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Below are bios of the workshop facilitators and a few links to materials we use in the workshop.

The Facilitators

Karina Lutz

is a workshop leader, poet, yoga teacher, and educator. She was co-founder and helped run People’s Power & Light, a nonprofit energy consumers’ alliance with a mission to make energy affordable and environmentally sustainable. People’s Power & Light, now called Green Energy Consumers Alliance, was instrumental in passage of major sustainable energy legislation in Rhode Island, and offers green power to electricity consumers. She has been involved in sustainable energy issues since 1988, when she was managing editor and publisher of Home Energy magazine. As RI chapter director of Sierra Club, she launched the campaign to stop a proposed megaport at Quonset Point. She has also worked as a writer and editor, and received a MS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

She received her training in teaching yoga at Kripalu Yoga Center for Yoga and Health, but teaches an eclectic style that includes elements of viniyoga, vinyasa, restorative yoga, and mindfulness meditation. She is grateful to all her teachers, including Baba Hari Das, Amanda Starr, Karen Bhakti Platt, Sudhir Jonathan Faust, Ken Nelson and the team at Kripalu, Sri Swami Mayatitananda, Gary Kraftsow, Swami Nirmalanda Saraswati, Maya Breuer, Dakadude Alan Sternik, among other yogis, and Joanna Macy and Joanne Friday.

Jim Tull

is a teacher and social activist with 35 years of experience in confronting local, national and international social problems. For 15 years, including 12 as co-director, he worked at Amos House, a Catholic Worker-inspired hospitality house offering meals, shelter and social services to the poor and homeless in Providence. Since leaving Amos House in 1995, he has taught courses in Community Service and Social Change, Peace, Environmental and Global Studies and Philosophy at Providence College and the Community College of Rhode Island. He facilitates workshops and retreats on community building and cultural transformation and co-parents his two teenage children, Nelson and Sofia. With Karina, is is co-founder of Listening Tree Cooperative, a cooperatively owned and run intentional community, homesteading, farming, and (re)creating sustainable culture in Chepachet, RI.

Jim published his collection of essays, which you can find at JimTull.com.

Emily Johns

lives in New Bedford, Mass. A quiet environmental activist ever since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring woke the world up in 1962, she was a fourth grade teacher in New Bedford for 30 years. She has been studying with Joanna Macy since 2007, and is passionately devoted to sharing the Work that Reconnects with others.

Testimonials from workshop participants can be found here: http://yogaforpeace.massageplanet.com/index.php?p=367878

Poetry for the Great Turning

Here is a poem by John Seed, called "Invocation": writtenwisdoms.tumblr.com/post/11619462125/invocation-john-seed
Here is Galway Kinnell's "St. Francis and the Sow": www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171395
Here is Mary Oliver's "Sleeping in the Forest": peacefulrivers.homestead.com/MaryOliver.html#anchor_14789
Here is Wendell Berry's "The Peace of Wild Things": www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171140

Karina's Poetry for the Great Turning can be found on her blog: karinalutz.wordpress.com/