Process work community conference

Potentials & Peaks in Uncertainty

Climate, body talk and land management

Fri & Sat, 6th & 7th Sept 2024

on the land of the Yugambeh language people, Gold Coast, Queensland

These are cultural issues, inner and outer

Issues of environmental degradation and climate change are cultural issues, rooted in the ways we conceptualise and relate to nature, bodies, and non-rational realities: that nature is a resource to be dominated and exploited; that embodiment is less important than intellect; and that rationality is the superior way to be in this world.

Embedded as we are in these cultural systems, so many of the ways we seek to address issues of environment and climate just keep repeating these patterns, making us feel hopeless and frozen, not knowing how to help without doing more harm.

So how do we engage in these issues differently? How can we shift our inner and outer worlds in ways that are life-affirming, hopeful, and culturally transformative?

We don’t know the answers. But we know they lie in emergent community collaborations that engage different ways of being with, doing with, and creating with.

So we invite you to join us for this two-day exploration, guided by three incredible practitioners working at the intersections of environment, embodiment, and Process Work, to uncover both individual and collective paths of heart, through the potentials and peaks of uncertainty.

JOIN US IF YOU WANT TO…

explore culturally transformative ways to engage with issues of climate and environment

understand the deeper processes at play in climate and environmental issues from a diverse range of perspectives

learn and experience embodiment-based techniques for exploring complex issues

find a deeper connection to your unique way of contributing to environmental repair

feel more effective in your social and environmental change work

make and/or renew connections with others interested in the topics and Process Work

THE THREE KEYNOTE PRESENTERS

First up, let us introduce our three presenters (presentation details will come later).

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PRESENTER: Charlie Wood

For the past fifteen years, Charlie (they/them) has worked as a campaigner, organiser, trainer, and facilitator across the environmental movement in Australia and overseas. They currently work on deepening the diversity, collaboration and impact of the Australian climate justice movement with The Sunrise Project. Charlie co-founded Tipping Point, a team of grassroots climate organisers who grew the #StopAdani movement and worked with school students in regional Victoria to start the School Strike 4 Climate Movement in Australia. As the Campaigns Director for 350.org Australia, Charlie helped launch and grow the Australian fossil fuel divestment movement from which hundreds of institutions stopped investing in coal, oil and gas; and pushed major banks and corporations to refuse funding some of the world’s largest fossil fuel projects. Charlie has also worked in Parliament as an advisor on climate, energy and environment, a national grassroots campaigner with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a researcher at the Australian National University on restorative justice, responsive regulation, and peacebuilding. Before this, they taught kids to read, ran an organic soup kitchen and were a soccer referee. They love writing poetry, singing, running, learning from other people and cultures, the sound of cicadas, gazing at the sky and the smell of petrichor.

PRESENTER: Meredith Elton

Living on Bundjalung Country since 2008, Meredith has facilitated, directed and produced a body of place-mentored, communal and collaborative performance works with communities across the NSW/QLD border region. These works include Lines in the Sand: (re)making contact, a creative and cultural grappling with what it means to be at home on Aboriginal land (Festival 2018 Commonwealth Games Cultural Program) and Inherit the Wind, an exploration of weather (internal and external) and our changing climate (Bleach Festival 2017). Meredith is passionate about crafting spaces/containers to feel and sense together in embodied and earth centred ways and to support emergent collective expression. Her work draws from Process Work, somatic practices, Dance Movement Therapy, Bodyweather, ensemble improvisation and ecology, and considers how working at the intersection of dance making and systems change might be useful in these troubled times. 

PRESENTER: Bec Lang

Bec (she/her) has been working as a group facilitator for most of her adult life, starting during her Horticulture degree and then working for government in the Community Landcare Program, a farming and environmental initiative supporting farming families and communities to work together to address land degradation issues. Bec then went on to work in the public sector in organisational and leadership development roles in an agency focussed on natural resource management and industry development. Now working as a consultant, Bec specialises in facilitating stakeholder engagement in the primary production and environmental management sectors, designing processes that work with diverse and often competing stakeholder interests and views. 

CONFERNCE DETAILS

DATES AND TIMES

Friday and Saturday, 6th & 7th of September, 2024

Day 1: 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm

Day 2: 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm

FEES

Organisation rate: $680

Individual standard rate: $490

Individual concession rate: $230

We have a limited number of scholarship places available (no work exchange required) – contact us at admin@anzpop.org to enquire.

ACCESSIBILITY

The venue confirms it is accessible to people using wheelchairs, through the provision of lifts, accessible parking, and accessible toilets.

There is a non-gendered disabled-access bathroom and two gendered bathrooms. 

All printed materials will be in large print and any electronic presentations will be emailed to participants several days ahead of the conference.

Accessibility needs are of course diverse, so please use the accessibility section on the registration form to let us know if there are additional things we can do or confirm to make the event more accessible to you or contact us to confirm requirements prior to registering via admin@anzpop.org

WHERE

The conference will be held in person in the beautiful learning surroundings of Southern Cross University, on the land of the Yugambeh language people, the Gold Coast, Queensland.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations seven or more days before the first session will receive a full refund.

Cancellations with less than seven days but more than two days notice will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations with two or less days notice will not be refunded.

You’re welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else any time before the conference starts – just let us know so we can welcome them properly.

ANZPOP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Maori First Nations peoples. We pay respect to their elders across time. We give thanks for the Indigenous knowledge that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience, and spirit of First Nations peoples to counter the ongoing impacts of colonisation on their culture, well-being, and sovereignty.

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