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TENDING THE UNRAVELING: Finding Meaning in a Troubled World

Sep 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

” It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope. All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given. In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage.”

~ Joanna Macy



Mass species extinction, melting ice caps, dying oceans, floods, droughts, destruction of wild habitat, the devastating impact on our human and more-than-human relations, the existential threat of our own demise as a species… Our world is in  trouble. How are we to feel? What are we to do? How can we continue to find meaning and cultivate resilience in these times of rapid change and deep uncertainty? This one day workshop, structured around the framework of The Work That Reconnectsdeveloped by deep ecologist Joanna Macy, offers an opportunity to engage with these questions, explore our overwhelming concerns about our world in crisis, and cultivate courage, creativity, and resilience for these intensely troubled times.

Engaging the transformative power of communal ritual, storytelling, poetry, music, and song we will create a foundation of radical gratitude and beauty to honor and transmute the grief we are carrying for the Earth and our global family, explore new ways of seeing these difficult times, and seek meaningful ways to respond. There are many hard things to face in our world today, but our pain is a sign that we are fully alive and connected to the web of life. If we want to contribute to a better world we must be willing to acknowledge and metabolize our fears and sorrows into inspiration, strength, and deeper purpose. Only then can we bring forward our unique gifts and shine a light into this dark night of the soul of humanity.


Lara Lwin Treadaway facilitates healing within community, weaving transformative group process, earth-honoring ritual, ways of council, storytelling, song, and poetry to cultivate courage, creativity, and resilience in these turbulent times. She has studied with Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, co-author of the book “Active Hope”, has been a facilitator of The Work That Reconnects for over a decade. Lara is passionate about creating spaces to support reconciliation, transformation, and renewal. She lives a nomadic life of radical simplicity traveling with her work.


DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

LOCATION: First United Methodist Church, Corvallis, OR 97330

RECIPROCITY: Sliding Scale: $50 – $125 (suggested donation)

In the spirit of the gift economy, you are invited to give what you are able to.

Work trade and scholarships are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Space is limited. Early registration recommended.





“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world. We need to restore honor to the way we live, so that when we walk through the world we don’t have to avert our eyes with shame, so that we can hold our heads up high and receive the respectful acknowledgment of the rest of the earth’s beings.” 

~ Robin Wall Kimmerer



Sep 7, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm