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Sunday Salons

Take time to unwind on a Sunday afternoon whilst someone shares with you what has captured their imagination. From fermenting kimchi through heartbreak, to social and cultural implications of AI. Our community is rich with gems, masters and mistresses of all sorts of skills and knowledge, and this is an opportunity to listen and learn from their passion.

Sunday Papers Live. Photo by Sebastian Barros

Here are the details of upcoming salons:

Sunday 28th June: ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resiliency’ with Rory Egan Curtin

Join our open online salon as we delve into the world of systems, agriculture, and community.

What: Rory Egan Curtin is leading a discussion about the Himalayan region of Ladakh, India, which has recently seen social-ecological transformations occur at an unprecedented rate. How might we learn from this in ways that impact our understanding of food, community, and resiliency in a time when all are called into question?

When: Sunday June 28th, 2-4PM (UK)

Sunday 12th July: ‘The Equality Complex’ with Dr Liam Kavanagh

What: Dr Liam Kavanagh, a founding member of Life Itself, will pull from his recent paper on Collective Wisdom, our collective blindspot: the equality complex. He’ll demonstrate that society has a counterproductive attachment to ideals of equality that distort our mindset in dangerous ways.

When: Sunday 12th July 2-4pm BST

How do these salons work?

On the last Sunday of the month, we open our doors to those in our community who have something to teach us, from knowledge to new skills. As a listener, you simply need to log on to the call and the session will be led first by the guest host, and then with a discussion afterwards. If you would like to host one of these sessions and lead a salon, email [email protected] and they will arrange this with you.

What do I get out of these salons?

Our community is vibrant with expertise in many fields under a commonality that is: a wiser way of being, and how to generate that in the world today. You get to learn from these experts and be part of a community that values rigour and expertise, knowledge sharing and craftsmanship.

Why Art / Earth / Tech value this practice 

As a community we are nothing without the people who make up the community – from different fields, cultures and ages. As you know from our Gatherings, our team and collaborations, AET is multidisciplinary and is nourished by our differences and edges.

Here are the times and dates of the salons:

28th June: ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resiliency’ with Rory Egan Curtin 2-4pm BST; 3-5pm CST

12th July: ‘The Equality Complex’ with Dr Liam Kavanagh 2-4pm BST; 3-5pm CST

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Write your autobiography

What is my story? How did I become the way I am? What were the events in my life that changed it? Who influenced my look on life?

What: Take the time to reflect on who you are; become the author of your life through writing and collaging your autobiography in a supportive group to share your story with

Why: What holds us back in our life are stories from our past. Distinguishing and sharing them helps us transform them.

How: Online group call for 1 hour every week with writing homework

When: Every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm UK for two months (9 sessions) 10th June – 5th August 2020

Price: £100 (£8 a session)

This was an amazing process of writing my story, reflecting on who I am and how I become that person.

How do these calls work?

During our weekly call, you will get to reflect on your own life path and share how your identity was formed and start to transform the seeds of the past. You will be heard by the others in the group who will also share what they are discovering about themselves. Outside of the call, you will be set writing each week that will become your autobiography. Take the time for yourself to look at your life to date so you are free to create the life you want.

You will be part of a WhatsApp group where you get to share weekly insights and pictures of your autobiographical work. In community is a way to help us break free from the narrative of separation into a sense of belonging. You can benefit from our practices regardless of your age from 20 to 80’s and beyond, our community welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds.

Doing this with others, the sharing was so moving and I got present to how I belong to one big family, that no matter the age or where we come from or our social background – we are all the same.

If you have any queries, please do contact [email protected]

What do I get out of these calls?

These calls allow you to have a better understanding of your life path, create balance and a clearer direction to go forward in your life. To live in the present moment by using powerful creative tools such as collage, writing and group sharing. To be part of a community.

Here are some things that will get covered: 

  • [Coll]ages: We will work with collages on the narratives we created about ourselves and the world at different ages, so we may bring more awareness on the dynamics at play in our life
  • [I]dentity: we will explore how our sense of “I” was formed
  • [Auto]biography: we will bring more consciousness into our life journey rather than living from our subconscious mechanism 

The collages were powerful as a creative process to free myself from the past.

Why Art Earth Tech value the practice

Part of creating a wiser world we all want to live in, is by becoming more aware of how we form our identity and narratives, so we may master the perspective we have on the world, ourselves and others. We see that having deep understanding helps being empowered, and sharing that with others is where you can transform your story.

