Coming Back to Life: A Meditation Community for Work That Reconnects

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Coming Back to Life: A Meditation Community for Work That Reconnects

Time: May 9, 2019 at 3pm to June 20, 2019 at 4:30pm
Location: Wild Blue Mindfulness studio at Ottawa River Psychology Group
Street: 44 Hawthorne Avenue
City/Town: Ottawa
Website or Map: http://www.ottawariverpsychol…
Phone: 6136563331
Event Type: community, practice
Organized By: Kimberly Sogge PhD CPsych
Latest Activity: Apr 23, 2019

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A Harvard University professor was recently quoted in Forbes magazine stating that as a society "we have fewer than five years to reverse the effects of climate change"*.

This 7 week community group will combine weekly mindfulness meditation practices to build resilience, with group experiential activities and discussion of Work That Reconnects practices developed by Joanna Macy, systems theorist, deep ecologist, buddhist teacher, and environmental activist.

All proceeds from the group will be donated to nonprofits supporting the environment or indigenous language and culture.

This group will offer skilled guided meditation, group experiential exercises, and self-reflection and inquiry into the Work That Reconnects, the life work of Joanna Macy, a series of practices designed to assist communities in reflecting on how they may develop a skillful relationship to the tremendous changes being experienced in our living planet, society and the world at what Joanna refers to as "the time of the Great Turning".

You will leave this 7 week community group with: a deepening of your meditation practice, an experience of a range of the Work That Reconnects practices, and the gift of being a part of a community of like minded individuals who share a desire to care for the world in skillful ways at this time of tremendous threat and opportunity.

What will we cover in this group? In this group we practice mindfulness meditation together, and in the interactive experiential portion of the class we will do the experiential Work That Reconnects (WTR) practices together and engage in guided inquiry on our responses.

Work That Reconnects practices will include but not be limited to:
Gratitude for the World and Awareness of the Great Turning
Honoring Our Pain for the World
Learning through Reconciliation
Seeing With New Eyes
Deep Time: Reconnecting With Past and Future Generations
Going Forth
Strengthening Our Resolve and Committing to the Road Ahead

PLUS this WTR group will offer access to guided meditations from the Coming to Life Dr. Macy's guidebook to use at home, teaching and support in meditation weekly, home practices for building resilience and designing one's own path forward in caring for the environment in your unique way, an opportunity to be part of a community interested in exploring buddhist teachings on the environment and ecological practice, the opportunity to support an initiative that supports nonprofits dedicated to protecting the environment and indigenous languages and cultures.

Group structure: This will be a closed group for cultivating safeness and confidentiality (same participants working together for 7 weeks) and is structured as 7 weeks of 1.5 hour sessions. Register early as group size is extremely limited. This will be a safe, and potentially very powerful group experience. Minimum group size 4 and maximum group size 12.

Group content: We will be working through the research and training techniques of Dr. Joanna Macy and her guidebook on the Work That Reconnets, Coming to Life

When? The group will be on Thursday afternoons 3-430 pm starting May 9, 2019.

Where? The group will be held in the Wild Blue Mindfulness studio at the Ottawa River Psychology Group, 44 Hawthorne Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. Register online or call 613-656-3331 for more information and to register via telephone.

Who is eligible? This group is for adults ages 18+

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