Wild Child Moves started as a collaboration between Anna Greer and Clare Lovelace. We shared a love for the natural world, and a background in Yoga and Buddhist teachings. We wanted to create something that provided experiences of deep and joyful connection to the natural world and so we started Wild Child Moves as a way to contribute to consciousness shift around the way humans interact with and view the earth. Clare has since moved on as she throws her whole focus into the wonderful community in Batemans Bay that is thriving around her yoga studio – Soul Tribe Yoga, and so I, Anna, am focusing on the entity of Wild Child Moves.
It is my hope that Wild Child Moves will continue to provide experience that spark a re-enchantment with the natural world, and a sense of intimacy and belonging in the earth. Wild Child Moves facilitates joyful, playful connections in nature through the practices of yoga, meditation, presence in nature, deep ecology and the work that reconnects.
Anna is a yoga teacher, writer and deep ecology/ work that reconnects facilitator.
I trained for many years in the Jivamukti Yoga lineage. I was attracted to this method’s emphasis on developing right relationship with the earth and the practice of ahimsa, non-harming. I’ve undertaken over 1000 hours of teacher training in the Jivamukti lineage, as well as 10 years of teaching experience. I have also trained with Bernie Clark, completing a 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training. I teach regular yoga classes at Humming Puppy in Redfern. As well as the Wild Child Moves, events marrying yoga, meditation, movement, deep ecology and rewilding.
Deep Ecology Facilitation
I hold retreats and workshops facilitating deep ecology practice in wild places, as well as working with organisations to strengthen connection, intention, resolve, and unity. Last year I completed a year-long Facilitator Development Course through Joanna Macy’s organisation, The Work That Reconnects. Deep Ecology brings us back to a felt sense of connection to the earth, bringing us into an animist way of experiencing the web of life – as alive, as spirit running through all things. The core practices and method formulated by environment activists, Joanna Macy, John Seed and others, focus on developing connection to one another and the living earth, as well as processing grief over the destruction being wrought, and then coming to a deeper resolve to protect the earth through action, challenging the established structures underpinning our society, and shifting human consciousness. Many of the practices are inspired by engaged buddhism.
My activist days began in student organising and anarchist circles. I was most heavily involved in the refugee rights movement during the Howard years. I have also been involved in Direct Action in the conservation realm, spending two dangerous summers confronting Japanese whalers in Antarctica with Sea Shepherd. And have been involved with Extinction Rebellion more recently. My relationship with activism however, goes in waves and my ideas about what constitutes activism is shifting as the world and reality we’re facing shifts. As we apply ourselves to holding actions, direct action to protect life, we also need to address the root cause of the hegemonic human cultures’ dysfunctional relationship with the Earth, which is our cognitive disconnection from the Earth and the wider web of life.
The thread that runs through all I do, is love for the earth, and a message of protecting life and cultivating our felt sense of connection.