Radical Joy Revealed
March 29, 2017

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. 

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Art made by Kinde Nebeker from objects found at an old quarry near an oil refinery, North Salt Lake, Utah, Global Earth Exchange 2013. Photo by Kinde Nebeker
One way to think about RadJoy's approach to bringing attention to wounded places is to think of it as "guerrilla beauty."
The Spanish word guerrilla refers to warlike actions undertaken by small, independent groups of combatants in conflict with a large institutionalized military force.
What guerrilla beauty has in common with the original meaning is that it is spontaneous, bold, and anonymous. It is also intended to strike at what's wrong by using unconventional methods.
But guerrilla beauty differs from guerrilla war, for it is non-confrontational, compassionate, and always creative, rather than destructive.
Guerrilla beauty is also different from other forms of art and environmental activism. You offer guerrilla beauty to a place that matters to you without expectation of payment, fame, or even thanks. Every person who is present pitches in. Moreover, you and your fellow humans are only the first creators. Wind, rain, animals, and even traffic will continue to dabble with what you've made after (or even during) the time you're working.
In April you'll be able to learn more about making spontaneous, anonymous beauty when Trebbe Johnson's new book, 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty comes out! Stay tuned for details.

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"Happiness is conditional. Joy is not." Join RadJoy founder Trebbe Johnson for
Radical Joy for Hard Times weekend workshop at Rowe Center in western Massachusetts April 14-16. Learn how radical joy begins with a willingness to face your suffering and open up to the moment in a refreshing space of honesty and receptivity. You'll become newly attentive to surprising outbursts of beauty and generosity--in nature, in your friends and family, and in the stories of others. You'll learn, too, that once you've received these gifts of beauty, you must extend yourself beyond your experience of suffering to give beauty outward--and in that giving is joy.
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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