One of the purposes of writing this blog is to encourage some discussion in our community about fundamental issues of sustainability, a concept that some describe succinctly as “Enough. For all. Forever.”
A symposium called Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream will be held at the Innisfil Lakeshore Library, Saturday, April 30 to ask where are we with respect to the environment, social justice and personal fulfillment? How did we get here? What can we do about it?. The Symposium combines short videos, group discussion and exploration to find the answers. Then participants are encouraged to find their own challenge, their own job to do, to create the kind of future we want.
How did this ambitious workshop program get started? In the mid-1990s, through a mysterious set of circumstances, a group of North Americans visited a remote and intact group of indigenous people – the Achuar – located in the Amazonian region of Ecuador.
This relationship, now known as The Pachamama Alliance, was initiated by the indigenous elders and shamans themselves. They felt a deep concern for the growing threat to their ancient way of life, and recognized that the roots of this threat lay far beyond their rainforest home. So they actively sought the partnership of committed individuals living in the modern world.
Changing the Dream of the North
From the beginning, the indigenous partners reminded those of us in the “modern” world of the most powerful action we can take in support of the rainforest and its inhabitants. That action is to “change the dream of the North.” What they describe as “our dream” – our values systems of consumption and acquisition and continuous growth is behind much of their loss. So their response was to help us “change our dream,” to help us adopt a new values system which respects earth and our place in it.
The Pachamama Alliance takes the Achuar’s mandate to change the dream of the North – the dream of the modern world – very seriously. A task of this magnitude will require the collaboration of huge numbers of individuals, communities, institutions, and governments around the world. It begins with each of us. We must somehow find ways to significantly change the way we live, and the way we think, to a more joyful and fulfilling style. Ways that embraces less material waste, more connection with others, and more personal satisfaction. That’s the great new dream offered by this symposium.
The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium program has grown to over 3,000 facilitators, offering symposiums on six continents. It is being presented here by Innisfil residents, Dave and Bonnie Collacutt, who are also members of the Transition Barrie Steering Committee.
Interested? Join others Saturday afternoon, April 30, at the Lakeshore Library, Innisfil, (cost is $10 or pay-what-you-can) for the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. For more information, or to register, call Bonnie at (705) 436-1093.