Join our ‘Write your autobiography’ calls, every Wednesday at 6:30pm-7:30pm UK for 2 months (9 sessions) with your hosts Sylvie Barbier & Petronella Tyson

Sylvie is a performance artist, the co-founder and head of programs at Art / Earth / Tech. Sylvie trained in Steiner Waldorf pedagogy and taught Art and Design at Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She creates powerful experiences and exercises for people to inquire about what it means to be a human being. These often include enhancing our senses, awareness, relatedness and connection. www.shiweiart.com

Petronella is a trained facilitator, community practitioner and Doula. She has twelve years experience working in communities and is passionate that they are the place for transformation and wellbeing. In order for a community to flourish, it requires us to get clear on what’s going on inside us. www.petronellatyson.com

Here are the times and dates of the calls:

  • Wednesday 10th June 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 17th June 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 24th June 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 1st July 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 8th July 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 15th July 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 22nd July 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 29th July 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 5th August 6:30 – 7:30pm

If you have any queries, please do contact [email protected]

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Qi Gong – The Eight Precious Exercises

Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or just wanting to try something new this isolation period, here are the eight precious exercises of Qi Gong to help loosen your mind and body in these times.

Excerpts taken from The Power of Ch’i by Geoff Pike.

Preparation:

We are ready to begin Pa Tuan Tsin. You have chosen the spot in which you feel most natural and where the air is at its best. You are dressed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with ample leg room, your footwear is light and flat bottomed, the sash around your waist is soft and not tied too tightly. You are stripped of metal accessories, your bladder and bowels are empty, you have eaten nothing for at least two hours and taken no alcohol for at least six. There is a pitcher of cool to warm boiled water or hot green tea nearby in case you need it. You remember that all inhalation and exhalation must always be through the nose, never through the mouth (unless exhalation is so instructed). All breathing should be concentrated on the slow, silent and deep. The words patience, discipline, fortitude and faith are firmly in mind.

1. Scoop the Stream

Relax. Stand with your feet flat and arms loose at your side. Empty your lungs; inhale as slowly as you can while raising the hands (palms down) until the fingertips reach above the head (now palms up). Hold silent for a count of three. Exhale, reversing the inhale movement. When your arms are by your sides again, move them to intertwine your fingers, palms facing up. Bring your palms to your mouth, your elbows pointing upwards. To the count of three, reverse your palms facing down, and push your arms back down. Reset, and repeat eight times.

2. Press the Sky

Reach behind with the left hand and firmly clasp the back of the thigh below the left bum cheek. Exhale fully. Form a ‘cup’ with the right hand hooked at the wrist. Inhale slowly and deeply while raising the cup to the lips, elbow inline with shoulder. Without pause, turn the cup outward and over, rise on your toes and continue inhaling until the right arm is ‘pressing the sky’. Hold for a count of three. Exhale slowly and steadily and reverse the action exactly. Complete four times with each arm.



3. The Shaolin Archer

Inhale while raising your right arm so that it is level with your shoulder. Swing your arm across your body, feeling it as it moves across your chest, exhaling as you do so. Before your hand finishes travelling, bring your left arm up (the ‘bow’). Raise the forefinger of your left hand. Inhale slowly and extend your left hand, keeping your eyes focused in your fingertip. While you’re doing this, pull back your right arm as if drawing the bow. Pause for three counts, and extend all you can through the tip of your finger and arm. Exhale and complete the sequence in reverse. Swap arms by exhaling and swinging the two into opposite positions. Repeat four times on each side.

4. Search the Clouds

Begin in horse stance. Place hands on upper thighs with the fingers facing inwards. Slowly inhale, while bending the body backwards and to the left as far as you can. You should have fully inhaled by the time you’ve stretched as far as you can. Hold for a count of three, and try to push back a tiny bit further. Bring yourself upright while exhaling. Hold for a count of three. Repeat on the right side, four times on each side.

5. Lift the Rock

Entwine the fingers with the palms facing upwards. Inhale slowly, bringing the hands up level with the chin. Continue the upward press, careful not to break your grip as you push above your head. Follow the movement of your hands with your eyes until your hands reach as high as they can go. Hold for a count of three, trying to extend a tiny bit more. Exhale while reversing the movement. Press down for the count of three, repeat eight times.

6. Touch the Sky, Press the Earth

Stand straight with your arms loosely at your side. Inhale slowly while raising your hands above your head and continuing a backwards bend as far as possible. Hold for a count of three. Exhale steadily while reversing the movement, pushing forward until your fingertips touch the ground as far ahead of your toes as possible. Inhale slowly to reset to standing position. Repeat eight times.

7. Eye of the Tiger

Stand straight with your arms loosely at your side. Inhale slowly while gradually rising onto your tiptoes, turning the head as far left as possible. Try not to move your shoulders or chest. Hold in this position for a count of three. Exhale and release to standing position. Complete again on the right. Repeat on each side four times.


