Personal Growth for a Flourishing Planet
Harvesting the Transformational Force of
Cypress forest by the Withlacoochee River
SYMBOLISM OF THE CYPRESS TREE
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.
OFFERED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO:
~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.