Martin Farrell

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We are born, we do stuff, we die

Live Well Die Wise virtual listening small group next series starting early 2021

We are born, we do stuff, we die. Not only that, but our ancestors were born, did stuff and died and so will those who follow us. This obvious existential truth is the holding frame for our Live Well Die Wise gatherings.

Within this frame we will, together, touch the moment in which we each find ourselves - today, now. This ‘moment’ may be a life transition of some sort: a relationship change, a personal or global health crisis, a professional decision to be taken, maybe we find ourselves wondering how many more summers we have left or see the climate emergency as an existential moment for humanity.

Or maybe we have a nagging sense that there is more to life than this, that what has been, no longer fits. Something else awaits, but we don't yet know what. Yet we do know we have a choice about how we face this moment.

We invite you to join this virtual group to listen to yourself and to others and what is happening in-between. We will each listen to the images and sounds of the past and in so doing may discover what now needs to die and, with that practice, may invite whatever lies ahead.

We invite a maximum of eight people to join the four sessions each for an hour and half, using Zoom. All participants must be able to attend all sessions; if all of these dates are not possible for you, please let us know and we will advise you of the dates of next series as soon as we have agreed them.

Before COVID-19 hit us all, we were planning to ask a contribution of €200 per person for the series of four meetings. Now this seems neither right nor indeed realistic for those who, like us, have seen their income plummet. So we will be asking you, when your participation is confirmed, to offer what you feel you are able to contribute and will then send you a Paypal link. In due course we will let the whole group know the total received.

The three of us will be present at the beginning and end of the series and together we will take care of the process of the four sessions. Each individual session will be co-facilitated by two of us.

We offer this because we want to share the gift of deep listening in an online environment combined with ‘living well and dying wise’ as it comes along in certain tipping points in our lives. If you find what you read here to be engaging, you may be ready to say ‘yes please’ or you may want to know more. Either way we would be glad to hear from you. Please email Martin and we will provide you with further information about the sessions.

For those who want to get more familiar with Zoom we will offer an introduction and technical support before our first meeting.

Susanne Conrad (Germany), Martin Farrell (UK), Patricia Koster (Netherlands)

LWDW is one of several initiatives flowing from the ‘Virtual Listening Campus’ which was part of the Societal Transformation Lab, Presencing Institute 2018-19.

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