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Tending Our Hearts to Tend the Earth

Tending Our Hearts to Tend the Earth

Friday, August 9, 2024

10am – 2pm

Cost: $70 (Lunch is included)

Author of

This Sweet Earth: Walking with our Children in the Age of Climate Collapse,

Lydia Wylie-Kellerman will lead our retreat.


The effects of climate change are all around us. We feel it in little ways as we pull on summer clothes and harvest gardens a little earlier each year. And in big ways as we watch fires blaze through entire towns and our streets fill with rain. Climate anxiety touches nearly everything we do, and especially how we interact with and support the next generations. What do we do with the fear, grief, and anger we feel?

Join us for a retreat to place our bodies on this sacred land allowing the stones and the wind to carry our grief. There will be time for story sharing, wandering the woods, practicing rituals around our grief and anger, settling in silence and rest, and summoning that wild possibility of hope.

While the future remains unknown, there can still be awe and wonder, love and struggle, gratitude and overwhelming joy. We can choose to fight like hell for climate justice and marvel at the praying mantis amidst the weeds. May we all feel the invitation to live humanely and invite our children into deeper knowing of what it means to be alive on this planet.

This retreat is open to all wanting to tend their hearts around climate anxiety, especially those involved with children: parents, teachers, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Each of us belong to this sweet earth, all part of this earth family that shares responsibility, emotions, and hope. Know that you are welcome in this space.


“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~Matt. 28:20


Lunch is included. Please note any dietary needs in your registration so we can host you well.

We will gather at the Dominican Center Marywood on Aquinas College’s campus: 1700 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Buying Lydia’s book is not required, however, we recommend it to deepen your retreat experience!

You can pre-order Lydia’s book here, release date is July 23, 2024.


Lydia Wylie-Kellerman

Lydia Wylie-Kellerman

Lydia Wylie-Kellermann is a writer, editor, activist, and mother. She is director of Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center and the editor of The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World. Lydia’s writing has appeared in Sojourners, Geez Magazine, and various Catholic Worker papers, and she is a contributor to multiple books. She lives with her partner and two boys in Bangor, Pennsylvania.


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