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Earth-based spirituality in Australian outdoor & environmental studies

Riley, Kathryn 2015, Earth-based spirituality in Australian outdoor & environmental studies, International journal of sustainability education, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 17-32.

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Title Earth-based spirituality in Australian outdoor & environmental studies
Author(s) Riley, Kathryn
Journal name International journal of sustainability education
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 32
Total pages 16
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2325-1212
2325-1220
Keyword(s) Deep Ecology
Eco-feminism
Environmental Studies
Outdoor
Summary Australian Outdoor & Environmental Studies (OES), under the curriculum framework of Health and Physical Education (HPE), is influenced by dominant discourses of androcentric perspectives of wilderness. As such, inherent adventure hegemonies impact the type and depth of relationship that can emerge with nature. Through an eco-feminist lens, I will draw on the stories of three adolescent students and their encounters with spiritual pedagogy, namely meditation practices within Australian OES. These student stories, collected during a 5-day hiking expedition in a remote coastal environment in southern Victoria, demonstrated that ideas of ‘femininity’ are subjugated and inferiorised to ideas of ‘masculinity’ in the outdoors. Therefore, I call for OES pedagogical approaches to work towards a more robust integration of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ psyches towards values of deep ecology. In this paper I will draw on Merleau - Ponty’s emotional embodiment theories and Jung’s psychological theories, to argue for a reshaping of OES pedagogical approaches that more thoroughly include spiritual and emotional inquiry, in order to create deeper connections to the natural world in the context of contemporary global environmental challenges.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074933

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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