The Wisdom and Consciousness of Mother Earth with Anneloes Smitsman
Disconnection from ourselves, each other, the earth and the sacred in all life is something we hear a lot about on The Dr. Julie Show. Advice from visionary thought leaders and experts on the topic are entering the mainstream more and more. But we’ve never heard the voice of the mother—Mother Earth that is. Listen in as we explore the wisdom and support that our planet, as a caring and conscious mother, shares for our collective flourishing.
Anneloes Smitsman (PhD(c), LLM) is a writer, storyteller, visionary, legal strategist, educator, and system developer for transformational change and whole system learning & innovation. She holds a Masters degree in Law & Political Science from Leiden University (the Netherlands), and is finalizing her PhD as external researcher at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Her PhD thesis is titled “Into the Heart of Systems Change”. She is the CEO & founder of EARTHwise Centre. She was born and raised in the Netherlands and lived there until 1996. She then went to live in South Africa, Australia, and more recently Mauritius. Anneloes played a key role in various social change movements; providing legal and transformational strategies for how to leverage and unite local efforts with international frameworks through a shared Vision. Examples are: Le Morne UNESCO Maroon Cultural Heritage in the fight against slavery and oppression; Standing Rock and Dakota Access Pipeline; Divestment from Fossil Fuels campaigns; the Bhutan Dialogue to support healing and reconciliation for the Bhutan refugee situation; and the We Stand With Africa campaign to catalyse collective support for the famine crisis.
Anneloes developed the Education for Sustainability programme when she worked as Founding Director at ELIA-Ecological Living In Action. She continues to lead this programme today from EARTHwise Centre under the Youth Future Stewards programme. This has served as a model for whole-curriculum implementation of sustainability education for the transformation of conventional educational systems.
Through her love, wisdom and insight Anneloes inspires and supports people to actualise their true potential, and work collaboratively for a world and future where all of us can flourish. Buy her book: Love Letters from Mother Earth.