We work to embody a life-affirming way of living, to develop resilience in our times of climate crisis, in every part of our life: from our inner personal growth to international negotiations over climate change, and everything in between.
Our members practise in ongoing Groups all over the world. Through group interaction and sharing, we apply our work in daily life and relationships, and inspire and support each other. This develops close relationships among group members, that often become lifelong friendships.
Dido, the teacher and facilitator, is based in Wellington, New Zealand. She works with groups in other places, or one to one, by skype or phone.Dido approaches her work in a pioneering spirit. She’s dedicated to developing ways we can create a lasting resilient way of life on this planet, in these times of climate change.
Wisebirds works with a range of areas that are all related
In our work, the various areas are often woven together: we may work on storm-weathering in meditation or in social permaculture; in women’s work we practice many areas, from women’s leadership styles, to women’s approach to meditation.
Below is a little about how the areas of work all bring out different aspects of the life-affirming culture we are building.
Tibetan Buddhism for Our Times
Tibetan Buddhism gives us methods to practise and deeply embody all the principles of a life-affirming way to live.
These methods include ways of working a good deal broader and more varied than the general idea people in the west have about what meditation is.
Storm-weathering: Riding the storms of difficult emotions
Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects
This work integrates the painful and difficult emotions. We may not immediately think they are life-affirming; miseries may seem depressing life-denying feelings. So it’s important to practise ways to transform into the love and caring which is what they actually are: why would we worry and become depressed about our life or about the world, if we really didn’t care?
Making daily life sacred
Mother Nature’s life-affirming ways are like what mothers do. Women’s wisdom and the values associated with women are the basis of our life-affirming paradigm. Ecofeminism points this out.
Our work empowers women to value our wisdom and strengths, and know that we have an important contribution to make to our world.
To draw on the power and wisdom of Nature, we need to develop our spiritual connection with her. Most of us innately feel the spiritual power of nature; how can we develop and integrate that, so it can become a force that supports our work in the world?
We explore this using our meditation methods, ritual and other approaches.
This aspect of our work puts into practice our life-affirming way of life, in building community.
These areas of our life we need to weave together to make our culture shift thorough and effective.