Deep Adaptation: a spiritual exploration 

March 20-22, 2020: Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury

 With Alan Heeks, Jake Farr and Karim Hadden

Deep Adaptation is the term used by Jem Bendell to invite us to face the radical changes climate change will bring within the next decade. This weekend retreat will focus on the spiritual aspects: seeking purpose, healing, mutual care from a bigger perspective. 

Our exploration will include a range of teachings and processes, and will not focus on any one tradition or belief system. Potential elements include:

  • Neil Douglas Klotz’s Sufi teachings, e.g. on nomadic wisdom for life without control
  • Jonanna Macy’s deep ecology approach, drawing on Buddhist and Native Amercian traditions
  • The creation spirituality aspect of Jesus’s teachings, as set out by Matthew Fox
  • Insights from Jem Bendell’s writings
  • Dances of Universal Peace, which are a form of body prayer or moving meditation, helping us to embody prayers and guidance
  • Solo time in the wood, to draw on wisdom from Nature

Alan Heeks: has focussed on future resilience since 2012, leading a range of projects and workshops. Has been working with supporting Jem Bendell since Autumn 2018: nominated by Jem as a Deep Adaptation advocate. Alan has co-led many spiritual retreats, including several on spiritual resilience. See, 

Jake Farr: passionate about responses to climate change, actively involved with her local Extinction Rebellion group. Works as a psychotherapist, group facilitator and management coach. Jake is a trustee of Hazel Hill Trust and has led many groups there.

Karim Hadden: is a highly experienced leader of Dances of Universal Peace. He has followed the path of Universal Sufism for many years, and works as a craniosacral therapist.

Hazel Hill Wood: is a 70-acre woodland retreat centre, near Salisbury. It has simple, yet beautifully crafted off grid wooden buildings with lovely indoor and outdoor group spaces. Basic single or twin bedrooms (or camping), good hot showers, civilised compost loos, and a sauna. It can offer us wisdom, nourishment, and space to unwind and ponder. See more at 

Timings: Arrive from 11.00am for a 12noon start on Friday. Finish 4pm Sunday

Cost: £195 including food and accommodation. A few single rooms available at £25 extra. We will share cooking, washing-up etc.

For bookings and enquiries contact: Alan e: m: 07976 602787

Deep Adaptation to Climate Change: Engaging body, heart and soul

Saturday April 18, Bridport: 9.30-4.30

With Alan Heeks and John Harley

Deep Adaptation is a different way to engage with the climate crisis, created by Jem Bendell. It means adapting to climate impacts, as well as trying to reduce them; facing the emotional stresses to enable us to take clear practical steps; seeing this as a spiritual crisis too, and finding its meaning for our life purpose; and exploring all this in local communities.

This workshop is part of an initiative started by Alan in December 2019 to help the Bridport community use Deep Adaptation approaches to respond to the climate crisis. The day will include some time for us to discuss this as a group. We will use a range of approaches including, group sharing, guided visualisations and pairs work.

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