Deep Time


Deeptime refers to a way of seeing ourselves and our world from the largest and deepest context, that is the 13.8 billion year history of the universe. Deeptime reveals our embeddedness with all of life and the cosmos. It helps us see and act from depth, connection, and enlivenment.

Liz Rees developed these eco-contemplative workshops in 2022 while training in the Deeptime Leadership Program. Each of the workshops is 90 minutes and includes Deeptime teachings and inspiration from mystics, poets, astrophysicists, cosmologists, and activists. Each includes a contemplative aspect such as short periods of silence and reflection, and each includes group sharing. 

Everyone is welcome to join the whole series or to experience any one of the sessions.

The universe shivers with wonder in the depths of the human.”

–Brian Swimme

Workshop descriptions:

Zest for Life – ***May 2, 2023*** 7-8:30 p.m. MST on Zoom

This workshop draws inspiration from astrophysicist Katie Mack, who says “I want to make you dizzy. I want to make you look up into the sky and comprehend… the endless depths of the cosmos.” We will find our own zest for life by drawing inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Duane Elgin’s work on “Choosing Aliveness.”

Communion of Subjects – ***May 9, 2023*** 7-8:30 p.m. MST on Zoom

Geologian Thomas Berry taught that the world is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. This workshop steps into Berry’s invitation to know communion with the more than human others with whom we share the world. We will weave in teachings about sacred reciprocity from biologist Andreas Weber, who describes each being as a “feeling, longing, vulnerable, triumphant subject.”

Thomas Berry and the Great Work – ***May 16, 2023*** 7-8:30 p.m. MST on Zoom

Thomas Berry invites us into the Great Work of our times, to move humanity from being a destructive force to a life-sustaining one. He teaches that we cannot save what we do not love and that only renewing our sense of the sacred will usher in the Ecozoic age. We will dive into Thomas Berry’s invitation to join the Great Work as a deeply spiritual action of love.


Liz Rees is a certified Deeptime Leader and is trained in Eco Ministry (Seminary of the Wild). She is also a presenter of Centering Prayer, commissioned by Contemplative Outreach, and a certified and experienced Life Skills Coach. Liz’s sojourn has included studying and teaching meditation in the Buddhist tradition, refugee accompaniment in Central America, creating and leading transformational youth programs, and guiding contemplation in the Christian tradition. Liz lives in Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 7 territory.