Monthly Archives: January 2013

An Ecology of Mind – coming on March 21, 2013

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany)
March 21, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - Event Details

Thursday March 21, 7:30pm 

A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson  

bany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA
Tickets $10 /$8 from the theatre in advance or at the door   
Film website, trailer    Facebook   Ticket Sales (or find Albany Twin, then Buy Advance Tickets)

Winner: Media Ecology Association John Culkin 2011 Award for

Outstanding Praxis

Winner: Audience Choice BEST DOCUMENTARY The Santa Cruz Film Festival 2011 
Winner: BEST DOCUMENTARY The Spokane International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection: The Vancouver International Film Festival 
Official Selection: Bioneers Film Festival
Official Selection: Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection: Haida Gwaii Film Festival  
for the American Museum of Natural History NY Premiere.

We are very fortunate that Nora Bateson, the filmmaker and his daughter, will be present for this screening, the official public release of her documentary. The documentary leaves me in a clear, expanded and joyful state, of heart rather than mind. It is a testimony to the universal relevance of Gregory Bateson’s thinking and the skill of Nora’s film making that everyone I have shown it to has loved it. 

I first came across the film in Oxford, England, where Nora was screening it to a largely academic audience. At the end she asked for questions and comments but people were sitting in a kind of altered state, so she simply continued to weave the magic beautifully as she spoke for another 20 minutes.

This kind of experience is rare but has never had more relevance. Unless we find a new way to see the world and our place in it, there may be little hope for the human race. Gregory Bateson is a compelling thinker and teacher who might be able to help shift the balance from ‘me’ and ‘mine’ to ‘we’ and ‘ours,’ in the native American sense of  ‘all our relations’.

Here are a number of reviews that demonstrate the broad reach of Bateson’s teaching.


Posted in , , , , , , on January 28, 2013

Home Herbalism

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
February 17, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details

herbal-remediesWe have already held several events on the subject of getting healthy and staying healthy without the use of pharmaceuticals. This kind of information used to be widely held but has gone underground from disuse. It’s time to resurrect it, and luckily we have many talented people in our community who have been relearning these old skills and are willing to teach them to the community without asking for a fee.

In the latest in the series, Claire Norris, who has a certificate in the Science & Art of Herbalism from Sage Mountain Herbal Center and has studied various alternative healing modalities for many years, is sharing her knowledge of herbal remedies that can be grown and prepared at home.

Claire lives in El Cerrito and is also Wellness Coordinator at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

On Sunday, February 17, come to the Edith Stone Room (Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany) for a presentation that will teach how to identify and use common medicinal plants growing in our area. It will include the medicinal uses of some kitchen herbs and garden herbs and you will learn a variety of methods to extract the healing properties from the plants to make your own herbal remedies.

Claire will also demonstrate how to make an all-purpose healing salve and participants will be able to take some home.

A Transition Albany Health Group presentation

Posted in , , , on January 28, 2013