Cosmology, Creativity & Climate Change: Workshop, Talk, Celebration & Open Mic with Drew Dellinger & Sara Zaltash
The Omeara, Flat Iron Square, London Bridge, SE1 1TE | Wednesday 3 July, 6.30-10.30pm
Join us for a celebratory gathering including a workshop, talk and open mic. We will explore the intersections of ecology and social justice, cosmology and politics, activism, art, and imagination.
With special guest teacher Drew Dellinger, we will look at how to move from our worldview of separation to a cosmology of connection, and how we can build movements that connect ecology, justice, and cosmology with the powers of Dream, Story, Art, and Action.
Sara Zaltash will then lead an open mic, welcoming songs, personal reflection, story-telling, poetry and more from the audience - all offered up in devotion to the great life we all share.
How do we keep our hearts open and our creativity engaged while facing the climate and mass extinction crises, and racial, gender, social, and economic injustice? How do we move from the modern worldview of separation to a cosmology of connection?
Keywords: Celebration / Cosmology / Mythology / Worldview / Climate Change Creativity / Injustice / Crisis / Ecology / Politics / Social Justice / Activism / Art / Imagination / Dream / Story / Movement Building / Connection / Action / Open Mic / Song / Poetry / Workshop / Talk / Poetry / Story-Telling / Embodiment / Practice / Devotion / Spoken Word / Interaction / Discussion / Enquiry / Reflection.
6:30 Doors Open
7:00 Talk - Drew Dellinger
7.45 Workshop - Drew Dellinger
8.30 Open Mic with Beloved Sara Zaltash
workshop & talk hosted by special Guest Teacher:
Drew Dellinger, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker, writer, poet, and teacher. He is author of the award-winning poetry collection, Love Letter to the Milky Way, and the upcoming book, The Ecological King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Cosmology of Connection. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic.com, Permaculture magazine, Kosmos Quarterly, Tikkun magazine, YES! magazine, and elsewhere. Dellinger has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, and “one of the most creative, courageous, and prophetic voices of his generation,” by Cornel West. www.drewdellinger.org @drewdellinger
With open mic hosted by:
"Zaltash is electrifying... See her if you can." The Guardian
Beloved Sara Zaltash spent her twenties dazzling audiences as a musician, performance artist and host, hustling the UK’s DIY arts, culture and festival circuit and an ever-growing network of activist hubs, peace-making organisations and vagabond aristo parties. Sara’s life was transformed when she began offering her own adaptation of the Islamic Call to Prayer in unusual public contexts all over the world. Now, the Beloved Zaltash, an interfaith minister for a world in crisis, she is dedicated to using her gifts as an artist, singer, space-holder and rabble-rouser to catalyse the Great Turning. Passionate about nature, community, story, song and a righteously good time, you can think of Sara as a kind of Vera Lynn of the rebellion, Martin Shaw with less facial hair, or Lily Savage with muddier boots.
About the Open Mic:
Beloved Sara says, “over the years, I realized that the simple open mic format is the ideal arena for any community to pour out its hopes, dreams, blessings and sorrows, and for us all to witness each other in our individual and collective art of survival. Offering up our songs, poems, prayers, stories, dances - whatever moves our spirit - the humble open mic becomes a cauldron of devotion, bubbling with compassion and conviviality, creating from the our being outwards to the heavens and earth. As host, I love to weave the collective offerings together with my own exaltations, in the form of original and classic songs, diverse scriptural references and a dash of enchantment. My favourite offerings are the unexpected ones - meek or impassioned, I revel in seeing the light shine out from underneath our bushels. Come one, come all, come holy! Saying that, spots are limited so if you know you have an offering to share, ping me a message in advance and I’ll save you a slot. We’ll have two mics on stands and a guitar for you, such is the way of the open mic.”
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