Sacred Ground Healing   

Pam Wood, MA, ATR 

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Retreats and Workshops

Recent Workshops & Retreats

Active Hope:  

Franciscan Contemplation for Troubled Times

The challenges we face in today’s world can be difficult even to think about—climate change, gun violence, mass extinction, social and political upheaval.  Yet, turning away from the realities we face only maintains the status quo. Active Hope, based on the book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, shows us how to STRENGTHEN our mutual capacity to face our social and ecological crises so we can RESPOND with resilience and creative power and ACT on behalf of our world and future generations.

Date: Saturday November 3rd (changed from October 6th) from  10am -3pm

Location:  Franciscan Spiritual Center, 2512 SE    Monroe St Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Cost: $55-85 sliding scale

To register, call 503-794-8542 or email


St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the Archdiocesan 
Office of Life Justice & Peace Present

Active Hope - Earth Day and Every Day

Experiential Retreat with Pam Wood

Sunday, April 17, Noon - 3 PM, Loyola Jesuit Ctr 
3220 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland OR 97206

The challenges we face in today’s world can be difficult even to think about—climate change, mass extinction, social and political upheaval.  Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our mutual capacity to face this crisis so we can respond with resilience and creative power.  

Facilitator:  Pam Wood is a counselor and facilitator working with faith communities to deepen our connection with the Earth through experiential and interactive processes, reflection, Catholic social teaching, ritual, art and music. She is the co-author of “Care for Creation:  A Franciscan Spirituality of Earth” (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008). Childcare and luncheon finger foods provided. 


***Our Earth Day retreat was a great success!  Read about it here (from the Catholic Sentinel).


Catholics and the Climate Crisis: 

Compassion, Solidarity and Concern for the Common Good

Climate change is an unprecedented threat to the global poor, to future generations, and to the very integrity of Creation.  As Catholics, how shall we respond?  Pope Francis, in his recent encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, invites all people into dialogue about the fate of our common home.  The women of the Church now call all of us together to listen, discern and act on behalf of our common future. 

What:    An opportunity to engage with one another on issues of climate change and global justice in light of Pope Francis’ encyclical. Facilitator will be Pam Wood, counselor, retreat leader and author.

When:   Sunday, September 204-6 p.m.

Where:  St. Andrew Community Center, Portland

Go to for more information and to register for the event.

Below are links to two articles that may provide useful background for this workshop:

Please plan to join us, and invite your friends and family!



Summer Solstice Council of All Beings

Center for Earth Leadership

Jean’s Urban Forest Farm, Sunday June 14th, 2015, 12:30-3:30pm



 Voices of the Earth

A play and prayer service connecting climate change with ecological and social justice

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8pm

Presented by St. Andrew Youth Group

See With New Eyes:
 A Covenant With Earth


 Earth Day Reflection on Ecological Justice

 Hosted by the Life, Justice, and Peace Ministry
of St. Ignatius Parish

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  7-8:30pm

 Presenter:  Pam Wood is a counselor and facilitator working with faith communities to deepen our connection with the Earth through reflection, ritual, art and music.  She is the co-author of “Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of Earth”  (2008, St. Anthony Messenger Press).



Climate Justice:  What Would Francis Do?

St. Andrew Parish Youth Group Retreat

Camp Singing Wind, Toledo, WA

February 14-16, 2015


Exploring Earth-Centered Spirituality Workshop

 Sponsored by the Center for Earth Leadership’s
Great Work Initiative

 Date/Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 26 (3 hours)

 Location: Hoyt Arboretum (exact directions upon RSVP)

 Cost: $20 donation requested (sliding scale)

 Description: In this workshop, we will explore a variety of Earth-centered spiritualties and practices, drawing from indigenous wisdom, deep ecology, feminine spirituality and eco-spirituality.  Using discussion, ritual, song and experiential activities, we will begin to envision a personal, engaged eco-spirituality which can help us each nurture an intimate, reciprocal relationship with Earth, and offer us a guide into a more sustainable future.





I am available as a guest speaker or facilitator of workshops and retreats, for groups of adults or teens. I offer workshops and retreats on a variety of topics such as eco-spirituality, social and ecological justice, building and sustaining community, sustainability for activists and creativity and spirituality. I love to collaborate with others to create experiential activities which bring workshop topics to deeper levels of knowing for participants.  The activities I use are rooted in the Work That Reconnects*, and include art, music, movement, guided meditation and time in nature.  Time and time again, participant comments speak to the power of these experiential aspects of my workshops and retreats. 

Contemplative Labyrinth Walk, St. Andrew Catholic Church, Lent 2005.  Photo by Steve Blaske

Work That Reconnects: Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture.  First emerging in 1978, this pioneering, open-source body of work has its roots in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy.  

WTR has inspired thousands of people to take heart and work together for the sake of life on Earth, despite rapidly worsening ecological and social  conditions. It has also inspired people to co-create experiential practices that serve the Work in specific groups and settings.  See for more information.   

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