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Schedule of Workshops, Classes & Readings


WORKSHOPS

Walking as Spiritual Practice

Sat., TBA, 10-2 pm

at Listening Tree Cooperative, Chepachet, RI

with Karina Lutz

Ever thought about what Aborigines' walkabouts, Chartres's labyrinth, and anti-nuclear activists' pilgrimages have in common? Join yoga teacher and poet Karina Lutz for a workshop dedicated to walking as spiritual practice.

We’ll practice three types of walking:

  • Zen walking meditation
  • Peace pilgrimage
  • T’ai Chi vitality walk.

We’ll also converse about the many types of walking that have been used by different religions and spiritual seekers through the millennia. Includes performance of a poem about an earth-encircling peace pilgrimage.

To register, send a message through the Contact Us form with name and contact information. Payment by mail or at time of workshop.

Suggested donation: $50. Includes lunch.


The Work That Reconnects

Sat., June 24, 9 am-4 pm

at Breathing Time Yoga in Pawtucket, RI

facilitated by Jim Tull and Karina Lutz

Our world is in the midst of the most monumental cultural shift humanity has ever experienced. As profound as the agricultural revolution, as drastic as the industrial revolution, but necessarily faster than any social change of its magnitude to date. Whether you call it "blessed unrest," "The Great Turning" on one hand, or "The Great Unraveling" or "long emergency" on the other, it requires the subtle and gross shifting of our awareness and ways of life to move toward sustainability. It means for us all the death of one way of living and the birth of another. Cultural forces and the action of systems are driving the implosion and also the transition. This workshop will help us orient to and skillfully respond to those forces.

Join Karina Lutz and Jim Tull for a day of “The Work that Reconnects.” This perspective-changing, life-affirming experiential learning process was developed by Joanna Macy and other deep ecologists (http://workthatreconnects.org). It helps us face, feel, and make sense of the increasing and multiple catastrophes we face: from Fukushima to the Gulf of Mexico, the Afghan War, and global warming, to the unemployment, foreclosure, energy, and financial crises. We'll work to reclaim the energy for action that is thwarted when we put our natural responses to these crises on the back burner or suppress them altogether. We'll reclaim our sense of interconnectedness to each other and as part of 'life in earth.'

Starting with gratitude for living in earth, we'll move into honoring our pain for the state of the world, then see with new eyes--looking at the world through a holistic, systems paradigm--and finally end with exercises to help us go forth into the world with renewed passion, clarity, and sense of ‘power with’--instead of the prevailing ‘power over.’

Cost: $50.


The Work That Reconnects for prospective and new parents

TBD 2017, 10 am-5 pm

at Listening Tree Cooperative


Karina Lutz and Jim Tull will facilitate a day of “The Work that Reconnects” specifically designed for new parents or people considering parenthood at this critical time in Earth. Knowing what we know about the interactions of human population, the culture of consumerism, critical resource depletion, the ecological crisis and plans for endless war, how do we face parenthood? How do you decide whether to birth children into this world? How do we sustain the species while fostering a life-sustaining cultural transformation? Can we stand in both our foreboding and our longing?

We are in the midst of the most monumental cultural shift humanity has ever experienced. Cultural forces and the action of systems are driving the implosion and also the transition we call The Great Turning. “The Work that Reconnects” workshops help us orient to and skillfully respond to those forces. This perspective-changing, life-affirming experiential learning process was developed by Joanna Macy and other deep ecologists (http://workthatreconnects.org). It helps us face, feel, and make sense of the increasing and multiple catastrophes we face. We'll work to reclaim the energy for action that is thwarted when we put our natural responses to these crises on the back burner or suppress them altogether. We'll reclaim our sense of interconnectedness to each other and as part of 'life in earth.'

Karina and Jim are parents of young adults, who as young adults ourselves had already seen the projections for population growth and crash, yet reluctantly decided to be part of the continuation of the species. We believe parenting is neither selfish nor unselfish, but whether procreating or not, parenting or participating in the raising of children is a profound opportunity and an essential part of establishing the culture of the Great Turning. Yet families cannot swim against the tide of the dominator culture without support. We hope to provide that support in this workshop.

Send a message through the Contact Us form with dates that would work for you, and we'll set a date when we get enough interested participants.

Cost: $50.


Workshops available for your group upon request. Details here.


YOGA FOR PEACE CLASSES

Your schedule: private lessons available upon request.

Group classes when enough people want the same time. Contact Us with dates that would work for you, and we'll set a date when we get enough interested participants.

Karina leads yoga in an eclectic melding of Kripalu, viniyoga, vinyasa, and restorative yoga and Buddhist meditation. Each class is different, and will shake up your practice with new techniques, offering practices appropriate for dynamic unfolding. An emphasis on nonviolence in body and mind will be supported by mindfulness and breath awareness. Classes are open to all levels, and Karina teaches depending on who shows up and their needs and abilities. As always, take care of your self and modify--making the practice stronger or gentler according to your edge--the place you will get the most benefit--where sensation is strong but not painful or straining.