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Peril & Promise: Taking Heart in the Midst of Planetary Crisis

Oct 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

$60 – $100

A day-long outdoor workshop to learn and resource ourselves from Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects.”

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Each day, as we face the news of climate chaos, political warfare, 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.

Yet, we also have the power to rise to the challenges of this time. We can learn 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.

Climate anxiety and ecological despair are real: these feelings arise 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.

Join us for a nourishing and powerful weekend immersion into the Work That Reconnects to gain new tools in navigating the current crisis – on a personal and planetary level.

Lydia Violet Harutoonian along with Sarah Nahar will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR). Together we’ll learn tools, meditations, and concepts that we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people.

The Work That Reconnects is a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism.

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 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. 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. Lydia Violet Harutoonian, M.A., has studied dedicatedly with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 14 years, learning how we can metabolize planetary despair, anxiety, and community traumas into energy for resilience, action, and community healing. She has facilitated Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” internationally, introducing thousands of students and community organizers to this work. She is also a professional musician in the Iranian-Armenian-American folk diaspora.

Sarah Nahar (she) is a nonviolent action trainer and interspiritual theologian. She is a PhD student in Syracuse, New York (Haudenosaunee Confederacy traditional land) she focuses on ecological regeneration, community cultivation, and spiritual activism. Previously, Sarah was a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow, and has worked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the former Executive Director of Community Peacemaker Teams, an organization that sends small groups of unarmed civilian accompaniers to advocate for change alongside oppressed communities facing lethal conflict. She attended Spelman College, and has an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in her hometown of Elkhart, Indiana. She has been facilitating the WTR since 2014.


Oct 15, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
$60 – $100
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