“The Wisdom To Survive” – Big Green Week screening


The Wisdom To Survive

A screening and spiral process to stay engaged with the difficult realities of these times.

Saturday 14th June, 7pm – 10pm

Bristol City Yoga, 16 Backfields Lane, Bristol, BS2 8QW


Full event write-up by Steve Onyett

Can we effectively embrace the challenges of climate change with joy? This was a core question behind the UK premier of the film Wisdom to Survive held as part of Bristol’s Big Green Week on the 14th June. The film brought together thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality to discuss how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption.

Although we had held previous public events, the screening of Wisdom to Survive felt like the first high profile “outing” of the Bristol branch of the DANCE. The core group had been gathering together regularly for a few months, and exploring our inner and outer responses to the climate crisis. We were now ready to hold an event that would both promote awareness of DANCE and create a space for people to deepen to their feelings on the question of our changing planet and the actions that we feel called to take in response. To that end we started the screening with a short silence and also allowed people some time for silence when the final credits had rolled before moving into the latter part of the evening – a spiral council. This ancient council meeting form allowed a small council of five people at any one time to be supported in listening and speaking from their hearts, surrounded by the larger circle of the group. It offered a way for them to share and process what had arisen for them, while being held in awareness and witnessed by the rest of the group. People could move from being witnesses to being part of the small inner council at any time.

We previously had the Wisdom to Survive trailor here, but it is no longer available. For more details on the film click here.

As the room gently darkened around the candlelight at the centre of the circle people across all ages came forwards, some sharing their grief, others setting new intentions. Some were clearly inspired by the playfulness and joy of the children, those growing their own food in community, and the activists and thinkers in the film. Others expressed grief at all that we are losing right now. Altogether the event created an intimate and collaborative sense of community, and brought to mind a tangible feeling of lineage through the ages, as if sitting around the camp fire with the elders.

We were delighted that around 50 people showed up on the night and that requests to show a repeat screening at different events are now emerging in Brighton and London.

For us it inspired new life into the adventure of facing what needs to be faced in order to move beyond fear and despair in order to stay engaged for the long run. We left with an intention to revel in the beauty of this world and let this nourish the courage to act.

Wisdom quote Joanna Macy

If you would like some help organising a screening or spiral process or require further advice on setting up a local DANCE group then check the Popup Cinema project page and Setting Up a DANCE Group, or be in touch at info@thedancewebsite.org

For details of Bristol DANCE please contact bristoldharmaaction@gmail.com or like our Facebook page.

In conjunction with Big Green Week, Bristol City Yoga and the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement present The Wisdom to Survive: a screening and spiral process to stay engaged with the difficult realities of these times.

Thought leaders and activists come together to help us face the present and envision the future.

The Wisdom to Survive accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it survives.

Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. We live at a time of great uncertainty and the challenges we face can feel overwhelming. How then should we rise up to the challenge and play our part in the story of creating the future we hope for? What helps us give our best response to our concerns for the world? How do we refresh our energy and inspiration so that we continue to act?

The screening will be followed with a process led by facilitators from Bristol DANCE that explores how we can stay nourished, energised, empowered and inspired in the transition to a sustainable, life-affirming society.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The event will end around 10pm. The event is free but due to limited spaces booking is advisable through the Big Green Week listing.

For more information contact bristoldharmaaction@gmail.com.

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