Emergence | April 2021 Newsletter
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Our resident caretaker, Thomas Arthur, shares an experience he had here during our February snowstorm and then offers up a beautiful video of that time. Enjoy! —Marnie
I am standing in the courtyard of Thomas Berry Hall in the midst of our February snow storm. There is no wind, no sound, just the wondrous view of huge flakes floating to the ground, galaxies of light falling through space. I am captivated by the moment, filled with a giddy delight as if I were seeing snow for the first time. Read More →
The Evolving Dance of “Place Ballet”
Years ago, our friend and former colleague Robert Mellinger introduced me to the concept of “place ballet”. This concept is described by David Seamon and Christina Nordin in a 1980 paper on Marketplace as Place Ballet. “Conducting their own daily activities, people come together in space, which takes on a sense of place. Individual participants using the same space unintentionally create a larger place with its own tempo of activity and rest, bustle and calm,” they write.
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“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus
As we close 2020, I feel both deep gratitude and deep grief. This tumultuous year has torn some people apart and brought others closer. We have witnessed and experienced more than we could have imagined had we cast our thoughts forward at this time last year.
I am deeply grateful for all of you and wish you health and well-being as we embark upon 2021.
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A Winter Wish for You
Our winter wish: that each and every one of you has abundant access to what is healing and hopeful for you. Perhaps this looks like fresh food, warm shelter, deep rest, and joyous companionship (yes, even if it must be through Zoom!). May you experience the space to rest, connect, and reflect in this quiet season.
We wish you the very happiest of holiday seasons, and on this Winter Solstice we offer our warmest welcome to the brighter days ahead.
Our Outlook for Winter and Beyond
Effective November 16, we have paused hosting in response to new guidance from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. All in-person programs, including garden tours and volunteer work parties, are cancelled through the end of 2020. Our team continues to tend the land, and we are grateful for the ongoing care that individuals and families are providing through our Adopt-A-Trail program. Read More →
Our friend Larry Daloz recounts a time when he explored the Whidbey Institute woods with ecofeminist scholar Joanna Macy. As I recall the story, Larry—who possesses an extensive knowledge of moss—said something to Joanna about his admiration of it. With her hand, she pushed his face into the plush green carpet and held it there. “Now you know moss,” she said. Read More →
It’s early on a warm, grey morning. I’m looking out into my yard at myriad shades of green. Too numerous to count, each one unique in its own beauty; all of them together making up a lush tapestry of color and living beings.
I am constantly struck by and grateful for the vibrant ecosystem in which we live. As we celebrate the diversity of our natural world, let us also remember how poor we would all be without the diversity and richness of human cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that thread through this world. Please take a minute to read our recent newsletter, Re-Membering, if you haven’t already. Read More →
“How is it possible to blossom, fully into me, when there are parts of me that are not allowed to be known? To be realized? . . . . how does [one] re-member herself, through truth songs of the past, present, and future? Can I be whole again?” ― From Scars, a novel by Dr. A. Breeze Harper
“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was never normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”—Sonya Renee Taylor