Last year many of us gathered in San Francisco for Compassion Week. It was an important milestone for the Charter for Compassion, and we are planning to move towards another phase in our development—a retreat to be held on Bainbridge Island, WA on September 24-27, 2015. Last December, in Amsterdam, we worked together with In Claritas exploring the theme of healthcare. This year our theme of exploration will be Recognition, Reconciliation and Renewal.
In Claritas will help us begin to move our vision to reality. Karin Jironet and Harry Starren, principals of In Claritas, offer practices for governance that are acknowledged and respected by the international community (e.g., United Nations, European Central Bank, etc). The end goal of our gathering will be for us to create a process for group coherence that is built to last. It is also an opportunity to explore how the model that we experience together can be shared with our international hubs. There will be much interweaving during our time together. We will be the threads woven together by Karin and Harry—there is a magic in the way they work. You are needed to help us achieve our goal. Your commitment to coming is the first step. If you accept this invitation we want you to be a part of each day’s happenings.
The backdrop for the gathering, Bainbridge Island, is a location in the Pacific Northwest that has a unique and rich history. It the ancestral home of the Suquamish who lived on the land for over 10,000 years, and close by is the burial site of Chief Seattle. Bainbridge was the first place from which Japanese-American residents were sent to internment camps, an event commemorated by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. It was also here that the Japanese code was “cracked” at the navy installation at Fort Ward. We will be using the Bainbridge story to explore recognition, reconciliation and renewal.
Your financial investment will amount to traveling costs only, though we are asking for a $100 donation for food for the time you will be with us. We will work to secure accommodation for each person coming. Upon your acceptance to this invitation, you can expect further details. But most of all, I encourage you to join us.