“Active Hope is not wishful thinking,” Joanna Macy writes. “Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued by some savior … Active Hope is a readiness to discover the strengths in ourselves and in others; a readiness to discover the reasons for hope and the occasions for love.” Move through the spiral of The Work That Reconnects with a rich exploration of our interdependence with all life. In this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), facilitator Kathleen Rude will help us invite fellow species to speak through us in the beloved ceremony, The Council of All Beings. We will spend time in the woods and prairie to hear what Earth is inviting us to embrace and to receive inspiration and healing for our weary, overwhelmed hearts and souls. In supportive community, we will honor our pain for the world, reconnect to active hope and find clarity around how we can play a part in the healing of our beautiful planet. This retreat includes experiential practices, mask making, movement, inspirational readings and simple rituals. It’s engaging, invigorating and gives us tools for dealing with the challenges of living in difficult times. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.