The DA Forum hosts weekly and monthly facilitated events, both online and in person, free and by donation. Most DAF event facilitators are volunteers who are skilled at bringing people into deep connection and creative collaboration, rather than information-sharing and decision-making. This is one important way to enable and embody loving responses to our predicament. New facilitators are always welcome to join.
Facilitating DAF events requires a commitment to learning and using practices that embody the Principles of Deep Adaptation Gatherings. DAF founders, Jem Bendell and Katie Carr, have co-authored papers in 2020 and 2021 that explore, in more academic detail, the theory and practice of facilitating for Deep Adaptation.
Facilitators of DAF events model and continue to develop skills such as listening, emotional resilience, self-regulation, and co-regulation. This happens through practice, mentorship, and by belonging to a community of peers that meets monthly online. New DAF facilitators often start by co-hosting events with more experienced mentors. A core team member serves as paid facilitation coordinator.
Descriptions of some DAF-facilitated events are linked below. Facilitators offer additional workshops using their unique areas of specialisation. DA Facilitators are available to offer guidance for individuals and groups who want to develop their own skills for facilitating dialogue and community.
If you’re a facilitator and want to get involved, you can join the DA Facilitators group on Facebook and/or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Following a warm welcome from the facilitators and introductions from the group, the facilitator will open up the space for people to share how they are experiencing the challenges and changes that are taking place, and the impact this is having on their relationship with mortality.
Deep Listening gatherings are a safe space in which to show up exactly as you are, share from the heart, and practice the sacred act of listening, deeply and without judgement. Feel better resourced and practice being a resource for others.
Deep Relating is a core practice of the Deep Adaptation Forum, a ‘relational meditation’ practice that allows us to become aware of our sensations, emotions, thoughts and intuitions as they arise in our communication with one another.
There is a glow, an irrepressible joy that spontaneously arises within us when we really listen to the Earth, or any of Her myriad forms of life. From this life-changing deep connection we then become able to listen and hear what is the next step we need to take, in our unique capacity as the individual we are right now, to become “the change we want to see in the world.”
The first hour of the gathering will be dedicated to connecting/reconnecting with one another around our journeys of Deep Adaptation. The second hour will be for participants to share if they have any issues/dilemmas/challenges, or just listen and provide feedback.
Wider Embraces is a collective, guided meditation, which allows us to experience, explore, align and reflect upon different aspects of our being. We evoke and explore the physical, the biological, the cultural, the collective and planetary perspectives, which facilitates a greater sense of belonging and alignment between them, and then we share the insights that arise from exploring these perspectives, in a Deep Listening format.