The Flourishing Diversity Series invites you to a unique opportunity to listen, dialogue, and participate with Indigenous leaders from across the world.

Wisdom traditions hold many of the answers to our most pressing problems concerning the climate crisis and environmental protection. It’s time to consider them at the global-scale.


From the 7th - 11th of September, Flourishing Diversity will host a series of events across London that build collaboration and help us to see what we can all do to better live in harmony with the delicate systems of this planet, our only home.


9-11  SEPT



The Summit will create an intentional space at UCL for the representatives of Indigenous traditions and a diverse group of leading experts to share their wisdom, ideas and strategies to address contemporary environmental challenges.


​Open to all, each day includes teachings and exploration on a different theme.



10.30am - 7pm


Take part in a moving meditation dedicated to Gaia, our Earth, along the life blood of London, the River Thames.


The event begins with a water ceremony led by the Arhuaco  and is held in partnership with the London National Park City initiative, XR Youth, XR Internationalist Solidarity Network. 


8-11 SEPT


We are calling upon strong Western voices to ‘donate’ the power of their voice.


Instead of speaking we are asking high profile individuals from the worlds of film, business and conservation, to listen to someone whose voice might otherwise go unheeded and whose wisdom offers alternative frameworks of being and thinking.


Human activity has profoundly altered our climate and the environment.


Modern Lifestyles have caused many of us to lose touch with the natural world, disconnecting us from our planet, the other species with which we share it, and each other.


We are only beginning to understand what this means for our collective future; there are many unknowns. Given the likely scale of the impact, ensuring a collective habitable future demands practices that will foster, prize, support, defend and generate diversity at every possible level.

Communities of people living in Indigenous ‘wisdom traditions’ across the world maintain these connections.


They offer us alternatives we desperately need to embrace. Their traditions still care for and enhance the flourishing of diversity - conserving the multi-species relationships on which planetary well-being depends.


Living high up in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the profoundly spiritual Arhuaco people lived in seclusion for centuries. 

This is the first time they have sent a delegation of their Mamos (spiritual leaders) to Europe to speak to the Western world and share their messages and the practices needed to maintain balance.


Living in the Indian Himalaya, the Idu Mishmi say that tigers are their brothers and have a sophisticated religious system managed by the shamans attending, that seeks to maintain healthy relations between humans and all the other species inhabiting their mountains.

Their system is so successful that there are more tigers and other endangered species present on their territories than in neighbouring tiger reserves and protected areas.


Benki and Moisés Piyãkoare leaders and shamans from the Ashaninka community of Apiwtxa (State of Acre, Brazil).


World-renowned for their work through Apiwtxa to regenerate, restore and protect Amazon forest ecosystems, and in support of forest peoples’ struggles for their rights, they have been recognised by many prizes, including the United Nations Equator Prize in 2017 and the Newton Prize 2018. 


Inhabiting the fragile Kalahari ecosystem for thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, the Ju/’hoan San have established the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, the first internationally recognized land conservancy in Namibia.


​At Independence Mr.ǂOma Tsamkxao was elected the  "Ju/'hoanTraditional Authority.

Deeply committed to egalitarian social processes, Mr. ǂOma has worked tirelessly to promote the institutions and environmental management principles on which the Nyae Nyae Conservancy is based. 


Inhabiting the last remaining forest galleries of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, the Guarani’s indigenous territories are on the frontline of defence against the rapacious expansion of industrial agricultural monocultures.


Brazil’s Atlantic Forest that has lost 92% of its forest cover, but through partnerships with other Guarani, the Ashaninka and local organisations the Guarani of Brazil are regenerating forests, replanting lost species, and defending biodiverse land from industrial expansion. In 2018 they won the Newton Prize for this work.


Originating 500 years ago in the fragile Rajasthani Dessert the Bishnoi are followers of the 29 principles for environmentally sustainable communities.


In the 18th century 363 of them were killed embracing trees that were to be cut down, which is where the term 'tree-hugging' originates.


Mahesh will present the principles and talk about his community.



Karen Roth

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