“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” – Joanna Macy
If your heart is breaking in the face of the Great Unraveling of ecological, economic, social and political systems, come join us for a brave and beautiful journey as we embrace the reality that we are not separate from the suffering of our world. Scholar of Buddhism, Joanna Macy, is the creator of The Work That Reconnects, which invites us to choose gratitude and put our attention on the Great Turning, the movement to a life-sustaining society she calls “the essential adventure of our time.” Using the powerful tools of the Work That Reconnects, specifically Coming From Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing With New Eyes, and Going Forth, we invite you to renew your connection to what is yours to do and how your unique and authentic gifts are needed in service to Earth at this time of planetary crisis.
Please join members of One Earth Sangha and Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), as we convene EcoSangha DMV, a local Mindfulness/Buddhist group for those embodying fierce compassion in the face of ecological crises. Together we will gather in NW DC over two days for an immersive workshop guided by two extraordinary teachers: Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher.
Where: Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St NW; (The Tenleytown – AU Metro stop is 5 min walk away. Parking options area also available in the area.)
When: Friday, September 22nd 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday September 23rd, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (including a break for lunch off-site with many food options in the area)
This workshop is hosted by several Mindfulness/Buddhist Sanghas and welcomes all interested participants. Registrants should plan to participate in the both the Friday evening and Saturday events.
Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher have been married 36 years and are the parents of five children. They are co-founders of Canticle Farm, a community immersed in the Work That Reconnects and based in Oakland, California, on Lisjan Ohlone land, and in Sheep Ranch, California on Sierra Miwuk land.
Anne has extensive experience facilitating the Work That Reconnects, acting as Joanna Macy’s collaborator and assistant since 2006. Anne has been a practitioner of nonviolence, involved in work for nuclear disarmament, racial justice, and ecological sustainability for more than 45 years.
Terry has an M.Div. from the Franciscan School of Theology and a Juris Doctor from the University of California College of Law. In addition to co-facilitating the Work with Anne for many years, he has been actively involved in men’s rites of passage developed by Richard Rohr, OFM, including four years as chairman of the board for Illuman, the national organization supporting faith-based men’s work.