In a time of intensifying social and environmental crises, the pressure to practice "self-care" and "transform oneself" is pervasive. While "doing your own work" is important, we overemphasize the individual to the detriment of our human communities and the rest of the living world. Instead, the deep transformations we need must be created together, and the deep resilience we must develop will be interpersonal. In this conversation, we will explore the dynamics of our strongest relationships, seeking to name the qualities and practices that underpin resilience. How can we bring our insights more intentionally and broadly to bear in our human relationships and in our relationships with our homelands, waters, and ecosystems?
This program will be presented via Zoom. Participants will be emailed the Zoom link and information about other events and opportunities from Oregon Humanities after registering.
Christina deVillier is a writer, a gardener, and the Connections Coordinator for Greater Hells Canyon Council, where she works with a broad network of collaborators to improve ecological connectivity and strengthen social-ecological relationships in her spectacular home region. When she's not working, she can likely be found pollinating squash, swimming in cold water, exploring sideroads or backcountry, dancing, or settling deep into a conversation. Her first book of poems, Long Coordinates, is forthcoming in 2021 from Lynx House Press. She lives with her husband in the Wallowa Valley, in the heart of the Nimiipuu ancestral homeland. She tries to keep her priorities straight.