Radical Joy Revealed
January 20, 2016

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe.

Passing the stones
People old and young make a wall from the old miners' village to the sea, Bunmahon, Ireland, The Ground Beneath Our Hearts. Photo by Sean Corcoran

On Saturday September 12 Radical Joy for Hard Times sponsored The Ground Beneath Our Hearts, when ten communities around the world that face mineral extraction showed through art and music not just how they suffer but how much they love their home place.
For some the idea that art could be a form of activism was at first a challenge. However, in the course of deciding what they could do together, and then doing it with the knowledge that other communities were offering events of their own on the same day was a profoundly meaningful and transformative experience.

 As our partner from the indigenous Huitoto community in the Colombian Amazon said after their event, the revival of a traditional dance, "Some students have left school to work in the mines, more concerned with western knowledge than ancestral knowledge. This activity was a way to revitalize culture, because the kids were interested in learning the songs, going to the mountain to get bark to make a costume, weaving it, and learning the importance of what it means to do a dance."
Click here or on the image above to hear these stories and watch events in Australia, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, South Africa, Ireland, Colombia, and the U.S.
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Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community of people dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth. 
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