Finding Time

An online exploration to revitalise and re-empower our relationship with time


6-8pm BST, 6 sessions on Thursdays from 16 May to 20 June 2024


Dr Sarah Elisa Kelly, Ella Saltmarshe, Jay Griffiths and Colin Campbell


Online via video link


Unless otherwise stated, our Short Courses are for adults 18+ years


About this course

How might we consider and redevelop our relationship with time – and what ecological relevance does this have for our personal and collective futures?

Do you feel you are walking towards your future and the past lies behind you? Does time sometimes appear to speed up or slow down? Can you comprehend the lifespan of a mayfly, whose life on earth is just 24 human hours, or the millennia of glacial ice, which stretches far beyond our own lineages?  

We will sit with the inevitable tensions between the urgency of climate change and the encouragement to consider a range of alternative temporal perspectives including slow time, cyclical time, mythic time, ancestral time, queer time, enduring time and interruptive time. 

For many of us, time is something so seemingly simple and natural that we often don’t consider its meaning or contemplate different perspectives. On this course we give ‘space for time’ to consider where it comes from, why it matters, and what alternative viewpoints exist within and between cultures and species.

This short course explores the eco-critical relevance of our personal and cultural relationships with time. It will suggest that, far from being inevitable and fixed, time is in fact a multi-faceted, rich and plural space. Throughout history there are variations in interpretating and measuring time – which leads to the idea that time is a social construction. One that might limit our capacity to imagine alternative narratives of past, present and future. 

Above all, in turning our attention towards time through embodied learning, online discussions and practices at home, we will reinvigorate a sense of empowerment in how we relate to the days, hours and minutes of our lives, as something we can actively practice, contribute to and be shaped by.

on this course you will

  • Become more time-literate in a supportive group environment.
  • Learn about the social construction of time and its ecological impact.
  • Hear from guest speakers about alternative ideas around time.
  • Revitalise and re-empower your own relationship to time in daily life.
  • Experiment with at-home practices to broaden your experience of time.


Sarah Elisa Kelly

Sarah Elisa Kelly

Dr Sarah Elisa Kelly is a facilitator, artist and academic. She has been experimenting with cultural, embodied and experiential relationships to time, rest, movement and connection for close to a decade through both art and activism. She completed a PhD in Environmental Humanities at The Royal College of Art exploring the cultural politics of time, emotionality and more-than-human kinship. Most recently she completed a two year teacher training in mindfulness led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She previously co-ran the first two years of the Engaged Ecology Masters program at Schumacher College.

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning writer, author of books including 'Why Rebel'; 'Wild: An Elemental Journey'; 'Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape' and others. She is a highly-experienced writing tutor.

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. He is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. Read More

Ella Saltmarshe

Ella Saltmarshe

Ella pioneers work at the intersection of culture and systems change and has set up a number of organisations, communities and campaigns.  Ella’s burning question is how, as a species, we can create long, flourishing futures for all inhabitants of earth.Read More

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