CStudies welcomes eco-philosopher David Abram

Tess Wixted

When David Abram's book The Spell of the Sensuous was published in 1996, its praises were heralded far and wide. The Village Voice declared that David had "one of those rare minds which, like the mind of a musician or a great mathematician, fuses dreaminess with smarts." The Utne Reader called him a "visionary" for "casting magic spells through his writing and lecturing" and for his profound influence on the environmental movement.

Described as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s research and writing have helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), David lives his vocation each day.

A quote from The Spell of the Sensuous, a rich scholarly text widely used in academic settings, gives a hint of the depth and passion of his vision:

Sooner or later...technological civilization will accept the invitation of gravity and settle back into the land, its political and economic structures diversifying into the varied contours and rhythms of a more-than-human earth.

On May 27 Continuing Studies will host Becoming Animal: Into the Depths of an Earthly Cosmology, an evening at with David Abram sharing the title of his most recent book as well as Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth: Falling Awake, a weekend workshop May 29-31 at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island.

Contact Continuing Studies at 250.391.2513 for more information.