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Presence Walkabouts Coming Up in Santa Fe

Glenna Gerard (www.glennagerard.net) has just announced that she will guide two Presence Walkabouts in Santa Fe, New Mexico from June 18-25 and Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2006. “Presence” means: paying attention to that which is immediate; noticing what is emerging; discerning what is important; listening deeply and responding authentically. A “Walkabout” is an experiential practice of heightened awareness, moving upon and in partnership with the Land and Nature. Such connection with the natural environment invokes inner resonance that opens the individual and collective to different ways of knowing. This challenging practice of commitment to a Walkabout, originated with the indigenous peoples of Australia as a means of attuning with the powers of place (landscapes) and rhythm (seasons) in search of a deeper knowing and wisdom. The essential structure of this Walkabout is a weave of specifically selected practices for Presencing with intentional movement and deep listening on the Land. Each individual will use themselves as an instrument to gain clarity and to create new possibilities in their lives. They will in turn use their increased Presence and attunement to what is emerging to practice deep listening and conscious co-creation as a group. The people who step into the Presence Walkabout groups are expected to be willing to walk into unknown territories, i.e., at the edge of their present personal, social, political and economic narratives. They will gather to hone their individual capacities for Presence, while at the same time exploring the nature and practice of Collective Presencing. Each group is limited to 12-15 persons. For more information, visit www.glennagerard.net/pw_seasonal.pdf or contact Glenna Gerard directly at glenna49@earthlink.net.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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