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Grief & Resilience in Troubled Times

SAT, OCT 28, 2023 |


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“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.

Joanna Macy



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 and find our way through these times together. Through ritual, poetry, teaching, sharing, and song we will ground our hearts in gratitude to find the strength we need to embrace all that we feel, open to new ways of seeing to find fresh inspiration for responding to the challenges ahead, and explore how to meet our changed and changing world with renewed courage, creativity, and compassion.


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.

meaningful joruf and empowered action.


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.

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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. 



Saturday, Oct 282023

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:


"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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