This circle practice, marking Earth Day and all that it means, will focus on bringing energy, strength, and healing to our groaning planet and also to those working to restore the Earth. Facilitated by Tasondra Jardine, the (virtual) circle will recognize that each person is a leader, each person comes to the gathering with thoughts, feelings, and leadership skills, and each person is part of the mending and repairing of this beautiful but broken world. All voices will be heard and respected, and each person will see and hear one another. Come to this gathering with your open heart and deepest longings. We will gather to honor the Earth and each other.
Tasondra Jardine is a student of the universe and all her creations; Tasondra is a Reiki master who was trained in circle practice by a Reiki circle, has worked with the Native American Inter-Tribal Council of Western MA in Native American Circle Practice and is involved with a drum and healing circle. She has taught Native American circle practice with the Holyoke High School Youth Leadership group Pa’lenté, among others.
Indigenous Circle Practice is a way to listen deeply, share openly, hold silence, and transform communities. We will gather in a (virtual) circle to mark the first day of Spring, sharing our feelings about this planet and the quiet turning of the Earth. Under the sensitive guidance of Strong Oak and her many years of experience with Circle Practice, the group will honor the reverence of the time together and the energy in the gathered group while sharing what lays on our hearts as a new season begins. You are invited to bring all your feelings about the beauty of this planet as well as your weariness and despair. You will be fortified by this experience so that you can continue the work we are all called to do to confront the climate emergency we are facing. Everyone is warmly welcome to join and share.
Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre, MSSA is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Inc. She is of Mi’Kmaq and Maliseet descent. In 2017, Ms. Lefebvre received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, representing the state of Massachusetts in recognition of her work to end sexual violence. Ms. Lefebvre served on the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Resource Center from 2010-2016. She is currently a Peer Cohort, representing VBCIC, with the Just Beginnings Collaborative, a funding organization that seeks to build a movement to end childhood sexual assault nationwide. Ms. Lefebvre is a member of the Governor’s statutory Restorative Justice Advisory Committee in Massachusetts and is currently serving a six-year term that began in November 2018. She is also a member of the Raliance Policy Group working on a three-year study on mandated reporting and its impact on survivors from marginalized communities.