Earth Empathy Circle: A Space to Allow for Sadness, Mourning, and Fear about Climate Change and Mass Extinction

Starts
Sunday, December 08, 2019
10:00 pm
America/New_York
End Time
11:30 am
Number of sessions/meetings
1
Official training hours
1.5 hours
Format
Online training
Main Topic
Social Change
Short description
The grief that such loss engenders is unique in our time. Witnessing the death of all of life due to climate change and mass extinction is more than the heart can hold, more than the individual psyche can integrate; however, grieving in community can be healing.

In this 90-minute online Grieving Circle, you will be welcomed, invited to speak, or just hold space for others, and you will be received with empathy. The gift of moving grief can be renewed clarity and the impulse to act, to once again put one foot forward, to join with friends and neighbors to contribute in whatever way you’re called to serve.
Description

The story of climate change is the story of loss: the loss of trees, of polar bears, of whales, of bees and birds, of human beings. It is the loss of home, security, and even hope.

The grief that such loss engenders is unique in our time. Witnessing the death of all of life is more than the heart can hold, more than the individual psyche can integrate.

But we grieve because we love. “To the degree that your heart is shattered over loss is precisely the degree to which you loved that which has gone,” writer Catherine Ingram says.

However, to grieve alone can be unbearable. To grieve in community can be healing.

Our Invitation:

We invite you to come together in community to grieve, in the spirit of love and gratitude for the gifts we have received from this ailing planet.

We invite you to let your heart break open and to allow yourself to be received with compassion, empathy, and infinite tenderness for all that you love, all that you mourn, all that you ache to hold onto.

This meeting is one in a series of five Earth Empathy Circles live video meetings (in four languages from December 8, 2019, through January 19, 2020) that allow us to unite across time zones and to mourn together in virtual circles of trust and care.

Both the facilitators and the NVC Academy are donating their time and effort to make these meetings happen. Our only request is that you consider making a $20-$100 (or more) donation to an environmental organization (and no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

Overview:

We are offering the video meetings in numerous languages out of the recognition that the environmental challenges we are facing affect us globally and, to find a solution, we will need to act collectively and internationally.

The languages are English, Swedish, Japanese and French (we may offer a second round in additional languages in 2020). You are welcome to join as many meetings as you wish, in the languages you speak.

Each 90-minute meeting will be led by a certified trainer (or trainer candidate) with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and each will take the form of a Grieving Circle: you will be welcomed, invited to speak, or just hold space for others, and you will be received with empathy.

Grief wants to move within us and through us. The gift of such movement can be renewed clarity and the impulse to act, to once again put one foot forward, to join with friends and neighbors to contribute in whatever way you’re called to serve.

Both the facilitators and the NVC Academy are donating their time and effort to make these meetings happen. Our only request is that you consider making a $20-$100 (or more) donation to an environmental organization (and no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

At the end of each meeting, the facilitator will share information about a cause they love and an organization they trust as a source of inspiration that has been chosen to receive funds for that meeting. In addition to our grieving together and providing to each other community and mutual support, we aim to raise USD $5,000 for immediate and crucial environmental action as a result of the meetings.

Will you join us? And will you help us spread the word?

Note: You will be invited to make your donation when you register. We will forward the funds raised to the designated organizations.)

We thank you in advance for joining us and to exploring the power and impact of mourning together in community and being present to each other in empathy!


Who Made This Possible

This is a joint project of NVC Academy and Work Collaboratively, with support from Liv LarssonMakiko Imai, and Jessica Vogt. We also thank Lynda Smith Cowan for her help and support!

The facilitators thank NVC Academy and its staff for donating time and resources to help make this project happen. And we wish to remind you that participating in NVC Academy programs is a low-carbon way (and close to zero-carbon if your internet is solar or wind-powered) to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC)!

You can support the NVC Academy with a donation.


At Work Collaboratively, our vision is a world where the needs of all life matters and are held with care. As part of this vision, we are committed to doing all we can to care for the environment and, through doing so, our future as a species and all life on the planet. For details, check out our Green Commitment.