Putting right the relationship between humans and nature

Spiritual Ecology is a faith-based response to our present ecological crisis. It is a developing field of study and action that joins ecology and environmentalism with an awareness of the sacred. It calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and practice.

The basic problem that Spiritual Ecology addresses is our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the Earth - a problem summed up by James Gustave Speth, a senior advisor to the several US government administrations, and the founder of the World Resources Institute. Speth said that, 'I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.'

In years to come, much of the work needed to support ecological renewal will fall on millennials and younger generations. Spiritual Ecology can help support and inspire young people who recognise the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion and service.

Explore leadership skills and reflective practices

Initiatives of Change Australia and the CERES Environmental Park in Melbourne have developed a course for participants to:

  • Develop authentic relationships and improve collaboration
  • Be mentored by experienced spiritual and ecological mentors
  • Learn Human-Centred Design and develop local community
  • Create projects that serve local communities and the environment

Enrolments for this course are currently closed, but contact us if you would like to enrol in a future cycle, come to a public event or support current participants in some way.

Bushland near old quarantine station at Bushrangers Bay, VictoriaCurrent program dates

Immersion into Spiritual Ecology principles

4-day Spiritual Ecology retreat in the Otways National Park, 14 - 17 February 2019

Toolkit Development Workshop Series

16 March 2019, 9am-5pm at CERES

13 April 2019, 9am-5pm at IofCA

19 May 2019, 9am-5pm at CERES

15 June 2019, 9am-5pm IofCA

Mentoring runs continuously from March to July 2019.

Public Presentation & Open Dialogue Forum

Saturday, 27 July 2019

This program is funded by the Victorian Multicultural Commission's Community Harmony Program.



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Monday, 29 April, 2019
King Parrot Cottage - Photo courtesy of https://kingparrot.com.au

A beautiful weekend retreat in the Otways, that encouraged participants to connect with nature, was the start to the Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program jointly run by IofC and the CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne. Read about the experience of three participants and find out more about spiritual ecology.