8. Grip the Swallows Egg

Start in horse stance. Inhale deeply while extending the right fist in a frontal punch. When the fist is fully extended, tense the full arm as if in a strike, and hold for the count of three. Slowly exhale as you reverse the movement, withdrawing the fist and resting it at your hip. Hold for a count of three. Repeat with each arm four times. Once done facing forward, repeat again by twisting into the ‘left bow’ position, punching four times into an imaginary target; four punches with each arm. Then, twist into the ‘right bow’ position and punch to the left, repeating twice. Close the horse stance, standing upright. Inhale. Exhale. Bow to the light that is in you.


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How to create community in practice

As the confusion and uncertainty beset the world back at the start of April, many of us were thrown into redesigning and readjusting to our lives. Some of us lost people, some of us lost work, some of us were on furlough and some of us were requested to work from home. For the majority this is still the case months later. 

Art Earth Tech is a distributed team of people who work in different countries and timezones, so much of our communication and work culture is generated online. Over time we have experimented with different practices and processes to help us be effective, be connected and be well as a team, and as a community. We are community committed to being in action. And that takes practice.

Recently, we launched a new offering to share these practices and exercises with our community. These require a low but regular commitment and construct something more powerful for you in the long run. 

Get S*** Done calls is an elaboration of our morning stand-up routine. We hold one another to account for what we say we will get done that day; and what was done the day before. We give our word to the team, and that is all we can give. There is no one else telling us what to do, no ‘pressure’ we create from elsewhere, it is on our word to create our work and move the company forward. That is powerful. As it is in everyday life. 

And if you don’t do what you said you would… there is nothing wrong. If you can identify what ‘blocked you’, what got in your way and how we as a team can help (both with coaching and structurally), we go through it during the call. You can only get the support though if you share what stopped you – and that requires a level of openness and vulnerability crucial to team and to community bonding. 

Each morning now, I sit and watch as 24 people from across Europe pop up on my screen because they gave their word to show up to the group, and to themselves; to hold one another to account, the sense of integrity and commitment is tangible and their results show that. 

The next cohort starts on 8th June at 8:30am (BST) and is open to book here.

Creativity is like a muscle, the more you practice the stronger it gets. In our Creative Practice calls, you get to be more in tune with yourself and your intuition. Our community provides support and helps you with motivation, since one of the hardest things is to keep yourself motivated in your creative practice when you are alone. Morning is the best time to activate your right brain, so you will continue your day being more in the flow. Join Sylvie at 7:30am (BST) every Thursday morning from 11th June for six weeks and see for yourself what happens if you practice! https://artearthtech.com/2020/04/02/morning-creative-practice/

And finally, we delve deeper into our story.  We are excited to share with you Write your autobiography class: an opportunity to get clear on your past so you can create a new future. This is a beautiful journey with a group to reflect and discover perhaps long forgotten years of your life, key events and key people who took you in a different direction. During our weekly call you will get to share and reflect on your own life path, how your identity got formed and start to transform the seeds of the past. After just 9 weeks, you get your own unique book full of collage and stories of what made you who you are today. Starts Wednesday 10th June at 6:30pm (BST) https://artearthtech.com/2020/05/18/write-your-autobiography/

“Doing this with others, the sharing was so moving and I got present to how I belong to one big family, that no matter the age or where we come from or our social background – we are all the same.”

For all of us, we are in a time of reflection, of noticing and of opportunity to transform what isn’t working. These calls are simple ways to be part of a community that holds you to account to that opportunity and helps you break through what is not working for you. Come and join the call with us.

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This uncoordinated Western dance should give us all cause for pause

The metaphor of the dance is something that has occured to a number of people who have described our response to the corona situation. But the institutions, and the wider populations of the West have been engaged so far in a really uncoordinated, frankly hard to watch group dance. Rather like watching a bunch of people who’ve only danced techno suddenly try to do line dancing, there is a lot of stumbling over each other. I have found it distressingly clumsy, and not because I am that worried about Coronavirus personally, or even socially, but because I am worried whether we can manage to navigate our way through the complexities of the near future, when we can’t even handle something as well understood as an extremely nasty cold virus. I also have renewed hope — not because of how we’ve responded to the corona crisis, but because of what it gives us a chance to learn. I hope that the lesson we take away from this is not that our societies need to learn more about virology and quarantines, as much as we need to re-learn how to build and to give trust — to be people that can work effectively together.

Without descending into any self-hatred, lets ask ourselves how wrong this summary is: The medical community suggested simple anti-viral choreography (limit travel, limit contact, test, test, wash, stay home) well before the outbreak, but rather than quickly taking this advice, we’ve done a slow shuffle towards half-hearted lockdowns. They are clearly going to take much longer than they need to because they are spottily observed and enforced and in most English speaking countries, incompetently managed. This means a likely depression and further chaos.

