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Reconnecting in a Time of Collapse



" It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope.

All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given.

In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage.

~ Joanna Macy

Economic injustice, societal division, mass species extinction, wildfires, floods, droughts, destruction of wild habitat, even the existential threat of our own demise as a species. Our world is in trouble. How are we to feel? What are we to do? How can we find inspiration and meaning for our lives and our future in these times of rapid change and deep uncertainty? This one day workshop offers an invitation to envision these challenging times as an opportunity to build resilience, cultivate creativity, and explore new vision. Structured around the spiral framework of The Work That Reconnects, developed by Buddhist activist and deep ecologist Joanna Macy, this event also draws from the work of Francis Weller and Michael Meade.

From a foundation of gratitude and beauty we will explore the transformative power of council practice, cross-cultural ritual, storytelling, poetry, and song to honor and transmute the grief we are carrying for the Earth and our global family. We will invite new ways of seeing these difficult times and seek meaningful ways to respond. There are hard things to face in our world today, but our pain is a sign that we are fully alive and connected to the web of life. If we want to be of good use we must be willing to acknowledge and alchemize our fear, sorrow, and outrage into inspiration, strength, and new ways of seeing. Only then can we shine our unique light into the darkness as we collectively navigate this dark night of the soul of humanity.


Lara Lwin Treadaway facilitates healing within community and with the sacred, weaving transformative group process, earth-honoring ritual, ways of council, storytelling, song, and poetry to cultivate courage, creativity, and resilience in these turbulent times. She is passionate about holding circles of beauty, meaning, and truth-telling, and has been creating spaces for grief, transformation, reconciliation, and renewal for over a decade. Lara has studied with Joanna Macy and is a facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. She lives a nomadic life of radical simplicity traveling with her work.


Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Green Lotus Center, Morro Bay, CA



Suggested Sliding Scale: $50 - $150

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

Work trade and scholarships 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


from previous gatherings led by Lara Lwin Treadaway

" This work was very powerful and transformative for me and I highly recommend it. Thank you Lara for sharing such a beautiful, ancient, communal way to tap into this universal well of grief we all drink from, giving access to new perspectives, through

deeper understanding of and befriending of our grief. I cannot say enough about you 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

" I would highly recommend this event. This was an extremely well held container, a village well created. Lara, your wealth of

experience, your authenticity and openness, your compassion, sense of ease and familiarity with grief, led the day beautifully."

~ Brenda Blair, Ashland, OR

" This is a great opportunity to 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

" 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

"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

"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. This work is much-needed balm for healing the collective."

~ Jana Holm, Portland, OR

" Lara, because of the heart, beauty and wisdom you provided at the workshop, my life trajectory has been reset.

Deep level healing is the way free. Your gift to me. With deep honoring, love and gratitude."

~ Don GerBracht, San Luis Obispo, CA

"I would absolutely recommend this ritual 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

"So much gratitude Lara for leading this life changing event. The village we created was stronger than I imagined possible,

and carried me to depths I've not reached in so long. Gratitude to all my villagers too, for embracing my

grief and beauty and strength. May all share in this powerful healing."

~ Öcean MacConnell Liff-Anderson, Corvallis OR

"I cannot suggest enough how much this event changed me. For anyone feeling the loss of another or loss of a dream.

This event helped me, in my darkest time, to begin my healing process. Sign up, you will not be disappointed."

~ Scott Roberts, Ashland, 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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