RadJoy Band Member Application Packet

It’s joyful work being part of the Radical Joy for Hard Times board of directors! We invite you to consider joining us!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Radical Joy for Hard Times Band member!

The information below will answer your questions and tell you more about who we are, how we operate, and where we’re heading. If you have questions, please contact Trebbe: trebbe @ radicaljoyforhardtimes.org.

If joining the RadJoy Band feels right to you, follow the steps at the bottom of this page.

At each of our annual board meetings, we do an Earth Exchange for a place nearly. Here’s the 2013 Band at a lake in Annandale, Virginia, littered with trash.


How large is the RadJoy Band?
In the past our board has ranged in size from four to eight members. Our intention is to bring together a great board composed of 7-8 members for 2019.

What is the term length?
Each person serves a three-year term and is eligible to renew that term once.

How much time per week will I be expected to work on RadJoy?
The average amount of time you will be likely to work is two hours a week. Obviously that would increase to 4-6 hours a week, or even more, if you are working on a special project.

What are the requirements for being a Radical Joy for Hard Times board member?
Members are asked to:

  1. Attend a monthly Zoom call lasting 90 minutes. We know that there will occasionally be times when you can’t make the call, but we ask that you make this meeting a priority.
  2. Lead or co-lead a Global Earth Exchange.
  3. Attend our annual in-person 4-day Band meeting. (We can help with some travel expenses if necessary.)
  4. Make a generous financial contribution each year. “Generosity” is self-determined. For one person, a yearly contribution of $50 is generous; for another person it might be $7,500.
  5. Carry out projects that fall under your particular area of interest and passion and that you have agreed to do or volunteered to do.
  6. With the other Band members, approve projects and other expenditures over $2,500.
  7. Offer feedback and critical thinking to new projects and initiatives.
  8. Practice, to the best of your ability, the Radical Joy for Hard Times Organizational Principles.

What are the benefits of becoming a RadJoy Band member?

  1. You have an active part in stewarding a pioneering educational/artistic/environmental network into global consciousness.
  2. You have a role in helping the planet and the people who love it thrive through pioneering methods.
  3. You are part of an organization committed to living its mission not only in its work but in the way the organization and its people operate.
  4. You discover how opening up to grief about the loss of loved places and bringing beauty to them guides and informs you in coping with grief in other aspects of your own life.
  5. You come into contact with people from your own bioregion and around the world who also long to bring attention, beauty, and love to hurt places and to the people who care about them.
  6. You collaborate with others in forging a new path of Earth activism for today and for the future.
  7. You practice leadership skills in a context that is environmental, artistic, and spiritual.
  8. You become increasingly mindful that you are part of the Earth and the Earth is a part of you.


At our very first board meeting in 2009, we all worked together to create our impressions of what we wanted to bring forth. The resulting image turned out to reveal… the RadJoy Bird!


Here’s what we’re looking forward to working on together in the next 3 years. Click to download 3-Year Plan PDF


We envision a planet where people and wounded places are reconciled through acceptance, compassion, and acts of beauty, so no part of the Earth is alienated from those who have loved it.

We believe that creating a sustainable, thriving future on Earth depends upon opening our hearts to the natural world in its brokenness as well as its splendor. When the places and species we love are under assault, we humans hurt, too. Our mission is to give people the opportunity to deeply connect with natural places that have been damaged through human or natural acts. Spending time in wounded places, we expose our hearts to difficult feelings of loss and guilt; listen to the land and to one another; and open ourselves to possibilities for finding and creating beauty there. In this way we recognize that all of nature is part of the cycle of life and embark on a path of passionate activism based on acceptance, love, and creativity.

We believe that the health of a people is intricately connected to the health of the natural world they live in.

We value the beauty and mystery of nature, in its splendor as well as in those places that have been damaged through human or natural acts.

We believe that the increased threat of global climate change and other ecological assaults demands a way of living on Earth that will enable us to cope with painful losses and give future generations tools and practices for loving, being at home in, and caring for the planet we leave to them.

We believe that our feelings of grief and despair about damaged nature can be healed by attending to nature’s wounds; grieving what is lost; discovering nature’s resilience; and meeting her with love, curiosity and reverence, as we would a beloved relation who is suffering—for that is what she is.

We believe that acts of love, beauty, and acceptance of nature will restore a sense of wholeness to both people and nature—that as we heal nature, it heals us.



The following intentions guide the way we work together at Radical Joy for Hard Times:

  1. We seek to act from a place of deep listening to ourselves, each other, and the Earth. This includes regular council practice within the operation of the organization.
  2. We pledge to not to turn away from the wounded places in ourselves, one another, and the Earth.
  3. We endeavor to bring careful listening and beauty to these wounded places as we encounter them, knowing that beauty includes our authentic response, and may not always “look pretty.” In this process, we seek artistry.
  4. We strive to operate in our daily functioning in accordance with a new world view in alignment with the Great Turning and a life-sustaining society such that we:
    • Start from a place of gratitude
    • Honor people’s unique gifts and contributions
    • Engender a diversity of thought and experience
    • Value quality over unlimited growth
    • Act with great intention and attention
    • Are accountable for our intentions and our impact on one another
    • Avoid personal burnout and rat race mentality
    • Bring a spirit of collaboration instead of competition
    • Reach out to one another instead of acting in isolation
    • Explore radical inclusion – honoring the basic goodness of all of life, including when involving groups whose actions we disagree with
    • Avoid practices of shame and aggression while working for a more aware and life-sustaining society
    • Insure that our materials (paper, flags, t-shirts, etc) are fair to the Earth and to people
  5. When we falter from these intentions, we agree to bring kindness to ourselves and one another as bring ourselves back on course.

If you’re interested in learning more about being a member of the RadJoy Band, here are the steps to follow:

Email us (trebbe @ radicaljoyforhardtimes . org) the following items by October 26, 2018:

  1. A Letter of Intent: State your interest in Radical Joy for Hard Times and describe which of the objectives listed above would bring out your skills. We’re interested not just in the details of your past experience, but in knowing who you are, what matters to you, and what you want to bring to RadJoy. Include your contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. A Service Resume: A resume/biography showing your prior and current service in other organizations, work on behalf of communities or the environment, volunteer work, and any other qualifications or experience that may be helpful to us in considering your application. 
  3. A Letter of Recommendation: A signed letter from a past or current employer, colleague, leader of an organization you work or volunteer for, or other person who has knowledge of your experience, skills, and personal gifts.

The three items should be emailed as attachments in MS Word.