May 24, Wednesday
09:00 – 12:00
Budapest (CEST)
May 26, Friday
15:30 – 18:00
Budapest (CEST)

Nature’s we-space, home of the ecocentric self.

IEC Conference: 2023

Join EarthMind in exploring how an interpersonal relationship with nature can be cultivated, and support our individual and collective healing and growth. UR and LR focus on technology, political and socioeconomic solutions fail to move the hearts of people into action. Ego, ethno, and worldcentric levels of self-identity must transform into ecocentric identities including the interiors of living organisms and systems.. By reducing a subjective other to an objective it, we can justify actions which protect our ego and ethnocentric self. Relegating other humans to the status of animals, or removing sentience from the world around us, allows us to treat all living things as inanimate objects subservient to our own needs or desires. Can our capacity for empathy and perspective taking restore a sense of kinship, of relatedness, that extends between all human and to the more-than-human world? It is time to re-establish our kinship with all who dwell upon our Earth. The animistic worldview, so natural to children, where everything we encounter in the world is experienced as a sentient being, is often rejected or distorted by traditional, modern, and post-modern worldviews and cast into shadow. Can its gifts be reintegrated in our development? Can reestablishing an interpersonal, I-Thou relationship to other lifeforms and to ecosystems and returning to a we-space which includes the interior of rocks, plants, animals, and nature support transformation of the individual and the collective and heal the rift we have created between us a them?

OKIE, Owen

United Kingdom / France

Herbalism weaves my diverse interests. Science, nature, hiking, music, spirituality connect via the role of herbalist. Yet the unifying framework was invisible till I discovered Integral and the exigency of individual transformation to heal our world. Since then I’ve been exploring the application of IT as a healer and PhD student. I’m also founder of EarthMind, a social enterprise for nature-based therapeutic exploration. I live in Scotland where we are creating a retreat for Integral Healing.