U-M PCCS; and NCID Present:

James Crowfoot, Elizabeth Goodenough, Richard Mann, and Martha Winona Travers

"Nature-Based Contemplation, Outdoor Play, and Sustainability"

Monday, October 20, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m. // This event is free and open to all U-M affiliates, community scholars, and the general public.

U-M Pierpont Commons, Boulevard Room, Second Level
2101 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2090
University of Michigan, North Campus


A panel discussion moderated by Dick Mann, with James Crowfoot, Program in the Environment (PitE); Elizabeth Goodenough, Residential College (RI); and Martha Winona Travers, Program in Creativity & Consciousness Studies (PCCS). This panel explores the relationship between sustainable practices in our treatment of the Earth; contemplative practices that re-engage our conversation with the natural world; and adult and childhood play in nature.

As the human species faces an unprecedented threat in terms of climate change, all of our capacities as human beings are called upon. In order to survive as a species, a fundamental change of consciousness is necessary. What is the nature of that change and how can it be effected? Is such a change currently in process? Can the human species transform from a species that habitually over-consumes to a species that lives in ecological balance with the natural world? How can play in the outdoors and contemplative practices that deepen our relationship with nature inform our sustainable practice?

A human capacity lost in much of the dominant cultures, which is still maintained to this day in some communities of indigenous peoples, is the ability to enter into conversation with the elements of nature and to recognize that all aspects of the natural world are, in a very real sense, "our relations."

Play and contemplative practices help us relearn this lost capacity.
Nature is the teacher.

Indigenous elders remind us that we are nature, that nature is not outside of us, but is, indeed, who we are in our essence. Profit- and product-driven priorities block our ability to "go with" nature. Yet it is only through learning how nature works and going with its processes that the species has survived until now. Join us for a spirited conversation about the ways in which ancient forms of human engagement with the natural world can promote our survival as a species.


Campus Map Location:
Pierpont Commons is located in quadrant 9-N on the U-M North Campus parking map.
(See link and street address above, to help identify the building.)

Driving Directions to Pierpont Commons:
For information and assistance regarding directions & the facility's accessibility,
call (734) 764-INFO,
or visit http://uunions.umich.edu/content/directions-pierpont-commons.

Nearby Parking:
Parking for both visitors and by U-M parking permit (gold and blue) is available in the closest lot #NC27, alongside U-M Walgreen Drama Center on Murfin Ave. Other visitor/blue lots within nearest walking distance include #NC10 (by Moore Bldg.
at the School of Music, southwest of Pierpont; accessible by vehicle via Baits Dr.
), and #NC43 (behind the Stamps Art & Architecture Bldg., south of Pierpont; accessible by vehicle via Fuller Rd.).
The closest orange lots would involve catching the campus bus line (see more below).
See additional information (about U-M structures' parking fees, etc.)
at http://pts.umich.edu/parking/.


University Bus Routes & Schedules:
Specific questions regarding nearby campus bus routes and/or temporary parking permits and fees for designated (yellow & orange permit) commuter parking lots may be directed to the U-M Parking Office and Transportation Services. See http://pts.umich.edu/site-tools/contact.php or call Parking Customer Service at
(734) 764-8291.
Also, the Magic Bus website provides real-time status of (free) U-M campus bus routes and schedules. And those routes and schedules are provided at http://pts.umich.edu/transit/routes.php.

Public and Alternative Transportation:
Public bus-transit schedules (& fares) for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area are provided by The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide).

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) offers an interactive map for locating public-access, rentable Zip cars, bicycles, etc.


On-Campus Walking Map to Pierpont Commons:
Floorplans indicate various street entrances, as well as interior building-connector routes from the Chrysler Center and the Duderstadt Center. See: http://uunions.umich.edu/content/getting-around-pierpont-commons.

Directions within Pierpont Commons—
to Boulevard Room, Second Level:

From the Murfin Ave. entrance (with accessible drop-off, circular drive) turn right, and take either the staircase or the elevator (behind the Sushi by Panda) to level two.
Continue along the east corrider to the southeast corner.

The Campus Information Center for North Campus is housed on the First Level, at the main (Murfin Ave.) drive-up entrance of Pierpont Commons. Hours of staffing are provided at http://uunions.umich.edu/resource/campus-information-center-cic-0, or call (734) 764-INFO.

If PCCS affiliates have time before or after our program, enjoy the Reflection Room on the Lower Level, by the northwest staircase (past Caen labs). See details at http://uunions.umich.edu/article/reflection-rooms.

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a quote from
Henry David Thoreau:

"In wildness is the preservation of
the world." photo:Yun Yuan Tay