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A Weekend Retreat with Sherry Ellms: Finding Joy, Resilience, and Justice in the Midst of Heartbreak
Held at Unity of Columbia, Fillmore Room on March , 15th - 17th (with Potlucks at Show Me Dharma)

How can we disrupt the patterns that have held us down individually and as a society? This weekend we will use the framing of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects to explore how we can hold all that is occurring on our planet and go forth to create a more Life Sustaining Society with compassion and wisdom. We need each other. We cannot do this alone.

There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, interactive exercises and opportunities to have direct experience with the natural world - a source of both healing and knowledge.

“Walk boldly through your life with an open broken heart. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” Joanna Macy

About the Teacher

Sherry Ellms is Associate Professor in the Masters in Environmental and Resilient Leadership Programs at Naropa University and faculty lead of the Joanna Macy Center @ Naropa. She is a Senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a facilitator in the Work That Reconnects, the root teachings of Joanna Macy. For 35 years Sherry has been leading meditation and nature-based retreats in spiritual and secular settings, with a focus on application to leadership, earth stewardship and personal sustainability.

About Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy, Buddhist eco-philosopher, author and activist for 50 years, has developed processes that allow participants to move through their strong emotions of frustration, sadness, grief to joy and inspired engagement with confidence courage and commitment. One of her most well known books is Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (co-authored with Molly Brown).

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