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In this week’s newsletter, we share some exciting course and retreat offerings to help you begin this year with a transformed perspective and a renewed sense of place and self.
Embodied curiosity is the way to a more collaborative, compassionate, sustainable and reciprocal future. In 2023, healing—with each other and the planet— is necessary for us to take strong steps towards a less destructive future, personally and collectively.
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Keep scrolling for updates from Rē and our first list of reading recommendations for the new year!
HAPPY 2023 FROM ALL OF US AT RĒ! We are so looking forward to sharing it with YOU!
- Thank you to all who joined us last Friday at our RēNew Holiday gathering. It was such a beautiful evening together. We took a nature walk in the forest, set intentions around a fire, witnessed a stunning sunset and stargazed into the night. We look forward to communing in bigger groups later this year so we can learn, share, grow, and give gratitude more together. We hope you will join us again!
- Interested in embodied curiosity? Theologian and researcher Sara Jolena Walcott, founder of Sequoia Samanvaya, works at the cutting edge of this feeling in our three-part course “ReMembering the Origins of Climate Change.” Walcott lectures on the forgotten history of climate change, colonialism, racism, and church doctrine in this thought provoking class. Along the way, participants are encouraged to delve into our own stories of how we got to NOW. Click here to sign up.
- Our three part Nature and Belonging series is back for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! With the transformative knowledge of Empower with Nature‘s Maya Galimidi, we will ground and re-build connection to place starting February 4. We will explore diverse concepts and use phenomenological techniques to engage our senses and heighten our levels of observation. Through a deepened understanding of ecopsychology and the “ecological self” we will reconnect to place and purpose. Consider this class a personal invitation to ROOT: within yourself, and wherever you are. This class is a beautiful beginning to a new year.
- Thana Numan, an Ayurvedic wellness counselor and therapeutic yoga instructor of Nourishing Wellness, and Caitlin Smith, owner and founder of Within Wellnessare back with a NEW SEASONAL RĒSET. This time, for easy access to all, meditations, yoga, recipes and more will be available exclusively on our online library. Watch this space for more details! COMING VERY SOON!
- Starting off the new year with a cleansing kitchari recipe from our incredible friend and Ayurvedic Wellness teacher, Thana Numan of @nourishing.wellness! Check out our most recent instagram post here for the recipe! Thanks Thana!
- Grist’s 23 Predictions for 2023: a catalog of forecasts re: water, ecosystems, politics and policy, mitigation and adaptation, technology, and business. Noted experts provide a glimpse of what progress could look like in the months ahead, and a rubric for measuring success. Interesting read!
- In “As Climate Changes Makes Desert Water Scarce, the Debate over Livestock vs. Wildlife Heats Up,” Civil Eats’s Leorah Gavidor reports on the usurping of native water sources and the resulting impacts on wildlife in California’s Mojave Desert.
- In Atmos’ “How Asian-Pacific Islanders Shaped Environmental Activism,” Alexia Leclercq, a young Asian-American environmental justice organizer reflects on the history of her community—and the work that lies ahead. Leclercq calls for inclusion and radical listening in this poignant feature.
- The United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) is a global platform elevating the role of family farmers in providing food security and confronting pressing issues. The UNDFF recently hit its three-year mark, prompting stakeholders to evaluate the framework’s achievements, challenges, and opportunities for the remainder of the decade and beyond. Click here to read Food Tank’s summary of lessons learned.
- Awe is a “feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world” and a “a vehicle to quiet our inner critic.” Awe is… well, awesome and apparently good for your health too! Check out this thought provoking article all about AWE by the New York Times’ Hope Reese here.
- Earther’s Kevin Hurler recently announced a conditional conditional license from the USDA for a honeybee vaccine, designed to protect the important pollinators from a threatening larval virus. Read more here.
- After four years of intense dismantling of socio-environmental legislation, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun his term with inspiring measures to protect the Amazon and Indigenous people. Read about the decrees and implications in Karla Mendes piece titled “President Lula’s first pro-environment acts protect Indigenous people and the Amazon” for Mongabay.
- Inside Climate News’ Bob Berwyn reported yesterday on the Dramatic Drop in the Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice. Links between global warming and the decline of sea ice in the Southern Ocean are still unclear, but scientists do their best to explain the melting. Click here to read.
- This maybe a premature recommendation as I am only 60% through the audiobook… but this book IS EXTRAORDINARY. Exploring boarders of meaning, nations, and possibility, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Matthieu Aikins’ The Naked Don’t Fear the Water is a must-read on radical empathy. Akins, travels alongside his Afghan friend, Omar, as he embarks on the smuggler’s road from Kabul, Afghanistan to (hopefully) freedom and safety.
What have you been reading? What have you been listening to? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Thank you and see you soon!
The Rē Team