Dear friend in the Work That Reconnects,
With 2012 underway I am determined to make the Work That Reconnects more available to young activists. And I am writing you, who have experienced the power of this work, to help me do that. May I ask you to contribute to a scholarship fund?
In my workshops over the past three years the number of activists in their teens and twenties has been growing. I am awed by their realism about what's at stake, and their readiness of mind and purpose. The longer residential intensives clearly deepen their understanding and confidence; yet they are in most cases the least able to pay even the modest fees for room, board, and tuition.
In the next nine months, before the November presidential elections, I will lead a number of residential events where I want to see young activists from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. These events include three intensives of nine-and ten-day duration to take place in North Carolina in May, on Vancouver Island, B.C. in August, and in Soquel, CA in October as well as a five-day "men only" retreat I will co-teach with three male colleagues in late March. See my Calendar for particulars.
Your gift can help a young person come to one of these for a life-changing experience. I'm glad to ask you for it, because:
- I've seen how the Work That Reconnects gives young activists vision and steadiness, both in facing the Great Unraveling without panic or giving up, and in opting for solidarity and adventure in the Great Turning. I love how it helps them see their own strengths and courage.
- I want them to experience the Work with me, while I am still teaching (I turn 83 this year and have made no commitments in the U.S. after October 2012).
To give you an idea of how you can contribute to one young activist, it costs approximately $150 per day to attend a Work That Reconnects Intensive (including room, board, tuition).
There are three ways you can make your gift:
- For a tax-deductible donation, send me a check made payable to "Terra Foundation," with "WTR Scholarship" in the memo line. Mail it to me at: 2812 Cherry Street, Berkeley, CA 94705.
- If tax deductions are not necessary, make the check payable to "Joanna Macy Intensives" and send to me.
Thank you for considering making this possible. I have never made this kind of request before, and I feel supported in knowing that you are part of the Work That Reconnects community. In grateful solidarity,