For those who have not known a village life in their younger years, the longing for such a thing is usually the uncertain foundation of their project of making community. But longing is seldom solid enough, enduring enough, to build anything of worth upon. Our life with each other, or relations with the made world around us, our way with the Unseen: these are what can make a village whole, and they together are the proving ground for our humanity. Dying might be the only human constant. It could – even should – be the place where all are bound to a shared understanding of what it is to be human.
One great dilemma: as people begin to die there is usually a great stirring of family and ancestral memory – not always welcome or familiar – and people begin trying to put their face in the direction of home. But where is home? Who are the ancestors?
Stephen will teach the daunting project of making a home in our lives and in our dying time for homelessness and ancestral loss. It is a project of enormous learning about what home and community is, and who your people are. This is a day for those who have been visited by the thought that grief and brokenheartedness are perhaps not afflictions to be remedied and avoided but rather that, when well borne, they are necessary visitors that turn us into soulful human beings and much needed weavers of culture where culture is becoming an increasingly less sure thing.
Location: OUREcovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road Shawnigan Lake, V0R 2W2-B.C.
Contact: Brandy Gallagher, (250)746-0450, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $130 + applicable taxes – No one turned away for lack of funds, please contact us for senior and student rates.
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