Reflections on the EarthSong Symposium
Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Symposium, Celebrating the Life of Insects, in July. Below are some beautiful and inspiring reflections from some of those who attended the event: Thank you for offering us your insights!
After hearing Patrick Honan’s inspiring input on ‘The joys of working with insects ‘ I am more aware and in awe of planet earth. I loved his images too, of our amazing country.
Harry Nankin’s ‘A moth liturgy’ gave me an insight to the wonders of these tiny beings – and his use of colour was beautiful.
By Pat Dimeck
The Earth Song symposium for this year “Celebrating the life of Insects” was indeed an EarthSong. A song of earth’s tiny creatures, their complexity and variety.
I was amazed again about their niches and their adaptations to survival. I was fascinated by the projects Patrick has been involved in and which he shared. Who would have thought of sending spiders into Space! Then Harry’s project… I appreciated the beauty and softness of the art works and appreciated his mentioning about his ethical questions about involving the Bogan Moths and disturbing them to accomplish his project. All in all I found the time provided me with a reflective space to ponder, relate, appreciate and celebrate the life of Insects with others committed to caring for our world.
By Trudy Keur
The EarthSong Symposium’s topic Insects resonated with me. What we cannot see, or what does not enter our visual or aural fields very often, does not lessen their value or their right to be cared for and treasured.
The Symposium was a timely reminder that it is not just the ‘popular’ or the ‘beautiful’ that are worthy of being saved from extinction. Patrick Honan’s passion for this topic was inspiring; it was a gift to hear him tell how he and the team brought back the Lord Howe Island stick insect from the brink of extinction; this should have struck a rally cry in all our hearts. Harry Nankin’s artistic tribute to the bogong moth, was both moving and beautiful. The Symposium made me want to learn more, and do more for the insect world. As soon as I arrived home I went on-line to research the flameau butterfly, which drinks the tears of the caiman (crocodile) (this butterfly was mentioned during our closing ceremony).
I also wrote a haiku for the bee:
bless, birthing Eden’s honey-
halos on toast.
By Barbara Allen
“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago….. If humans were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. (E.O. Wilson)
The Insect symposium invited us into the world of Bugs with their subjectivity and innate sense of being. We were taken into the world of Spiders, Cicadas, Bogong Moths, Stick Insects and Bees. We heard of each with its own unique story of survival and connectedness with Earth. Patrick, Harry and Blanche did this through their scholarship, fieldwork and creativity, but especially through their respect for the creatures as subjects. May all the Earthlings who call Earth, their common Home, experience, promote and generate rich equilibrium and mutuality.
By Les Hetherton
Some special moments from the Symposium:
eNotes August 2016
Reconnecting with Nature through poetry: Poetrees
In this urban labyrinth of concrete towers, asphalt and exhaust, we sometimes find ourselves scarily disconnected from the natural world, forgetting that as human beings, we are simply a part of Nature and her wonders. Poetrees helps each of us to reconnect with Nature by capturing our thoughts about the trees that are special to us in poems, and sharing them with the wider community. Click here to watch a beautiful video about what Poetrees is all about, or upload a poem about your favourite tree by visiting the Poetrees website!
EarthSong’s programs for 2016 are now available. As always, we are offering a broad range of seminars, reflection days, nature walks, reading circles and retreats throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to attend any one of our programs, which seek to foster a deepened, more meaningful, relationship with the earth and wider universe. We emphasise reflection, appreciation for the beauty of nature and exploration of the greater mysteries.
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