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Awakening the Courageous Heart of the Activist Elder

Awakening the Courageous Heart 

  Awakening the Courageous Heart

of the Activist Elder


A Five-day Retreat in Joanna Macy’s

The Work That Reconnects


February 13-17, 2015

San Damiano Retreat Center , Danville, CA


Presented by the Conscious Elders Network 

With Molly Young Brown & Constance Washburn

Special Guest Teacher Joanna Macy will join the retreat for a day to share new insights and practices in the Work That Reconnects

We face many life-shattering crises today: climate change, income inequality, environmental destruction, and institutionalized greed, to name a few. As elders, parents, grandparents, activists, and community members, we need to talk about what is happening on the planet in ways that inspire action, creativity, and hope.

The Work that Reconnects helps us discover and experience our innate connections with each other and with the healing powers of the web of life. We can then evolve our role in creating a life-sustaining civilization. Pioneered by Joanna Macy in the late 1970’s, this highly experiential and interactive work draws from systems thinking, deep ecology, and many spiritual traditions. The spiral of the work moves through Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth

Join members of the Conscious Elders Network as we confront the challenges in our world and find our courage for the times ahead. We will inspire and support each other as we explore how, working together, we can build a healthy world for future generations.  

$650 – Includes all meals and double-room accommodation
$750 – Includes all meals and single-room accommodation
$450 – Commuter fee: includes lunches and dinners

Check-in at San Damiano begins at 3:00 pm and dinner is at 6:00 on Feb. 13th. The retreat begins after dinner and ends at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Note: This retreat is designed as an in-depth process in which each module is integral to the whole, and thus we are only accepting full-time registrations.

Download a flyer here.

Molly Young BrownMolly Young Brown M.A., M.Div. co-authored, with Joanna Macy, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects. She brings ecopsychology, psychosynthesis, and systems thinking to her work writing books and essays, teaching on-line courses, phone coaching, talks and workshops. She also authored Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning and Lighting a Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.

Constance Washburn

Constance Washburn M.A. is a facilitator of the Work that Reconnects and has been training with Joanna Macy since 1994. She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968. She has over 35 years of experience designing and directing education and outreach programs. She brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and education backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to reawaken to their interconnectedness. 

“Molly and Constance have spent many years with me learning and exploring The Work that Reconnects. Given their understanding and experience, as well as their vitality and smarts, I am delighted that they are bringing this life-changing work out into the world – and doing it together.”     Joanna Macy 

February 13, 2015 at 6pm - February 17, 2015
San Damiano Retreat Center
710 Highland Dr
Danville, CA 94526
United States
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