Tim Bennett & Sally Erickson

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Tim Bennett is an artist, teacher, and the writer and director of the documentary What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, in which “a middle-class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American lifestyle.” Born and raised in rural Michigan and now living in Vermont, he began his inquiry into environmental and cultural issues in the late 80s. His academic background is in anthropology, religion, education and film. His talent for “big-picture thinking,” along with his ability to see through the taboos, denials, and orthodoxies of the dominant culture, combined with his poetic writing style, makes What a Way to Go a documentary experience that is both compelling and informative.

Sally Erickson is an artist, psychotherapist, community builder, spiritual practitioner, and the producer of What a Way to Go. She was born in Washington State where she developed a love of, and commitment to, the natural world. Experiences of wilderness vision-questing deepened that commitment. Now living in Vermont, she brings maturity, insight, organizational development expertise and inspiration to What a Way to Go.

Currently, Sally and Tim are beginning to feel a way into some next paradigm, exploring intimate and cooperative community as a spiritual path. They facilitate dialogue training circles that face right into the present predicament that is threatening the future of the human species, as well as much of the natural world. Is it possible to tame the wounded, dysfunctional and hyper-individualized egos that civilization has wrought, and to connect with the deeper Self, to bring human beings into right relationship with the Universe, the Earth, and the Community of Life? Sally and Tim are explorers in that realm and experience this as work worth doing.

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