Class ~ Fall 2013

Spirit of the Land –  Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta – Camrose, Alberta – Fall 2013

The Spirit of the Land class explores the relationship between land, community and individuals.  An orientation toward the integrated nature of existence on our shared planet is essential to address the multiple challenges we are facing globally.

A key aspect of this class is sharing our experiences and our passion for justice.  We have archived this course and promote engagement with any aspect of our past, present and future iterations of the course.  Click the CLASS ARCHIVE links below for audio and visual files of our guest speakers or visit our participation page to join us as a blog contributer or commenter.

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Spirit of the Land, Spirit of the Class (Sept. 5)
Contemplation & Ecological Transformation

Video:  The Magic Canoe

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Gratitude & Finitude (Sept. 12) ~ w/ visit to Craig Wentland’s garden
(begin @ community BBQ; then @ Craig’s at 6:15 pm)
Humility as a Foundation for a Land Ethic

Readings:
The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv (p. 1–40)
Become an Urban Homesteader” by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen (p. 102-105)

Video: “Sacred Economics” by Charles Eisenstein

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Outer & Inner Challenges (Sept. 19) ~ with special Guest Colin Milang
Identifying the Threats Facing Land & Community

Readings:
Bringing it to the Table” by Wendell Berrry (p. 1-48)
Thinking like an Island” by Michael Ablemann (p. 115-121Hope Beneath our Feet)

Video: “Dirt: the Movie” Documentary

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The Struggle for Transformation (Sept. 26) ~  with special Guest Janice Makokis
Courage: Mapping the Roots of Idle No More

Reading:
“Indigenous Mind” by Kaylynn Sullivan Twotrees (p. 170- 174, Hope Beneath our Feet)

Video: “Gently Whispering the Circle Back” by Beth MacKenzie

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Forest & Permaculture Gardening (Sept. 28) ~ with Takota Coen

At the Coen family farm, Alberta


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The Transformation of Farming (Oct. 3)
Finding Courage to Chart a New Path
~ with special Guest Don Ruzika

Readings:
Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berrry (p. 67-80; 105-128)
“Eden is a Conversation” by Barry Lopez (p. 209-212, Hope Beneath our Feet)

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Ethics, Ethos, Mythos:  Merton, Potlatch and Technology (Oct. 10)
Different Ways of Being in the World
~  with special Guest Daniel Bogert-O-Brien

Readings:
Fostering Light in Dark Times” by Vivienne Simon (p. 213-216, HBoF)

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The Nature Principle (Oct. 17)
Human Restoration in Body, Land and Spirit

Reading:
“The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv (p. 43-88)
“Body as Place” by Nalla Walla (p. 150-157, HBoF)

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Oct. 24 – No Class (Reading week)

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A Changing Spirituality (Oct. 31)
Ecological Healing in the Christian Tradition
~ with special Guest Carmelle Mohr

Reading:
Making Known the Sacred” by Carmelle Mohr
Earth Rights” by Vandana Shiva (p. 166-169HBoF)

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Spirit of the Land Conference (Nov. 1 – 2) 
Building a Community Land Ethic 

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(Nov. 7)
An Elder’s Reflection on Land & Community
with special Guest Roy Louis

Reading:
The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv (p. 89-119)
The Grandmothers Speak” by Ann Rosencranz &  Jyoti (p. 260-264)

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No Class  (Nov. 14)

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How Communities are Transforming  (Nov. 21)
Local connections to food & land
with Leah Johnson presenting Permaculture in Cuba

Readings:
The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv (p. 120-153)
In the Climate Era the Personal is Political” by Tzeborah Berman (p. 197-200HBoF)

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Spiritual Disciplines  (Nov. 28)
Learning to Listen to Land, Self and Others
with Lorne Green presenting on Indian Residential Schools

Readings:
Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berrry (p. 213-234)
“Coping with Realities” by Linda Buzzell (p. 201-206, HBoF)

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Last Class (Dec. 5)

Celebration and Final Presentations!

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Join us…

"Reconciling Land, Life & Livelihood" conference begins Friday, November 4.

Everyone is welcome!