Rita Gyorffy

Deep Ecologist in training.2015 Melbourne Fellowship

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I found self and collaborative empowerment and confidence through the beautiful connected CSL tribe.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL? 

I found self and collaborative empowerment and confidence through the beautiful connected CSL tribe.

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

I love this planet, it's our home, we only have one, it's special, beautiful and intelligent, we have forgotten this. I was working in environmental engineering and realised we have all the technology to live in harmony with the Earth. So why aren't we? I decided to follow my intuitive passion to find out. This led me to ecopsychology. Now life is mysterious, fun, unexpected, aligned with my values of living lightly on Earth, contributes to society and sustainable lifestyles and is deeply meaningful. *grateful

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

Gratefully CSL turned out to be a cutting edge program that is about supporting "The Great Turning" (see Joanna Macy and David Korten) and not the failing "business as usual" story. It steps beyond the comfort zone of society and dares to delve into the unknown where new creations and possibilities can unfold. I felt deeply supported by the CSL ethos, facilitators and the fellows to just be my self and follow my true passion. I would never have thought that 8/25 CSL fellows would want to do a project about human-nature connection because they also saw that our psychological disconnection with our inner and outer worlds is the fundamental contributor to the planetary destruction we are causing. Live in connection to self (your inner world), society (be compassionate with all others) and soil (nature) and watch this change.

In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

We are at a crucial time in the history of humanity where population, oil, environmental destruction, capitalism, are all interconnected crises that threaten human life. Everyone contributes to the way life works on Earth, simply by consuming resources we are all essential effecters of the Earth ecosystem. We need to move from ego-centric living to eco-centric living if we want to continue living in comfort, let alone survive for many generations to come.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

Practise facilitating groups to empower the human-nature connection. Become an awesome storyteller (a tool for the above)

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Awesome-fun, connected-community, real-world-skills

Rita can be contacted via E-mail: rgyorffy@gmail.com

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