Sacred Creation: Savoring Food and Re-examining Our Food Systems
What if, instead of viewing food as a commodity that comes in a package, we viewed food as the incredible gift of aliveness that it is?
In this half-day workshop, facilitated by Susan Gladin, you’re invited to bring your three centers of intelligence (body, heart, mind) to examine your perhaps unconscious or inherited beliefs about food; and to imagine a new relationship to food grounded in appreciation of Nature’s abundance, awareness of our role in the symbiotic relationship between Earth and human food systems, and reverence for the gift of aliveness food can offer.
We will approach the concepts of food and health from many perspectives:
- What are the cultural stories we’ve inherited about the earth, our hunger, our bodies, and our food? How have these stories shaped our food systems, the ways we shop, and the ways we eat?
- What levels of awareness do we bring to our relationship with food? To the act of consuming food and to the way our food affects how we feel physically, emotionally, mentally?
- Tapping into the wisdom of our three centers, can we begin to discern our role in the intricate relationships between the natural world, food systems, and the health of our bodies, our families, and the wider ecosystem in which we are active participants and recipients.
In this workshop, we will supplement our own Divine inner knowing with the indigenous wisdom in Braiding Sweetgrass by botanist and professor Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer; and the historical insights illuminated in Animal, Vegetable, Junk by journalist Mark Bittman. Together, we’ll explore nature’s incredible gifts of sustenance and how we might feed ourselves in ways that call us to dance joyfully within this circle of life.
Please note: While we’ll focus on many aspects of food and health, we will not be discussing dieting and weight loss.
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This course is offered for free to all Good Shepherd Lutheran Church community members!