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Embracing the Wild | Melbourne


Plenary 1, Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Melbourne


7:00pm - 9:15pm, 25th of October 2018

Looking for the Sydney event? Click here

What is the relationship between nature and our emotional wellbeing?

In our work-dominated, technology-immersed lives we often forget to consider the systems of nature and our place in them. Our relationship to nature can be a rich source of understanding and attentiveness, humility and wonder, self-knowledge and wellbeing for ourselves, as well as the world we live in.

This October, we’ve brought together four of Australia’s most extraordinary thinkers to explore the relationship between nature and our emotional wellbeing: our outer and inner wild. At this exclusive live event, we will be guided through four key ideas and encouraged to undertake a series of self-reflective exercises designed to challenge our thinking around nature and our emotional wellbeing.

Throughout the evening we will hear ideas from:

Author and adventurer Miriam Lancewood will share her personal experiences of living in the New Zealand wilderness and the effect that the wild has on our minds.

Environmentalist, activist and former leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown will explore the relationship between nature and our health.

Acclaimed contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini will use art to explore the unknown and unfamiliar within ourselves.

Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe will challenge us to reconsider our understanding of wilderness in Australia.

Co-curated and presented in partnership with our friends at The School of Life, this event is part of a new series exploring major emotional concerns in our modern world. We will leave with new perspectives on the theme and practical ideas about how we might think and act differently.

18.15  Doors Open
19.00  Welcome & Introduction
19.10  Miriam Lancewood
19.35  Bob Brown
20.00  Break
20.15  Patricia Piccinini
20.40  Bruce Pascoe
21.05  Closing Remarks
21.15  Event Concludes

This event is suitable for all ages.

Please note that this event is also running in Sydney on Tuesday 30 October. Click here to book for the Sydney event.

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