Victoria: Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program 2019

CERES Environment Park, in conjunction with Initiatives of Change Australia, are seeking young people with a faith or spiritual practice who are passionate about ecology and environment. There are 10 places available. The program will run from February – August 2019.

Spiritual Ecology is a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. It is a developing field that joins ecology and environmentalism with the awareness of the sacred within creation. It calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. The principles of spiritual ecology are simple: In order to respond to such environmental issues as depletion of species, climate change, and over-consumption, humanity must examine and reassess our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. Spiritual Ecology can help support and inspire young people who recognise the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion and service.

Beginning with a 4 day intensive retreat in the Otways, the program is aimed at young people between the ages of 18-35 with a faith or spiritual practice who are passionate about ecology and environment. Post-retreat the program will consist of four full-day workshops with mentor support to develop a shared community action, finishing with a public presentation and community dialogue.

These events offer younger generations and those who are drawn to work for the future, the tools and resources to respond from a place that is real and transformative. Together let’s consider what a spiritual response to our social and ecological crisis would look like.


Program information & details:

1. Immersion into Spiritual Ecology principles: Participate in a 4-day Spiritual Ecology retreat in the Otways National Park from February 14th – 17th 2019

2. Toolkit Development Workshop Series (Saturdays):

  • March 16th at CERES
  • April 13th at IofCA
  • May 18th at CERES
  • June 15th at IofCA

3. Mentoring: Runs continuously from March to July

4. Public Presentation & Open Dialogue Forum: Saturday July 27th

Please refer to the attached flyer for more information.

This program is run by CERES Environment Park in conjunction with Initiatives of Change Australia and funded by the Victorian Government Community Harmony Program.

Download the Flyer for this Program: Spiritual Ecology Leadership Program