Weaving place, deep listening and the Sacred

walk · listen · create

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2020-09-21 08:30
08:30 UTC
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In this panel, we will explore the relationship of place, connection, walking the land and deep listening, from a range of perspectives, knowledges and disciplines, including: First Nations, Law/Governance, Art, Philosophy, Māori cosmologies and Western Science.

With representatives from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, the discussion will focus on exploring themes of place and nature  – touching on the concepts of Dadirri (Miriam Rose Ungunmerr), Robin Wall Kimmerer‘s Braiding Sweetgrass and Basarab Nicolescu‘s exploration of the Sacred as starting points for considering human relationships with the world around us.

The discussion will be free ranging, moving from eco-dyeing and weaving and the significance of plants, to First Nations perspectives on policy, the rights of nature and non-human sentience, to deep listening and eco-acoustics, climate change and philosophy and finally the role of collaboration and co-creation as mitigators of change and awareness. 

Guests: Jo Tito (NZ), Dr Leah Barclay (AU), Dr Michelle Maloney (AU) and Dr Ruth Irwin (AU/NZ), chaired by Dr Tracey Benson (AU).

The event is hosted by The Valley Centre and the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. The Valley Centre President, Tracey Cooper will introduce the panel guests and the theme of the conversation.


Tracey Benson

Tracey M Benson is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Canberra, Australia. In 2019 she founded Treecreate, a social enterprise focused on creative action around regeneration, reforestation and eco-awareness. With an interest in ubiquitous ...


Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay is an Australian sound artist, composer and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She specialises in electroacoustic music, acoustic ecology and emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and c...

Jo Tito

Jo Tito

Jo Tito is a full time Māori artist whose work has featured at home in Aotearoa NZ and in other countries including Turkey, USA, Indonesia, Canada and Australia. Jo's creative work is a collaboration with nature and her ongoing project Earth - Water - Lig...

Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and History) and Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. She has more than 30 years experience designing and managing climate change, su...

Ruth Irwin

Ruth Irwin

Ruth Irwin works on climate change and philosophy. She is interested in poetics, art, indigenous philosophy, technology, embodiment, physics, and economics. She is the author of Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change in 2008, and edited four other books, i...

Local host

Tracey Cooper

Tracey Cooper

Tracey Cooper is the President of the The Valley Centre (TVC) and a community facilitator and project developer. Her work over 3 decades has researched and developed the rebuilding of the oldest model in human history the sustainable community model in a c...

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