I have deep concern about the climate and civilisation, generally, so I have mixed feelings about this all — in my opinion some other straw would have broken the back of the beleaguered camel whose tiny cells we are. Or to use another metaphor, this could be like the fender bender that the dumbass driver needed to experience, to scare him before he makes a flaming ball of wreckage out of himself and his passengers. Before this pandemic I actually agreed with climate extremists like Kevin Anderson that we needed a planned recession to reduce greenhouse gases, but instead we’ve stumbled our way into one. Maybe it’s better to be lucky than to be good, but the point is that our performance shows that as a society, we aren’t prepared to navigate the future.

My intent is not to blame anybody, but simply to reflect on how we got here, and on what this might really teach us. The essence of coordinated dancing is trust and we’ve lost it. Blind trust in a bad dance partner can be dangerous, but everybody doing their own thing is where we’ve gone in our minds, our culture and on the dance floor and it shows. 

Before reviewing our failures in greater detail, I will give credit first – maybe we really are following deeper instincts towards a needed breakdown. Maybe the dance needs to be interrupted by painful stumbling for all parties to realise that there must be a better way and take the time to learn how to dance better. When I go to a shop in my rural Ireland I see some fairly half-hearted attempts to observe social distancing. I don’t blame people, some part of me thinks we need this and fears a neat and sudden ending that would feel strangely premature. I admit finding a silver lining in every day’s news of stubbornly stable levels of new infections across the West, and I, like many I talk to (quietly), almost feel a need to take part in the half-assed distancing, and to risk becoming an addition to Covid statistics because that’s what it will take for the great pause to drag on. 

But at the same time, I realise that our uncoordinated muddling is stupid, when seen against the alternatives we could have — such as a society-wide twenty hour work week during which we’d be seeing our friends and family in between our gardening and book-reading. But the great pause is here, and lets be honest we weren’t getting here through coordinated political dances anytime soon. I wrestle with the ambiguity of this all, delicious and repugnant in turns. I hope the rest of this doesn’t sound too harsh, I just want to be honest, there’s such a thing as too much politeness, especially in times of crisis.

The first sign of uncoordination happened when one by one, western nations waited for the virus to move out of the realm of abstraction and “become real” on live television, before admitting that maybe it wasn’t an Asian problem, a media creation designed to scare us, or a fantasy. We slowly admitted, maybe, just letting everybody do their thing, and relying on individual actions guided purely by enlightened self interest might not produce the collective action we needed in the time frame required. The reaction of many people was to start reading up on epidemiology, and virus statistics — to train themselves on epidemiology, rather than listen to epidemiologists. It was a democratic reaction, as we see it, but ineffective. 

To reiterate — it really is a new version of a well known cold virus. Even if it is deadlier, because we have no immunity yet, it is not dissimilar to things we’ve seen before and have studied for centuries. We have people who have been preparing for new viruses, of unknown deadliness, and known uncommunicability to come from unknown places for years. The basics of epidemiology have been stable for over one hundred years. We just have to get out of our own way, and listen to those people, like we listen to auto mechanics and paramedics.

But we didn’t, so after lurid images of stuffed Italian hospitals and pleading Italian doctors, our people and governments listened to the medical community, and governments took on, or were forced to take on, responsibility to direct the collective fortunes of their nations. Equally reluctantly, the populations have decided to listen, mostly.

Let me be clear — I really wish that I believed that the US, where I was born, and the UK where I spend most of my time now, were collectively ready to act in a free and inspiring way. We could see that we face a formidable challenge, put differences aside, come together, and each be relied upon to do our part to get infections down, so that we can be back out in the streets, like in many Asian countries. But it is hard to believe that this would be possible. The rate at which the virus is decreasing in Western countries means that it will take months for infections to decrease to manageable levels. 

When contrasted with China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, where governments enjoy either the obedience or willing support of the population, the arc of the virus in the West, where individualism is a religion and the governments are neither trusted nor obeyed are stark. It is notable that Germany where people obey traffic controls and even punk rockers don’t jaywalk has infection trajectories resembling like Asia. The experience of SARS is part of the reason for success in Asia, but let’s not forget that Korea had 3 cases of that virus (fewer than France, Germany, or the US), and SARS did not really spread much in 2002 — why? 

The governments of the most affected countries gave directions that interfered with personal freedoms and people listened. Koreans didn’t have an outbreak, they learned from those who had worse experiences. Asian countries didn’t start wearing masks after SARS, it was already an old habit. Asian cultures tend to have a more collectivist mindset, and place value on working together. The West has developed a nasty tendency of resenting anybody that we perceive as telling us what to do, and has decided that expertise and authority are synonyms for oppression.

