Conjuring new lifeways with ancient wisdom & emerging science

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 19:00 to 22:00

A fundraising workshop for the Seven Directions Land Recovery Project. Activists, artists, community workers and all folks welcome. Facilitated by Zainab Amadahy

Did you know that feeling compassion:

· Registers as happiness in your brain?
· Enhances your immune response?
· Generates healthy physical responses?

Did you know that when you commit an act of kindness you generate healthful biological responses for yourself AND those who OBSERVE you in action?

Did you know that reciting or listening to an Elder deliver a Thanksgiving Address impacts you emotionally, mentally AND PHYSICALLY?

What are the implications of ancient wisdom as well as new scientific knowledge for individual health, community wellbeing and the welfare of the planet? What do emerging science and ancient knowledge offer activism, art-making and community work?

Whether you are reclaiming traditions, building community or taking action to create a better world this workshop has implications for your health, interpersonal relationships and work.

PWYC (suggested donation $25 but no one will be turned away) Everyone welcome.

To register or for more information email: [email protected]

* Workshop is limited to 20 participants so please do not register unless you plan to attend.

* This workshop will be repeated in February 2012 and can be arranged for small groups at other times, so please don't be concerned if you miss out.


The workshop's frame of reference

Colonial mindset has denigrated Indigenous wisdom for generations. The cultural practices of indigenous peoples around the globe have been regarded as foolish, harmful and contradictory to science. Meanwhile, Eurocentric science has been used to rationalize inequality, justify genocide and create technologies that destroy life and community.


Yet, to the relational mindset of indigenous and other peoples, the separation of cultural wisdom from scientific knowledge is a flawed way of thinking. The tendency to see knowledge and wisdom as antagonistic to each other is clearly not helping the planet and the variety of species that live upon her.


Emerging science and global Indigenous movements are inspiring us to reframe unhelpful ways of thinking and celebrate our inter-relatedness to each other, the Earth and all life.


About Zainab

Zainab Amadahy is a writer, community worker and activist. Her publications include the speculative fiction novel Moons of Palmares and she recently contributed to In Breach of the Colonial Contract by co-authoring "Indigenous Peoples and Black People in Canada: Settlers or Allies?" Zainab also contributed to the anthology Strong Women's Stories: Native Vision & Community Activism. Many of her more recent publications can be found on or


About seven directions

Seven Directions Mission Statement: Seven Directions is a Turtle Island-based community of Indigenous peoples and those who support Indigenous efforts to protect our respective lands and land-based cultures. We are committed to working towards these goals on Turtle Island (The Americas), and globally.


The seven directions land recovery project

The Seven Directions Land Recovery Project aims to create spaces where Indigenous peoples of this territory can reclaim our traditional stewardship of the land for the health of our communities, the broader society and the earth. In these spaces Seven Directions will support Indigenous peoples in reclaiming cultures that stem from the land and rebuilding strong communities, while inviting non-Indigenous counter-parts to learn from local traditions, and reconnect to their own ancestral ones in order to create models for living here that are in balance with the land and her people. Created by the Ontario-based organization, Seven Directions, SDLRP will be networked with like-minded initiatives around the world -from organic farms and permaculture projects to eco-centres and indigenous communities. By creating spaces for peoples to reclaim ancient and contemporary methods of sustainable living that are rooted in culture, the SDLRP will contribute to healing communities, while also contributing to the protection of the earth.


For more info on Seven Directions: [email protected]



downtown Toronto
Spadina & Queen
M5A 4P9 Toronto
43° 38' 17.8584" N, 79° 23' 32.1216" W
Zainab Amadahy

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