The inaugural On Being Gathering took place Feb. 16-19 in the Redwoods of the 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California.
A glorious cross-section of humanity took in the poetry of David Whyte, Marilyn Nelson, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Seth Godin offered his wisdom. Krista moderated conversations between theologian/poet Padraig O’Tuama and poet Marilyn Nelson; social healers Lucas Johnson and Rami Nashashibi, Brainpickings’ Maria Popova and astrophysicist Natalie Batalha; and peacemaker/haikuist John Paul Lederach with actor/activist America Ferrera.
Breakouts took up civil conversations and spiritual formation. Space was held for the unplanned and unexpected. And some of the most important conversations and future ripple effects happened, as always happens, around the edges, between kindred strangers and new friends.
We are beyond grateful for everyone who attended, and everyone who applied – this has given us an expansive and important understanding of the far-flung On Being community that we take now into everything we are creating.
We will do this again and are in discernment about when, where, and how.