by Diana Lindsay, Co-Founder, Healing Circles Langley When I actually sat down and began to write…I found my mind pulled toward rockier shores. First longings leapt up to brush my heart. Distant voices appeared, and ebbed, and then appeared again. I remembered the stories … of a family trying to explain itself. … I strongly […]
Our beloved Jnani Chapman, senior massage person and often yoga teacher in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, died December 14 at 4:20 a.m. in an auto accident. Jnani was just with us on our 198th Cancer Help Program in early December. The Cancer Help Program, and Commonweal, was where she experienced her greatest sense of being at home.
Commonweal has many friends, Cancer Help Program alumni, staff, and board members in the Fire Zone. The stories of those who have lost homes, been evacuated, or moved out themselves because they could not breathe or saw the wisdom of leaving are flowing toward us like an incoming tide. Here’s what we’re doing now to help.
Commonweal’s Center for Creative Community (C3) works at the intersection of creativity, community, and cognition. Through gatherings at Commonweal in Bolinas, trainings throughout the Bay Area, and the Power of Hope summer camp, the C3 builds engagement and creativity that nurture leadership and support community.
Commonweal is delighted to announce Oren Slozberg’s appointment as executive director. Oren has served as chief strategies officer at Commonweal since 2013. Previous to that he was executive director of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), an international organization that builds community and cognitive abilities through the arts.
We are pleased to offer you our Summer 2017 Commonweal News. In this edition, we feature some of the inspirational work our programs are doing in the fields of health and healing—both long-time programs that have evolved and grown over our 40-year history as well as new programs that are taking shape at Commonweal now, expanding the reach of our work.
On April 1, Elise Miller, director of the Collaborative for Health and the Environment (CHE) stepped down, and we welcomed Karen Wang as CHE’s new director. We aren’t saying goodbye to Elise—she will be part of the Commonweal community for as long we are all on this earth. And we are deeply delighted to welcome Karen Wang who will guide CHE in our next phase of work.
Commonweal’s Collaborative on Health and the Environment launched its new, easy-to-navigate website this week. The site makes it easy to find science-based, up-to-date research and resources on toxics in the environment, and to join their more than 5,000 partners around the world working on a systems approach to health.