Nature and Spirituality





Photo by Malak, Copyright © 1999


Exploring The Importance Of Nature For Our Spiritual Journey



Introduction

Through LECTURES, GUIDED MEDITATIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF NATURE this 8-week course will explore the importance that Nature has to our Spirituality from the perspective of Science and Theology



In order to serve God, one needs access to the enjoyment of the beauties of nature, such as the contemplation of flower-decorated meadows, majestic mountains, flowing rivers. For all these are essential to the spiritual development of even the holiest of people.
Moses Maimonides

For millions of people now, a faith that does not celebrate the Earth is meaningless or worse.
John B. Cobb




COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1: CELEBRATE EARTH DAY - Slide Show:

Beautiful Nature Images of Canada. Photography by Malak Karsh.
Time of reflection to explore what these images have evoked in us


Week 2: Biblical Background


Week 3: Trees, Forestry and the Responsiveness of Creation


Week 4: Eco-theology and Science


Week 5: Eco-theology and Religious Thought


Week 6: Eco-theology and Spirituality


Week 7: Eco-theology and Creativity
(an evening of creativity)


An exploration of dance, art, ritual, mandalas, drama and dream symbols used as expressions of our kinship with Creation.

Week 8: Finale

Student Presentations (Poems, Plays, Art, Slides, Stories, Images, Sharing of Dreams and Symbols)

Course Field Trips

Cultivating a relationship with trees and nature

INSTRUCTOR

Marianne Karsh (B.Sc.F., M.Sc.F.) is a Professional Forester and Researcher. She has a Master’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto and has worked as a Forest Research Scientist for over 10 years in Ontario, Newfoundland and Iceland.

Marianne is co-author of Trees, Forestry and the Responsiveness of Creation, published in This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature and the Environment, a text book used widely in the U.S.

The development and planning of this Nature and Spirituality Course has flowed out of Marianne’s passionate desire to connect people with the earth.


WHY SPEND TIME IN NATURE?


To maintain our well being, it is necessary to our spirit to connect daily with natural light, air, and earth. Biologically, in order to maintain our vitality and energy levels, it is imperative to be outdoors for one full hour every day.






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