As we live, love, and learn in a climate-changed world, creating and sharing places of grief and connection is essential to our well-being. Finding ways to come together with an intentional, contemplative stance allows us, and those we lead, to foster resilience and complicated hope in times which call for sustained and sustaining leadership.
Rabbi Katy Allen has created a guide for leading group workshops based on her book A Tree of Life: A Story in Word, Image, and Text. With options for in-person and online groups, this resource is adaptable to the space and context of each community, and each iteration offers opportunities for spacious connection, complex feelings, and immersion in the natural world.
Rabbi Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long and has a growing children’s outdoor learning program, Y’ladim BaTeva. She is the founder of the Jewish Climate Action Network-MA, a board certified chaplain, and a former hospital and hospice chaplain. She received her ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, in 2005. She is the author of A Tree of Life: A Story in Word, Image, and Text and lives in Wayland, MA, with her spouse, Gabi Mezger, who leads the singing at Ma'yan Tikvah.