Workshops ~ Events ~ Immersions
Workshops ~ Events ~ Immersions
A VOID DANCE ~ Approaching Climate Collapse Beyond the Privileged Paradigms of Urgency or Safety, Efficacy or "It's F'd" -- at the Confluence of Despair and Self Care, Paralysis and Paradox (FEB 7, 2019 at the CIIS in SF, details forthcoming)
Whose stories are dancing dread for you? Whose choices inspire a believably live-able future? Whose urgency impacts whose agency? Among our upcoming sacrifices may lie strewn some folks' most cherished myths ~ that things stay stable, get better, continue at all. Can we become accustomed to breathing through bioreavement like smoke from nearby fires? Will we plant seeds in solastalgiac soils if we expect hopeless harvests? How are your transformations unfurling? How many deep changes have you come thru already? Where's your home headed? Oh, here comes the next wave ~ let's learn to swim through together! Drawing from the work of adrienne maree brown, Audre Lorde, Donna Haraway, and Joanna Macy, setting space for community strategy and skill sharing, Joshua Halpern will invite an embodied and embedded engagement through some of what we may hold or let go, end or begin.
2019 Watershed Witness Tours - Mokelumne and Tuolumne Rivers:
May 11th 2019 Hetch Hetchy Tour/June 7th 2019 Mokelumne Tour
East Bay and SF water starts its journey in the Sierras and collects at several reservoirs on its way across the sinking flatlands and - for now - our taps. Spending the day tracing the route from Ocean to Bay to Tap to Meandering Stream to Precious Reservoir to Thunderous Mountain to Trickling Spring, arriving before dark at a gorgeous campground along the headwaters at 5000 feet above sea level. While with the river we will listen, learn, share, sing, splash, spend time in groups and solo, and then slowly flow back out to the Bay the next day.
Where your water comes from.
How the landscape around you continues to change over eons.
Who lived where you live before you.
How to be in cahoots with your internal flora, your trillion-strong gut microbiome.
How to be in cahoots with your external organs, your rainforest lungs and river veins.
Where we float ~ nestled inside our Milky Way Galaxy, our Laniakea Galactic Supercluster, our Universe, our Pluriverses.
A cataclysm - acting out the protoplanet Theia colliding with primordial Earth to create the moon.
A cosmic symphony - the songs of Earth and her sibling planets' electromagnetic signatures.
An ecological phenomenon - The moment sea and sky combine to form a hurricane.
A zoomed-in scale - the different love dances between polinators and flowers.
A lost landscape - the sounds of villages that stood for 1000s of years and disappeared in one generation.
A speculaspecies - a future animal inhabiting its future niche
Santiago Chile, Nov 2017, Knowledge Culture Ecologies Conference
(Being Nests) Embracing Our Embedded Holobiont Bodies ~ From Our Guts to Our Gardens to Our Galaxies
One of three workshops offered at the Knowledge Culture Ecologies Conference in Santiago Chile. Tickets to South America were gratefully crowdfunded.
Embracing Our Embedded Holobiont Bodies ~ From Our Guts, To Our Gardens, To Our Galaxies
Offered at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California Nov 3 2016, one week before the US Presidential election, and 3 months before Esalen became cut off from mudslides and bridgeslides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3auZGVlKeA
More, including image credits, at ecocourageous.com/nests
Learning how to be in cahoots with the 100 trillion microorganisms in our intestines, and with the 100 thousand galaxies that make up our Laniakea supercluster, Joshua Halpern encourages us to breathe breadth into our bodies.
Cosmology of Love Conference ~ CIIS, San Francisco, 2015
Joshua Halpern, fresh from his first visit to the river whose water he relies on in Berkeley, ushers us across shifting ecologies of love and reassures us to continue sowing seeds, even for hopeless harvests.
A semi-choreographed dance routine for a song titled "Until" written by Joshua Halpern and performed with Josh's fellow 2013 graduating classmates at the end of his presentation "At the End"
Joshua Halpern confronts the end of the world with humor and honesty in his final graduate school presentation "At the End: Celebrating Cycles of Change" and includes some of his photography, video, poetry, live music, and a choreographed dance number.
Dance your troubles away. A workshop given by Joshua Halpern at The Esalen Institute, Oct 2013
Where do we locate love across vast scales of time and place? Poetry, contemplation of the changing landscape outside, honey sampling, a comet+sun rendezvous, and replenishing our reassurance supply are all part of this participatory workshop, given as part of the 2013 Cosmology of Love Conference at CIIS.
Giving breath to lost locations, hearing hello's across species, and naming our galactic neighbors, are just some of the co-creative explorations of this workshop for the 2013 Grounding Terrestrial Wisdom Culture event.
A multimedia telling of the stories of home, ecology, cosmology, politics, and magic as they wove up to and through Joshua Halpern's 3 years pursuing an MA in Integral Ecology in the Bay Area.
Joshua Halpern introducing the life and ideas of his father, Manfred Halpern.
Joshua Halpern discusses climate migrants through an integral ecology lens, at the Grounding Terrestrial Wisdom Culture Event at CIIS, May 4th 2012
In this 2 hour presentation/workshop, Joshua Halpern explores the FIGHT to save the planet. At several points the whole room gets out of their chairs and acts out ecological cataclysms.
Joshua Halpern explores how through the stories we carry, the futures we co-create, and the presence of each moment, we learn to nurture growth and transformation above all through our loving relationships.
Eco Courageous consultation and counseling covers a wide range of individual, family, organizational, and community healing in relationship with our drastically changing homescapes. We draw from:
~ expressive arts therapy
~nature based healing modalities
~ transition town resilience practices
growing food as medicine~
up-to-date climate science ~
~ planetary biologies
~ quantum physics
deep ecology ~
environmental ethics ~
~ the spectrum of ecological humanities
~ indigenous wisdom traditions
~ cross-cultural spiritual understandings
~ immanent place-based ceremonies
~ the responsibilities of
shared solidarities in the
for peace and
Request a free 20 minute Climate Courage Check In
Our bodies (our homes) are made up of (and nested within) other bodies. We include tiny teeming epigenetic and microbiotic tummy mates, rely on our nearby neighbors to transform human-scale homescapes together, and map the ongoing long seasons of our star shed's Laniakean kinships. Our allies are abundant. IMAGE CREDITS BELOW