Event Details

We live in challenging and extraordinary times, tasked with bearing witness to the unprecedented destruction of our world’s social and ecological systems. For those of us engaged in Earth-sustaining, justice-seeking, and change-making work, it is critical to develop practices to care for our hearts, weather the storms, and grow our capacity to navigate the times we live in with purpose and compassion.

Tending the Web is a day-long retreat designed for activists, change-makers, cultural workers and caregivers to process our grief for the state of the world in order to be more present, engaged, and powerful forces for change.

The retreat is based in The Work That Reconnects, a framework developed by Buddhist activist, systems theorist and deep ecologist Johanna Macy. The work is grounded in gratitude and connection, and honors the grief we feel for the Earth and our fellow beings. Feeling the pain of the world is not a sign of weakness, but an indication that we are alive and connected to the web of life. By feeling, acknowledging, and moving through our grief, we can become fully engaged in the healing of the world. When we metabolize our grief, we come out on the other side renewed, with more space for creativity, connection and engagement.

In Tending the Web, we will gather in a temporary community of change-makers to engage our hearts, honor what we’re losing, and participate in the healing of our world. Grounded in our deep connection with the Earth, we will work with the elements, each other, and practices from The Work That Reconnects to process our grief for the state of the world.

Retreat Intentions:

- to acknowledge what is happening in our bodies, hearts and spirits;
- to be grounded in gratitude and build connection as we move through the process;
- to increase our capacity to feel, sit with, bear witness to, and take action around the social and ecological crises we're living in;

- to build deeper, stronger, more resilient and connected movements for change.


The retreat will be held at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism on Sunday, September 16th.

Hot tea will be provided throughout the day; please bring a light lunch.

There will be an optional potluck dinner following the event, so please bring a dish to share if you plan on staying. Retreats like this offer precious time for deeper dives outside the daily demands of life, and participants often experience meaningful insights and connections. You may likely want to stick around to chat afterward!


Register early to secure your spot.

This retreat is offered at a sliding scale in order to make it accessible to people of diverse incomes. Please pay what you can so that those with less monetary resources may also be able to participate. If the lower end of the scale is prohibitive for you, get in touch and let's talk about it.

“What is your capacity to metabolize what you’re bearing witness to?”

- Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

“Grief is subversive, undermining our society’s quiet agreement that we will behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviours of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul.”

- Francis Weller

  • When: Sun Sep. 16
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Address: 252 Main Street
    Montpelier VT,US 05602

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