The retreat was based on "The Work that Reconnects," created by Joanna Macy. We began with a focus on gratitude and our love for life -- and then moved into an exercise that brought us to an understanding of the pain that we each feel for the world. This coupling of gratitude and pain is actually empowering because when we recognize that our pain comes from our love our feelings motivate us to do something!
We finished the afternoon feeling energized and inspired and connected with each other as allies in our work.
You might want to do your own journaling with these questions:
What concerns me most about the world today….
When I think about the world that I am leaving to future generations, it looks like….
Feelings that I carry within me about the world and the future are….
Learn more about Joanna and her work: www.JoannaMacy.net
View one of her inspiring videos on Vimeo – Joanna Macy at Bioneers 2009
Read about my workshops – http://www.elder-activists.org/workshops.html