Reawakening our blueprint
What is it about?
Sea Change~Makers dives into the latest scientific research into our shared human origins and ancient relationship we all have with the sea. This interdisciplinary course integrates coastal ecology, paleo-archaeology, human physiology, ecopsychology and environmental storytelling in an exciting, intelligible and engaging way.
Sea Change~Makers aims to open a profound window into:
- Nature’s wisdom ~ through naturalist exploration into golden kelp forest ecology and its coastal wildlife
- Human potential ~ through cold-water ocean immersion and its enlivening physiological effects
- Cultural renewal ~ through rediscovering our ancestral places, primal practices and sense of community
Ultimately, this deep learning journey is about precipitating a sea change in our consciousness.
How is it run?
We blend outdoor immersion, multimedia displays, group dialogue and personal reflection as part of a facilitated learning process. Participants interact with diverse experts, experiences and environments to leave empowered with practical skills and fresh perspectives for enabling change.
Why is it needed?
What is happening to our core ‘humanity’ and relationship with the world? Distraction and desensitisation are becoming the norm – leading to deepening divisions and disconnection throughout modern society. In witnessing the deterioration of the social~ecological systems upon which we depend, we feel motivated to become purpose-driven citizens capable creating a better future.
So we set about ‘changing the world’ and strive to inform, advocate and educate. And yet we often find that our message is met with resistance and our actions unrewarded: as aspiring agents for change, we may inadvertently employ approaches that repel rather than attract new perspectives.
This course therefore draws on the art of storytelling and the science of messaging that involves, inspires and invites people to a be a part of compelling new stories for the future. It begins with practices for closely tuning in and connecting with nature’s (kelp forest) wisdom alongside experiences of what may help us feel fully alive and re-member our core humanity. The course then looks at how such insights can be effectively integrated to our own work in the world in terms of supporting cultural regeneration and collective transformation.
Who is it for?
We specifically encourage: college and tertiary students; career-minded people pursuing continuing professional development; organisations seeking dynamic team-building processes; and change agents looking to upscale their eco~social impact. But we welcome anyone who has an open-mind and genuine interest in enhancing their knowledge, capabilities and (inter)personal well-being.
We have space for a maximum of 10 participants.
Dr. Matthew Zylstra with Craig Foster and the Sea Change team as well as guest presenters.
Matthew Zylstra, PhD is a founder of the Organisation for Noetic Ecology and Research/Education Associate with the Sea Change Project. He has over 10 years experience as a university field lecturer and nature-based facilitator as well as previously working in the conservation sector, mostly with multi-stakeholder processes across land-/seascapes. Matthew is now involved with collaborative eco-social change processes across diverse scales, integrating approaches from Theory U, 8Shields, IONS C3 and insights arising out of his own research. Matthew completed his PhD in 2014 through Stellenbosch University’s Transdiscplinary Doctoral Program in Sustainability and explored how meaningful nature experience deepens connectedness and inspires leadership in service of people and planet.
Craig Foster is a founder of the Sea Change Trust and one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers. He has dedicated himself to learning the secrets of the Great African Sea Forest – the inshore kelp habitat at the South West tip of Africa, his underwater home. Together with Sea Change Trust co-founder Ross Frylink, he has written a book on their transformative experiences exploring this little-known coastline and shallow seas of the Cape Peninsula. He is currently working on the Sea Change film which follows the story of his year with a wild octopus, at the same time honouring his pact to dive 365 times a year. Through this regular intensive immersion, he has uncovered a plethora of new animal behaviours and species, one of the species is a shrimp which has been named after him: Heteromysis Fosteri. He has founded the Sea Change Project to share his love of nature with others.