Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.
THE CALIFORNIA PEACE ALLIANCE/
CAMPAIGN FOR A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF PEACEBUILDING
Second Monday Telephone Conference on 05/13/13
INFINITE WILD & CENTER FOR RESTORATIVE PROCESS
RESTORING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH
May 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Call-in Number 1-409-777-9000 - Access Code 3698002#
" ... Peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part." - Earth Charter
Restoring our relationships with the land is the focus of just one aspect of the work of our guest speaker Amos Clifford on our call. We in the peace movement work on our communication with one another. Amos asks, "Have you ever talked to a tree or a stone? Have they replied?"
Open, heartfelt communication is a key to any relationship. Those of us who are committed to living in sustainable ways sometimes forget to take the time to ask the earth itself what it wants from us. Maybe we just don't know how to ask. Maybe we don't trust that it is even possible
On an Infinite Wild Restorative Day Walk, Amos helps participants learn how to communicate deeply beyond the boundaries of the tamed, human-only world through a series of activities learned from our earlier dialogues with the land. "If you don't already know this,” Amos noted, “You may even discover that the land and all who live there need us and want to be in right relationship with humans."
Amos Clifford began his career as a guide in 1972 and served for many years in wilderness adventure programs in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has also worked as an EMT and successfully managed back country medical emergencies and evacuations. Amos has practiced Zen meditation and been a student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years. He has worked in local communities with youth at risk, school culture change, homeless shelters, and more. He holds a BS in Organizational Development and a MA in Counseling and teaches Facilitating Restorative Justice Dialogue and Circle Keeping and the Way of Council at Sonoma State University, while also working with California schools to build positive school cultures based on the principles of restorative justice. In recent years his emphasis has been on nature connection, initiation, and rites of passage. To learn more about Amos and his work, see www.InfiniteWild.org and www.CenterForRestorativeProcess.org.
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us ... there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men."
- Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux
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