"I loved the structure of the course – each week being about a different element, or a different one of Gaia’s ‘subjects’. I really liked the course being split between two hosts, both with different angles/specialities. I think it really enrichened the offering...Thanks guys, it was a soul-nourishing experience" - LK (UK)
"I do enjoy learning from you. I always feel warmly welcomed, included, and safely held. I looked forward to the sessions and am enjoying keeping my Gaia journal and my reading thanks to your knowledge and inspiration. Thanks for all you have generously shared." - AHB (UK)
This course is inspired by Louise & Jay's three decades of deep communication with the Earth - both individually and together. Louise approaches the world through her heart, which she understands as an organ of imaginal perception that receives the calls of the world through images and subtle messages. Connecting with the world through our heart, offers the possibility for us to appreciate that we are always in relationship, and at the heart of relationship lies openness, love, understanding, give and take, and, conversation.
Conversation, in this course, is framed as dynamic and sacred dialogue with the world, opening up through the heart (the organ of the imagination) towards the world as it speaks to us through images, leading to sensory, feeling, emotional responses. In this sense, we move into a deeper, reverential space of communion, requiring a different order of perception – the imagination. An imaginal mode of consciousness is a way of knowing that honours inner intuitions and sensory experience, made possible through imaginal approaches. By opening up to these approaches, it becomes possible for us to develop a relationship with the world, and open the possibility for the world to come alive – to be ensouled. In this framing, the world is no longer a dead collection of objects, but a “communion of subjects” (Wendell Berry). In turn, the world expands into the possibility of becoming the living, breathing Goddess Gaia.
Week one – Context and background
Week two – Communing with Stone
Week three – Communing with Plant
Week four – Communing with Water
Week five – Communing with Animal
Week six – Re-turning; reviewing our journey
About Louise and Jay
Husband and wife, Jay and Louise Livingstone, have been consciously communicating, and communing, with Gaia for well over two decades – in particular through stone, crystals, and plants. Listening deeply to Gaia through their hearts, they have been guided on journeys that have taken them all across the UK, and onwards to the mysterious islands of Malta. See our 'Gallery' page here. Over 6 weeks, Jay and Louise will open the possibility for participants to develop their own conversations with Gaia through imaginal methodologies including Goethean enquiry, Heart Sense, and other imaginal approaches including guided meditation/contemplation and drumming.
Attendance and Recordings:
For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available after the session has taken place. The recording will be of all contemplation exercises and theory. Please note that this course is deeply experiential, and as such, it can lead to personal transformation. In this sense, personal sharing spaces will not be recorded. To gain the most from this course, it is advisable to attend each session as it happens in real time; this is because a great deal of the learning takes place in the sharing spaces.