Indigenous Perspectives & Spiritual Ecology: Lessons on Reviving a Sacred World
St Ethelburga's Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG | Tuesday 10th July, 18.30-20.45
A very special evening with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, in collaboration with St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota, and a teacher of indigenous worldviews and knowledge. Through conversation, ritual, music and storytelling we will explore indigenous perspectives on Spiritual Ecology and reviving a sacred world.
The evening will offer a space for conversation, storytelling, ritual, reflection and the special opportunity to experience the music of the ancient cedar Lakota flute.
In particular, we will explore the following themes:
- The importance of the ‘sacred’, both in terms of space and place, and in the work of safeguarding the natural world.
- Stories and experiences from Tiokasin’s own life and work in bringing indigenous perspectives into environmental work.
- The role and significance of ritual in relationship to the natural world.
- The connections between the indigenous worldview, how this is expressed in culture, art and sustainable living practices.
- How we can bring individuals and communities into a sacred relationship with the Earth.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota. He is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. He is a guest faculty member at Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry focusing on the cosmology, diversity and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of Western society.
Tiokasin is the Founder, Host and Executive Producer of the twenty-four-year-old “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”), a one-hour live program now syndicated to seventy radio stations in the US and Canada.
A master musician and a teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds, Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United Nations, as well as at many universities and concert venues. Tiokasin serves on boards of several charitable organizations dedicated to bringing non-western education to Native and non-Native children. Tiokasin describes himself as “a perfectly flawed human being” who is a Sundancer in the tradition of the Lakota Nation.
St Ethelburga’s Centre
St Ethelburga’s Centre is a ‘maker of peacemakers’. They inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peacebuilders in their own lives and communities.
The work of St Ethelburga’s Centre is rooted in their core values, which are informed and inspired by their unique heritage and history of place. One of these values is the protection of sacred space. As one of the oldest and most enduring buildings in the city, St Ethelburga’s has stood for centuries on consecrated ground as a place for prayer and inner connection to the dimension of spirit and the sacred. In parallel to the skyscrapers and economically driven corporations which continue to grow around us and tell the story of profit and materialism, our work and space aspires to connect people with the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life, including the Earth.
Their Spiritual Ecology work speaks to the urgent need to shift our relationship with the Earth from a commodity and resource, to a recognition of nature as an interdependent, living and sacred whole. As a member of the Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota, and a teacher of indigenous worldviews and knowledge, Tiokasin will share his perspectives on the theme of Spiritual Ecology and how we can deepen our relationship with a sacred and interconnected Earth.
St Ethelburga’s Centre works through four project areas: Peace & Community, building community resilience by nurturing diversity and building relationships across division and difference; Peace & Faith, exploring how faith and spiritual traditions can mobilise individuals and communities to take action for a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world; Peace & Global Issues, addressing critical global issues and exploring practical ways to connect and amplify the local and global impact of peacemaking; Peace & Young Leadership, nurturing the leadership capacities and end energising the visions of the next generation of peacemakers to take action for a different future.
Though British by birth, Zoe left the UK when she was just 9 months old and grew up in Asia, living predominantly in The Philippines and Nepal. Living overseas exposed her to a variety of religious traditions and world-views, and enabled her to travel to places of extraordinary natural beauty which inspired a deep connection to the natural world early in life. These powerful experiences of awe have been a guiding source in her life ever since. Growing up on an Island Archipelago she developed a close connection to the sea, and has become increasingly interested in how we can care for and protect our Ocean world.
Zoe is deeply pained by the destruction being caused to the Earth, and is fully committed to contributing towards the protection and renewal of all life. She currently works as a consultant in the area of environmental philanthropy, and is exploring the importance of art as a vehicle to express some of the worlds most pressing environmental problems, whilst inspiring creativity and action.
Through her work, Zoe hopes to inspire others to establish a more loving relationship with the Earth – one that is founded in reverence, respect and reciprocity. She has always held a deep interest in Indigenous Worldview’s and believes we have a lot to learn from those who (sometimes miraculously) continue to live in harmony with nature.