Renew, Re-engage and Reconnect to Life


Transition Cowichan, with the Cowichan Land Trust’s Estuary Nature Centre, is excited to bring Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler to lead a “Work That Reconnects – Reconnecting to Life” retreat in the Cowichan Valley this February 10th and 11th. Maggie and Jackie – educators, activists, and facilitators trained by eco-Buddhist philosopher Joanna Macy – have co-facilitated this experiential two-day process for seventeen years.

This retreat integrates a wide range of ideas and experiential processes. Participants are supported to engage heart, mind, and spirit in renewing their connection to themselves, their community and all life on earth.

“As people concerned about our world — whether as activists, artists, farmers, educators, scientists, or concerned observers — we often find ourselves blocking off the heart- pain we carry for our wounded planet in crisis,” says Jackie, “and blocking our heart-pain inhibits our capacity for joy and connection.”

Affected by the materialistic and individualistic dominant culture, we frequently seek personal causes and solutions to our emotional and spiritual emptiness,” Jackie explains. “Even when we’re engaged in activities for change, we’re often busy defending and protecting ourselves from painful feelings – despair, a sense of futility, anger and grief – because we don’t think we can handle these feelings if we express them.”

This February, through a group process pioneered by Joanna Macy, we’ll have the opportunity to open our hearts with compassion to the suffering of all beings, speak our truths and be heard, and experience the inter-connected and inter-dependent nature of our lives. Reconnecting to Life offers a joyous relationship to creativity, to the human community and to the land.

Jackie and Maggie will share practices that allow us to name our deepest concerns about these difficult times, deepen our ecological consciousness, grow our ecological literacy so we can step more fully into our place in the web of life, and move forward in heartfelt, thoughtful and sustainable ways.

Reconnecting to Life emerges from the historical movements for social justice and environmental sustainability, as well as from spiritual traditions that honour the earth as sacred. Drawing on deep ecology, systems theory and modern science, it offers a powerful opportunity to shift and access greater resilience and energy for renewed action.

This two-day non-residential retreat is $140 per person.

Some partial bursaries are available. For information and registration contact: info@