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Luxurious Simplicity - Simplifying Without Sacrificing

4 Session Live Course

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Nara Petrovič

Uncover the root of our present ecological and social crisis by digging beneath the consumerist, industrial, and cultural clutter that affects our behaviours, emotions, and thought patterns. Learn a step-by-step process to simplify your personal life, communities, and organisations. Along with other students, you’ll aim to arrive at a balance point along the lines of the maxim (attributed to Einstein): Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”

The concepts covered in this course have been developed over two decades of luxurious simplicity practice and environmental engagement in +40 countries.

All participants will receive a free e-copy of the instructor’s book Human: Instructions for Use.

This course is ideal for those interested in:

- moral integrity in society

- effective activism

- lean organisation design

- the foundations of physical health

Session
Luxurious Simplicity - Simplifying Without Sacrificing

Luxurious simplicity answer the question: “How to simplify your life without sacrificing?”

You will be encouraged to follow a step-by-step process to joyfully simplify your personal life, your communities, and your organizations. You’ll be seeking a balance point along the lines of the maxim (attributed to Einstein): "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler."

You will dig deep underneath consumerist, industrial, and cultural clutter and look at the effects of behavioral, emotional, and thought patterns that feed both the deepening of the ecological and the social crisis.

In luxurious simplicity, we cannot get around the question: "What is the ideal of human existence?" The answer to this question should be the foundation of everything else in life.

Sessions schedule

01
How deep does the rabbit hole go?

You will be scrutinizing the cultural underpinnings of the normalcy that you take for granted simply because you have been brought up with such normalcy. You will gain an extracultural perspective on your physio-psycho-social condition (a perspective that an alien would have visiting Earth for the first time). You will learn about three types of knowledge, assessing their presence in your personal life and in your society.

02
The gordian knot of social reforms

How did our global society end up where it is now? Practically everything around you has been undergoing a long chain of reforms over the centuries. These reforms are often haphazard patchwork, not intricate clockwork. They involve improving our lives and also unnecessary complications. You will learn why, globally, a massive reform, done proactively, is impossible. A meaningful global change will be to a large degree reactive: done only when we’re forced to do it. Adaptive capacity lies primarily in individuals and small groups and we’ll look at how to best activate that capacity. At this session we will look how much room you have for your personal reform, what you can do with your community and why proactive simplicity is conducive to the quality of your life in the long run.

03
The ideal of human existence

There is no one single perfect way to live your life. But there are some basic tennets defined by your bodily anatomy. Being merged with nature, human beings organically follow their own nature. But this comes with certain pains and troubles too. Solving troubles and making our lives easier led us further and further away from nature and caused more and more collateral damage. We don't want to go back to the utopian stone age. But we also don't want to go forward into self-destruction and thus to a distopian stone age. At this session you will look at trade-offs in eight possible future scenarios. You will determine your field of influence and sketch your own ideal existence given your current situation.

04
Navigating wisely through your new reality

It will be a new reality because you will have new eyes, not because the reality had changed. As a wise saying from SE Europe says: "A wise person sees more from the bottom of a well than the stupid does from the top of the mountain." You will be assessing how to hit that sweet spot of "as simple as possible but not simpler" for you as an individual and for the community you live in. We will have an open conversation about cognitive dissonance and how to deal with the inevitable inner struggle when you know what is right but your social context prevents you from doing it.

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Even now, three years after attending Nara's Hero's Journey workshop, I still get goosebumps.

Katja Mlinar

Nara is not only a theoretician, a critic of the system, of our everyday habits, infested with capitalist ideology, but also one of the few people with a concrete vision of human-friendly alternatives to the current system and way of life. Not only a vision, but also an intricate methodology on how to arrive there. For me, he is, also from a political point of view, a social therapist of the future

Jure Capuder

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Luxurious Simplicity - Simplifying Without Sacrificing

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