Saturday, 5 September 2015

New title - 'Pathways of Green Wisdom'


Number five in our GreenSpirit ebook series

This is the second of two volumes by Santoshan (Stephen Wollaston) about the threads of green spirituality that can be traced in all the world's main wisdom traditions.

The title of this one, which is an anthology of essays by thirteen different writers, is entitled Pathways of Green Wisdom and you can read all about it here.

Details of the contributors can be found here.

Pathways of Green Wisdom - list of contributors

Contributors to Pathways of Green Wisdom

Jean Boulton is a strategy consultant and part-time academic at both Bath and Cranfield
universities. She researches, teaches, consults, and writes about the implications of complexity thinking for strategy, management and policy development. She has been a non-executive director and trustee and senior manager for a number of organisations. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. She has a keen interest in Buddhism and Daoism and in the interdependencies and overlaps between science and spirituality. She is first author of Embracing Complexity, published in 2015, by OUP.

Vivienne Cato is a teacher, facilitator, writer and garden designer. She has been Director of Education at a London synagogue, and is co-founder of the Noah Project, the UK’s only Jewish Environmental group. Formerly Judaism trainer for the Religious Education and Environment Programme (REEP), she now runs Speak to the Earth, a service providing support, training and educational experiences in Judaism and Ecology.

Chris Clarke is an author on and teacher of science and spirituality. He was a physicist at the University of Southampton researching into cosmology, quantum theory and the physics of the human brain. Since then his activities have involved leading a circle dance group, contributing to international symposia on science and religion, teaching at Schumacher College, serving on the Council of GreenSpirit and running workshops for a local group. His books include ‘Weaving the Cosmos: Science, Religion and Ecology’ (O Books 2010), ‘Living in Connection’ (GreenSpirit Press 2003), and ‘Ways of Knowing: Science and Mysticism Today’ (multi-authored, Imprint Academic 2005).

David E Cooper is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Durham University. He has been a visiting professor at universities in many countries and served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Contemporary Buddhism. Among his philosophical interests are environmental philosophy, aesthetics, Asian thought, and the philosophy of religion. His many books include ‘Existentialism, World Philosophies’, ‘The Measure of Things, A Philosophy of Gardens’, and ‘Convergence with Nature’. Professor Cooper is the Secretary and a Trustee of the registered charity, Project Sri Lanka.

Jean Hardy became a GreenSpirit member when working in the 1980s at St James Church, Piccadilly, where Creation Spirituality was then based. She has been a university teacher for most of her life, a Quaker for many years, and now lives in Devon close to Schumacher College and Dartington. Her most recent book is ‘A Wiser Politics’ (O Books 2011).

Marie Miller has had a career in education, working in the field of special needs for most of her life. She has been a subscribing member of GreenSpirit, Friends of the Earth, and the Green Party for many years. She is now retired in Bexhill-on-Sea in the south of England.

Donna Ladkin is Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Plymouth Graduate School of Management, Plymouth University. Her background in music and philosophy informs much of her work in the areas of leadership and aesthetics, and aesthetic approaches to business ethics. She is the author of a number of books including ‘Mastering the Ethical Dimension of Organizations’, which uses art based methods in a reflective approach to developing ethical astuteness. Home is Devon where she lives with her husband and flat-coated retriever Zelda, with whom she explores the local lanes, Dartmoor and coastal walks as part of her daily dwelling practice.

Marian Van Eyk McCain, a retired psychotherapist, is co-editor of the GreenSpirit magazine, a columnist, and author of five non-fiction books, a novel and a short story collection. She writes on green spirituality, wellness (both personal and planetary), conscious aging, ecopsychology, and green, simple living and has also published poetry and book reviews and edited the anthology ‘GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness’ (Earth Books 2010).

Chris Philpott has been a green activist for over 30 years. He has worked for Agenda 21 and is currently a member of the Leamington Spa Transition Town Steering group. He is also an experienced performer, which includes clowning, and playing music with the Eco Worriers band. He has given talks on eco-spirituality at Green Party National conferences, the Big Green Gathering, the Climate Camps, and various other events. His latest book is ‘Green Spirituality: One Answer to Global Environmental Problems and World Poverty’ (author House 2011). 
Aidan Rankin is a writer and property consultant. He has a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics, where he specialised in Latin America, particularly the Southern Cone countries. However, he soon realised that the western social sciences only scratch at the surface of the human predicament. He became interested in the social dimensions of Jain thought when he worked with former LSE colleague Dr Atul K. Shah on the international magazine Jain Spirit. Aidan is author of ‘The Jain Path: Ancient Wisdom for the West’ (O Books, 2006), ‘Many-Sided Wisdom’ (O Books 2010) and ‘Living Jainism: An Ethical Science’ (with Kanti V. Mardia, Mantra Books 2013). He lives with his partner Brian in South-West London.

June Raymond is a sister of Notre Dame and has served as a council member of GreenSpirit for several years, is a member of their editorial and publishing team and a co-editor of GreenSpirit magazine. She lives and works in Liverpool doing healing with the Bach Flower Remedies and is the compiler of the book ‘Meditations with Thomas Berry’.

Emma Restall Orr has written a dozen books on philosophy and Druidry, including ‘The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature’, ‘Living With Honour: A Pagan Ethics’, and ‘Kissing The Hag’. Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for 9 years, she founded the international Druid Network, and Honouring the Ancient Dead, a group advocating for the respectful treatment of ancient human remains. She now runs a Nature reserve burial ground in the heart of England.

Stephen Wollaston was given the name Santoshan (contentment) by an English swami. In his early 20s he played in one of London’s first punk rock bands, the Wasps. He has studied transpersonal psychology, graphic design and holds a degree in religious studies and a post graduate certificate in religious education. He is a member of GreenSpirit’s editorial and publishing team and the male coordinator of academic writing for the College of Basic Sciences, Jeddah. His books include ‘The House of Wisdom: Yoga Spirituality of the East and West’ (coauthored, Mantra Books 2007), ‘Spirituality Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life’ (Earth Books 2011), and ‘Rivers of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality’ (GreenSpirit 2014).