The Boiler House

The Boiler House is a multi-purpose event space and online hub dedicated to co-creating a better and more sustainable future. Visit our beautiful East London warehouse for talks, pop ups, workshops, weekend markets and more.

Human Nature | Stories
Sat 29th Feb
10:00 AM
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Conscious Living

“When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe”
– Madeleine L’Engle

Humans have woven stories since the dawn of time. Speckled across the pages of our existence is the ink of myth, fable, & folklore, and the echoes of adventurous anecdotes and worldly tales linger from centuries ago…

Using a variety of tools, such as language, art, movement, & sound, humans have crafted narratives about what it means to be alive in the world for millennia. Whilst our cultures may have changed, the essence of human nature remains intact, buried deep within the scriptures of the soul.

Fictive or not, we have used stories to make sense of things throughout our evolution, both individually and collectively.

In an undefinable world filled with undefinable phenomena, such as consciousness and love, we are compelled by our very nature to understand all that we experience, and in our attempts we inadvertently bring forth beauty through poetry, music, revolutionary conversation and so on. We also unwittingly bring forth delusion.

Some argue that the human desire to forge meaning through such methods misses the point, others argue that meaningless meaning-making is the point.

Today, the way we see ourselves in the world is a dark tale, one in which a separation from nature, spirit, and wisdom has caused a rift in inter-human and human-Earth relations. Our world is made of stories. How might we envision a new one in a time of crisis?

From bedtime stories to the grandiose meta-narratives of our time, expect interdisciplinary, enlivening wisdom from a band of tale-telling poets, artists, and philosophers.

Question: How can we use stories to reevaluate and more effectively understand human nature in a time that requires a new way of being?

Aim: Understanding how humans have told their collective story throughout the ages, and what kind of story we need now.

Useful info:

> 50% of all booking fees will be donated to the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund.

> Schedule can be found below. The event is split into two parts, day and evening. Combined tickets can be purchased at a reduced price.

> Talk info & speaker abstracts to follow

> Please be mindful of arriving in good time. We have a full schedule and would love for everyone to be comfortably seated and settled for each session.

> Lunch tickets for the communal vegan banquet can be purchased at an additional £7.50, and will be provided by the wonderful Boiler House kitchen. The fee from this will also go towards the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund.

> Vegan snacks, warm drinks and mulled non-alcoholic (& alcoholic) drinks will be available to purchase at the Boiler House cafe/bar. We understand this is a full day, so we’re aiming to fuel you with plant-based goodness (and inspire some movement energy for the evening!)

> Ethical traders will be at The Boiler House offering a selection of sustainable wares. Bring spare pennies!

> A notepad and pen won’t go amiss…

> Please wrap up warm. It’s winter, it’s a warehouse (it’s heated but still worth being cosy). Feel free to bring blankets to share!

> Concessions available. Please email with reason for concession. We have a limited number available so please enquire in good faith.

> Unfortunately no disabled access is available on the mezzanine floor for the daytime event, however access is available for the evening event which takes place on the ground floor.