HEARING THE HEART OF THE WORLD
Grief & Resilience in Troubled Times
Sat, Sep 2nd ~ Sun, Sep 3rd, 2023
Weekend Workshop in Seal Rock, OR
The Sweet Peace of Brotherhood by Alexandra Star
"Because the relationship between self and world is reciprocal, it is not a matter of first getting enlightened or saved
and then acting. As we work to heal the Earth, the Earth heals us. No need to wait. As we care enough
to take risks, we loosen the grip of ego and begin to come home to our true nature."
This weekend workshop offers an opportunity to begin to metabolize and transform our sense of fear, grief, and overwhelm into courage, compassion, and resilience, in these deeply troubled times. When our world feels threatened, finding ways to connect with and care for ourselves, each other, and the Earth, can bring a new sense of meaning and belonging where before we felt hopeless and alone. Drawing from deep ecologist Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects, and other practices to support ecological grief and resilience work, we will engage group sharing, experiential group processes, and cross-cultural rituals to ground our hearts in gratitude, metabolize our sorrows, and seek new inspiration for the call to action in an uncertain world.
Feeling the pain of our world is a sign that we are fully present and deeply connected to the web of life. By honoring all that we feel in community, we can find a shared connection with all that we hold most dear. To listen to the heart of the world means to listen to the voices of the voiceless, which can only be heard through the opening of our own hearts. This workshop offers an opportunity to set down some of your burdens, and discover what is truly yours to carry. Together, we will explore how we can each be of service, in ways that can bring joy, meaning, and purpose, so as to bring forth our unique gifts to a world in crisis.
This retreat is being held at Wild Peace Sanctuary, a place where animals, people, and the land are being supported to heal together in circles of reverence, repair, and reciprocity. The sanctuary is located on 34 acres, nestled in the forested slopes of a creek-side valley in the Coast Range mountains, just a few miles inland from the Central Oregon Coast. A year-round creek runs through the land, and a diversity of wild animals and plants make their home there. The resident herd of wild horses and burros, all rescued from situations of abuse and neglect, are actively engaged with the humans that care for them, in restoring the land.
There are some spots available for primitive camping at the sanctuary over the weekend, with other accommodations available nearby at local campsites, and AirBnb's in the local towns of Seal Rock, Newport, and Waldport. Participants are required to bring all their own camping gear with them, and to supply their own food, including something to share with the group for a potluck dinner on the Saturday evening. Good quality drinking water and other refreshments will be provided throughout the weekend.
Lara Lwin Treadaway has been supporting communities and groups to heal together for over 25 years. She combines experiential group work, cross-cultural ritual, animal and land connection, storytelling, poetry and song, and is an experienced facilitator of The Work That Reconnects, Family Constellations, Restorative Circles, Sacred Grief Work, and other community healing processes. She is passionate about creating, and co-creating, spaces that support a deeper sense of belonging within ourselves, between each other, and with the natural world. Lara is the founder and steward of Wild Peace Sanctuary, and divides her time between her private practice, sacred activism, and tending to the land and the animals.
“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world. We need to restore honor to the way we live, so that when we walk through the world we don’t have to avert our eyes with shame,
so that we can hold our heads up high and receive the respectful acknowledgment of the rest of the earth’s beings.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer, from her book "Braiding Sweetgrass"
Sat, Sep 2 - Sun, Sep 3, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wild Peace Sanctuary
Seal Rock, OR 97330
Sliding Scale $250 - $350
Work trade and scholarships available. Please enquire on the email address below
Space is limited. Early registration recommended.
If you have any questions please contact Lara:
"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 the morning we parted ways, as tears sprang up. I had come to know and care for my fellow Villagers,
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 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
"Please attend this important event. It will change the way you see the world, the grief, the joy and our connection.
Lara Lwin Treadaway will enfold you and bring you into a world beyond right and wrong,
a world where we can all meet and hold space for each other."
~ Milena Worsham, Ashland, OR
"Clarity, Vastness, Depth, Liberation, Inspiration, Community. Grateful for today’s workshop of Tending the Unraveling.
It works if you work it. Thank You Lara Lwin Treadaway."
~ Anahata Kia Wind, San Luis Obispo, CA