How do we, precious natural human beings, reconnect with the living systems that restore us to health and wholeness? How can individuals and communities be empowered to take care of each other and themselves? How can we cultivate a healing ecology within the culture of medicine? What might western medicine learn from permaculture? What does it mean to “do no harm”? What healing alliances might be forged as we animate the healer archetype in this plantetary moment?
What is healing? We have explored this question throughout 30 years of facilitating the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, decades of work in The Institute for Health and Illness, and in the Healing Kitchens Institute and the Healing Yoga Foundation—all Commonweal programs. Healing Circles was born out of the desire to expand the circle of conversation to a larger group of patients and caregivers, serving more people and empowering others to serve as well.
It's now more than three and a half years since the nuclear disaster in Japan, and concerns regarding the impacts continue. What are scientists and doctors saying now about the risk for the California coast?
Community building is one of the goals of Commonweal's Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI) programs. When we ask people what they learned in our trainings, one of the most frequent responses is, “I no longer feel I am alone.”