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Evolving at Turtle Rock Farm
Our March Newsletter

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Not being one to ignore
global warming
and it’s impacts on life
on Earth,
I have found myself
in moments
outraged,
overwhelmed,
deeply saddened,
profoundly discouraged.
And yet,
it has been those unpleasant,
desperate,
moments
that have led me
to a certain kind
of hope.
The kind of hope
borne of the knowledge
that everything we do
matters
and everything we don’t do
matters.
Several teachers/writers
have helped me understand
that this is so
because the Earth is one living organism.
The values we live/put into the living systems
of which we are a part,
create change,
create the systems
that create life on the planet.
I still need reminding,
from time to time
and the teachings of Joanna Macy,
Margaret Wheatley, Leonardo Boff,
Meister Eckhart, Tielhard de Chardin,
Bryan Swimme, Thomas Berry
deepen my understanding,
my resolve,
my hope,
with every re-reading
and every time we offer
the Active Hope retreat.
On this day together,
we face our fears,
grieve the losses,
learn to see with new eyes
and move into action
with more-than-hope:
with the assurance
that everything we do
to contribute to life for all
matters.

Join us next time
for our Active Hope retreat:
Saturday, February 28.
You can register
on our website.

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Engaging Life at Turtle Rock Farm.
Our February 2015 Newsletter

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Our October Newsletter
Seven Years Later at Turtle Rock Farm

 

We hear this often:
something like…”I recycle,
I changed all my light bulbs,
I do other things,
but it doesn’t seem to help.
The planet is warming;
there’s still one climate disaster
after another.”
And we can relate:
it’s easy to be overwhelmed
and paralyzed—
global warming seems
to be unstoppable
and our efforts seem
too little
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At Work That Reconnects Retreat in New Mexico

Last August,
I attended a retreat in New Mexico
where I learned
The Work That Reconnects—
teachings and experiences
that help us come to know
deeply
our interdependence
with all life on the planet.
Coming to know
that that matters;
coming to know
that doing what we do
is how new emerges,
I have found the kind of hope
that sustains me
through the challenges
we humans and all life
experience now,
due to economic
and environmental destruction.
It is hope
founded in action.

I’ve learned better
how living systems work
and that everything we do—
because of that interdependence—
does matter.
In fact, living our values
is the most important thing we can do.
This is no time
to be overwhelmed and paralyzed.
New emerges
from the values we live.

Joanna Macy has been teaching
The Work That Reconnects
for 40 years. Using her work,
with input from Margaret Wheatley‘s
and Carolyn Baker‘s writings,
we offer a day away,
a retreat,
to begin to learn The Work
That Reconnects
and the steps to take
toward Active Hope.

Joining us that day
is another of Joanna’s students,
who has experienced many
Work That Reconnects trainings.
We met her at the retreat in New Mexico.
She is a native Oklahoman
returning for a visit,
and we are very glad
she will be with us
and are grateful for her sharing.
Join us
for a heartening day
together.
It’s Saturday, April 12.
To register,
go to our website’s calendar.

Here,
a few of the books this year
that inspire,
transform,
inform,
teach,
entertain—
keep us doing what we do
at Turtle Rock Farm:
A Center for Sustainability, Spiritualityand Healing.

Active Hope. How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy
by Joanna Macy and Christ Johnston

So Far From Home. Lost and Found in Our Brave New World
by Margaret Wheatley

Collapsing Consciously. Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times
by Carolyn Baker

Living Beautifully with uncertainty and change
by Pema Chodron

Field of Compassion. How the New Cosmology is Transforming Spiritual Life
by Judy Cannato

Immortal Diamond. The Search for Our True Self
by Richard Rohr

Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self
Kabir Edmund Helminski

Poetry by Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry

The Illuminated Rumi
Coleman Banks and Michael Green

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. A 21st Century Bestiaryby Caspar Henderson

Clear Water. A Haiku Invitation into our Luminous, Sacred World
by Jeannie Martin

Margaret Wheatley:

Hope is not a feeling that comes and goes with external circumstances. Hope is who we are independent of outcomes. Hope is as basic to humans as compassion and intelligence. It is always present, it never leaves us. It is not dependent on success and not afflicted by failure. Thus, it is free from fear. And without fear, we can see clearly. We see what our work is, we have the strength to persevere, we do what we feel is right work and, as poet T.S. Eliot wrote, ‘the rest is not our business.’

Richard Rohr:

Love, which is nothing more than endless life, is luring us forward, because love is what we also and already are and we are drawn to the fullness of our own being.

Judy Cannato:

…life emerges from what physicist David Bohm called the quantum vacuum. Bohm said, ‘There is one energy that is the basis of all reality.’ According to Bohm, the quantum vacuum is the fundamental underlying reality of which everything int he universe is an expression—everything—including ourselves…Emerging from the single quantum vacuum, it seems that we remain connected throughout our lives, bound together by a mysterious energy that makes all creation a single whole…Our exploration together is concerned with living with the awareness of our connectedness and making choices that are life-giving for all.

Jeannie Martin:

Can we also, in this modern culture, accept and welcome all living things with reverence and gratitude? We might, for example, spend time looking at the stars, or one star, and breathing in the peace and quiet of a winter night. We might wonder at the magnitude of the Milky Way and what might be beyond our universe. It is easy with all of our machinery to miss this wonder, but Nature is always pressing in, reminding us of who we are in the family of creation.

somewhere
in the Milky Way
first starlight

Caspar Henderson:

Not many living things leave a beautiful corpse. Among those that do are the ancient oak trees still found in a few pockets of woodland in the British isles, and the Nautilus, a distant cousin of squid and octopus that lives in tropical waters. In the case of an old oak, the folds and twists in its trunk and boughs continue to express, suspended as in a sculpture, forces that shaped the tree during its five hundred years of life. Int he case of the Nautilus, the animal that accreted the shell had a relatively brief existence, typically less than ten years, but what remains — in cross section a logarithmic spiral — manifests perfect symmetry. The oak is a like a massive, turbulent musical score; the Nautilus shell is like a chord resolved.