Loss and Transformation: Maintaining Hope when Optimism Is Elusive

This interactive class is designed to awaken within participants new and deeper awareness of the tools at their disposal for coping emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically with climate disruption, rising levels of hatred, and other global concerns, as well as challenges in their personal lives. Sessions will focus on the inter-connections between personal and communal lossand between loss and transformation and the possibility of moving from chronic toxic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth. Exercises will involve exploring and connecting four kinds of “sacred texts”: the texts of the Earth, the texts of our lives, the texts of our communities, and the texts of our tradition, as a way to find deeper connections to and among all of them, along with options for exploring vehicles for activism.

(Photo: Katy Allen)

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