FINDING OUR WAY THROUGH
Grief & Resilience in Troubled Times
SAT, OCT 28, 2023 | 10AM ~ 6PM | NEWPORT, OR
“When we open our eyes to what is happening, even when it breaks our hearts, we discover our true size;
for our heart, when it breaks open, can hold the whole universe. We discover how speaking the truth
of our anguish for the world brings down the walls between us, drawing us into deep solidarity.”
We are living in unprecedented times, with news of drought, wildfires, widespread pollution, endless war, political unrest, social division, species extinction, and the collapsing of the very ecosystems that all life depends on. Our lives, and the lives of those we love, are being affected in myriad ways, and many of us are dealing with levels of confusion, despair, overwhelm, and fear that are increasingly difficult to navigate. The good news is that we do not need to make this journey alone.
This workshop offers an opportunity to come into a brave and safely held communal space to share the burdens we are carrying, open to the healing that emerges when we tend to our grief together, explore new and old perspectives, and discover ways that we can each contribute our unique gifts towards more sustainable and regenerative systems of living and being. Through ritual, poetry, teaching, sharing, and song, this alchemical container is aimed at finding our way through together.
Drawing from The Work That Reconnects, developed by activist and writer Joanna Macy, and other group practices, we will nurture a deeper sense of belonging and cultivate greater resilience for the challenges we are facing. By grounding our hearts in gratitude we find the strength to embrace all that we feel, and by imagining new ways of making sense of these times we find fresh inspiration to rise and respond to our changed and changing world with renewed courage, creativity, and compassion.
Lara Lwin Treadaway has been an activist for 35 years, and has supported the journey of healing and transformation with individuals, groups, and communities for over two decades through experiential group work, cross-cultural ritual, and the creative arts. A facilitator of The Work That Reconnects, Family Constellations Therapy, Restorative Circles, Sacred Grief Work, and other group processes, she is passionate about creating brave spaces to metabolize grief and trauma, so as to nurture a deeper sense of belonging within ourselves, between each other, and with the natural world. Lara is also the founder of Wild Peace Sanctuary, a place where people, animals, and the land are healing and restoring each other in circles of reverence, repair, and reciprocity.
“In my work I have begun to invite people to explore what a radical hope may look like... Radical hope is a form of hope that’s consciously chosen after denial. It is a form of hope that is empowered surrender to a situation. It accepts
difficult realities about what is happening as well as one’s capabilities to influence things,
but still connects with deeper values and requires action to make it real.”
Saturday, Oct 28, 2023
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Fellowship Hall
Atonement Lutheran Church
Newport, OR 97365
Sliding Scale $150 - $250
Space is limited
Early registration recommended
Offered in the spirit of the Gift Economy. Non-monetary options
available in the case of financial hardship. Please enquire below.
If you have any questions please contact Lara:
“With forgiveness as my bow and my prayers as my arrows,
Pull 'em back and let go: I watch 'em fly like sparrows.
With compassion as my shield and faith down to my marrow,
I will walk the Pollen Path even when it gets narrow!”
Lyla June Johnston
When I began this work, someone asked me, Joanna why are you doing this? I thought I was doing it to make us more effective, working for global peace and justice, that we were doing the work to be better agents of change.
But when I was asked that, the answer came right from my solar plexus: 'I’m doing this work
so that when things fall apart, we will not turn on each other.”
"Simply put, Lara is ideally suited for this sacred alchemical work. She has the capacity to hold deep space for the sorrows of the world while being firmly rooted in the healing power of the good, the true, and the beautiful."
~ Freyja Swan-Utsman, San Luis Obispo, CA
"Lara is a skilled facilitator who navigates the most challenging issues of our time with wisdom, sensitivity, and a
wide-open heart. Her event was a deep experience that challenged me to explore my grief and pain,
while empowering me to face those hurts with resilience and hope."
~ Kevin Gallagher, Santa Barbara, CA
"The next day I felt a great capacity to hold life and things that were unbearable before. It was a life-changing practice that I intend to make a part of my life on a regular basis. Lara is an extraordinary spirit and a skillful facilitator.
The container she created felt incredibly safe and inclusive allowing me to do very deep work."
~ Jana Holm, Portland, OR
"This work was very powerful and transformative for me and I highly recommend it. I cannot say enough about you
Lara and the safe space you held communally. You are masterful at what you do, and so clearly and
beautifully committed to helping heal the planet with this work. Deep bow of gratitude.”
~ Laura Ghiringhelli Knutson, San Luis Obispo, CA
"Lara’s insight, knowledge and compassion to serve people through the process of grief is so powerful and wise.
It’s very evident she has devoted herself to this much needed practice of healing. The love
and acceptance she evokes in this work is truly moving and powerful."
~ Gina Shuman, San Luis Obispo, CA
"When the world is shaking at its core and nothing feels safe or certain we need to be brought together in such a way
that we can FEEL what is happening and then carry each other through. Thank you Lara for having
created such a space for us all to find healing and mutual support."
~ Gwen Moore, Eugene, OR
"Grief work is such a vital part of our lives as full humans, and something so missing from our Western society. Lara brings this sacred technology and offerings back into our remembrance, awakening it from our deep ancestral knowledge. It is amazing what a strong practice these rituals can be for cultivating our capacity
to love and hold ourselves and each other through life's waves of grief."
~ Alexa Lindahl, San Luis Obispo, CA
"I went specifically to grieve about the Earth and all we are losing. Those of us who love the earth and are awoke to what is happening are carrying so much grief. Taking the time to feel and express grief for disappearing species, desecrated
places, and our difficult future does not mean we are giving up, but rather it can re-energize us to continue our
activism. Grief is the other side of love and we can’t have one without the other, yet there are so few places
where our grief is welcomed and accepted and can be fully expressed in community."
~ Sharon Blick, Eugene, OR
"Here's a wonderful opportunity to reclaim energy you may be unknowingly wasting just trying to hold back despair.
My close friend, Lara, is a gifted facilitator bringing many years of study and practice to create the
safe space needed to grieve through despair into the power of community."
~ Leonard Higgins, Eugene, OR
"I found myself feeling amazed when we parted ways, as tears sprang up. I had come to know and care for my fellow participants, made friends, heard stories, saw inside their hearts briefly. A true community holds the capacity
to experience many things together without busting at the seams. Grief bonds when held with deep
compassion and understanding. Grief shows us our capacity for Joy as well. A community
that learns to hold both is strong, resilient, and capable of changing the world.
Thank you, Lara Lwin Treadaway, for guiding us."
~ Michelle Madgett, San Luis Obispo, CA
"I would absolutely recommend this event for anyone who is longing for authentic, safe, and reverent engagement
of our deepest most profound emotions. This is profound experiential work for both personal
and communal nurturance and therefore healing.”
~ Richard Leversee, Morro Bay, CA
"The practices Lara took us through were deeply transformative. Her sensitivity to the needs of all the participants, individually and collectively, was inspirational. She brought an incredible quality of presence
to the room that helped us all feel safe and supported."
~ Francesca Simms, Portland, OR
"This is a great opportunity to explore and express your grief, where you can truly go to very deep places and feel safe doing it, being held by a facilitator who is kind, compassionate, powerful and experienced. Lara, I love
the combination of your skills and experience, your love and deep compassion for the work,
your humor and seriousness with the process, your kindness
and the over abiding love that you share."
~ Jack Leishman, Ashland, OR