Rites of Passage in the 21st Century: Maintaining, restoring and reviving initiation practices to address our planetary crisis

On Thursday 16th December 2021, we hosted a roundtable discussion about Rites of Passage in the 21st Century. The featured panelists are individuals who are working to revive, reinvent or maintain rites of passage in their communities. Some of the questions explored included:

  1. What kinds of rites of passage exist in the world today – whether reinvented or rooted in tradition – to support young people and adults as they move through key life phases?
  2. What elements of rites of passage truly support young people to transform into mature, competent adults, or for adults to become wise elders? (What is the necessary content, versus the form?)
  3. How can we co-design and incubate new rites of passage that maintain the powerful content our ancestors perfected, but in new forms more suited to the present? (Which, for example, might encompass all gender identities and their fluidities?) How can we support the communities we live within to maintain, reinvent or revive meaningful rites of passage locally?

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On 16th November 2021, GEN hosted a workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Dhaliwal, on creative strategies for change. We explored power and privilege mapping, to develop creative campaign strategies for sustaining our earth and supporting resilient communities.

More information and how to get your tickets!

The GEN In Conversation Series is an ongoing online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious mind. Since June 2020, we have brought together activists, academics, community practitioners, artists, writers, dancers and researchers for the Series, to share their insights and lived experiences on areas ranging from  regenerative justice, land rights and colonisation, to food sovereignty and agroecology.

Since its founding in 2011, via our in-person events, GEN has brought together hundreds of people dedicated to working for social and ecological justice and wellbeing: we thought it was time to spread our wings and take some of our events online.

Communicating in times of polarity

On 3rd November 2020, Irina Feygina and Sandhya Dave explored the psychology behind polarisation and the deep identity processes that lead us to take strong positions and defend them vehemently at the event ‘Communicating in times of polarity’.

Following this, Irina and Sandhya led two interactive workshops:

17th November 2020: Can conflict and polarisation be a doorway into growth and connection? A hands-on training for transforming inner and outer challenges into empowerment and discovery, with Irina Feygina.

1st December 2020: Deeper Listening to Polarities Within the Body An interactive, deep-dive workshop to explore further the topic of polarities from a deeper body-heart-mind perspective, with Sandhya Dave.

What does food mean to me, you, us?

On 8th July 2020, Constanza Monterrubio Solís, Mama D Ujuaje, Gary Martin and Merelyn Valdivia Díaz shared their journeys and the transformative experiences which sculpted and informed the approaches they now take with food issues they engage with. Through the lenses of biocultural heritage, critical food advocacy, Community Centred Knowledge, local product commercialisation and Farmer Field Schools, our speakers weaved stories and experiences which sit at the intersections of justice, power and resilience.

Following this, we collaborated with the Community Centred Knowledge collective to hold the first iteration of The Food Journey. Held over three sessions (4th, 25th and 28th September 2020), this fully immersive participatory workshop allowed participants to delve deep into the history and travels of food, plants, people and traditions, drawing on the knowledge and experience of all taking part.

Weaving land, life and justice within, through and beyond colonisation

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