Alliance director David Abram teaches, lectures, and consults widely around the world. Listed below are a few of his public events. If you are interested in inviting David to offer a keynote or to lead a training, kindly use this form.
Kalahari Tracking Expedition with the San Bushmen: Botswana
March 26 – April 4th, 2017: From late March to early April of 2017, David Abram will co-lead an expedition to the Kalahari desert of Botswana, to visit and learn from a remarkable hunting and gathering community of San Bushmen, practicing the arts of tracking and bird language with an exuberant people whose culture is widely recognized as the most ancient and venerable human tradition still in existence anywhere on Earth. The other co-leaders of this life-changing journey will be the legendary tracker and nature educator Jon Young, and anthropologist and primitive skills expert Nicole Apelian. Jon Young and David Abram have known and learned from each others’ work for twenty years; they are delighted to have this chance to co-lead and learn together on this expedition. Dr. Nicole Apelian has been working closely with the Naro San Bushmen since 1995, and is currently collaborating with various Bushmen communities on a medicinal, edible, and traditional-use plant guide to the Kalahari basin.
The Great Mother and New Father Conference: Nobleboro, Maine
May 27 – June 4th, 2017
David Abram will join storyteller and mythologist Martin Shaw, novelist and Dark Mountain founder Paul Kingsnorth, and ecological artist Ana Flores, in a conference on the Mythopoetic Imagination. JOIN US IN A REVOLUTION OF THE HEART! We’ll gather by a lake in Maine, and through poetry, storytelling, music, movement, and reflection we’ll conspire together to nourish the earthly soul and invigorate the wild spirit.
This year we’ll weave in and around a particularly grand story: The Odyssey. A questing epic that is less to do with treasure and far horizons and much more to do with simply getting home, this tale is in fact a story of Nostos: Homecoming. What clues does this mad epic — teeming with coarse gods and wild goddesses, with spirits of place and sirens and cyclops — what clues and secrets does it hold for us today, at this teetering moment in the story of our civilization and our planet? https://greatmotherconference.org/
Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder
a six-day workshop with David Abram at the outrageously beautiful Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, British Columbia
July 30th- August 4th, 2017
At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyze a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How to open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing commonwealth?
In the summer of 2017, David Abram will lead an extraordinary, six-day workshop with a small group of folks on wild Cortes Island in British Columbia (at one of the most ecological diverse and soulful retreat spaces in the world), from July 30th- August 4th. The workshop is called Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder, and it promises to be a powerful event. Come join us!
From the Archives
Launching the International Alliance for Wild Ethics
In August, 2006, four colleagues from different lands and diverse backgrounds hoisted their backpacks and hiked into the wild mountain backcountry to spend ten days honing their audacious insights in conversation with the rivers and the forests, and to formally inaugurate the Alliance for Wild Ethics. Although they practice in different cultures, and in different spheres of endeavor, all four were committed to a new form of human solidarity with the Earth. Each had already been working for many years, in his respective culture, to transform collective ways of imagining and of interacting with the living land. And all four were fathers of young children.
They listened close to the many-voiced silence of the forest, feeling their way toward new ways of seeing, and of speaking, that might spread like a benevolent contagion through the human population. If a new mythos, a new modality of the sacred is struggling to be born at this difficult moment in the world’s unfolding, then what is its shape?
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United Nations Keynote
In the summer of 2005, AWE director David Abram was asked to deliver the final keynote address for the United Nation’s “World Environment Week” in San Francisco, to 70 mayors from the largest cities around the world. David’s speech was given under the towering redwood trees at Muir Woods, at the very spot where the United Nations charter was originally signed into being sixty years earlier.
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How can the earth sciences serve to awaken a new and deeply felt solidarity between ourselves and this breathing planet? Can we translate the rapidly growing body of facts regarding the metabolic functioning of the planetary biosphere into a storied language — a way of speaking that is not just analytically precise, but also sensorially and intuitively resonant? A film about the work of AWE founding member Stephan Harding tackles these questions directly.