Ariel K. McKnight Burgess

Empowerment, resiliency, and love for changing times

Ecological Grief & Empathy Workshops

I have been studying and teaching eco- and climate grief and mourning for a number of years, and have designed workshops to share this with others. Like my classroom teaching, these workshops are interdisciplinary, and highlight some of the most powerful ideas and practices I have experienced over the years. I draw on ecology, psychology, ethics, mindfulness and meditation, somatic experience, Buddhism, activism, and justice. I offer these workshops in a variety of formats including a 1.5 hour, to the 12-week Empowering Ourselves and Others in a Changing Climate offering, to everything in-between.

The next session of Empowering Ourselves and Others in a Changing Climate begins March 2, 2022! You can learn more and register on the Events & Workshops page.

“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

A better, more just, more aligned, more thriving, more loving world is possible.

It is a place where diversity thrives and ecosystems are resilient and healthy. It is a place where human systems support and nurture the rest of life. It is a place where humans realize and honor that the earth supports and nurtures us in return. It is a place where power and privilege are shared equitably. It is a place where the water is clean, the air is safe, and the climate is stable.  It is a place where we know our interconnectedness, spread love, and build a stronger community together.

This vision is what I aim for in my work. As an artist, ecologist, and educator I strive to bring this future alive in this moment.