And there is a lot to that. But there’s also a lot missing.

Seen in the best possible light, governments and academic institutions are the means by which “we, the people” act and think together, especially in the face of threats. There are some things which must be done in unison, like moving a couch, and the more people involved, the harder it is to achieve coordination. Some jobs, like building highways and stopping epidemics require millions of participants. That is where the government is supposed to come in. The old creation myth of democracy was that we created the government with a social contract, between all members of society and freely chose to keep to our word.

The reaction to the Corona virus has reflected a much darker view, in which the government and academia are run by “them.” “We” have no way out of the contract, and don’t feel like “we” signed it. There are a number of visions of who “they” are and who “we” are, but what matters is that “we” don’t trust “them” very much. So when scientists (them) initially spoke, both we, the population, and many of the politicians we’ve elected were skeptical. Nearly everybody is cynical about politicians. 

So really, what the West was not in position to do was listen to its experts.

Instead, almost the entire Western world waited to implement and then to endorse the lockdown until they seemed on a pace to rise to infection levels that were as high as Hubei, the most affected province of China. Now that the virus has multiplied, we need social distancing to be observed almost completely, to drive infections way down — not simply to low levels, but almost to extinction. For every couple of days we waited to act on advice, we now wait a week in mostly porous lockdowns for the infection rates to fall by the same amount. If even several hundred uncounted cases survive when lockdown restrictions are lifted, we risk a new explosive growth, because the vast majority of us have not acquired immunity, despite all the hubbub.

Wuhan, Hubei’s major city was on lockdown for more than 2 and a half months under an authoritarian lockdown. How long we are trapped in our houses depends on how quickly we manage to achieve decreases in case counts that resemble Hubei. For the most part, Western countries have first hoped that social distancing will be observed spontaneously, and then enforced it more strongly, little by little, using a top-down approach. It has taken a long time for us to accept what a quick and successful lockdown would require — out of the millions of people who are infected, almost nobody shirks. 

You can see this from the examples displayed below — data from Korea shows a much faster drop off than in Spain and Italy, see worldometers for data from China, Japan and Taiwan which look pretty much the same. Many don’t trust Chinese statistics but neighboring countries show that quick decreases in the disease are possible. In contrast, in Italy, it took two and a half weeks after the peak of the infections, for the number of new patients to dip below half of the largest day for the first time. France, which has been the most authoritarian in its lockdown out of the Western countries, has managed the fastest decreases. This doesn’t mean authoritarianism is the only response — but it does mean that acting together by any means is effective. Whether we need to be forced to act together is obviously up to us.

Data ource for all charts: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

I am not trying to properly place the blame for this state of affairs. I don’t blame politicians (too much) for not taking stronger actions sooner: If they had taken strong actions early, they risked being called fascists (as some were) because without visible evidence that the coronavirus is deadly  and difficult to contain, they could not justify themselves to a skeptical and divided public. It would be nice to have fearless politicians, but we don’t elect truth-tellers. I really wish we’d tone down the hateful attacks on Trump and Johnson who filled a political vacuum that we all contributed to. I disagree with them, but they are not “the problem.”

I also don’t blame people for mistrusting their institutions and leaders. We all know that something is rotten at high levels, and it would take a whole blog (at least) to address the thorny question of why I think we should now trust the same governments that hardly convicted anybody involved in the 2008 financial crisis. A simple answer is that pandemics, economic depressions, and famines, like climate breakdown, benefit very few people. Why did they let it happen, you ask? Nobody’s in charge when nobody trusts anybody.

No one person could have changed this dynamic, but we are all responsible — we can respond. That is simply a truth that we have to wrap our heads around. 

Collective action determined by politics always determines what individual choices are available to us, it has never been any other way, and it never will be. If we continue to see everybody involved in politics as inherently untrustworthy, we will continue to choose our politicians badly; seeing vile motives behind every utterance. It would be foolish to think of politicians as inherently trustworthy, as well. Unfortunately, we need to form institutions that we can trust — and for that we need levels of engagement in conversation and action towards new social structures that we have not seen for a very long time. We need to start conversations with open minds, so that others trust that something will come out of them.  We knew it was time for this before this crisis, I hope we accept this now.

To end, that is why I am a lot less interested in talking about the Coronavirus itself, than how we learn about ourselves through our handling of it. Our lack of an ability to dance together means we still have some time in lockdown to think about how to be the kind of people who can act together and meet the challenges that history will throw at us. Climate change, AI, and other events we didn’t anticipate are coming and we can be a lot readier for them than we were for the Covid-19. Paranoia will not save us, we can instead worry about how to be a community that cares about each other, and cares enough about the future of others to reflect on how we got here, how we create institutions and politics we can trust, and how we can act together more effectively in the future. It is a long conversation and a big project — so let’s get started.

