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Healing and Renewal in Troubled Times



"This time of collapse and chaos can also be a radical period of re-imagination and potential renewal. Not that there is some

magical solution that everyone can agree upon. But that precisely in the midst of chaos each of us may be closer to

finding a particular thread that gives our life genuine meaning and also gives us something

to contribute to the re-imagining and reweaving of the world."

~ Michael Meade



This weekend retreat offers an opportunity to come together in community in these times of rapid change and deep uncertainty to cultivate creativity, courage, connection, and resilience, and renew our commitments to care for ourselves, each other, and the Earth. Structured around deep ecologist Joanna Macy's spiral framework of The Work That Reconnects, and drawing from the work of Michael Meade, Sobonfu Somé, and Francis Weller, we will engage the transformative power of experiential group process, council practice, earth-honoring ritual, poetry, and song to ground our hearts in gratitude, honor our sorrows, seek new inspiration, and bring forth our unique gifts for a world in crisis. We will spend time with the land seeking to restore a sense of deep belonging with our more-than-human community by offering gifts of grief and gratitude to the Earth.

Our teachers will offer classes on the traditional arts of spinning, weaving, and awakening fire from friction to remember and reclaim some of the ways of our ancestors. We will work with myth and story to awaken our imagination, cultivate resilience, and search for golden threads of inspiration that can guide us through the dark during these troubled times. Our grief for the world is a clear sign that we are fully alive and connected to the web of life. By honoring and metabolizing our sorrow, fear, and outrage in community we can transform the energy of these valuable emotions into good fuel for the journey ahead. As we share our hearts and hands in creative re-engagement we invite the possibility of opening to new ways of seeing the challenges we face as a species and weaving a tapestry of healing, strength, and renewal from all that is unraveling in our world.



This retreat is being held at Loving Earth Sanctuary, an intentional community and land-based living project, centered around radical simplicity and committed to non-violently resisting the exploitative, consumption-driven systems upon which modern society subsists. Nestled in the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains approximately 40 miles north of Paso Robles, CA, the focus of this community lies in cultivating personal growth, healing our relationship with the planet, engaging in voluntary simplicity, and actively working toward an electricity- and-fossil-fuel-free lifestyle.


This is an off-grid camping retreat. Participants are required to bring their own camping gear. Thoughtfully prepared, seasonally focused breakfasts and dinners made from food grown on the land, and/or locally sourced, will be provided. Click here for a detailed list of items to bring.

*We will be working with sustainably sourced Churro wool from a sheepherder who herds Churro sheep on Black Mesa with the Diné (Navajo) people. Working with this precious yarn honors this heritage breed of sheep and the history of this ancient practice, helping to support the Diné people of the Black Mesa area financially so that they will be able to remain on their ancestral lands and continue to practice their traditional ways. 

**We will also be working with the last few yards of a hand-spun, plant-dyed golden yarn gifted by Trebbe Johnson, founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, an organization focused on making beauty in wounded places on Earth as a way to give back to those places that have had so much taken from them. We will weave this yarn together with our sacred Churro wool to create a community tapestry of beauty, strength, and renewal. 


Kate Jaffe is a sheep shearer, weaver, and wilderness educator living in Santa Cruz, California. She is inspired in each moment of the fiber making process - by both the story and the texture. She is passionate about the powerful act of weaving together ancient tradition and modern relationship to place, lineage, and each-other through the art of textiles. Kate will be sharing stories about the history of spinning and weaving, and teaching the ancient crafts of spinning on the drop spindle with sacredly harvested wool, and traditional weaving techniques.


Lara Lwin Treadaway facilitates healing in community weaving transformative group process, council practice, earth connection, ancestral arts, storytelling, poetry, and song to cultivate creativity, courage and inspiration in these troubled times. She is passionate about holding circles of beauty, meaning, and truth-telling, and believes that communal ritual and ceremony, ancestral reconnection, sacred grief work, and the creative healing arts are pathways to restoring deep belonging within ourselves, between each other, and with the more-than-human-world.


Gloria Wilson is a poet and a deep lover of the natural world and utilizes ancestral skills to bring her closer to the divine. She lives part-time at Loving Earth Sanctuary the land-based living project centered around radical simplicity that is hosting this gathering. Gloria will be teaching the ancient art of making fire from friction, working with the power of native plants to awaken flames for our ceremonial fire. She will also be teaching the traditional practice of using native dyes, including black walnut and acorn, to dye the yarn for our community weaving.


Date/Time: Saturday, May 4th @ 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 5th @ 6:00 PM

(Participants are invited to arrive on Friday evening to set up camp)

Location: Loving Earth Sanctuary, nr. Lockwood, CA

(approx. 40 miles north of Paso Robles)


Suggested Sliding Scale: $150 - $350

In the spirit of the gift economy, you are invited to give what you are able to.

Work trade and other options are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you are able to offer more than is suggested please consider paying it forward to support this work.

Space is limited. Early registration recommended.


If you have any questions please contact Lara:  |  541-740-3933


"We are in that moment where we are either going to allow the unraveling things to pull us further into darkness, or we are going to

pick up a thread ourselves. We are not responsible for the whole thing, we are just responsible for that thread, and if we

pull that thread forward we are joining the resonance of creation and the reweaving of nature and culture."

~ Michael Meade


from previous gatherings led by Lara Lwin Treadaway

“This was one of the most rich and beautiful days of my life. To be safe with the tribe. Supported by strangers, connected to all human beings by this beauty-full grief. I came away having made friends with my sadness and peace with the anger that protects it.

I continue to feel a sense of peace as I let the grief walk beside me, no longer judged or hindered by fear.”

~ Erika Indrani Eddy, San Luis Obispo, CA

“I have experienced many healing events, retreats and workshops, and I have to say that I was so thoroughly cleansed, impressed,

moved, touched, wrung out, inspired and lifted up that I still can’t believe it. I highly recommend this

experience to everyone I know! Amazing work!!!Amazing!!!”

~ Montgomery Norton, San Luis Obispo, CA

"The structure of the days was prescient and full of open space for creativity and more work. It was all so beautiful. I need to take

time to write about it or it will soon be like a dream. Thank you for your depth, your lightness, your clarity, your sense

of love and deep profound history of this movement of the heart and spirit needing to come alive at this time!”

~ Bob Banner, San Luis Obispo, CA

" This work was very powerful and transformative for me. We sang, we danced, we cried, we yelled, even laughed, and I left

feeling lighter, more integrated, and refreshed. I highly recommend it. Deep bow of gratitude.”​”

~ Laura Ghiringhelli Knutson, San Luis Obispo, CA

"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. Thank you, Lara Lwin Treadaway, for guiding us."

~ Michelle Madgett, San Luis Obispo, 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

"If you want a deeply poignant and absolutely beautiful experience, I most highly recommend this sacred work. If you

at all interested, go. If you are curious, go. If you are doubtful, go. If you think this is for you or if you

think this is not for you, go. You will be forever blessed and eternally grateful."

~ Chante Dao, Hugo, OR​

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