ADVAYA   INITIATIVE

We are the first generation to grow up knowing about climate change, and the last generation to be able to do  something about it

IN 2015 CHRISTABEL REED & RUBY REED FOUNDED ADVAYA INITIATIVE

Advaya Initiative is a social change platform inspiring and empowering young people and change makers to become activists for a better world.

We work to combat the interconnected crises of environmental destruction and mental health, seeing these as a call to radical action: an opportunity to evolve, to come together and co-create. We address narratives of disempowerment and explore how to lead authentic lives in harmony with nature.

We seek transformation at an individual and collective level, while cultivating purposeful lives of connection and belonging.

WE DO THIS IN 5 KEY WAYS

Raising Awareness

We curate solution-orientated events and content to inspire, empower and educate, bringing together a growing and diverse community with groundbreaking figures from the forefront of social change.

Improving Wellbeing

We incorporate meditation and embodiment practices to nurture individual and collective resilience so that our actions may be a source of flourishing - individually, together and for society

Empowering Action

We inspire conscious activism that is regenerative and sustainable. We empower young people to find their voice for positive change, to become aware of the weight of their actions, and to realise their individual potential and power to address the crises we face

Creating Community

We create community around positive change making through in-person events and gatherings. When we come together we realise we are not alone in our hopes and dreams for a thriving, regenerative and globally considerate world.

Celebrating Life

We are falling back in love with life. We promote joyful activism. We believe in the power of re-enchantment and that by acting for the welfare of the world our lives are filled with purpose, belonging and connection.

PROGRAMS

Our innovative programs delve into the practices of activism, rewilding, spiritual ecology, nature connection, re-enchantment, mythology and storytelling. We use these as frameworks to explore solutions to environmental crises, including conservation, consumption, plastic, ecofeminism, food and farming, alternative economies, climate change, ecocide and human rights.

We are passionate about bringing together groups of young people from diverse backgrounds and communities. We celebrate the values we all share and our aspirations to make the world a better place.

Our bespoke events vary from workshops, talks and supper-clubs, to screenings and panel discussions, festivals, retreats, ceremonies and pilgrimages. We believe in the power that storytelling has to change the world, and in-person gatherings are accompanied by shareable online viral content spread through social media, online magazine, films and interviews.

 
 
 
 

Some past events include:

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THE HEALING VOICE, HEALING FAMILY & ANCESTORS WITH JILL PURCE

42ACRES, Shoreditch | Wednesday 20th September, 7.30-9.30PM

A special evening exploring the ancient magic of sound and family constellations with Jill Purce, the pioneer of the Sound Healing and Ancestral Healing Movements.This experiential talk will explore how sound and the voice have been understood and used in different traditions as one of the most effective ways to balance the mind and body and ultimately achieve enlightenment. Jill will guide us to experience the ancient magic of Mongolian overtone chanting, sacred songs, chants, sonic meditations and more as ways to release uniquely powerful energies for emotional, psychological and spiritual healing.

Beyond Asana: Asceticism, Alchemy, & The Tangled Roots Of Yoga. Lecture Series Exploring The History & Philosophy Of Yoga   Rudolf Steiner House, London | Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October   Join us for an exciting lecture series taking us beyond asana to explore the myriad roots of yoga as it emerged in the Indian sub continent over the last 3 millennia. We have invited the most important scholars and teachers in the field. Each event can be booked separately, or you can attend the whole course. For everyone: students, teachers, and anyone interested in Yoga, Philosophy and History.

Beyond Asana: Asceticism, Alchemy, & The Tangled Roots Of Yoga. Lecture Series Exploring The History & Philosophy Of Yoga

Rudolf Steiner House, London | Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October

Join us for an exciting lecture series taking us beyond asana to explore the myriad roots of yoga as it emerged in the Indian sub continent over the last 3 millennia. We have invited the most important scholars and teachers in the field. Each event can be booked separately, or you can attend the whole course. For everyone: students, teachers, and anyone interested in Yoga, Philosophy and History.

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MYTHIC IMAGINATION: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING & MYTHOLOGY

he Hoxton, Holborn | Saturday 30th September, 10.45am

A deep dive into the power of mythology and storytelling as spiritual and practical tools to connect to our true purpose, empower our lives and ignite awe and wonder at the world around us. Throughout the day we will uncover ancient myths and develop new stories to enliven and deepen our understanding of who we are, where we are, and how we are right now. Speakers and workshop leaders will guide us through our sub-conscious to explore native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions, as well as our own personal story, and how each of these affect the world we see around us.

IS ECOLOGY RELEVANT? Panel Discussion + Q&A with Satish Kumar, Resurgence, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO & Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP   UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, GUSTAVE TUCK LECTURE THEATRE, GOWER ST, BLOOMSBURY, LONDON WC1E 6BT | FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER, 6.30-8.00P   Join us at UCL to to discuss the hands-on, practical implications and relevance of an ecological approach to the crises we face. With Satish Kumar (peace activist, author and co-founder, Schumacher College), Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth), Molly Scott Cato (Green MEP for SW England and Gibraltar)

IS ECOLOGY RELEVANT? Panel Discussion + Q&A with Satish Kumar, Resurgence, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO & Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, GUSTAVE TUCK LECTURE THEATRE, GOWER ST, BLOOMSBURY, LONDON WC1E 6BT | FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER, 6.30-8.00P

Join us at UCL to to discuss the hands-on, practical implications and relevance of an ecological approach to the crises we face. With Satish Kumar (peace activist, author and co-founder, Schumacher College), Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth), Molly Scott Cato (Green MEP for SW England and Gibraltar)