Thriving Communities Gathering
November 10 - 12, 2022
“If we do not act, in however small way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn
Thriving Communities Gatherings are unique opportunities for different groups doing aligned work to gather, learn and inspire each other. The November 2022 Gathering will focus on the trauma of incarceration, on hope, and on the power of community engagement.
Why does this work matter?
The United States has some of the highest recidivism rates in the world. According to the National Institute of Justice, almost 44% of individuals released return before the first year out of prison. High rates of recidivism is not just a public safety concern, but has tremendous impact on the lives of offenders who are often unable to break out of the cycle of repeat offending. The research also shows that, in general, children whose parents are incarcerated are at higher risk for increased antisocial behaviors and psychological problems, such as depression.
The November gathering is an opportunity to connect with ordinary people who chose to do major work in the country to reduce incarceration and recidivism rates, and improve lives of not just individuals but their families and their communities. The Gathering is open to anyone who feels called to meet the people doing this important work, contribute your own work and stories, be together in an inspiring way. Many people leave Thriving Community Gatherings with greater hope and understand for what they can do to support change in their own community.
This two day event will be held at the Whidbey Institute, a place of healing and deep work.
Who will be there?
Thriving Communities will host our Charlottesville team as well as representatives from three organizations who are active with all ages in incarceration and justice work. Groups attending include:
Who should join us?
Anyone who has a heart connection to this work and wants to learn more is welcome!
Agenda and Flow:
The flow of Thriving Community Gatherings is always determined by the people who attend. We incorporate open space and small circles to allow each person to fully participate in meaningful conversation, and to encourage connection and cross-collaborative ideas to spark.
Group participation will guide the flow of our time together. In addition we will enjoy podcasts as well as a film highlighting the work of the Fountain Fund. The trailer for this video is below.
You can expect music and poetry to be threaded through our time together to honor senses beyond the brain and the heart. .
Questions about the Gathering? Please reach out to Jerry Millhon.
Meal and Lodging Costs
|Commuting, sleeping offsite||$221|
|Camping, bring your own gear||$221|
|Shared room, double occupancy||$266|
Prices for commuting, camping, and lodging onsite include meals (Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch), registration fee, and a rapid onsite COVID test administered upon arrival.
Total cost to participate will range from $346 plus tax for commuting or camping, dining, and contributing at the Supported Tuition level, to $511 plus tax for lodging in a single room, dining, and contributing at the Catalyst Tuition level.