Basic Profile

Name:

Ecology of Awakening

Organizational Title:

Director, Ecology of Awakening

Organization:

Ecology of Awakening

City:

Sebastopol

State/Province:

CA

Zip/Postal Code:

95472

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

Ecology of Awakening (www.ecologyofawakening.org) is founded upon a Deep Time perspective, via the lineage of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker. We offer retreats and programs that support us in engaging and living into the New Story. We love to offer our work and we are always interested in learning from and sharing with others who incorporate this essential perspective in their work and lives.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

The underlying intention of all of our programs at Ecology of Awakening is to facilitate a shift in consciousness – out of the predominant story of separation into a lived experience of being an inherent part of the unfolding web of life. Our work is rooted in the deep time lineage of Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme and weaves together evolutionary and ecological science, Earth based wisdom, living systems, somatic resiliency work and non-dual traditions. Connection with the land and active facilitation from the guides and the village community create a vibrant ecology that supports participants in moving beyond an intellectual understanding, to the realization and sustained embodiment of what it is to act in alignment with life, community, and equity for all beings. Our deepest interest is in active engagement with the New Story in terms of how it can inform us personally, spiritually, collectively and ecologically and in all other ways as we move forward as an Earth community.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, is a deep ecologist who focuses on supporting the shift in consciousness needed to create a truly regenerative culture, for people and the planet. She is the co-founder and director of Ecology of Awakening and has more than 25 years of experience in transformational modalities including non-dual wisdom approaches, psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing trauma work, deep ecology, permaculture, nature-based retreats and vision quests. Kerry and mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme co-created Nature and Eros, a celebrated course which they have continuously co-taught for 16 years to graduate students at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she obtained a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology. She specialized in the field of trauma through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Kerry created and teaches Living Resiliency workshops, integrating biologically based trauma work with permaculture principles and practices in order to increase our adaptive capacity as we navigate this momentous time. In addition to her work with Ecology of Awakening, she teaches Living Resiliency for the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Permaculture Skills Center. Kerry trained in contemporary vision fast and rites of passage work with School of Lost Borders and Animas Valley Institute, where she served as faculty with depth psychologist Bill Plotkin. 

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

Through the Deep Time Network, we would love to engage with other individuals and organizations steeped in the New Story as well as spread word about Ecology of Awakening retreats and offerings, dedicated to supporting the lived experience of being in integral part of the 14 billion year unfolding! Feel free to check out our upcoming offerings via our website.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

We bring a deep and abiding love of Deep Time first and foremost! Kerry/I have worked with Brian Swimme for the past 16 years in what it is to embody and live into the New Story. We continue to find ways to blend evolutionary and ecological science with practices and processes that allow us to engage in a new way of being, in alignment and in tandem with the rhythm and cycles and deep wisdom of Nature, inwardly and outwardly. Ecology of Awakening is an offering to join with others, in community, on land, with the deep time framework to support a new mutually enhancing way of being. We look forward to engaging, sharing, learning and co-creating!

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

2018! Not sure why it took this long!

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Brian Swimme, my teacher, colleague, co-creator and friend as well as Thomas Berry and Mary Evelyn Tucker.

Also inspired to do this work by:

Through my vision fast-nature based work and ‘awakening’ experiences.

Call this work:

Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Sometimes, Living Universe

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

Ecology of Awakening

Journey of the Universe

Pachamama Alliance

Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Religion/Spirituality, Ecology

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

“Take hydrogen and leave it alone for 13.7 billion years and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes and humans.” ~ Brian Swimme

Are you a teacher/professor?

Yes

If yes, what institution?

Adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

Yes

If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Workshops/Seminars, Retreats

(Optional) Endorsements from people who have participated in your programs:

Endorsement from Brian Swimme:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a recommendation for Kerry Brady’s Ecology of Awakening.
The fundamental news of our time is the cessation of the Cenozoic, the 65 million year geological era during which the Earth’s plates achieved their present structures and the mammals replaced the dinosaurs on each of the continents. This cessation is the result of Homo sapiens achieving a technological power over the planet but without the wisdom and the consciousness necessary to effectively manage this power. The great challenge of our time is to reinvent humanity so that its presence to the planet becomes a blessing rather than a destructive force for all life. This re-invention will include new economic systems, new agricultural processes, new technological structures, and it will be rooted in a new form of consciousness that can be called integral if by integral we mean a consciousness rooted in the ecological interdependence of humanity with the other Earth systems of water, soil, life, atmosphere, and energy. This reinvention is the great work of our time and is being carried out by many thousands of groups at work on its various dimensions.
Ecology of Awakening focuses on the challenge of evoking this integral form of consciousness. Her educational processes are fully grounded in contemporary science and include science’s focus on the empirical discoveries of the rational mind, but they also include in a fundamental manner the sensorial, the intuitive, the mythic, the poetic, and the nonrational dimensions of human consciousness. Participants in her programs speak of being reborn, of entering a new and more exciting form of consciousness. It is not too much to assert that they are entering a new era of human history.
Kerry Brady is a leader in this planetary work of evoking integral consciousness. It is this form of mind that will enable humanity to become a mutually enhancing presence in the Earth Community. I know of no other person who is a more effective midwife for this profound transformation than Kerry Brady. I say this with confidence as Kerry and I have co-taught Nature and Eros to graduate students at the California Institute of Integral Studies for 17 consecutive years! Ecology of Awakening should be considered a national treasure.
Brian Thomas SwimmeCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies

To see participant stories and endorsements on our website: http://www.ecologyofawakening.org/impressions-expressions/

Published Books/Movies/Other With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Published article written with Brian Swimme on our work: Nature and Eros: An Educational Process for Engaging in a Living Universe

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

Ecology of Awakening offers programs that weave together evolutionary and ecological science, Earth based wisdom, living systems, somatic resiliency work and non-dual traditions to facilitate a shift in consciousness – out of the predominant story of separation into a lived experience of being an inherent part of the unfolding web of life. 

One website address for display on the map:

http://www.ecologyofawakening.org