We belong to a complex, interconnected living system.
Every action we take or don’t take has effects that ripple through space and time. We therefore need to examine the potential systemic consequences of our decisions including those which may not be evident at first sight. And we also need to understand that our wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the whole web of life.
The urgency of the challenges of this time require that we embrace our ability and responsibility to take action individually and together with others locally and globally. We cannot rely solely on authorities and those in power to solve our collective problems and to take appropriate action. We believe that these times call for a shared effort that can be taken up with joy, gratitude and care.
When we come together with awareness and openness to each other and to nature, we can tap into collective wisdom that would be difficult to access on our own. This responds to the notion that “The Whole is Bigger than its Parts”.
It is important to live essential questions together with others and to befriend uncertainty as a necessary step to tap into deeper levels of knowing and meaning. In particular we have to be willing to question current systemic and cultural assumptions that we have taken for granted and which may be a hindrance for a sustainable future, such as the goodness of unlimited growth, speed, competition and efficiency.
For a meaningful inquiry everyone needs to have a place and a voice, independent of gender, social status, cultural, background, education, age, and political views. We may have to look more deeply into what we reject and judge and learn to be more curious about the others, rather than judging or exiling anyone. We are therefore challenged to embrace ways of cooperating with each other and nature that are inclusive and respectful.
We offer and facilitate spaces where we can practice together the art of deep inquiry and deep listening in meaningful connection with nature, so that our thoughts and actions can come from a place of heart and from a shared vision that includes the voice of Mother Earth.
The aim of our gatherings is to undergo a personal transformation that can be translated into service for the planetary wellbeing.
We would like to inspire and empower individuals to find their own doable ways to bring about change in their personal lives and the communities they belong to.
We offer Weekend Immersions in Nature and ongoing group gatherings, called Circles for Change.
We feel it is possible to live a life of joy, beauty and love in communion with Mother Earth, with social justice and where our true needs are satisfied and artificial needs can be sacrificed.
We believe that we humans have the capacity to return to an active collaboration with nature and each other, in a way that is caring and in service of a sustainable Earth.
As we are at a time of great changes and climate records, we need to reorient collectively towards a more sustainable future, politically, economically and personally.
We see our work on the personal level, helping others to reconnect to a deeper sense of belonging to this beautiful planet and to open to a sense of responsibility that calls for action.
The purpose of our work is to help each other to come back into a deeper and more authentic relationship with our bodies and selves, which also means coming back to a deeper relationship with Mother Earth
Trees & Circles is the co-creation of Irene Tobler, Verónica Lassus and Joana Carvalho.
We are three women coming from different walks of life who are joining in our desire to contribute, at any scale we may be able to, to the changes that need to take place in our culture and systems, so that the coming generations may enjoy our beautiful Mother Earth and all the beautiful and valuable species that inhabit her.
Our combined skill set is in the field of transformation - body oriented therapy, depth and process work, mindfulness meditation, group work, including nature-based work, and education. We want to offer our skills and energy to help individuals find resources within a community of likeminded others and to find their own way of contributing to this important evolutionary step.