Forest Center
                             Personal Growth for a Flourishing Planet


Harvesting the Transformational Force of


Cypress forest by the Withlacoochee River


In classical antiquity the Cypress tree
was a symbol of sorrow. It was known as the ‘mournful tree’ by the Greeks and the Romans. The Cypress also represented hope since it had been considered to have a heavenly motif. 

…what if the world is speaking through us, and one of our spiritual obligations is to be open to the cries of the earth?    ~ Francis Weller

SATURDAY, APRIL 13    8:30 to 4:30

We live during a time of immense losses. The magnitude of

these losses is becoming obvious to a growing number of us unable to turn a blind eye. We are palpably sensing that the community of all life and our human souls are in peril;  
that our future is uncertain. 

Facing these predicaments is often accompanied by unique 
deep feelings we can name world-sorrow  - a mixture of
emotions that reveals how interwoven we are within the web
of life. Our pain is truly the pain of our hurting world.  

​As interbeings, we can purposefully, communally and
individually honor our shared ​grief. This carefully guided
day of practices and rituals offers a respectful space to go to
“the wild edges of our sorrow”  (as Francis Weller states). In
these spaces our grief is more likely to reset itself as a self-regenerating source of inspiration and reconnection.
Our world-sorrow can then act as an essential
curative ingredient ​​for our collective healing.  


​ ~feel heartbroken by the widespread harm being
​done to the planet, culture and self;
~grapple with the maladies passed on
by our  misguided dominant society;
~want to develop a transparent and fertile 
relationship with world-sorrow;
​~seek a renewed and enriched sense of inspiration.

​​In owning and honoring our pain, and daring to experience 
it, we learn the true meaning of compassion: to “suffer with”. 
We begin to know the immensity of our heart-mind. What had 
isolated us in private anguish now opens outward and delivers
us into the wider reaches of out inter-existence. 
 ~ Joanna Macy


SAT. April 13,  2019    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM     
​$95.00 (Please bring your lunch)

LOCATION - Forest Center
(on a five-acre woodland home 30 miles north of Tampa).
​Directions sent once you register.