S.O.S Sustainability Of Self... as part of a whole life organism
Are you feeling uncomfortable sensations related to the Climate Change crisis?
You are not alone...
You are invited to explore and truly feel emotions necessary to transition with an authentic, humanitarian perspective and active acceptance.
Feel nurtured, supported, part of a resilient community while learning and sharing methods for maintaining personal health and well-being.
Regular Sunday gatherings - Chat and support with occasional special guests
Group classes to explore uncomfortable sensations and emotions incorporating ecopsychology methods of
rewarding interactions with nature and creative expression to build our resilience and maintain our sense of wellbeing.
A self-care session for individuals or groups tuning into Natures therapeutic gifts.
S.O.S Sundays are informal gatherings with like-minded people to share and support each other with climate-related feelings.
Days/Times: See SOS events
Locations: As noted on events
Suitability: Adults and adolescents 16+
Group size: No max, free flowing...
Fee exchange: Free/donation
Register: Click button above
S.O.S Nurture sessions are as conducted upon request for individuals or groups up to 12 people.
- Nature-guided Walk
Please express interest above or contact for more information.
“I really enjoyed the SOS Eco-Art session today. Deb created a fantastic open and supportive environment where we all felt very comfortable stating our thoughts and feelings without judgement. I loved the quiet and contemplative art and mindfulness activities, which allowed us to express ourselves clearly and directly from the heart.” -Malcolm, June 2019.
“It's going to be beautiful to see what we dare to do. Facing our fears, and letting go of and getting over our knee-jerk reactions to what we think we don't like or are afraid of. To see our capacity to walk into the fire. To discover how much we really love being alive. To give ourselves a taste of what that passion is. To let us fall really in love with our planet, and its beauty, and to see that in ourselves, as well as in each other.”
Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Eco-philosopher, scholar of Buddhism,
general systems theory, and deep ecology
Our disconnectedness as a species from Nature has created Earth-separated behaviours reflected in anthropocentric climate change. Vulnerable states of planetary imbalance threaten many species including our own and this is reflected within us. Many of us feel vulnerable and experience a complex range of thoughts and emotions. Disharmony in physical, psychological and emotional health is evident and predicted to rise as we witness, or are subjected to greater consequences of ecological and societal collapse.
"The deteriorating state of Earth and people signals that we and the environment are at risk. Our thinking is excessively separated from nature within and around us. We must consciously reunite our mind with natural systems and begin to co-create with nature. Doing nature reconnecting activities helps make this happen. They offer an urgently needed service and vast economic benefits. Interestingly, the word for breathing and sharing spirit together is 'conspire.' Shouldn't we learn how to conspire to support life and our lives on Earth, rather than dance on the deck of our sinking ship?" Dr. Michael Cohen, Project NatureConnect (The Secrets-of-Nature Attractions Trail)
S.O.S Circle group sessions are closed groups that offer the opportunity to deeply witness the world together as we:
- support each other
- acknowledge, share and transition our uncomfortable emotions and sensations relating to the climate change crisis in a small closed group setting
- reconnect and strengthen our innate relationships with nature, as part of nature through incorporating ecopsychology methods
- enjoy, share and reflect experiences with creative expression /eco-art activities
- learn and share techniques to create a personal tool-box of methods to maintain a foundation of personal health
- build our community network systems and methods that increase our sense of support, personal and community resilience
- envision the future we want to create and go forth feeling re-energized and supported with purposeful actions
Fees: For NFP organizations half price, Environmental and activist groups free/donation.
You are encouraged to express your interest or request more information regardless of your location... and without obligation
"Just as grief over the loss of a loved person puts into perspective what matters in our lives, collective experiences of ecological grief may coalesce into a strengthened sense of love and commitment to the places, ecosystems and species that inspire, nurture and sustain us."
‘Across different populations, psychological researchers have documented a long list of mental health consequences of climate change: trauma, shock, stress, anxiety, depression, complicated grief, strains on social relationships, substance abuse, sense of hopelessness, fatalism, resignation, loss of autonomy and sense of control, as well as a loss of personal and occupational identity. This more-than-personal sadness is what I call the “Great Grief”—a feeling that rises in us as if from the Earth itself. Perhaps bears and dolphins, clear-cut forests, fouled rivers, and the acidifying, plastic-laden oceans bear grief inside them, too, just as we do. Every piece of climate news increasingly comes with a sense of dread: is it too late to turn around?’ Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and Economic theorist notes ‘In order to respond adequately, first we may need to mourn.'
Let's conspire to create our healthiest self and ripple out to educate and adapt people and systems to the climate change crisis!
A greater sense of wellbeing naturally flows from aligning ourselves as a part of a whole life organism, a living Earth.
When we feel healthy and supported, we can continue our work and lives with a rejuvenated sense of calm, joy and purpose.
Facilitator: Deborah Punton
S.O.S. (Sustainability of Self as a whole life organism) was created as an Applied Ecopsychology Masters research project. Thesis focused on human adaptability, resilience, responses to sustaining self, communities and environment to mitigate stress and methods to maintain wellbeing in the face of the unknown Climate Change scenarios.
The focus on Climate Change uncomfortable emotions comes from personal experience and research into climate change, including reading climate scientist letters and articles predicting
increased impacts on human health.