ALL ARE MY RELATIONS: The Work That Reconnects

July 22-26 2016, Sayward, BC 


Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connected. 

- Chief Seattle



Based on Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects,  All Are My Relations engages participants in practices that help to uncover and experience our natural connections with each other and the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that we may be enlivened and motivated to play our part in creating a sustainable civilization.

Starting with gratitude for all living things on earth, we'll move into honoring our pain for the state of the world, then to seeing with new eyes, and finally end with exercises to help us go forth into the world with renewed passion and clarity.

During this retreat you will be invited to:

  • Experience and share with others your innermost responses to the present condition of our world.
  • Reframe your pain for the world as evidence of your interconnectedness in the web of life, and hence of your power to take part in its healing.
  • Learn about concepts from systems science, deep ecology, and spiritual ecology which illumine this power.
  • Experience methods by which you can express your interdependence with, your responsibility to, and the inspiration you can draw from past and future generations, and other life-forms.
  • Embrace the Great Turning as a challenge which you are fully capable of meeting in a broad variety of ways, and as a privilege in which you can take joy.
  • Support others in clarifying their intention, and affirming their commitment to the healing of the world.

Guides 

Corinna Stevenson & Wes Gietz

Workshop Location

All My Relations: The Work That reconnects is held at the beautiful Ravenwood Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Facilities include a 1,500 square foot lodge with full kitchen, a traditional sweat lodge, a cabin and prospector-style wall tents for shared accommodation, and hot showers. Electricity, phone, and internet service are also available.

Arrival & Closing

We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony at 7PM on Day 1 (July 22). You may arrive anytime after 3PM to set up and settle in. Although we will be present to direct you to camping spots and answer questions, we will be busy prepping the retreat on that day. Please plan on taking care of yourself until the opening ceremony. If you arrive early enough for supper, you are invited to join us for a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Please bring a food item to share.

The closing ceremony will take place on July 26. You can expect things to be fully wrapped up by 4PM.

Exchange

The fee for the retreat is $500 - $630 (+ food and accommodation).  

We have established a sliding scale in order to make this program accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.  

  • Special fee for returning participants & those aged 65+: $280 (+ food and accommodation).
  • This year we are pleased to make available 4 youth (ages 21 and under) registrations at a scholarship price of $90 (+ food and accommodation). To apply for a youth scholarship please attach to your registration form a 1 page letter outlining your motivation for participating in All Are My Relations: The Work That Reconnects.

Accommodation and meals are arranged at an additional fee. See details below to choose a suitable option for you.

Deposit

A $100.00 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. All funds must be paid by July 15, 2016

Accommodation 

Ravenwood is a wilderness camp. Rustic indoor shared accommodation options are available on a first-come basis. There is also plenty of space to pitch a tent. For those who prefer less rustic accommodation, there are some options available in Sayward. Our days will start early and finish late. If you are choosing this option we strongly recommend staying nearby.

Tent sites: The forest at Ravenwood offers a beautiful sleeping option. In the spirit of sharing its beauty there are no set fees for camping. Instead, you are invited to make a donation that reflects what you'd like to give back to the land. Money received through donations will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the land and camp facilities.

If you're wondering what might be an appropriate donation, here are the per night fees for other nearby campsites:

  • Sayward Valley Resort: $23/night
  • Village of Sayward Camp Site: $15/night
  • Schoen Lake Provincial Park: $11/night

Cabin: $12.00 per night. The cabin is a rustic bunkhouse that sleeps up to 10 comfortably. Wood stove and electricity are available. 

Barn Loft: $30.00 per night per room. The loft features 2 bedrooms that sleep 2-3 people comfortably and an open space common room. Electricity is available. There is a ladder leading up to the loft space which means you'll have to be comfortable climbing to access this space. 

Food

A basic and delicious vegetarian food package with eggs and dairy is available at $30.00 per day. There is no charge for food on the first day and a reduced fee on the last. In the spirit of community, participants help with meal preparation and cleanup. If you are choosing this option you must let us know by July 15, 2016

Total cost for the food package: $110. 

An outdoor cooking space is provided for those with special dietary needs or who prefer to prepare their own meals. With respect for our animal friends and the forest, outdoor cooking is only allowed in this designated space.

 The Work That Reconnects:

All Are My Relations

Sayward, Mid-Vancouver Island, BC: July 22-26, 2016.  
Cost $500-$630 (+ food and accommodation)