Dec 18 mini-retreat with Devora Neumark


Holding Gently:
Eco-Anxiety and Contemplative Practice

a virtual mini-retreat with Devora Neumark, PhD
Broadcast live via Zoom on Friday, December 18, 2020, 12 – 3pm ET

Sliding scale fees: $50 /$75 /$100
ACMHE members receive a $25 discount. (Not a member? Join here)
Access grants available to cover $50.

Registration has closed.

To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honorable aspiration.

~ George Monbiot, How Did We Get Into this Mess?, 2016 (p. 14)


ith the winter solstice comes an opportunity to actively search for equilibrium between feeling into our individual and collective eco-anxiety, environmental grief & solastalgia, and building inner resilience. Through a series of guided meditations, visualizations & creative prompts, we will explore the following themes: grounding in presence, cultivating joy, practicing self-compassion, accepting change, fostering connection and moving into action. This 3-hour retreat will support participants to maintain a sense of inner peace while fostering hope and agency to respond to the human-induced climate crisis playing itself out across the globe.

Everyone is welcome.

Devora NeumarkCurrently living in Iqaluit (in the Eastern Arctic), Devora Neumark, PhD is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, educator and community-engaged practitioner with over 30 years of contemplative practice. Neumark is also a Yale School of Public Health-certified Climate Change Adaptation Practitioner. She has been a faculty member in the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program since July 2003 and was a co-founder of its Indigenous and Decolonial Art Concentration in Port Townsend, WA. Her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s-funded research-creation PhD titled Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: Involuntary Displacement and the (Un)Making of Home was an inquiry into the relationship between the traumas associated with forced dislocation and the deliberate beautification of home, including the problematics of home related to climate disruption and the continued increase in global climate refugeeism. Neumark is developing two new bodies of related artwork: one engages wellness and the cultivation of joy as radical practice; the other is focused environmental trauma and mainstreaming climate justice.