Join our friends at Bumbleberry Wellness on June 23rd to create an act of Radical Joy at the site of the Ring Road Construction in Fish Creek Park.
This is one of many global events where people come together to share their stories and create beauty in wounded places (either touched by human development or other disasters).
An Earth Exchange is part storytelling, part community action, part healing work, part artistic expression, part ceremony and part play. It is not to judge, blame or protest. Rather, it is to receive beauty from a place that is spoiled while it receives creativity and compassion from the people who care about it.
OVERVIEW & ACCESSIBILITY
We will meet at the first parking lot on the way to the Shannon Terrace Day Use area followed by a 10 minute walk* to the site of the Ring Road Construction. There will be an opportunity to share stories about the place, explore it as it is now and reconvene as a group to create an act of beauty.
* please wear suitable shoes for walking, the route includes a short section of narrow grass pathway and there is gravel at the construction site. Alternate arrangements can be made for anyone with mobility issues, please don't hesitate to ask!
Join our friends at Bumbleberry Wellness on June 23rd to create an act of Radical Joy at the site of the Ring Road Construction in Fish Creek Park.
Have you been struggling with loss? Has the state of the world got you down? Join Refugia, Bumbleberry Wellness, and Environmental Lethbridge for an afternoon workshop focused on processing eco-grief and anxiety through the practices of community ritual, yoga, and art making. When grief gets trapped in the body it can be overwhelming to attempt to process. We will use creative outlets to practice moving through our grief and connecting to our love for the natural world.
Please come prepared to spend sometime outdoors and wear clothing that you can move around in.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can to ensure accessibility. Space is limited to 40 and participants are requested to RSVP ahead of time to secure space. Ticket donation suggestions can range between $0 and $20. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, with vegan, gluten sensitive, halal options available. Please contact us with any dietary restrictions.
If you do not have a credit card or need to pay by other means, please contact Environment Lethbridge to reserve your ticket. Or if you have any questions please contact Hannah@environmentlethbridge.org or phone 403-330-6241.
Originally from the West Coast, Diana Izard is the founder of Bumbleberry Wellness and a social worker, therapist, yoga teacher and environmental activist. Diana loves exploring the intersections between traditional yoga philosophy, social justice and environmentalism. Trained in Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Ecological-Yoga Leadership, she artfully blends themes of sustainability, (re)connecting to the natural environment and body positive messages into her classes. You can expect to find her barefoot, on and off the mat!
Jodi Lammiman is a spiritual director, retreats facilitator, and an artist with a formal education in Sacred Literature, Leadership and Spiritual Direction. Her work focuses on the intersections between social and environmental justice, spirituality and the human psyche. She lived and worked in an intentional retreat community for four years where she was immersed in the practices of hospitality, active listening and contemplative living. Jodi considers herself fortunate to have been taught and deeply influenced by eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy whose work, Refugia draws frequently upon. You can usually find her rambling through the river valley in Edmonton where she lives, journalling or curled up somewhere with a good book.
With all that is happening in our world and environment it can be challenging to cultivate resilience and well-being. The Office of Sustainability at MacEwan University are hosting Refugia, Waste Free Edmonton, MacEwan’s own beekeeping program, and others, for a panel discussion on eco-grief. Join us to connect to hope and learn how to cultivate resilience in the climate crisis.
This event is offered free of charge, however registration is required. Location will be emailed to all guests.
Sometimes we find ourselves lost in the chaos of the day-to-day. Sometimes we find ourselves longing to catch our breath, listen to what our bodies and souls are saying, and lean into silence and questions. Come discover the patterns in your life that are appearing: What are you repeatedly feeling pulled away from, or toward?
If this resonates, please considering joining Refugia in the Ghost River Valley as we practice our values of thoughtful dialogue, curiosity, and silence. This year, we are using the metaphor and inspiration of meaningful coincidences to inspire our discussions and reflections. We will explore the coincidences found in nature and social movements in order to uncover what is speaking to you in your own life.
