Returning to Joy

Presenting Faculty
Event dates
Mar 17, 2017 to Mar 18, 2017

Friday Night Lecture- 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday program- 9:30am-5:00pm

Tuition Cost

Friday Night Lecture- $25 in advance/$35 day of the event
Full Retreat (including Friday night)- $275 

Non-refundable 3% fee for all credit card registrations


CEU certificates available upon request


Lance Hall (on the campus of Circular Congregational Church)
150 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

As the tectonic plates of consciousness shift beneath our feet in a time of climate chaos, societal division, misogyny, and social and political upheaval, we search for solid ground on which to stand. In order to do so, we must first face the full reality of our predicament and open to the spiritual initiation and planetary rite of passage that is in process. This enables us to embrace and resist emotional and spiritual toxicity and live resiliently. In this Friday evening seminar, Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker will guide us in meeting and developing both our inner spiritual warrior and our sacred midwife so that we might recognize the full reality of the change before us and its implications for our lives and relationships. Carolyn and Andrew will support us in reconnecting with ourselves, with each other and with Earth---reconnections which allow us to move beyond our illusions and respond courageously.

What is joy and how is it different from happiness? What are the enemies of joy in our time and how do we respond to them? How do the personal and collective shadows obscure joy's radiance in our lives? In this Saturday gathering, Andrew and Carolyn will guide us as we explore these questions and examine the deeper meaning of joy, as well as acknowledge the lives of notable role models who carried joy alongside profound suffering. Carolyn and Andrew assert that joy is the ultimate nature of reality. How can this be true, especially in this dark night of the globe? We will learn together how to cultivate joy in our lives and in our communities, commit to shadow healing, and experience the myriad flames of joy that long to warm and illumine our lives in a dark time. Andrew and Carolyn will conclude with offering specific guidance for engaging in the dynamic Sacred Activism that the current predicament requires.