Trebbe Johnson, Founder and Executive Director
Trebbe began thinking about bringing attention and beauty to wounded places in 1987, when she interviewed Oneida engineer David Powless and he told her of his belief that the steel waste he had received a National Science Foundation Grant to recycle was but “an orphan from the circle of life.” Other pivotal moments were reading Camus’s “Myth of Sisyphus” as a college freshman, meeting a man who meditated in front of a nuclear power plant, and doing a vigil for a favorite maple tree as it was cut down in her Brooklyn neighborhood.
Before founding Radical Joy for Hard Times she pursued this work by guiding a week-long retreat in a clear-cut old-growth forest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; leading a ceremony at Ground Zero, New York two months after the September 11 attacks; and writing an article about how one might live in the neighborhood of a nuclear waste facility.
Trebbe is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. Her new book, Aphrodite at the Landfill, will be published in Fall 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a region currently under exploitation by natural gas companies.