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AELA Earth Arts Creative Retreat




Your Invitation – AELA Earth Arts Creative Retreat
15-18 June 2018, Chenrezig Institute, Sunshine Coast


You are invited to a special four-day intensive arts retreat that provides the tools and knowledge, in a well-paced program, to re-imagine our relationships with the interconnected community of life.


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) invites interested people to come together to develop deep thinking, activity plans, artworks, resources and initiatives based on Earth jurisprudence. Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement. It proposes that we rethink the underpinning governance structures of industrialised society – including our legal, political and economic systems – so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth community.


AELA’s Earth Arts Retreat involves experienced practitioners sharing their skills and knowledge to assist you to explore and research Earth jurisprudence and its links to art and governance. You will be provided with a space to reflect, devise, instigate,
collaborate and activate ideas about Earth centred governance and legal systems that recognise the rights of nature.







You will be guided by expert facilitators from the fields of Indigenous knowledge,
contemporary law/governance, environmental humanities, the arts and social activism to comprehensively explore the challenges that confront us. Areas to be covered include:


  • How to create and embed an Earth centred paradigm in Australian society
  • How arts and other creative processes can inform, delight and stimulate people to shift from human-centred to Earth-centred perspectives
  • How to collaborate effectively, to build on AELA’s success in increasing understanding about Earth centred law and governance in Australia.


The aims of the retreat are to:

  • Provide interaction with experts in the fields of Earth laws, governance,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and ecology
  • Provide a space to develop outputs in individual and collaborative processes
  • Provide opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback and individual reflection to assist with developing specific outputs as well as overall practice areas
  • Build a networked community capable of using the language and ideas associated with Earth jurisprudence and to support individual efforts to use them within the broader arts and general communities
  • Share a range of techniques to help develop skills in planning and collaborating with participants, and to activate audiences involved with these processes and the outputs of them.
  • Devise strategies and implement plans to embed this creative work in the working of communities and mainstream educational opportunities



Please email your expression of interest to us by 15th May 2018.  Just send us a short email, telling us about why you’d like to attend the retreat and what your arts practice or creative interests are.

Places are limited to 20 participants, and we have 10 places left.


For more information please visit AELA’s Earth Arts website.
If you have any questions, please contact: creative@earthlaws.org.au


All the best,
The AELA Earth Arts teamMichelle Maloney, Jenny Brown and James Lee
3 May 2018