanity.

11.40am-12am: Tea/coffee break.

12am-12.30pm: Plenary address:

Marilyn Hamilton PhD CPA/CGA (ret)

[Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc.  Author of the Integral City Book Series; Guest Editor of Integral Leadership Review, Canada Issue 2015; Producer of the Integral City 2.0 Online Conference 2012;

Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University (Victoria BC Canada) Now resides at Findhorn, Scotland]


What Value Do Humans Add to the Earth?

How does the Master Code of Care add value to the Earth as we care for our Self, so that we can care for Others, and together we can care for our Places and Planet? Expanding our circles of care this way demands that we continuously learn how to translate caring into ever-more complex spiritual and ecological life conditions. Perhaps the evolution of our human hives may create a super-organism of reflective Care for the Earth, adding value to her Beauty, Truth and Goodness. From both an ecological and spiritual perspective, intelligent reflection through the Master Code of Care may be creating the conditions for a tipping point that opens the door for humans to add value to the Earth.



Luke Devlin.

1pm-2.15pm: Lunch


2.15pm-2.45pm: Plenary address:

Ullrich Kockel PhD FAcSS MRIA

Professor of Cultural Ecology & Sustainability, Heriot-Watt University


Being from, coming to: Pathways towards a Spiritual Ecology


This short talk will outline an eco-ethnological approach to engaging with the wisdom that ‘sits in places’ (Basso 1996). In this age of migrations driven by crisis and upheaval, do connections to place still matter? What does it mean to be ‘from here’ (=indigenous)? How can we become indigenous to a place? And what are the implications of such endeavours for the social ecology of the place(s) concerned? Drawing on sources ranging from the deep ecological ecosophy of Arne Naess to the geopoetics of Kenneth White and the social sculpture work of Joseph Beuys, I will explore a perspective that enables us to connect deeply with place without falling into the ever-present traps of a xenophobic populism and shallow essentialism. The talk is based on my on-going research into issues of place and displacement, home and belonging.


Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being’.

Br. David Steindl-Rast


2.50pm-3.20pm: Plenary address:

Nick Wilding/Tara O'Leary.


3.20pm-3.40pm: Tea/coffee break.

3.40pm-4.10pm: Plenary address:

Tim Collins PhD, MFA, BFA

[The Collins & Goto Studio, Glasgow Scotland is an artist led social and environmental art practice focused on the manipulation of meaning, concept, experience and values  http://eden3.net/]


Imagine 1: The ethical and aesthetic challenges of climate change


Working from a few general thoughts about Ken Wilber’s application of transpersonal psychology to larger social groups and nation states. Collins will consider the role of the first industrial nations using social ethical and aesthetic perspectives gained from an initial reading of artists and philosophers. The fundamental question he is chasing is what can an artist bring to critical creative social discourse about climate change. He will close with a reflection on spirituality in the 21stcentury.



4.15pm-4.45pm: Plenary address:

Chris Fremantle.


4.45pm-5pm: Closing: Dr Ian Wight.



The Marriage of Spirituality and Ecology

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£3 (Students). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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