A More Beautiful World Week
Formerly the Sustainability & Climate Justice Conference
A deep part of us knows that the Earth's climate is intricately connected to the political, social, and spiritual climate. This week offers a radical take on earth healing that rewrites the climate narrative. This is not just an ideas workshop. Be prepared to do inner work, to release the despair narrative, and to activate an empowered hope for planetary healing.
NEW DATES : September 16-21, 2020
"Our hearts know a more beautiful world is possible because we have experienced glimpses of what life in that world could be, yet we carry habits and patterns of the old, dying “Story of Separation.” Our minds don't know exactly how to navigate the path from here to there, but our hearts can lead us." During this week-long retreat, we will examine and begin to release the old story, while together writing the new story, a story of "Interbeing." Using Charles Eisenstein’s book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible as inspiration, we will delve into the issues of climate change, politics, healthcare, economics, isolation, and dissatisfaction, recognizing how these operate in and characterize the Story of Separation. After discerning the old story's limitations and envisioning a new (yet ancient) story, we will return from this retreat with expanded awareness, personal connections, and valuable tools to carry the new story of a More Beautiful World into our own lives and communities.
In our registration system, select Other Retreats then select your "A More Beautiful Week" program.
What to Expect
The schedule will soon be announced, in the meantime you can expect interactive programming that prompts us to create, collaborate, educate, activate, meditate, recreate, debate and celebrate!
Some sessions that are currently "in the works" include:
- Green and Home Burial Preparation: stories, practical planning and the 5 Wishes advance directive
- Collectivist Business Strategies: investing in others as the means of financial security
- Strengths Based Psychology: how to uplift community through empowering people to use their unique gifts
- Honoring our Indigenous Ancestors
- Building Auspicious Landscapes: introduction to Geomancy
- Planting for the Future: introduction to working with fruit and nut trees
- Practical Prepping: self sufficiency and how to survive grid down
- Beginner Seed Saving: reclaiming our food sovereignty
- Guided Yoga, Meditations, Forest Walks
... along with plenty of time for spontaneous connection, play and reflection...
Calling Practitioners of Sacred Activism / Change-Makers / Community Conduits
Sacred Activism is a form of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual passion with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. Whether you consider yourself an “influencer” or not, we all have the remarkable ability to effect change and act as conduits for ideas that reach far beyond our personal sphere. This is a chance to find the others, collaborate with, learn from, and support one another. Participate and celebrate in practices of localization. Discover what is happening in our communities, and how we can weave together threads to form the fabric of interbeing.
A term coined by the biologist Rupert Sheldrake. “It holds as a basic property of nature that forms and patterns are contagious: that once something happens somewhere, it induces the same thing to happen elsewhere… Here we have the chance to expand the realm of matter to include the properties of spirit, rather than to appeal to something extra-material in order to bestow intelligence on a dead material world. “
About the Book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible:
"In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.
Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing."
*above quotations are resourced from the pages of https://charleseisenstein.org
Gathering in the Time of COVID19 and Virtual Participation
The Mountain and our event organizers understand that not everyone will be ready to gather for this in-person retreat, as it is being offered at a time when we are all in our own process of reemergence. Portions of this week's events will be available for online participation via Zoom. Please stay tuned for more details about virtual participation.
For those who are ready to gather spaciously, we encourage your support through registering now and saving the dates. The Mountain is currently composing our plan hosting retreats that minimize virus spread and that provide every person on our campus an environment that feels safe. We welcome your voice regarding what protocols you would want to see in place. Please feel free to contact with your suggestions.
Program: September 16-21, 2020!
(originally scheduled for August 2 - 7, and has be postponed slightly.)
Online Registration is Now Open!
Reservation Closes: Monday, September 7th
Reservation Fee includes
Lodging, Meals, Programing
Your own paperback copy of The More Beautiful Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein
Adult and Young Adult (ages 13 and up)
If not registering for the 6 day / 5 night program please choose which days to attend.
Minimum 2 night stay.
6 day / 5 night, Wednesday-Monday = $570
5 day / 4 night = $480
4 day / 3 night = $360
3 day / 2 night = $240
* Package Rate is for double or single occupancy, depending upon whether you are traveling solo or with your partner, family or quaran-team friends. Shared rooms will not be assigned at random and solo travelers will be given a private room at no additional charge.*
Youth Program (ages 6-12) is being offered. This allows for parents to participate in the adult programming, while their youth is attending a similar, age appropriate, program with peers and Mountain Staff chaperones.
6 day / 5 night, Sunday - Friday = $200
5 day / 4 night = $180
4 day / 3 night = $135
3 day / 2 night = $90
* all Youth to be housed with accompanying Adult. *
Young Children (ages 0-5) attend FREE.
although young children and babies attend free we do ask that you register them in our system so that we know to expect them in your party.
Commuter Rate / Day Pass, includes programming and meals.
No overnight accommodations. You choose which days of the program to attend.
5-6 days, Sunday thru Friday = $360
4 days = $288
3 days = $216
2 days = $144
1 day = $72
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, Climate- A New Story, The Yoga of Eating and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. He lives in Rhode Island with his family.
Included in your registration you will receive a copy of the book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein. The book will be purchased by The Mountain using Amazon.com and shipped directly to you using the address on your registration. Please make sure your address is correct in our system.
*This is a working schedule and is subject to changes and edits as A More Beautiful World Week Unfolds