Afternoon Session #1
Take a walk (or a nap!), hang out, or participate in a profound exploration with wise friends, choosing between the following:
1: Laura Hope-Gill on Light and Darkness (FREELAND HALL 3RD FLOOR)
I am emerging from four-month walk with photophobia. My brain felt stricken by a sledgehammer in response to every single ray and particle of light: phone screen, computer, digital clock on microwave oven, tv, lightbulbs, windows, headlights, sky, moon, stars. Everything that we "see" was off limits. Able now to do things I didn't know if I would ever be able to do again, I literally see the world differently. I was grateful for my decades of studying spiritual alchemy. Darkness and its metaphors help us engage the shadowy interior of the self. Let's talk and write about darkness. Maybe together we can shed a little light on this aspect of all our paths.
Laura Hope-Gill is a North Carolina Arts Council Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She published two books on architectural history and a collection of poetry, “The Soul Tree,” which earned her the title of first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
2: David LaMotte - You Are Changing the World, Whether You Like It or Not (UPPER ANDERSON)
In You are Changing the World: Whether You Like It or Not, David LaMotte challenges some deeply held, though seldom examined, ideas about how large societal changes happen and what our own roles in those changes can and should be.
Drawing on stories from his own work and interviews with others in Guatemala, India, South Africa, Australia, Palestine, Bosnia, and the United States, LaMotte methodically challenges narratives that keep us immobile in the face of problems that confront communities, nations, and the world. You Are Changing The World is challenging, encouraging and inspiring - David looks at questions of daily vocation, helping us discern both our potential to have an impact and how to get started. Anyone who wants to live a life that matters will find a meaningful, potentially world-changing lesson.
3: Christine Ruth - The Heroine's Journey (THOMPSON-BROWN MEETING ROOM, MOORE CENTER)
Many of us are familiar with Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, but feel called to far more than serving as mere “temptresses” or “helpers” on the stereotypical male quest. Join pastor and therapist, Christine Ruth, LMFT, as she hosts a discussion on the 10 Stages of the Heroine’s Journey. Discover your own stage in your personal narrative, the obstacles arrayed against you, and the tasks you must face to move forward. Whether you’re meeting ogres, fighting dragons, or healing the mother/daughter split, your epic quest awaits!
Christine Ruth, M.Div., MS, LMFT is an ordained pastor, a grief counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She founded Princeton Family Counseling Center in Princeton, New Jersey and the Podcast, “The Soul Enchilada.” Christine has twenty-one years of ministry and counseling experience facilitating retreats, grief workshops, and conducting individual and marriage therapy. She is a program assistant for Internal Family Systems, a therapeutic approach to trauma.
4: Open session - Suggest your own session and we'll help you find folks who would like to join you (WILLIAM BLACK LODGE)
Cracks in Everything: Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything that's how the light gets in. That lyric is from the song "Anthem" released by Leonard Cohen in 1992. (You can find the lyrics here.) In this session, you're invited to tell a true story (10 minutes or less) from your life about cracks of light, anthems, or whatever this lovely song stirs up in you.