For ten days in Greece, we’ll come together for an extended conversation that asks: how can we speak to each other in a way that moves us all, individually and collectively, to growth, learning, creativity and change? During this Salon we will delve into eternal spiritual questions and sacred stories and tap into the wisdom of poetry & song. We’ll consider what it means to stay deeply attuned to our world today, while remaining active and consciously aware of how we can best nurture one another and ourselves for the times ahead.
In reflecting upon how an inner life needs to pivot in order to contribute to an engaged outer life of justice and equity, we will look for language that is strong enough to encourage and enable a journey of change; a journey deeper into the common good.
During our days and evenings together, we will consider deeper spiritual and human questions such as: What does it mean to be human on this planet today? Who do we need to be to each other? What stories have guided our lives? What songs and poems connect us to a deeper sense of history and our humanity? What does it mean to be spiritual within or outside of formal religious thought and traditions?
We’ll gather to share and celebrate how the power of narratives and verse remind us of what can be so easy to forget: that the flourishing of one community has often happened at the expense of each other in this world; that there is no other; that change is possible; that conversation can deepen change.
“Taking in the good, whenever and wherever we find it,
gives us new eyes for seeing and living.”
We will use the lens of language and the gifts of music to explore the human condition as the world emerges out of the Covid pandemic, and continues to face the persistent pandemic of racism and the ecological crisis.
We will share tools and practices for the art of living and learning. For all this our souls will be generously fueled by powerful poetry and inspiring music. We’ll also need good food, and each other. We will have those in plenty.
To guide and inspire our time together, we are thrilled to welcome five deeply talented, wise thought leaders and creative artists:
Krista Tippett is the founder & CEO of The On Being Project, a nonprofit media and public life initiative making a multiple-award winning public radio show, podcasts and providing tools for the art of living. With over 400 million downloads of On Being’s episodes, Krista’s work is in the art of listening, learning, changing & re-imagining a re-oriented world with timely and timeless wisdoms.
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian and the host of On Being’s Poetry Unbound — a podcast that has gained over 10 million downloads since its start in 2020 — and also the author of Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your Life. Working for many years in conflict resolution — both in his native Ireland and further afield — he brings the intuition of an artist to the questions of religion, power and conflict. While Pádraig’s interests span arts, poetry, conflict and religion, it is primarily language that compels him: what is the surprise of language that might help its users move toward creativity, in life, in art, in politics and community?
Joe Henry, whose career spans more than 35 years, has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience. A three-time-Grammy-winning producer, Henry has made records for Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, Rodney Crowell, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco and Rhiannon Giddens among others. His latest album is All the Eye Can See.
Allison Russell is a multi-faceted tour de force: a 4-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, poet, multi-instrumentalist, activist and co-founder of Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah) and Birds of Chicago (with JT Nero). In her critically acclaimed debut album Outside Child, she unpacks her youth through stories of deliverance and redemption, detailing the places, people, and realizations that helped her survive and claim her freedom.
JT Nero is a songwriter, singer, poet, and producer from Chicago, currently residing in Nashville. He is one half of the acclaimed Americana duo, Birds of Chicago, with his wife and writing partner, Allison Russell, and half of the electronic folk hip hop project, Dim Star.
We’ll meet with these five luminous cultural creators near the slow rhythms of the Aegean Sea, take time to explore the sacred island of Patmos, swim (and float) in salty waters, venture on the sea by boat, share bread around common tables, and build & bond a community of enriched souls for the journey ahead. There will be plenty of time to be on your own to reflect and explore, as well as moments to connect with a diverse range of other wonderful humans.
And what better place than Patmos to examine the perennial challenge, depth and complexity of the ancient spiritual quest?
$4,450 per person, double occupancy.
$150 discount per person, for friends/spouses sharing a room.
* A limited number of 'non-participant' fee options are offered for spouses/partners.
(as noted in the Reservation Request Form)
We seek to curate a diverse and creative mix of Salon participants. Apply to attend by submitting a Reservation Request. Hotel room accommodations are assigned on a first-come basis according to the date of your Reservation Request. GoodWorld Journey Salons typically sell out.
"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination."