The Ground Beneath Our Hearts
When the places where we live and that we love are hurt, we hurt too. In our western culture, it’s hard enough to cope with the loss of a loved person. Knowing how to live with damage to places and species has been even more challenging.
Radical Joy for Hard Times offers a simple, portable practice that you can do anywhere, alone or with large groups, to confront grief over damage to the Earth, share stories with others, and create spontaneous acts of art as gifts to the place.
Trebbe Johnson is the author of Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places, and other books, as well as many articles and essays that explore the human bond with nature. She is also the founder and director of the global community Radical Joy for Hard Times, devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Trebbe speaks four languages; had camped alone in the Arctic wilderness; studied classical Indian dance; and worked as an artist’s model, a street sweeper in an English village, and is an award-winning multimedia producer. She has led contemplative journeys in a clear-cut forest, Ground Zero in New York, the Sahara Desert, and other places. She lives in Ithaca, New York.