RADICAL JOY FOR HARD TIMES
This workshop led by Trebbe Johnson is specifically created to bring light and guidance to the troubling environment we find ourselves in now in our country, as citizens of the Earth and, often, in our own lives.
Many of us have been asking ourselves since the presidential election how we will respond to threats to equality, justice, free speech, and the health of the natural world. As we’ll explore throughout the weekend… under these and all conditions, happiness is conditional—joy is not.
You’ll discover how radical joy begins with a willingness to face your suffering. This process empties you of fear, projection, and angst about what might be and opens you to the moment, in a refreshing space of honesty and receptivity. You’ll become newly attentive to surprising outbursts of beauty and generosity—in nature, in your friends and family, and in stories you hear of others. You’ll learn, too, that once you’ve received these gifts of beauty, you must extend yourself beyond your experience of suffering to give beauty outward—and in that giving is joy.
Rowe Center is a sanctuary, with beautiful grounds, delicious food, and strong ethical and environmental values. It naturally attracts inquiring and thoughtful people. In this environment, we will be able to dive into what’s hurting us about these times we live in… and how we can find and manifest joy in numerous spontaneous, simple ways.
SHARING LOVE OF PLACE:
The 8th ANNUAL GLOBAL EARTH EXCHANGE
Saturday, June 17
Our theme for the Global Earth Exchange this year is Sharing Love of Place!
In many ways, the places we love and where we live are challenged. Often, different groups of people respond to these challenges in different ways. Yet what we all have in common is a deep that love of place, the sense that our lives are incomplete when the place is under threat.
We invite you this year to celebrate the widest possible experience of love of place by sharing your Global Earth Exchange with different activist groups, artists, scientists, field workers, kids, the elderly—anyone who cares about it, even if their way of caring looks different from your own.
Click here to download a Sharing Love of Place flyer you can send by email or as a hard copy.
“That something joyful can be created out of the damaged and perceived threats to my happiness and health, and how personally important it is to offer attention to the hard times I experience as I live day to day.”
Fern Forest, Hawaii
“This little piece of land, an old dump site filled with refuse, became a sacred spot more my support in healing than I really was to it.”