At Ego/Eco, we inspire people to move towards a higher sense of well-being, to live differently, more in line with their values, all the while contributing to the development of an eco-responsible society.
Égo / Éco is inspired by Joanna Macy and "The work that reconnects". She is ecophilosopher, author and specialist in Buddhism. She sees the path of an activist as a spiral where 4 phases interconnect. First, we must have gratitude, then recognize our suffering for the world and live the emotions that are connected to it, which will allow us to see with new eyes and move forward by taking concrete actions to contribute to social changes.
She says that it is essential to work on 3 different levels to achieve what she calls "The great turning" to the global situation. We need to change structures, take action and change our eyes. Experiential in character, this practice brings out our eco-consciousness and mobilizes us to contribute to global change.
In theater and movement workshops or interiority, the starting point is to develop body awareness since it allows us to recognize our emotions and our needs. The basics of Qi Gong are taught and brings more presence to ourselves, to others and to our environment. We can then feel our anchorage, our strength and our flexibility, this presence helps us to set our limits and face the difficulties that life present to us.
Social entrepreneur, social artist and bodypsycho therapist, Isabelle Fortier is the Founder of Ego/Eco.
For nearly 10 years, Isabelle acted as a spiritual life and community involvement facilitator at a CEGEP where she offered several training programs related to relationship counseling, stress management, conflict management, bereavement and intercultural relations. She has created several social art projects including an intercultural theater education program that has been presented in various conferences in Quebec and France.
Desiring that her approach evolve to be more connected to Nature, and attaching great importance to artistic exploration as a tool for personal and social progress, she founded Égo/Éco as a social enterprise that unites self-transformation and collective emancipation.
Her approach is influenced by her Bachelor's degree in Intervention Theater and her studies in education, international cooperation, psycho-physical therapy and permaculture. She draws on Joanna Macy's work, Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, and her 20 years of improvised dance practice. Meditation, Qi Gong and authentic movement bring a quality of presence to her approach.
The training will take place at the FUSA Sageterre in Bic in the wonderful Bas du Fleuve region. Anchored in its environment since 2004, the Sageterre farm became an agroecological social utility trust (FUSA) in 2019. Sageterre is a FUSA, but also a non-profit organization (NPO Sageterre) that oversees agricultural, artistic, philosophical and social projects, the first in Quebec. Legally, Sageterre is not the property of anyone, but is under the responsibility of a board of trustees (who see to the ecological and social mission in perpetuity), of particular beneficiaries (project managers) and general (everyone) .
*Only a french version is available, an english version is coming. We apologize for that.
Rameuse océanique et porte-parole de Égo/Éco
Propriétaire Sageterre Fermier, philosophe
Consultant en gestion et marketing
Web designer 2018 , chanson thème et stage en coordination 2017