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Sunday, October 25 • 1:40pm - 3:00pm
The Importance and Joy of 'Being in the Dark' - How Light can blind us and fear can enlighten us

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What happens when we can no longer see the stars? If we lose our ability to experience dark skies, we lose the ability to experience the darkness within - the richness of the shadow, one of our greatest teachers. We lose our basic instinctual sense of place in the Universe. We as a society, we are becoming afraid of the dark and think if we light up our streets and neighborhoods we are safer, but in fact we become more fearful—fearful of who and what we do not know. Light pollution, coming from commercial properties, offices, factories, street lights, sporting venues, has been linked to increasing energy consumption, disrupting ecosystems and wildlife, harming human health and negatively affecting crime and safety. Together, we will explore the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual effects of light pollution and the joy of dark skies through lecture, story, guided exercises and poetry. Presented by Sherry Ellms of Naropa University.


Sherry Ellmss

Naropa University
Sherry Ellms is an Associate Professor and leads the Masters in Environmental Leadership Program at Naropa University and is an experienced facilitator and group leader in many modalities. She has led nature-based retreats and taught mindfulness meditation programs in spiritual and secular settings for 30 years. Sherry has trained with Joanna Macy, School of Lost Borders, Jon Kabat Zin (MBSR - mindfully based stress reduction), Marshal... Read More →

Sunday October 25, 2015 1:40pm - 3:00pm
Humanities 125 1610 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309

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