WILD 3: An Ecology of the Imagination with Alastair McIntosh & Petersham Nurseries

42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4LW | Wednesday 12 July, 7-10pm

Join us for our third evening celebration of the WILD with a talk from Alastair McIntosh, meditation and Wild vegan banquet prepared by Michelin star Petersham Nurseries. 

Join us for our third evening celebration of the WILD with a talk from Alastair McIntosh, meditation and Wild vegan banquet prepared by Michelin star Petersham Nurseries

Alastair is one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners, distinguished in his ability to join together the outer and inner life. His book Spiritual Activism explores such paths of reconnection of the inner and outer worlds, which he argues is nothing less than learning how to sustain the flow of life. If we don’t do this, he states, “then our work will fall on stony ground, we’ll burn out or we’ll sell out.”

But how, in practice, can we tap into the healing power of land, its people and a sense of place? How, especially in the modern world? During the course of our evening together, he will speak about a twelve day pilgrimage that he made on foot through his home islands of the Outer Hebrides. “I ventured out to set afresh the compass of the soul,” he says. It was a journey from the city, over moors and mountain passes, and back towards the city once again. It was a pilgrimage into the nature of imagination.

He asks: is the imagination a quality that we privately possess? Or might the imagination be a part of a greater realm that contains the wilder reaches of ecology and of poetry? In the course of our evening, his words will touch on war, trauma and the great work of healing to which we’re called in these our troubled times. It will be a storytelling. A real-life storytelling about burning issues. But one that seeks to raise us up into the joy of life.

Alastair McIntosh is the author of Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, and his sharing with us will draw on his most recent books, Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books) and Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn). His work has been described as “inspirational” by Starhawk, “a map that leads the right way” by Dr Mary Midgley, “world-changing” by George Monbiot and “truly mental” by Thom Yorke.

After the talk we will sit for a delicious vegan banquet dinner prepared by world-renowned Petersham Nurseries. Petersham's ethos champions respect for the produce they work with and will create a menu inspired by what is growing in the garden, the season and their connection to the environment. Our Wild Food Feast will be set at tables decorated with candles, lanterns, wild leaves and foraged flowers, and strewn with fresh salads, locally sourced vegetables and grains. All food will be vegan, local and organic wherever possible.

The evening is hosted in the beautiful space of 42 Acres Shoreditch, an old school with large windows wooden floors, exposed brick walls and a vaulted ceiling.

 


Schedule

1900 Doors Open

1915 Talk: An Ecology of the Imagination, Alastair McIntosh

2030 Room changeover for dinner

2035 Wild Banquet: Petersham Nurseries

2200 Event Ends


Speaker

Alastair McIntosh

Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish writer, broadcaster and activist on social, environmental and spiritual issues, raised on the Isle of Lewis. A Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, a former Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Divinity (New College) at Edinburgh University, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University, he holds a BSc from the University of Aberdeen, an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in liberation theology and land reform from the University of Ulster.

His books include Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition on the cultural and spiritual dimensions of climate change, Rekindling Community on the spiritual basis of inter-relationship, and Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power on land reform and environmental protection – the latter described as “world changing” by George Monbiot, “life changing” by the Bishop of Liverpool and “truly mental” by Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

For the past 9 years he and his wife, Vérène Nicolas, have lived in Govan where he is a founding director of the GalGael Trust for the regeneration of people and place. A Quaker, he lectures around the world at institutions including WWF International, the World Council of Churches, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the UK Defence Academy (on nonviolence). His driving passion is to explore the deep roots of what it can mean to become fully human, and use such insights to address the pressing problems of our times.

More: http://www.alastairmcintosh.com

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MglEoU-uEz4&t=45s

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mhI3fipNfo


Petersham Nurseries

Head chef, Damian Clisby, previously head chef at HIX Soho and Cotswold House works alongside Lucy Boyd, gardener, food writer and cook, who has worked at the Nurseries for most of the last decade. Lucy's exceptional produce knowledge, culinary background and lifelong affection for Italian flavours, combine perfectly with Damian's technical skills and shared passion for ingredient-led cooking. Together they create an evolving menu inspired by what is growing in the garden, the changing seasons, and our connection to the environment.

Petersham’s sourcing ethos revolves around respect of the produce they work with, appreciating its exceptional quality and taste. In turn the small farmers and artisan producers who grow or produce these ingredients benefit from their support – a virtuous circle best espoused by the international Slow Food movement.

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