Journeying Into
the Common Good

Journeying Into the
Common Good


Come Join Us on Patmos in 2024!

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.”

Krista Tippett

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?

The Salon Experience

Get a glimpse of the wonderful 2022 JOURNEYING INTO THE COMMON GOOD Salon experience in this video.

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10 Night Island Stay & Program

$4,450 per person, double occupancy.
$150 discount per person, for friends/spouses sharing a room.

* Single Room Supplement rates are available.
* A limited number of 'non-participant' fee options are offered for spouses/partners.

* A limited number of scholarships are available through an application
  (as noted in the Reservation Request Form)

* Airfare & transport to/on Patmos not included.

Apply Now to Attend!

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.

If you are interested to attend, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

What's Included

10-Night Hotel Stay (with breakfast)

Opening Welcome Reception & Dinner

6 Morning Conversation Salons

5 Evening Conversation Salons

Dance Party Under the Stars

Day Boat Excursion to Nearby Isle

Guided Tour of the Patmos Monastery & Cave

Closing Farewell Reception & Dinner

Transport to Salon Events & Excursions

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination."


Salon Co-Leaders

Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, and New York Times bestselling author. She hosts the On Being podcast, curates the Civil Conversations Project, and founded and leads The On Being Project, a non-profit media and public life initiative that pursues deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, towards the renewal of inner life, outer life, and life together. Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, worked as a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and later received a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her books are Speaking of Faith, Einstein’s God, and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity, and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”  She is currently at work on a new book about moral imagination and the human challenges and promise of this young century.

Watch another video with Krista Tippett here.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian whose work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and in public, Pádraig is a compelling poet and skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. Pádraig presents Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios and in late 2019 was named Theologian in Residence for On Being, innovating in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. A profoundly engaging public speaker, Ó Tuama has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. For Ó Tuama, religion, conflict, power and poetry all circle around language, that original sacrament. In the context of public theology, he takes the received form of biblical texts and explores the civic and artistic dynamics of language, narrative and impact in these stories. His latest books are Poetry Unbound; 50 Poems to Open Your Life (W.W. Norton 2022), In the Shelter (Broadleaf, 2021) and Borders and Belonging (Canterbury Press, 2021).

Watch a video written by Pádraig Ó Tuama here.

Joe Henry

Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music in a career spanning more than 25 years. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience. A hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating, and hopeful, he draws an author's eye for the overlooked detail across a broad swath of American musical styles — rock, jazz and blues — rendering genre modifiers useless. Henry has collaborated with many notable American artists on his own body of work, from T Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, and Van Dyke Parks on one side of the spectrum, to Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell on the other. A three-time-Grammy-winning producer, Henry has made records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens and Solomon Burke among many others. As a solo artist and a producer alike, Henry’s records are marked with a consistent sonic depth, attention to narrative, and emphasis on the beauty of spontaneity.

Watch more videos of Joe Henry here and here.

Allison Russell

Allison Russell is a self-taught singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. Since the release of her first solo album two years ago, Allison has redefined what artistry means in the 21st century. Outside Child, her often devastating, deeply moving, cathartic celebration of survivor’s joy, has become one of the most acclaimed albums of the past 10 years (various honors include three GRAMMY Award nominations, the Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, the 2022 Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year Award, two International Folk Music Awards, and four UK Americana Music Awards). Allison has consistently used her newfound platform to elevate, educate and inspire; curating the history making Once And Future Sounds: Roots and Revolution set for the Newport Folk Festival in 2021 and mobilizing the triumphant 2022 Love Rising All-Star benefit concert in support of LGBTQIA+ causes in Nashville, are just two of the many examples where she’s raised her voice with power and purpose. Russell's latest album is The Returner, and is slated to release an autobiographical memoir in 2024.

Watch another video of Allison Russell here.

JT Nero

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.