Trebbe Johnson on Bearing Witness to Wounded Places

Photo by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance.  Website (new tab)

Photo by TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. Website (new tab)

There are virtually no places left that have not been logged, mined, tilled, paved, overfished, overhunted, irradiated, drilled, bombed, or built to the sky. As public discourse swirls around how to meet our material needs as we approach the limits of growth, there is another conversation going on about how to give back and make offerings of beauty amid the plunder. As Albert Einstein said, we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Hyper-rational linear thinking alone cannot impassion us to defend the sacred places that are buried beneath the sprawl of infrastructure. Our guest today, Trebbe Johnson, helps people break through the walls that isolate them from the pain and healing of the Earth. She has been leading vision quests, workshops, and ceremonies worldwide since 1994. She is the founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a non-profit organization devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places, and the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover. A passionate explorer of outer as well as inner frontiers, Trebbe has camped alone in the Arctic, traveled in the Sahara Desert, and is an award-winning multimedia producer.

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