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Facing Darkness with Presence and Purpose

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Facing Darkness with Presence and Purpose

Our Intention

When nights get longer, and dark skies oversee dark times, it’s tempting to look away.

It’s tempting to close our hearts with anger, distraction, or despair.

​But we can look deeper.

​We can face the darkness together,

Until the light returns.

Previous participants in this workshop have told us it helps them listen as kindly and generously to themselves as they already do to others. They’ve also reported that a richer understanding of developmental coaching emerges from experiencing both sides of the process at one time.

With gentle guidance and simple exercises, this workshop will give you all the tools you need to begin an exploration of self-coaching.

What is Facing Darkness?

Every autumn, the shortening days and lengthening nights draw many of us inward toward quiet contemplation.

This autumn, we watch a perilous US election against a backdrop of global conflict and inequity, eroding democratic institutions, racial injustice, disinformation, and climate change. The organic quiet of the dimmer months threatens to turn bitter and bleak. In the face of so many unknowns, it is all too easy to fear for the future.

If this speaks to you, you are invited to join a small, intergenerational group on a communal journey through the darkness of this moment – the darkness around us and within us. With music, art, visualizations, group work, private reflection, and relational exercises, we will find the inner resources to meet whatever is coming with Presence and Purpose.

·  Presence: An embodied readiness to love the world as it is

·  Purpose: An embodied commitment to build the world we yearn for

Our Inspiration (one of many)

When your eyes are tired

the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone

no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes

to recognize its own.

There you can be sure

you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb


The night will give you a horizon

further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in

Give up all the other worlds

except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet

confinement of your aloneness

to learn

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

– “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte, House of Belonging

Our Invitation

This course is for you if:

·  You’re tired of feeling angry, stressed, or afraid about trends in the world, but you can’t in good conscience look away.

·  You want to meet our collective challenges with action that is centered, grounded, and wise.

·  You are looking for human connection to meet you in the vulnerability of this moment.

By the end of this course, we will each

·  See more clearly the beauty in all of this darkness, and in ourselves

·  Hold our own and others’ anger, fear, and stress with open hearts

·  Commit to pragmatic, wise, centered actions that address the growing darkness with light


This course is available on these dates. Select an item to see individual session dates and times:

Facing Darkness with Presence and Purpose

Virtual course delivered via Zoom

Virtual course delivered via Zoom

Oct 9th Jan 22nd, 2025  /  8:009:30pm  /  New York (EDT)

  • Dates & Time

    Oct 9th Jan 22nd, 2025

    8:009:30pm  /  New York (EDT)

  • Fee

    USD $15

  • Pre requisites


  • Sessions

    Session 1October 9th, 20248:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 2October 23rd, 20248:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 3November 6th, 20248:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 4November 20th, 20248:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 5December 11th, 20248:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 6January 8th, 20258:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
    Session 7January 22nd, 20258:00pm1 hour 30 minutes
  • Format

    Live 90-minute Zoom


    Needs-based discounts available on request


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Cancellation & Terms

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.