And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
~ Wendell Berry ~
What would change if we took seriously the consideration that the world is alive, that we derive our being from a never-static, ever-changing field of entanglements, and that we are not the center of the universe?
We Will Dance with Mountains is an attempt to hold these questions close, and to create an in-between space where the collective holding of these troubling inquiries is a sacred gesture to activate new modes of being with the world. Recovering from the Enlightenment notion that the world is external to us, and that we are merely witnesses to its blind motions, we come to a space – a physical-virtual place – where we feel safe and warm, and then allow our cherished patterns to be composted into a fertile heap. The course (often described as an expedition or a wild adventure by previous participants) is about recuperating our connections with a world that can no longer be seen as dormant, mute and passive. It is about coming to our senses, and co-generating new practices of place-making in partnership with the non-human world. In short, the course is about becoming with-nesses.
I have offered this course every year since 2015, with previous iterations focusing on writing as a spiritual ally. It is an embodiment of what I sense is some of my deepest work – to open up new places of power and responsivity; to make space for the otherwise; to help in the partial recuperation of our vital connections with land, place and people; and, to live a small, intimate life.
This is the most transformational community with whom I have had the honour of communing. If you are seeking connection, new ways of looking with the world, if you have any interest in exploring yourself and discovering things that are gorgeous, delightful, discombobulating and new, consider joining the wonderful Adebayo C. Akomolafe, me and a host of other wild-eyed travellers, dancing with mountains…
It helps if you believe stones can sing…
Lea Ann Mallett (two-time participant, 2015-2016)
This year, 2017, in response to a deep call for this expedition to continue, I will be offering the course again: from September 16 to December 2. Please visit http://course.bayoakomolafe.net/ for more details.
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