Deep Adaptation: a spiritual exploration

November 6-8, 2020: A Retreat with Online Sessions

With Alan Heeks, Amrita Bhohi and Karim Hadden

Deep Adaptation is the term used by Jem Bendell to invite us to face the radical changes climate change will bring within the next decade. This weekend retreat will focus on the spiritual aspects: seeking purpose, healing, mutual care from a bigger perspective.

Our exploration will include a range of teachings and processes, and will not focus on any one tradition or belief system. Potential elements include:

  • Spiritual ecology principles and practices to deepen sacred connection between people and the living earth
  • Joanna Macy’s deep ecology approach, drawing on Buddhist and Native American traditions
  • Neil Douglas Klotz’s teachings from Sufi and other traditions on being centred and creative in uncertainty
  • Insights from Jem Bendell’s writings
  • Dances of Universal Peace, which are a form of body prayer or moving meditation, helping us to embody prayers and guidance

Alan Heeks has focused on future resilience since 2012, leading a range of projects and workshops. Has been working with supporting Jem Bendell since Autumn 2018: nominated by Jem as a Deep Adaptation advocate. Alan has co-led many spiritual retreats, including several on spiritual resilience. See, and

Amrita Bhohi is an international spiritual ecology facilitator and educator. Her work offers experiences to reunite people, the living world and the sacred. She co-founded the Spiritual Ecology Programme at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace in London. Amrita is currently a facilitator with Emergence Magazine, and is writing a book about her work.

Karim Hadden is a highly experienced leader of Dances of Universal Peace and Devotional Singing. He has followed the path of Universal Sufism for many years, and also works as a Craniosacral therapist.

Timings and Retreat Structure:

We will have six online Zoom sessions as a group, with suggested practices and themes to explore between sessions. Group size will be limited to 16 participants. If possible please reserve the weekend for a retreat process: at minimum reserve ninety minutes for personal practice and reflection between group sessions. Our hope is to create some of the flavour of a woodland residential retreat, despite Covid guidelines preventing us being there physically.

The group online sessions will be at:

Friday: 2.30-4.00pm and 7.30-9.00pm
Saturday:10.30-12 noon, 2.30-4.00pm, and 7.30-9.00pm
(the evening will include a seasonal celebration for Samhain, Celtic new year)
Sunday:10.30-12 noon


£30 including the sessions and all briefing materials.
Concessionary price £22, or discuss with us what you can afford.

For bookings and enquiries:
Karim Hadden email: tel: 01981 500764