Radical Joy for Hard Times: 5 Existential Tips for Surviving Difficulty with Grace and Grit
Recorded July 2 2020
When you’re going through difficult times, it’s easy to despair and feel that you’re the powerless victims of circumstances. Or you may try to turn your back on a scary reality. However, a way through crisis that enables you not just to survive but to thrive is to make simple but meaningful gestures of exuberant defiance. In this 90-minute workshop, you’ll learn five existential tips for bringing beauty and joy into crisis. Bring two ribbons or colored markers, as the first practice will take place during our time together.
Trebbe Johnson is the author of Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places, The World Is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved, and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. She has written many articles that explore the relationship between people, nature, and myth. Trebbe is also the founder and director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a global community of people dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. A lifelong adventurer in inner and outer worlds, Trebbe speaks four languages; has camped alone in the Arctic; studied classical Indian dance; and worked as an artist’s model, a street sweeper in an English village, and an award-winning multimedia producer. She has led contemplative journeys in a variety of places, including clear-cut forests, Ground Zero in New York, and the Sahara Desert. She lives with her husband in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.