Charles Buchwald & Friends staff will be attending a new workshop on Salt Spring Island this weekend. Here are the details:

The Work That Reconnects: Discovering Our Ecological Self
Sunday, July 19th

“our pain is a measure of our love for our world”

The Work that Reconnects helps us to connect with our deepest emotions about Earth in a respectful and supportive environment. By recognizing and experiencing the profound feelings we have about what is happening on our planet, we develop insight into our radical interdependence. From this understanding comes hope and empowerment!

The workshop utilizes experiential group exercises, ritual, creative process, journaling, movement, time in nature, discussion, and community building. By exploring our “ecological selves” we experience a wider sense of identity and discover new possibilities for engaging our hearts and minds in healing Earth.

Created by deep ecologists Joanna Macey, Thomas Berry, Arne Naess, John Seed and others, these experiences can sustain us as agents of change in the Great Turning – this process of building a Life-Sustaining Community from the wreckage of the Industrial Growth Society.

Goals of the workshop:
to provide people the opportunity to experience and share with others their innermost responses to the present condition of our world
to reframe their pain for the world as evidence of their interconnectedness in the web of life, and hence of their power to take part in its healing
to provide people with concepts–from systems science, deep ecology, or spiritual traditions–which illumine this power, along with exercises which reveal its play in their own lives
to provide methods by which people can experience their interdependence with, their responsibility to, and the inspiration they can draw from past and future generations, and other life-forms
to enable people to embrace the Great Turning as a challenge which they are fully capable of meeting in a variety of ways, and as a privilege in which they can take joy
to bring people into mutual support and collaboration in working for the world

Please contact Shoshanah at or 250-537-8598 to participate in this work shop.

About the facilitator:
Shoshanah has been involved in the Work that Reconnects for approximately five years. She has studied with Joanna Macy and John Seed, and taken a workshop facilitator training with Ruth Rosenhek of the Rainforest Action Network. Last summer she facilitated deep ecology exercises with children at FUN (Friends Uniting For Nature) Camp in Vancouver, including two “Councils of All Beings”.