Each day, as we face the news of climate chaos, war, political conflict, ongoing oppressions, species extinction, and ecological and social suffering, we are asked to reconcile these collective traumas with all that is breaking in our hearts. It is natural in our time to feel despair, overwhelm, and grief, and with a lack of spaces to process and reorient, we collectively suffer from an untended burnout that needs supportive community and tools for healing.
Our empathic pain arises on behalf of a world desperate for our collaboration, calling us to act with dignity and grace. It is here that we nourish our compass for the times ahead. Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” is a group work developed over the past 5 decades with a bounty of teachings and practices to meet us right here in our existential needs. It offers us tools for transforming our grief, anger, paralysis, and fear into compassionate connection and action with our world and communities. We can re-learn our place in the web of life, and rekindle our motivation to act on behalf of life on earth.
Join us for a nourishing and powerful day-long immersion into the Work That Reconnects to gain new tools in navigating the current crisis – on a personal and planetary level.
Lydia Violet Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR). Lydia has studied dedicatedly with Joanna Macy for the past 15 years, and worked with thousands of people in a diversity of communities, all reconciling this current planetary moment. She deeply loves sharing this work. She has founded and runs The School for The Great Turning, which creates access to an education that will empower humanity’s life-sustaining legacy.
Our program will run from 10:00am-4pm, with a lunch break around 12:30pm!
Participants are invited to bring their own bag lunch.
This event is offered within the gift economy. Your donation in an amount of your choosing helps sustain our facilitator, School for the Great Turning, and our hosts, Canticle Farm.
*** We will be capped at 40 participants!
The Covid-19 pandemic is a shifting landscape, and we will do our best to navigate the variety of needs present in our communities. For this workshop, we do not currently have any COVID requirements, but this is subject to change in case of a surge.
Lydia Violet Harutoonian, M.A, has a Masters in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS. She has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 15 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. She has facilitated Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” internationally, introducing thousands of students and community organizers to this work.
She is also an accomplished musician who is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. In her solo project, she combines fiddle, banjo, and her soulful voice to offer a soul-folk revival experience. In the past year, she has collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Climbing Poetree, Ayla Nereo, and the wonderful women of MaMuse.