Please dress for the weather, as you will have the opportunity to spend part of the day outside. Lunch will be served, and is included in registration fee.
Early bird rate: $85 (closes Dec 15)
Regular rate: $95
Register through Eventbrite.
Join us for a discussion around the ways we may grieve a landscape similarly (and differently) to other forms of loss.
This workshop will begin with opening remarks from Lori Brave Rock. Lori will begin the conversation with reflections on ecological grief within the context of her work as an Indigenous environmental activist.
Following remarks from Lori Brave Rock, Amy Spark will lead the group in an exploration of the various facets of ecological grief including the complexities that come with grief in a resource-extraction province. The session will include a “101” introduction to this topic, as well as a deeper discussion on the ways in which environmental and ecological grief can become messages of hope and experiences of empowerment. Jodi Lammiman will then lead participants in a meditation. Learn more about Jodi and Amy here.
Tickets are pay what you can to ensure accessibility. Since space is limited, participants are requested to RSVP ahead of time to secure space.
Childminding and transportation subsidies are available (including for access from surrounding rural communities), please contact Kristina Larkin for more information at email@example.com. Interpretation is available upon request.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided (vegan, gluten sensitive, halal options available).
Recognizing and working with our ecological grief, an experience familiar to many but only beginning to be more understood and articulated, can lead us to into deeper understandings of connection and action. Join Refugia at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs for a discussion around the ways we may grieve a landscape similarly (and differently) to other forms of loss.
Cost: $14 buffet lunch with dessert/coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice.
RSVP not required
Speakers: Amy Spark and Jodi Lammiman
Doors open 11:30 am
Presentation 12 noon
Buffet lunch 12:30 pm
Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm
Learn more on the SACPA website
Grieving the loss or change of a cherished natural space has not always been recognized as a true form of grieving. With wildfires and summers filled with smoke, devastating flooding, and subtle changes in the seasons, ecological grief is now starting to become recognized as a legitimate form of mourning and anxiety. But like all forms of grief, ecological grief is personal, unique, and doesn't often follow a logical pattern. Join us for a discussion around the ways we may grieve a landscape similarly (and differently) to other forms of loss.
This workshop, open to anyone who identifies as a woman, will begin with opening remarks from Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks for the Province of Alberta. Minister Phillips will begin the conversation with reflections on ecological grief within the context of Alberta, addressing past, present and future work aimed at ensuring the health of our landscape for generations to come.
Following remarks from Minister Phillips, Co-founder of Refugia Retreats and Environmental Scientist Amy Spark will continue the conversation. Amy will lead the group in an exploration of the various facets of ecological grief. The session will include a “101” introduction to this topic, as well as a deeper discussion on the ways in which environmental and ecological grief can become messages of hope and experiences of empowerment.
This workshop is a part of the Women’s Centre’s Women and Environment series, held on the third Wednesday of most months. This is event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. Tickets are free, but space is limited and participants are requested to RSVP ahead of time to secure space. On-site child-minding is available during this event, child-minding services are open to children 13 months to twelve years of age. To register children for child-minding, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-264-1155.
Yoga Seva YYC and Refugia Retreats are partnering with Weaselhead Preservation Society to host a Global Earth Exchange!
Each Earth Exchange is part storytelling, part community action, part healing work, part artistic expression, part ceremony, and part play.
We call it an Earth Exchange because in the process of enacting it, an exchange is made between people and place. People receive meaning and beauty from a place they might previously have seen as spoiled or even worthless, and the place receives compassion and creativity from the people who care about it.
Join us to learn about the history of Weaselhead Park, the impact of human development and the ways in which we can continue to preserve, and find joy in the area.
No registration necessary
Welcome & overview
History of the Weaselhead
Personal stories of the Weaselhead
Walk down to the river, grounding meditation & exploration
Act of Radical Joy (art made of found items)
What is our role when it comes to climate change and the environment? How can we, as individuals, companies, or organizations, do our part? In this discussion, panelists will be discussing the environmental issues surrounding the fashion industry. From textile waste, to fast fashion and over-consumption, to water, this round-table panel will illuminate environmental issues, and equip us all with solutions that can be acted upon in the short and long term.
