Sept 30th, 9 am to 4 pm
Want to feel hope for the future? Join Annie Warmke and Laurel Hobden on September 30th at Blue Rock Station for a day of learning how to find that hope.
This is an opportunity to learn some tools for finding joy in this culture. There will be an art project to create your own banner, and a delicious locally sourced vegetarian lunch.
(Plus you will go home with your own banner or donate it to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta. Supplies will be provided but you can bring your own materials for your project.)
About the workshop:
The day’s theme will be based on Joanna Macy’s book “Active Hope“. We will outline four simple steps that can be used as a tool for feeling energized and hopeful about personal life, your business, your work, your faith or the larger community. This is not about a political point of view – but about how to find hope, and then take action for change in your life, and perhaps even in this culture.
That hope comes from four steps:
1) finding gratitude,
2) identifying the pain felt by the way the earth and it’s inhabitants are suffering, and then by
3) seeing these things with new eyes and
4) moving forward to find solutions for personal well-being and actions.
About the leaders:
Annie Warmke is an activist, feminist and business leader. She has spent her career believing in the concept that if a person is thrown into a pile of manure, it’s possible, with the right outlook to see the manure as a resource, not just a stinky mess. Her life’s work of starting 22 rural family violence projects, gaining freedom for women in prison who killed in self-defense and creating Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center demonstrates her commitment to this concept.
Laurel Hobden is Columbus Ohio-based artist and activist Laurel Hobden and a graduate of Memphis State University where she received the prestigious Creative Achievement Award. As a student she led a Peace & Justice group on campus. Her first banner was a collection of student’s hand prints to be displayed at a nuclear power protest.
Laurel has created banners for Community Bill of Rights & the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club’s Ready For !00. Twice she has marched in Columbus’s Doo Dah parade with her banner exposing GMO health related issues.
How to Register:
Blue Rock Station is a living experiment in resilient living. Weekend camping is available for workshop registrants, and sleeping cabins are available for a fee. Accommodations include a commercial composting toilet and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the sky at night. The site is the home of a goat herd, three dogs, four cats, peafowl and a food forest. It is a safe space and drug-free zone for all life. For more information or to register for the workshop visit www.bluerockstation.com or phone (740) 252-6295.
If you have questions about class availability or problems registering, call us at 740-674-4300.
(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)