The Work That Reconnects: Climate Grief & Sacred Activism

“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.” - Joanna Macy

ABOUT THIS EVENT:

Come for teachings and interactive processes that wake us up to the hope and potential for global healing that is possible as we face the planetary crisis, and to our authority to act for life on Earth.

Together with local rebels and global activists, we will flow through a weekend of ritual, storytelling, and practices drawn from Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects. The Work That Reconnects is composed of teachings on deep ecology, living systems theory, and spiritual traditions and is a community building process that grows our courage, resilience, and solidarity. It helps to clarify the survival skills - like community building and tending to our grief - that are needed for navigating the chaotic times ahead, as well as the unique roles we each can play in the Great Turning.

We will create a space to touch our grief for what is happening to our world, expand our perspectives, and emerge with a new sense of how we want to show up with our gifts in this unique time in history.

This work will help you identify the strengths and resources you can mobilize in your commitment to the self-healing of the world.

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If you are wondering if a workshop on “climate grief” is a place for you, know that the flipside of grief, despair and mourning, is deep love. So if you feel a sense of despair about the current situation of complexity, destruction, confusion, and irreversible damage, this space is for you.

We mourn the things we love that are no longer with us. From species, forests, natural waterways, and community knowledge. And as beings that belong to this planet, we can sense the natural systems we are a part of and that it is not well. That our more than human community that we are so often in awe and celebration of, needs our awareness and action.

If you love, celebrate, cherish the natural, non-human world, this space is for you.

WHO IS HOSTING?

Phoebe Tickell is a London-based deep ecologist, systems thinker, artist, and previous biological systems scientist. She is wholly committed in this moment to offer her gifts in service of the design of a new social code for a regenerative planetary civilisation. This mission led her to be trained in climate grief work and The Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy, work in new forms of participatory governance that bring more-than-human-life into how we make decisions, and teach at Schumacher College on a range of subjects from Gaian microbiology to systems thinking. Her full-time work is in dynamic and participatory governance design, and working with movements and organisations on their self-organising systems.

Emily Coralyne is a water activist, ritualist, writer, peer counsellor, and previous environmental campaign organizer. Descending from European settlers, she was born and raised in what is now known as Central New York, originally the territory of the Onondaga Haudenosaunee People. Her studies of spiritual ecology, sociology, and community development have guided her to bear witness to the global water situation in Ecuador, the US, and Portugal, to create urban co-living communities, and to guide groups of people on the integration of their spiritual & political work. She is currently in a three-year peace work & community development program at Tamera Peace Research Center in southern Portugal.

SCHEDULE

Friday - 7-9pm: We will meet to open the space and get to know each other

Saturday - 10-5: Workshop, 5-7: Dinner, 7-9: Workshop

Sunday - 10-4pm

Lunch on both days will be from 1pm until 2:30pm, to allow for rest and integration. (Please let us know if you have any dietary needs or other special requirements.)

PREPARATION

Please bring a small special object that represents your connection to the natural world.

If you want to get a taste for the work of Joanna Macy before we start, here are some relevant readings and videos:

Joanna Macy on Uncertainty

“Active Hope” by Joanna Macy

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