The Research and Development Phase of GEN’s Toolkit #1: ‘Weaving Grief, the Body and Transformative Justice’ began in February 2020. The toolkit process is an 18-month collaboration between GEN and Camille Barton – founder of The Collective Liberation Project.
As part of the R&D phase, Camille has been writing regular journal entries sharing insights and reflections from the research, as well as her own lived experience during the turbulent times of COVID-19.
18 June 2020: Accountability and Rebuilding Trust in Times of Uprising
3 June 2020: The Ongoing Grief of Colonisation
11 April 2020: Moments of Grief with the Spring Blossoms
Toolkit #1: Residential Retreat, March 2020
In Spring 2021, GEN will host a residential retreat in the UK, exploring how embodied grief practices can support environmental advocacy and transformational justice. The retreat will be an in-person opportunity to put into practice the toolkit research led by Camille Barton, in collaboration with Nessie Reid.
The retreat will provide a space for participants to practice embodied techniques that explore how we can work with our grief in order to heal and create strong networks of community care and hope, to build the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. We are aiming to create a container that has a strong interfaith foundation, allowing for spirit to be part of this conversation in a way that isn’t dogmatic and allows for a myriad of views to coexist.
We will be sharing more details about the retreat soon, as well as the application process.
In order to make this event as accessible as possible, GEN is currently in the process of fundraising for scholarships to award to participants with lower economic backgrounds, and will prioritise participants who were refugees or have recent ancestral histories of migration. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Camille Barton or Nessie Reid. If you would like to offer financial support for a scholarship, please visit our GlobalGiving page.