To join a conversation hosted by the Art / Earth / Tech community about what we can do to make a better future and be more collectively wise about the challenges of the future, both seen and unforeseen go to: 

https://possibilitynow.org/

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Get S*** Done Calls

“The practice of writing down goals and To Dos helps to create more headspace and focus. I’m usually not a person who likes to be held accountable for tasks and when there are deadlines, I do everything at the last minute, but this feels completely different and for some magical reason I get so motivated to tick off boxes. Especially in these times I feel extremely grateful for this cohort and the support it’s giving me.

Maybe there are projects you always wanted to do but never got around to it. Maybe you tend to procrastinate and overthink things. Maybe sometimes you just need to talk to someone so you can get your juices flowing! Well the Get S*** Done call is for you! You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners all over the world. 

Join our Get S*** Done calls, every weekday morning for 25 minutes from Monday 14th September at 8:30am (UK) for 3 weeks with your host Petronella @Life Itself.

Book in for £30 for 15 sessions and get £5 BACK if you attend 90% of the calls!

“If you want some structure and to make yourself accountable to other people, this is a great way to do it. Also a good opportunity to get clear on what it is you really want to achieve and why and how your daily to-do list are aligned with that. In lockdown particularly, it is really great to see other faces everyday and make contact with others but even outside of lockdown, for those who work alone, from home or are self employed, I would say it’s an excellent course.”

How do these calls work? 

We have group morning calls for 25 minutes each weekday morning where we partner up and break up our blockers, and one hour each week where we go a little deeper on our aspirations and plans.

You will be part of a WhatsApp group, where you get to write up what you have accomplished in the last 24 hours, what your game is to achieve and do in the next 24 hours, and what you may be blocked with. This is where being part of a community who has your back helps. We will then follow up with an hour workshop a few days afterwards after some reflection on your goals to power you to go forward.

Life has always been uncertain, yet having practices and people around help us accomplish what we want. 

If you have any queries, please do contact [email protected]

What do I get out of these calls?

Our global community provides support and accountability which produces powerful results (and better than going at it alone). This is a practice we have tested ourselves internally for several years and it works. Which is why we want to offer it to our broader community. Here are some additional things that will get covered:

  • Self motivation and self management
  • Accountability
  • Validation exercise
  • Integrity

“I always take so much out of it! For me especially it is reassuring to see that we all struggle with similar things and that that, too, is part of the process. But I also get a lot of inspiration from seeing what people are striving to accomplish and from getting a more private glimpse into the life of a stranger, and what other forms of living there are (profession, housing, volunteering, cooking, farming,…)

Get S*** Done culture of Life Itself

Part of creating a wiser world we all want to live in, is in the way we are being and getting s*** done. Life Itself would not exist if it were not for us waking up with a possibility and getting the legwork done. We’re doers as well as thinkers and meditators. We value hard work, commitment, shipping, and getting sh** done. So we can’t wait to be on the call with y’all and share this practice with you. Who’s in?! 

Join our morning calls at 8:30am – 8:55am (UK) on Get S*** Done. 

Every weekday for 30min from Monday 14th September to Friday 2nd October with your host Petronella @Life Itself. Book yourself for £30 and get £5 BACK if you attend 90% of the calls!

“The morning meetings helped me focus, not just on my day ahead, but on what is important to me. I’ve come away from three weeks with (finally!) a sense that I can make space for the bigger plans in my life. And there are already signs of that plan coming together.”

Here are the times and dates of the calls (BST):

You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners. 

  • Monday 14th September 8:30-9:30am our first call will be for 1h, so we can set you up!
  • Tuesday 15th September 8:30-8:55am
  • Wednesday 16th September 8:30-8:55am  
  • Thursday 17th September 8:30-8:55am
  • Friday 18th September8:30-8:55am – a review of the week 1 🙂
  • Monday 21st September 8:30-9:30am
  • Tuesday 22nd September 8:30-8:55am
  • Wednesday 23rd September 8:30-8:55am
  • Thursday 24th September 8:30-8:55am
  • Friday 25th September 8:30-8:55am  
  • Monday 28th September 8:30-9:30am
  • Tuesday 29th September 8:30-8:55am
  • Wednesday 30th September 8:30-8:55am
  • Thursday 1st October 8:30-8:55am
  • Friday 2nd October e 8:30-9:30am – our last call will be for 1h, so we reflect on our learning and outcomes and celebrate our accomplishments! Order the pastries 🙂
  • Wednesday 7th October 8:30-9:30am workshop

If you have any queries, please do contact [email protected]

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Getting S*** Done Online Calls

Good morning everybody!

