10 June 2021
We now have a Holistic Activism YouTube channel! This currently includes the audio version of the first edition of the Holistic Activism booklet as well as the Holistic Activism Guided Meditation.
We will over time, use this channel to upload zoom workshops/discussions, podcasts and interviews, so please feel free to subscribe and watch this space! You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJdgdivyTp8VG6B6vQRyOyg
01 June 2021
This pandemic is horrifying in so many ways. It is also forcing the world to change its behaviour. It is waking the world up to the fact that what we had before was just a story and that we are quite capable of writing a new one.
And we absolutely need to write a new one. It is really important that we build on the changes in behaviour that we are seeing now so that something good and long-lasting can come out of this.
Holistic Activism can play a crucial role. We can use this time to help develop an all inclusive and interconnected movement for systemic and behavioural change. While we are all isolated behind our computer screens, we are intimately connected through the world-wide-web.
I am not sure yet how we are going to do this, but that doesn’t matter, because a willingness to collaborate combined with the interconnection of many minds, will pave the way forward. I am sure that this movement has already started. We just need to find our place within it.
But we will also need times of silence, times of meditation and connection with nature. That way our mind-work will be so much more productive and we will be better able to see past ideology into a realm of collaboration
Feel free to share this website, download the booklet and listen to the audio booklet with anyone who might be interested. HA definitely doesn’t claim to have all of the answers but we can be part of the wider conversation that we really need to be having.
Stay safe and lets change the world from the comfort of our own homes
Updated Holistic Activism Booklet
We have updated the Holistic Activism booklet once again in order to include some fantastic additional quotes and links. It is also now in a much more readable format. You can read/download the booklet by clicking on the link on the home page.
Due to the ongoing covid situation, we are still some way off getting back to running workshops but we do have a number of other projects in the works including writing a children’s book version of the booklet. We are also planning to record an audio version of the most up-to-date version of the booklet in the near future. Watch this space!
Meanwhile, peace activist and environmentalist Sue Gilbey has told us about a wonderful book that she would like all of the world to read. ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’ is currently difficult to get a hold of in many countries, including Australia. Let’s hope that we can change that soon. This book has high praise from Alice Walker and Naomi Klein among many others. This boo like of others of its kind will play an important role in helping us to work towards the behavioural change that we so urgently need.
You can listen to an interview with the author Julian Aguon, on the Adelaide Chronicles podcast here:
You can get a taste of the book here:
Wednesday 28 October 2020
The Holistic Activism Guided Meditation is finally finished and available to listen to on our Soundcloud page. The link to that page is on our main menu. Feel free to download it and listen to it whenever it feels right to do so. Downloading is much greener than streaming and it is simple to do.. Simply click on the three dots at the bottom right of the title and scroll down until you see the ‘download’ button. It was written and recorded to help communicate the four steps of Holistic Activism in such a way that the booklet cannot so effectively do. The drumming helps put the mind into a deep space of presence while the ‘guided’ bit allows the listener to practice the steps on their own terms at their own pace. This meditation is therefore best listened to on a regular basis. That way it doesn’t matter if you do not absorb everything that it has to say on every listen. On some listenings you may not connect to any of the words while at other times you may connect more to what is being said in the narration.
Over time, you will develop an intimate connection to all four steps and be able to see and experience them as an integrated whole. This will help develop the new behavioural approach that can help shift us away from the climate and ecological emergency to a model of living that understands the interconnectedness of our inner world and the human and non-human nature that is all around us. A huge thank you to Mike Lowe for doing the drumming, to Michael Bayliss for recording the narration and mixing it all together, and to Rowena Garcia of Squeaky Pea Designs for the brilliant cover. Edition Three of the Holistic Activism booklet The third edition of the Holistic Activism booklet is now also available to download. This contains the transcript of the meditation as well as some additional tweaks base on what we have learnt since edition two. You can find the link to this on our main menu.
Workshops and Zoom Meet-ups
While we hope to run many more workshops in the future, we will also be embracing Zoom and by doing so we’ll be able to connect with people in multiple places and timezones at the same time. This is something that traditional workshops cannot achieve and while we embrace the intimacy of running workshops, zoom will also enable us to communicate what we have to say to a much wider demographic on a much more regular basis, irrespective of what the world throws up at us. We are embracing the normal. Please watch this space for notifications and/or contact us if you would like to get involved.
By incorporating Holistic Activism principles into all aspects of our activism, we can build movements that are not weighed down by cognitive dissonance. Instead we can look towards creating something that is able to cross disciplines and incorporate different opinions and values.