Environmental Grief: Writing, Reading and Ritual
with Jennifer Springsteen
Time: Friday after dinner: 7pm to 9pm, all day Saturday, and Sunday until noon.
Location: Silver Falls Conference Center
The accounts are painful to read. Thousands of deaths of North Coast seabirds due to heatwave. Fires in Australia. Physical borders dislodging animals from their natural habitat.
It overwhelms us. Freezes us. We know action is needed, but before we begin, before we continue, we can give ourselves the space to come back to the center, to open our hearts in community and grieve these many environmental losses.
During our time together, we will write, read and discuss poems and essays, and we’ll offer gratitude for this big blue marble we share and call home.
Readings will include Adrienne Maree Brown, Mary Oliver, Wendell Barry, Joy Harjo to name a few, and we'll talk about our fears and hopes for the environmental future. We will write together and offer each other feedback. Finally, we will turn to organizations and ritual activists to learn how we can make an impact.
*A note on shared rooms: Writers are responsible for finding their own bunk mates. We can try to help connect folks, but cannot guarantee participants a roommate. Please don't sign up for a single room until you know you have a roommate!
*Friday night and Saturday night dinners will be on your own. There are lots of places to eat close by, and we might also have the opportunity to buy a Silver Falls buffet meal. More on dinner meals as we get closer to our retreat.