Maybe there are projects you always wanted to do but never got around to it. Maybe you tend to procrastinate and overthink things. Maybe sometimes you just need to talk to someone so you can get your juices flowing! Well the Get S*** Done call is for you! You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners. 

Join our Getting S*** Done calls, every weekday morning for 25 minutes from Monday 13th of April at 8:30am (UK) for 3 weeks with your host Petronella @Art Earth Tech.

Book yourself for £20 and GET ALL YOUR MONEY BACK at the end if you attend 90% of the calls.

How do these calls work? 

You will be part of a WhatsApp group, where you get to write up what you have accomplished in the last 24 hours, what your game is to achieve and do in the next 24 hours, and what you may be blocked with.  This is where being part of a community who has your back helps. 

Life has always been uncertain, yet having practices and people around help us accomplish what we want. 

What do I get out of these calls?

Our community provides support and accountability which produces powerful results (and better than going at it alone). This is a practice we have tested ourselves internally for several years and it works. Which is why we want to offer it to our broader community. Here are some additional things that will get covered:

  • Self motivation and self management
  • Accountability
  • Validation exercise
  • Integrity

Get S*** Done Culture of Art / Earth / Tech

Part of creating a wiser world we all want to live in, is in the way we are being and getting s*** done. Art Earth Tech would not exist if it were not for us waking up with a possibility and getting the legwork done. We’re doers as well as thinkers and meditators. We value hard work, commitment, shipping, and getting sh** done. So we can’t wait to be on the call with y’all and share this practice with you. Who’s in?! 

Join our morning calls at 8:30am – 8:55am (UK) on Getting S*** Done. 

Every weekday for 30min from Monday 13th April to Friday 1st May with your host Petronella @Art Earth Tech. Book yourself for £20 and GET ALL YOUR MONEY BACK at the end if you attend 90% of the calls.

Here are the details of the times and dates of the calls

You can benefit from our practices if you are doing a massive spring clean or delivering a project to a client. This call is open for all from teachers to musicians, to engineers and business owners. 

Monday 13th April 8:30-9:30am (UK) our first call will be for 1h, so we can set you up!

Tuesday 14th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 15th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 16th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 17th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) – a review of the week 1 🙂

Monday 20th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Tuesday 21th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 22th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 23th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 24th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)  

Monday 27th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Tuesday 28th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Wednesday 29th April 8:30-8:55am (UK) 

Thursday 30th April 8:30-8:55am (UK)

Friday 1st May 8:30-9:30am (UK)  our last call will be for 1h, so we reflect on our learning and outcomes and celebrate our accomplishments! Order the pastries 🙂

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Morning Creative Practice

Good morning everybody!

We are offering our Morning Creative Practice calls every Thursday 7:30- 8:30am (UK). First one starts on the 11th of June until the 16th July. Book yourself for £35. 

Why does art and creativity matter? Well it is your expression, the one which is unique to you. It is a way of making sense of the world and your life, to integrate different parts of yourself and express them. Our Morning Creative Practice calls are here so we make time to develop our artistic side and explore the depth of our humanity.

“These weekly sessions helped to awaken my imagination in work and everyday life, and to deepen my connection with creative parts of myself that have been dormant.”

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What will I get out of the call?

I would highly recommend these calls for those who are looking for ways to express themselves, creative motivation and connection with others. I felt truly inspired and challenged by each session. My mind, body and soul were nourished by the creative practices.”

Creativity is like a muscle, the more you practice the stronger it gets. You get to be more intune with yourself and your intuition. You will be part of a Whatsapp group in which you will get to share your art practice. Our community provides support and helps you with motivation, since one of the hardest things is to keep yourself motivated in your creative practice when you are alone. Morning is the best time to activate your right brain, so you will continue your day being more in the flow. Here are some of the practices we will do:

Collages

Spontaneous Writing

Creative Contemplation

Rituals

The creative culture of Art / Earth / Tech 

Here at Art / Earth / Tech we value Art, as we see it as a profound expression of our humanity and access to our sense of oneness. The call will be led by Sylvie Barbier, performance artist and co-founder of Art / Earth / Tech. 

Our creative side is so precious so let’s make time for it. Join our Morning Creative Practices calls with Sylvie Barbier every Thursday 7:30am (UK). Book yourself for £35.

Every Thursday 7:30-8:30am (UK). Full details of time and dates below:

Thursday 11th June 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

Thursday 18th June 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

Thursday 25th June 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

Thursday 2nd July 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

Thursday 9th July 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

Thursday 16th July 7:30-8:30am (UK) 

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Cancelled: Sunday Salon 28th June ‘Community resilience’

This event has been cancelled. Please check the Sunday Salons page for more inspirational talks and events from Life Itelf.

