- We are only as healthy as our relationships -
At CRCL we believe the primary driver for social and environmental destruction stems from a worldview that perceives individuals as being somehow disconnected or separate from the larger life-giving systems, of which, they are inherently a part. This view of separateness can create a sense of isolation and alienation that can lead to oppressive and abusive behaviors in one’s relationship to oneself, others, and the planet.
We believe the antidote to such disconnection lies in the creation of experiential containers that open up the space for individuals and communities to explore, heal, awaken, and reconnect to these primary relationships. Through such a process we not only open the door to a more profound sense of truth, meaning, and belonging in ourselves and the world but we also create a larger capacity to hold and experience joy, beauty, awe, and wonder — all essential ingredients, which inform a type of radical imagination and creativity that help to make the impossible possible.
What We Do
At its core, our work is centered on the healing, deepening, and fostering of relational wisdom in individuals, groups, and communities. Relational wisdom and a relational worldview, as we define it, is an embodied understanding of the interdependent relationship that exists between self, Earth, community, and the numinous (mystery, awe, wonder). This worldview is on the one hand ancient within indigenous cultural understandings, and on another hand, newly emerging in the modern western world and psyche.
At CRCL we nurture such awareness through the creation of reflective educational containers that honor and invite the wisdom of not just the mind, but of the body, heart, soul (imagination), land, and community into the learning space. Through the critical and dynamic engagement of these relationships individual and group conceptions of self and well-being begin to expand to include that of the other; be it another person, community, or ecosystem.
The relationally-based experiences and practices offered through CRCL help to cultivate deeper insight, creativity, and grace as one navigates the hectic ever-changing waters of modern life; our educational containers offer up the space to reflect, let go, heal, and rise again with a more complete picture of who we are and who we want to become as individuals and communities.
Such containers are deeply embedded in human history in the form of ritual, ceremony, and contemplative spaces and yet sadly today many of us live in cultural spaces, void of community, that have all but forgotten the importance of these types of relationally based experiences. As Malidoma Some points out in his book, Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, where these types of experiences are absent “the young ones are restless or violent, there are no real elders, and the grown-ups are bewildered. The future is dim”.
It is our vision at CRCL to help revive such spaces and experiences to create a world in which well-being is defined by the health and vibrancy of our relationships and the joy, wonder, and beauty that is brought forth through their expression.
How We Do It
Our workshops are facilitated online or in site-specific locations that include both urban and wilderness based settings. In certain circumstances, our offerings include both an online and site-specific component. Additionally, our programs can be designed to cater to individual and or group needs and specific interests as they relate to relational leadership, community development and or individual mentorship and guidance.
The content of our work and programs span the fields of adult developmental theory, relational education, anti-oppression work, trauma literacy, civic consciousness and action, leadership development, nature connection, narrative activism, holistic community development, and libratory, community, and depth psychology. Tools and practices include but are not limited to meditation, grief work, dialogue, shadow work, art, worldview inquiries, somatic exercises, journaling, facilitation training, culturally appropriate ceremony and ritual work including rights of passagework, community action plans, and empowerment evaluations.