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This group will meet every 3 weeks (approx - that's the goal) to watch a movie focusing on some element of personal growth and spirituality. In particular as to how it relates to current climate change and environmental challenges. The intent is to come together under a broad definition of spirituality to include topics such as personal transformation, meditation/mindfulness, environment & ethics; health & well-being, conscious capitalism, indigenous world perspectives, and women’s empowerment. I envision a lively, thoughtful post-screening discussion for those that wish, with light refreshments afterwards. Film selection will be based on member input, as well as borrowing of ideas of other movie groups. I like what I've heard about The WakeUp Project's (Sydney) movie night, and also Amnesty Int'l/Social Justice movie nights here in Adelaide. The idea for the group started as an outcome from the Pachamama Alliance 'Awakening the Dreamer' workshops (another MeetUp page) about how to nurture more community activism.

The approach will evolve based on members preferences. There is viewing space available at UniSA's Mawson Lakes campus, at least to start. A gold coin(s) donation of $3-5 donation helps to to keep the group at a breakeven point for room rental, streaming/DVD purchase and Meetup costs as necessary. Welcome all. Ideas? Note movie suggestions can be made under Upcoming Events. Cheers and metta.

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Movie 'Why Not Now' (Alan Watts) + online zoom discussion Or PERHAPS IN-PERSON

[Note: Since we are waiting to see how this covid cluster turns out, I have set up as a zoom discussion after folks watch the doco on their own. If it all quiets down, I may switch to a face-to-face meeting closer to the date. Check back in and stay tuned.] A documentary about the life and works of Alan Watts, the charismatic author and speaker who brought Eastern thought into popular culture in the 60’s in the US. The film follows his life-journey and philosophy as it emerged and was embraced by the youth of the 60s counter-culture and subsequent generations. Over 45 years after his death, philosopher, writer, poet, radical thinker, teacher and critic of mainstream society, Watts one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience and had a rare gift for simplifying complex philosophical subjects to make them accessible. Trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8XSlgTDd8 'Why Not Now' follows the Watts’ remarkable life and weaves a fascinating story through the wealth of material and lectures that were left behind after his passing. Born near London in 1915, he discovered the nearby Buddhist Lodge at a young age. After moving to the United States in 1938, he became an Episcopal priest for a time, and then relocated to New York, where he wrote his pivotal book The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety. In 1951 he moved to San Francisco where he began teaching Buddhist studies, and in 1956 began his popular radio show, “Way Beyond the West.” By the early sixties, Alan’s radio talks aired nationally and the counterculture movement adopted him as a spiritual spokesperson. In addition to his 28 books, Alan Watts delivered hundreds of public lectures and seminars during his life. A self-proclaimed “spiritual entertainer”, he saw himself as a bridge between the ancient and the modern, East and West, and culture and nature. The documentary includes classic interviews, vintage film, art, and photographs to which we added contemporary footage of Japan and Big Sur, music by Garth Brooks, animation by Simpson's animator Eddie Rosas, and Japanese-style woodcut prints by Tom Killion, brought to life by special effects artist Bruce Walters. Trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8XSlgTDd8 Movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezLNjMjXnxY (free; 50:34)


The Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes

Hi. We are growing and Spiritual Movies has been around 6 years now with over 1,400 members. We've showed 60+ movies (whew!) as you can see under 'Past Meetups' to the left (or list below). 2x indicates classics we started repeating in 2019. What are your favorites or movies you'd like to discuss or new ones we can stream? We do fiction sometimes as well as factual, tho we generally avoid talking heads (i.e a teacher/guru just talking). We have had some zoom meetings given covid concerns, and in this uncertain time it's variable. If we zoom, I try to find films we can all watch for free ahead of the online discussion. We can not meet in person again unless the Mawson Lakes campus is open to the public, so keep checking in. Some of our best surprises have come from member recommendations. This is just a placeholder space for you to comment below about your wish list and start those movie recommendations coming in. I've cut-and-pasted some member recommendations from before that were lost in a Meetup snafu. Keep adding. Or please comment yes or 'no interest' as people share ideas. Thank you. PAST MOVIES SHOWN BELOW (F = fiction) (M = member recommended; please share your ideas under Comments) (2x = it was so good and so popular we did a repeat in 2019/2020) 1 - I Am (Tom Shadyac) 2x 2 - The Connection: Mind Your Body (Australian) 2x 3 - The Peaceful Warrior F 2x 4 – Happy 5 - Power of the Heart 2x 6 - Bab'Aziz (Sufi mystic) F 2x (May 2020 zoom gathering) 7 - One Track Heart (Krisna Das) 8 – Planetary 9 – Finding Joe (Joseph Campbell) 2x 10 – It’s a Wonderful Life (holidays) F 11- May I Be Frank (recovery) 12 – Future Dreaming M 13 – The Prophet (animated) F 2x 14 - Departures (Japanese / death) F 15 - Every 3 Seconds (poverty & social change) 16 – Human (part 1) 17 - Wake Up 18 - Chasing Buddha (Australian nun Robena Curtin) 19 - Awake: Yogananda 20 – Human (part 2) 21 - Heaven is for Real 22 – The Living Matrix: The Science of Healing 23 - Infinity: The Ultimate Trip 24 - selection from Belief (Oprah tv series) 25 - Lion in the Snow 26 – The Minimalists (reducing consumerism) 27 – Awakening: Dalai Lama 28 - Francesco (life of St Francis of Assisi) 29 - Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 30 - Pachamama Alliance's 'Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream' and The Turning Point (Joanna Macy) 31 - What the Bleep Do We Know? M 32 - Samadhi (Part 1) and Akasha (part 1 of 4) M 33 - Inside Out (animated, about emotions) F M 34 - Quest for Meaning 35 - Captain Fantastic M F 36 - Ayurveda: The Art of Being 37 - Sensitive: The Untold Story 38 - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 39 - The Happy Film 40 - Two Rivers (native American spirituality) 41 - One Body, One Heart 42 - Human (part 3) 43 - The Mask You Live In (masculinity) 44 - Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet F 45 - Samadhi (part 2): It's Not What You Think 46 - Heal 47 - Walk with Me (Thich Nhat Hahn bio) 48 - The Last Dalai Lama? 49 - Waking Life (animated) 50 - The Age of Loneliness (BBC doco) 51 - DMT: The Spirit Molecule M 52 - Hare Krishna: The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started it All M 53 - Zach's Ceremony (Aboriginal) M 54 - Being in Heaven F(sort of; Michael Rowland) M 55 - Mary Magdalene F 56 - The Way Out (Thicht Nhat Hahn on mindfulness & climate action) 57 - Monk with a Camera 58 - Saint Hildegard of Bingen (Unruly Mystic series #1) 59 - Sennsaei: The Power of Intuitition 60 - La Belle Verte (The Green Beautiful) F (French subtitles) 61 - The Shack F 62 - Sign of the Sixth Sun M (June 2020 zoom gathering) 63 - All About Nothing M F (Dutch w/ subtitles; July zoom) 64 - Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm (July zoom) 65 - CRAZYWISE - Rethinking Madness: Psychosis & Spiritual Awakening M (Aug zoom) 66 - It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Mr Rogers) M / (Sept zoom) 67 - With One Voice (Oct zoom) 68 - Choose Love (f2f; Italian w/ subtitles) 69 - Why Not Now (Allan Watts; Dec zoom) Your ideas?

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