is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know Is Possible. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife and four children.
The world is in a time of transition in the deep mythology that runs our civilization. Many of us personally are in such a transition as well. Often, it is a crisis that initiates this transition, a crisis in work, health, or relationship. For some, the breakdown happens in every area simultaneously: an initiation into a new phase of life. In this transition, the old story of who we are, what is normal, what is possible, what is real, and how to live life falls apart, as we prepare to step into a new story.
Our hearts know it, because we have seen it, experienced glimpses of what life and the world could be. Yet as individuals and a society, we carry habits and programs of the old and dying Story of Separation. We cannot easily know how to get from here to there; often, we doubt what we have seen. This retreat is a deprogramming from the old story and an immersion in a new (and ancient) story. It crystallizes a next step toward the world we know is possible. It engages a great power within you, and it will inspire a hope that comprehends the full situation on this planet.