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Rise Up To Reawaken

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CHANGE Festival 2021
Speaker: Tamsin Omond, Chris Salisbury, Zoe Palmer and Hivshu
Sunday 7 November 2021 3pm
Woods Scawen Room
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1 hour 30 minutes

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Why are we here?  What does it mean to be alive together at this moment?

And how can we be fully present to all that is being asked of us and offered to us? Not as a ‘rational human’; a faceless consumer, trained to generate wealth and productivity. But as a sensual, complex, feeling being, who has a loving role in the rich ecosystem of Earth.

In this talk we will explore ways we can rise up to reawaken our understanding of our own presence, reawaken our bodies and our senses, reawaken our emotions and feelings that have been dulled and denied, and reawaken our intrinsic, loving instincts. When we step aside from the cascade of news feeds,  data and social media, we can learn to follow the patterns of nature, practice noticing more, and deliberating less. We can begin to rest our nervous systems from the onslaught of modern life and find a different way of being in the world that gives us deeper meaning and contentment. How will this greater presence shift our perspectives on our lives and our futures?

This discussion has been especially curated for CHANGE Festival. Speakers include Tamsin Omond, Chris Salisbury, Zoe Palmer and Hivshu (via Zoom), with Amisha Ghadiali as host.


Tamsin Omond 
Since dropping banners against Heathrow Airport's third runway from the roof of the Houses of Parliament, Tamsin Omond has consistently shifted public conversation on the climate and ecological emergency. They have organised (and been arrested for) a number of high profile protests, co-founded a Suffragette inspired environmental group called Climate Rush, coordinated (the successful) Save England's Forests coalition, founded a CIC - The Momentum Project - that mobilises the community surrounding London City Airport, led global corporate campaigns as Head of Global Campaigns at Lush Cosmetics and been a founding member of Extinction Rebellion. In 2021 Tamsin stood for co-leadership of the Green Party of England and Wales. They are also active in queer uprising. They are a theatre maker and author of ‘RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist’ and ‘Do Earth: Healing Strategies for Humankind’.

Chris Salisbury 
An intercessor, a fire-starter, and a not-so-secret agent for Gaia. Chris’s love of nature has determined his professional life, and his personal lifestyle. He has been a ‘voice for the Earth’ for the last 27 years as trainer, educator and outdoor instructor. Chris founded WildWise, an outdoor education and training company in 1999 after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a professional background in the theatre, a qualification in dramatherapy and a career in environmental education he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world on courses he facilitates in the UK and abroad.

Zoe Palmer
Zoë Palmer is co-creative artist and human ecologist who works at the intersection of the arts, health and climate justice. Recent projects include Season for Change Commission the ‘dream(ing) field lab’ – a retreat for black women + femmes to rest, root and re-vision their relationship to nature and the british rural landscape. Her award-winning work in opera has toured across the UK and internationally.  Credits as a presenter include The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Discovery), Climate change series Fierce Earth (CBBC), Planet of the Apes (Discovery) and Treks in A Wild World (National Geographic). Zoë has worked with bees for over 10 years and sees nature as her greatest collaborator.

Hivshu (via Zoom)
Hivshu 'The voice of Arctic' is an Inuk of Inughuit clan, from the northernmost natural settlement in the world, Siorapaluk. In that little settlement of 70 souls, there were keepers and caretakers of the sacred heritage of the old line of hunters and shamans who passed on the sacred heritage to descendants. Hivshu is a writer, storyteller and traditional Inuit drum singer, raised up as a hunter and keeper of Inughuit heritage. He portrays life through the Inughuit clan native wisdom, worldview, ancient traditions and social values of the Arctic. He says: ‘The nature is a real reality. The cosmos is the real consciousness. The nature is the real intelligence. The cosmos is a real intelligence. ‘

Hosted by Amisha Ghadiali
Amisha is a gifted facilitator, author, mentor and host of the globally acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful. She is interested in where our inner and outer worlds dance. Her podcast weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability - to inspire us each to rise up, move beyond silos and Co-Create a Beautiful Future. Her own training has included yoga teacher training, meditation teacher training, energy medicine, priestess initiation and deep time learning with mystics, teachers, swamis and nature. Amisha wrote a book called “INTUITION” during the global lockdown of 2020 which was recently published by DK Books.

The RISE UP discussion series has been created in partnership with Reboot the Future, a foundation that is helping to build a generation of people who refuse to believe that the future is foreclosed.

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