Join us for a discussion on the ‘Networks of Socio-Ecological Resiliency in Collaborative Agrarian Communities in the Himalayan Region of Ladakh, India’ from a new friend of Art Earth Tech community Rory Egan Curtin. She is a buzzing community organiser with tonnes of energy and ideas, and we are excited to welcome her! 

Description:

The Himalayan region of Ladakh, India, has recently seen social-ecological transformations occur at an unprecedented rate, with unpredictable ramifications for social-ecological systems (SES), the economy, and food security, as increasing numbers of farmers abandon their traditional farming practices to seek higher education and enter the wage labor market in urban centers. The research I will present at Life Itself asks why these changes are occurring, and what will likely be the consequences for the culture and ecology of this unique agrarian region. What makes this discussion of particular interest to sociologists, urban planners, and systems thinkers alike, is systems theory has yet to identify the level of interdependent complexity and collaboration at play in traditionally agricultural and collaborative communities. This is significant because the collaborative culture of such farming societies may present a more resilient approach to how communities can work with one another and their environment, fostering more cohesion rather than competition, and ensuring greater food security and social cohesion. Inspiration for a better future?

Bio: 

Rory Curtin is a doctoral student at Humboldt University in Berlin, who graduated from Columbia University with her MA in Tibetan Studies. Her research focuses on the macro-significance of findings that can illustrate the benefits of cooperation specific to agrarian societies. As, she recognizes the potential to incentivize governments to encourage community-based agriculture through subsidies, not only for the benefit of preserving aspects of traditional culture, but serve to protect the resilience of fragile ecosystems. She currently lives in Berlin. 

You are welcome to drop in just for a part or join for the whole session. 

## Background

The Life Itself Salons ☕are friendly, informal discussion sessions. They are run virtually and usually centred on a particular theme. All are welcome and the event is open so feel free to share invitation with others (just add them to the calendar invite). We also welcome suggestions for future topics and offers to present 📣 

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Wise food Salon and Cooking Class with Lily Roberts

I am very happy to tell you that we will be offering Online Wise Food & Plant based Cooking Class with Lily Roberts Tuesday 7, 14, 21 April from 6pm-7h30pm (Paris)£14 for 3 Classes

  1. Wise food Salon Tuesday 7th April 6pm-7h30pm CET . An opportunity to converse with a wise vegan Chef, learn from her philosophy, experience and observation 
  2. Enforce your immune system Cooking Class Tuesday 14th of April 6pm-7h30pm CET. “You are what you eat”- Healthy food, healthy body, healthy mind.
  3. Healthy Comfort food Cooking Class Tuesday 21st of April  6pm-7h30pm CET . Be gourmand, be well. Have taste and pleasure with health.

(Lily Roberts)

For those who don’t know me I am a real “gourmande”, and I recently felt that I wanted to be wiser with my way of eating, to embrace a more plant based diet so that my action contributed less to the suffering of other beings while being healthy myself. I am vegetarian but still struggle to become vegan because I don’t know how to make my food both healthy and delicious. So I thought I needed a master to guide me in this path. And who better than Lily Joan Roberts! 

(Lily cooking for us at La Cheraille to work out our wedding menu)

Lily was our chef at our wedding, she cooked wonderful vegan food for our guests and did it with an incredible spirit and heart. She feed our body and our spirit, and if you meet her, you won’t be able to help it but to have a crush on her, because there is a true grace in how Lily approaches life and food. More than a Chef she is a true artist, she creates tasteful compositions that are delicious to the mouth and the eye. The moving thing about her cooking is that Lily cares for people that is why she always makes sure the food is tasty and healthy.

(Rufus & I, thanking Lily at our Wedding at La Cheraille in 2018)

I am very happy to tell you that we will be offering Online Wise Food & Plant based Cooking Class with Lily Roberts Tuesday 7, 14, 21 April from 6pm-7h30pm (Paris)£14 for 3 Classes

  1. Wise food Salon Tuesday 7th April 6pm-7h30pm CET . An opportunity to converse with a wise vegan Chef, learn from her philosophy, experience and observation 
  2. Enforce your immune system Cooking Class Tuesday 14th of April 6pm-7h30pm CET. “You are what you eat”- Healthy food, healthy body, healthy mind.
  3. Healthy Comfort food Cooking Class Tuesday 21st of April  6pm-7h30pm CET . Be gourmand, be well. Have taste and pleasure with health.

(Lily cooking for us at La Cheraille to work out our wedding menu)

See you soon!

Sylvie