Amy will be speaking on the panel on behalf of Refugia Retreats!
Register through Eventbrite
You are invited to a workshop taking place as part of the thesis research for a Masters in Environmental Education and Communication. It will be made up of environmental education practices from professionals in the field, such as Joanna Macy, Renee Lertzman and George Marshall. The purpose of this research is to explore, and better understand, the application of these practices. The morning will be made up of exercises to reflect on our feelings around the environment, and the afternoon will move into tools and strategies to create a personal sense of agency and well-being.
Breakfast snacks and a vegan lunch are included. Participants may be asked for an interview two to three weeks after the workshop. Any data you offer will be completely anonymous. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, feel free to email email@example.com for more information.
Facilitators: Amy Spark and Roberta Waddell
Sometimes we find ourselves longing to catch our breath, to listen to what our bodies and souls are whispering, to lean into silence and solitude. January offers the gift of reflecting on the joys and sorrows of what has passed, while also listening for the gentle invitation of the season to come.
If this resonates, please considering joining Refugia in the Ghost River Valley as we practice our values of thoughtful dialogue, curiosity, and silence. This year, we are using the metaphor and inspiration of rivers to inspire our discussions and reflections.
To register and for more information, check out Eventbrite.
Early bird: $85 (ends Dec 17). Regular price: $95
Are you seeking harmony and a sense of connection during these turbulent times? Kick-off Refugia's fall season with Eily Aurora for an evening of tuning in to the harmony, grace and beauty of our world through music and community.
Doors: 6:30 Concert: 7:00 pm
$25 advance/$30 door/$20 student & low-income
Check out Eventbrite for more information and tickets
Join Refugia as we celebrate our first year! Our good friend and talented musician Eileen Shaughnessy is stopping in Calgary during her social change and music tour along with her amazing band. Eileen & the In-Betweens is an indie folk group based in Albuquerque, New Mexico with extensive touring experience across the U.S. Their music focuses on social justice, equal rights, and imagining futures.
Location: House of Commons in Bowness (6435 Bow Crescent NW)
Cost: By donation (basket will be passed around)
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of Climate Change? Are you interested in journeying with others in ways that are meaningful, authentic, and hopeful?
Join us for our final discussion on Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. We will be reflecting on Chapters 11-13. Even if you haven't joined us before, all are welcome!
The location on June 1st will be weather-dependent. We will either be at Bowness Park, or at Amy's house (exact location TBA). E-mail email@example.com or call (587) 969 - 1856 for more information.
If you'd like, feel free to join us for a potluck meal beforehand! Meal from 6-7PM, book club from 7-9PM.
We have been reading two chapters each session and meet together the first Thursday each month (7-9 PM) beginning December 2016. Whether you are already immersed in the practices of "The Work that Reconnects" or just curious what all the fuss is about, we invite you to join us.
Hope to see you there!
Check out our blog post on this event here: http://www.refugiaretreats.com/blog/2017/5/29/mourning-trees-the-pain-the-compassion-the-community
Read NewScoop's article on how Feast for the Common Good went!
Are you eager to engage in dialogue about the difficult issues of our time? Are you looking for a space to discuss topics such as climate change, inequality, and anti-oppression? Looking for a group to connect with for action? Join us for a weekend of community-building through food and conversation! Feast for the Common Good and Refugia Retreats are partnering to offer a weekend event on personal and collective action. We advocate for honest, respectful, open conversation as we delve deeply into issues of importance for our future.
Friday, February 3rd, 6:30 - 9:30 PM: three-course vegetarian meal interspersed with open and guided discussion.
Saturday, February 4th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: workshop on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects framework (lunch included).
Please note, in order to attend the Saturday workshop, you must register for the Friday meal. We want to build upon the conversations of the previous evening. Tickets are $50 for the two-day event ($25 if you are only able to attend Friday).
