This workshop will establish a profoundly holistic context for contemporary healing professions by investigating the linked phenomena of ecological and social unravelling and how they worsen or heal in relation to our health-care systems and choices. Through a focus on the interconnections between ecosystems, social determinants, cultural contexts and the individual experience of health, we will explore opportunities for community-level action with a view towards broad, systemic change. Participants will leave informed, inspired and equipped with practical resources for advancing their own initiatives or creating new ones together.
Saturday: Health care and the earth body
Our morning session will explore health care for humans with the entire web of life in mind. We will unpack the ecological implications of different conceptions of and approaches to health care by looking at:
- ecological literacy – our understanding of the natural systems that make life on earth possible;
- potential ecological impacts and downstream health effects of the production and use of both petrochemical- and plant-based medicines; and
- climate change and the future of health care.
Our afternoon session will focus on reimagining health care as healing not only the individual but also the ecological community. Through case studies and shared participant experiences we will explore systems-based approaches that sustain and restore people by sustaining and restoring places.
Sunday: Health care and the social body
Our morning session will explore the complex factors that have impacted traditional healing systems and given rise to persistent inequities in health outcomes. We will explore:
- principles of social justice and decolonization, and the importance of understanding our own positionality as practitioners;
- the social determinants of health;
- the cultural contexts of health; and
- community engagement and dialogue for healing.
Our final session will explore (re)emerging models of health care that aspire to address and heal the wounds in our collective social body. In discussions and group sessions, participants will have a chance to share their current initiatives or dreams for the future in order to seek support or opportunities for collaboration with others.