In this guest talk for the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA), Jan Alexander introduces 'methods of loosening the grip that the capitalist system has on us, as individuals, while simultaneously finding ways of hearing the guidance that nature offers, to enable us to move forward with our lives, free from fear, during this time of great transition.'
The work arises from an on-going conversation between Jan and the land she and her husband protect in County Cavan, Ireland.
Location: 26 University Square, Room 01/005
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I grew up in Australia, and came to live in Ireland in 1978 when I was 24.
I went to school from age seven until I was 15, when my parents most graciously allowed me to terminate my formal education. I held several employments in Australia up to my early twenties - from shop keeper to office work and including work in a country nursery and fruit shop, which I loved.
After 45 years living in Ireland, my heart-place is still the little wild area of my childhood near Eden on the south east coast of Australia.
Eden is within the ancestral homelands of the Yuin nation people and I respectfully pay tribute to the Yuin nation and their ancestors who remain the spiritual custodians of that still beautiful country.
In retrospect, I can see that the most valuable lessons I learned in my childhood came directly from that little wild area itself. This 'living knowledge' continues to be available to me in the Irish landscape where I am privileged to live.
I've developed simple ways of living that offer minimal material ties but more freedom. I have a keen interest in meeting life as it plays out in real time.