Dismantling New Age Spirituality with Alnoor Ladha, Swaady Martin & Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Join us for this powerful discussion hosted by Amisha Ghadiali (all that we are founder) with Alnoor Ladha, Swaady Martin and Tioaksin Ghosthorse. We will be exploring the theme of Dismantling New Age Spirituality.
- What is New Age spirituality and why does it need dismantling?
- How have our spiritual lives been co-opted by systems of power and separation including capitalism, colonisation, anthropocentrism, patriarchy and hyper-individualism?
Speakers for this session
Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. TR started in 2012 as an experiment in temporary organizational design. Alnoor comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. His work has been published in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Truthout, Fast Company, Kosmos Journal, New Internationalist, and the Huffington Post among others. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
Swaady is a recognized leader, influencer and tastemaker in Africa. She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience, and founder of one of Africa’s most admired brands, YSWARA African tea company. A Consciousness activist, she founded Tounché Global Consciousness Summit & Events and LovingKindness Boma, an independent publishing house creating conscious books for children with diverse main characters. Swaady is an alumna of the Harvard Divinity School, NYU Stern, The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), HEC Paris Business School and HEC Lausanne. She’s an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow , a certified Yoga & Mindfulness teacher and a certified Pranic Healer.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse – Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota—is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems de- signed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” he has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy. Tiokasin is a musician and teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds and performs worldwide. Tiokasin is “a perfectly flawed human being” and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation.
Amisha Ghadiali is the founder of ‘all that we are’ fka The Future Is Beautiful – which she started in 2010. She is a leadership mentor, author and experienced facilitator with a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats. workshops and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces for our hearts unfolding, healing and embrace of our wildness. Her book “Intuition” published by DK Books is out now. She hosts the ‘all that we are’ podcast.
Timing & Pricing
Monday 2nd May
2.30-4.30pm IST, 7.30-9.30pm BST, 8.30-10.30pm CEST, 2.30-4.30 EDT, 11.30-1.30pm PDT
£40 to join this session, £25 for ‘all that we are’ members (use the code we have sent you at checkout)
From Me to We
This is the first session in a six week learning journey, ‘From Me to We’, curated and hosted by ‘all that we are’. Each week we will have a panel of three speakers who will discuss these timely themes. You are welcome to join us for the whole six weeks, including embodiment sessions and discussion salons, or for individual events.
(sliding scale pricing offered starting at £150 and full scholarships available)
Speakers for this session
About From Me to We
As the pandemic has changed us in ways we are just comprehending, several living questions are: How can we live our values in a more meaningful way? How do we move from the paradigm of individual spirituality to something that feels more aligned with the story of interbeing? How do we have a relationship with the sacred that allows us to show up in an engaged way – recognising that we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.
We are living in a crisis of spirit and separation – from our true nature, each other and this beautiful planet. Navigating a spiritual path within late stage capitalism is challenging for all of us. As many of us have moved away from organised religion into a hybrid of different cultures and practices, whilst wellbeing has become an industry – we feel the damage that New Age spirituality has caused. It has distorted us from an engaged and embodied approach to collective healing and liberation – in many cases fostering greater separation, individualism and escapism – and doing little to dismantle and transform the systems of power and separation that drive so much suffering in our world.
Many of us feel we have become a product of this time and these systems, with a focus on individual success and external comparison – fuelling these very crises rather than seeking to heal their shared roots. Despite good intentions, we find ourselves navigating the complexities of these times rather clumsily and being part of the problem. We now also exist within ‘cancel culture’, where questioning the dominant narrative can lead to being outcast and deplatformed, it’s a challenging time we live in.
If you are feeling called to deepen your understanding of this time, unravel some outdated patterns and explore how you can grow and serve in your community, ‘all that we are’ invites you to join us on this living inquiry into how we move from Me to We.
This is a collective journey to transmute and heal from the hyper-individualised and capitalist shadows that too often fuel isolation, inadequacy and polarity. Our deepest intention is to create space to discover and embody a spirituality of belonging, wholeness, and action – to live a We, that is both more inclusive and expansive in these divided times and in deeper relation with the more-than-human world.
Our starting point is not with all the answers. We don’t offer you experts or gurus. We have good questions, and a willingness to sit with the uncertainty this great turning asks of us. We will bow at the altar of emergence and hold space for what longs to be birthed through us as we remember ALL THAT WE ARE.
We have gathered a collective of curious souls for this inquiry, in both the facilitators and each of you taking part. Together, we can explore what it means to be human at this time and how to show up more powerfully as we go on this six week learning journey.
From Me to We is the first experience in our new series ‘Dismantling New Age Spirituality’, which comes as we let go of ‘The Future Is Beautiful’ to embrace all that we are, all that we are becoming and all that is possible.
“Much as I enjoy popular New Age commentary on love, I am often struck by the dangerous narcissism fostered by spiritual rhetoric that pays so much attention to individual self-improvement and so little to the practice of love within the context of community. Packaged as a commodity, spirituality becomes no different from an exercise program. While it may leave the consumer feeling better about his or her life, its power to enhance our communion with ourselves and others in a sustained way is inhibited” Bell Hooks (All About Love: New Visions)