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Engaging with the Plant Realm

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - October 26 @ 8:30 pm


A keynote lecture by Dr Isis Brook as part of our Holistic Science Conference.

£10 / concessions £9

The evidence is now well established that natural environments, nearby nature, and just being with plants can improve mental wellbeing.  This is now driving social developments such as school gardening, therapeutic horticulture, increasing green spaces in urban environments, and doctors prescribing time in nature. How does it work? What is happening in human beings when we have plants around? And could that be deepened? Drawing on my experience of working with Colquhoun, Goodwin, and Bortoft (who all drew on Goethe’s scientific work) this talk will focus on one of the shifts in consciousness that they believed was required to explore plant-ness.  This shift relates closely to concepts important to holistic science, such as non-duality, and concepts important to ethics and aesthetics, such as unselfing. However, unlike concepts as ideas one might read about, the plant realm itself can lead us to these beneficial experiences.

This lecture is part of our Holistic Science Conference, taking place 1 -3 October at Dartington, organised by Schumacher College, The Field Centre and Holistic Science Journal. We are opening up this keynote as a public event, so that people can join us here even if they are not attending the full conference. If you would like to register for the full conference, please click this link.

This conference is part of a broader programme of events and courses associated with the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Find out more about the programme via this link, where you can also sign up for updates about the programme.


October 1 @ 7:00 pm
October 26 @ 8:30 pm
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The Great Hall, Dartington
The Great Hall, Dartington
Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom