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Conversations with Gaia

6 week online course
14th, 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th October 2022

Online via Zoom, 6:30pm-9:00pm UK time

A journey of self-discovery in deep relationship with the Earth

£85

"I loved the structure of the course – each week being about a different element, or a different one of Gaia’s ‘subjects’. I really liked the course being split between two hosts, both with different angles/specialities. I think it really enrichened the offering...Thanks guys, it was a soul-nourishing experience"

L Kiernanda

"I do enjoy learning from you. I always feel warmly welcomed, included, and safely held. I looked forward to the sessions and am enjoying keeping my Gaia journal and my reading thanks to your knowledge and inspiration. Thanks for all you have generously shared."

A Harrison-Brooks

This course is inspired by the theme of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s wonderful book Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) that encourages us to see the world as a gift. Innate within the energy of gift lies relationships, and the notion of reciprocity. In turn, at the heart of relationship and reciprocity lies openness, love, understanding, give and take, and, conversation. 

Conversation, in this course, is framed as dynamic and sacred dialogue with the world, opening up through the heart (the organ of the imagination) towards the world as it speaks to us through images, leading to sensory, feeling, emotional responses. In this sense, we move into a deeper, reverential space of communion, requiring a different order of perception – the imagination. An imaginal mode of consciousness is a way of knowing that honours inner intuitions and sensory experience, made possible through imaginal approaches. By opening up to these approaches, it becomes possible for us to develop a relationship with the world, and open the possibility for the world to come alive – to be ensouled. In this framing, the world is no longer a dead collection of objects, but a “communion of subjects” (Wendell Berry). In turn, the world expands into the possibility of becoming the living, breathing Goddess Gaia.

Husband and wife, Jay and Louise Livingstone, have been consciously communicating, and communing, with Gaia for well over two decades – in particular through stone, crystals, and plants. Listening deeply to Gaia through their hearts, they have been guided on journeys that have taken them all across the UK, and onwards to the mysterious islands of Malta. See our 'Gallery' page here. Over 6 weeks, Jay and Louise will open the possibility for participants to develop their own conversations with Gaia through imaginal methodologies including Goethean enquiry, Heart Sense, and other imaginal approaches including guided meditation/contemplation and drumming.

Week one – Context and background

Week two – Communing with Stone

Week three – Communing with Plant

Week four – Communing with Water

Week five – Communing with Animal

Week six – Re-turning; reviewing our journey

Attendance/Recording:

For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available after the session has taken place. The recording will be of all contemplation exercises and theory. Please note that this course is deeply experiential, and as such, it can lead to personal transformation. In this sense, personal sharing spaces will not be recorded. To gain the most from this course, it is advisable to attend each session as it happens in real time; this is because a great deal of the learning takes place in the sharing spaces.  

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Included within this course:

  • 15 hours of direct class time; including theory, reflections, contemplations -  as well as home-'play' exercises and reflections

  • All class materials

  • Support from Louise and Jay throughout the journey as needed

  • Benefit of Louise and Jay's many decades of working with the Earth, individuals and groups

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Dr Louise Livingstone is Director of the Heart Sense Research Institute and Co-Founder of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. Please see more information here: 

Jay Livingstone is a teacher/trainer. He is also an internationally qualified crystal therapist and Reiki Master and has been working with earth energies for over two decades. In the mid 2000s he was Training Director of DiscoverSerenity Holistic Solutions where he developed and delivered a 12 month crystal therapy diploma, successfully gaining accreditation for the diploma through NOCN (National Open College Network). Jay is a megalithomaniac, dream keeper and earth guardian. He is Keeper of the Flame of Aodhagan – a sacred fire which he was asked to tend by his guides (the Elders of Aodhagan) many years ago. Currently Jay is working to bring the sacred flame, and the teachings of the Elders, out into the world. 

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Booking/registration:

Spaces on this course are limited as we shall be journeying together in small groups. It is therefore advisable to book early. A waiting list will be kept for the next course should we reach capacity.

 

 

 

 

Should you have any questions, or would like to talk about the course, please contact Louise here: louiselivingstone@heartsenseresearch.co.uk