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Work That Reconnects Retreat in Nova Scotia

Oct 20, 2022 - Oct 23, 2022


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 at the Deanery Project on October 20th-23rd for an immersive weekend retreat to explore the Work That Reconnects.

The Work That Reconnects (WTR) is a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by beloved elder Joanna Macy, inspired by her scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped thousands of people to engage in The Great Turning, reinvigorating our capacity for action and resilience. In a time when we face so much, we engage in this experiential resource that allows us to create an inner spaciousness for healing, connection, and a bold solidarity with the Earth and each other.

Over the course of the 3 days, the program will follow the structure of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects: Beginning in Gratitude, moving through Honouring our Pain for the World, then Seeing with New Eyes, and finally Going Forth. Each of these stages leads naturally into the next.

At each stage of the spiral there will be some teachings to be shared, some conversation among the group, and some interactive experiential processes. There will also be lots of time for being with nature.

This retreat is supported in part by the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), an environmental charity based in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. Grounded in over five decades of deep environmental change work and fueled by love and grief, EAC takes a 50-year perspective on what is needed to build towards a time of thriving and flourishing.


Oct 20, 2022
Oct 23, 2022
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The Deanery Project
751 W Ship Harbour Rd
Lake Charlotte, Nova Scotia
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