Friday: Bill Phipps & Ted Reeve
Saturday: Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark
Bill Phipps was Moderator of the United Church of Canada, 1997-2000. Retired, yet active with Calgary Citizens on Climate Change, Calgary Peace Prize, Living Into Right Relations, and Faith & the Common Good.
Ted Reeve is a United Church of Canada minister active with Faith & the Common Good, continuing education at the Toronto School of Theology, and leadership education.
Jodi Lammiman is a retreats facilitator, spiritual director and advocate of The Work That Reconnects.
Amy Spark is an environmental advocate passionate about the intersection between ecological & mental health.
This event is offered with generous support by Hillhurst United Church and EthniCity catering through the Centre for Newcomers.
Are you looking for a chance to rest and reflect after the busyness of the holiday season? Come join Refugia as we embody our values of thoughtful dialogue, curiosity, and silence. This one-day retreat will provide the opportunity to reflect upon 2016 and look ahead to 2016 while listening deeply to your life in the beauty of Alberta's eastern slopes. There will be time allocated for both communal and individual practices that will invite you to listen to your life and lean into 2017. Please dress for the weather, as you will have the opportunity to spend part of the day outside. Lunch will be served, and is included in registration fee.
Amy Spark is an environmental advocate and science educator. She encourages her students to learn with their hands, believing an environmental ethic is fostered best when exploring, observing worms, or canning rhubarb. Interested in the intersection between ecological and mental health, Amy recently completed research on ecological grief in the Ghost River Valley.
Jodi Lammiman was a part of the King's Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre's Resident Community for three and a half years. During her time on staff she experienced a deep invitation into both communal and individual practices of silence, solitude, and self-reflection. These practices guide her work as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator and will also deeply inform this retreat.
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Prayer is a way in which we journey closer to the heart of God. When we pray we listen, we speak, we respond. The Labyrinth is an ancient resource that has been used in various ways. It has been used to simulate pilgrimage, to slow down, to journey towards the centre of oneself and also to journey towards the centre, which is God. This type of prayer journey can be done both individually and as a community. In this retreat we will utilize the Labyrinth to pray while discovering more about ourselves and about God.
Facilitator: Jodi Lammiman was a part of the King’s Fold Retreat Centre Resident Community for over three years, where Jodi spent much of her time offering hospitality through cooking, facilitation and spiritual direction. As a spiritual director, Jodi is passionate about creating safe spaces that allow people to explore the inner workings of their souls. She is interested in metaphor and the myriad ways that the Labyrinth can speak to the spiritual journey.
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"The Work that Reconnects" is an intensive framework created by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. It intersects deep ecology, spirituality, and psychology. This one-day retreat utilizes this framework in order to invite participants into a space where they can be more reflective and connect with alternate ways of being in the world. This retreat will engage individuals by examining the realities of living in this time in history while moving through four stages: gratitude, honouring our grief, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.
Eileen Shaughnessy teaches courses in the Sustainability Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. Her courses focus on Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Feminism, Racial Justice and Nuclearism. Eileen is also a singer-song writer and multi-intstrumentalist for the musical group "Eileen and the In-Betweens." Her songs often reflect the complex material she teaches: feminism, racial justice, and concern for the earth. She is a frequent facilitator of "The Work that Reconnects."
Jodi Lammiman is an artist, facilitator, and spiritual director. She has facilitated retreats and workshops on topics like self-care, mindfulness, contemplation, peace and justice issues, and the Labyrinth to both youth and adults. Jodi was a part of the King's Fold Retreat Centre Resident Community for over three years, where she spent much of her time offering hospitality through cooking, facilitation and spiritual direction. As a facilitator, Jodi is passionate about creating safe spaces that allow people to explore the inner workings of their souls. She recently attended a ten day intensive with Joanna Macy on "The Work That Reconnects" and is excited to offer this retreat in Calgary.
The event will be held at Alberta Eco-Trust in Calgary, and has several outdoor portions. Food will be provided. A detailed schedule will be e-mailed to participants prior to the event.
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