In this conversation with the founders of the Good Grief Network Aimee Lewis-Reau and LaUra Schmidt, we discuss what it means to build psychosocial resilience in our time of accelerating climate change and ecological stress and despair. The dominant culture often discourages us from fully feeling the heavy and difficult emotions that come with recognizing our mortality, in particular when that realization is placed within the context of a rapidly unraveling biosphere, one in which we fully depend for our not only our physical wellbeing, but for our spiritual, psychological, and emotional wellbeing as well. Aimee and LaUra have done a tremendous service in providing a means to grapple with these emotions, build psychosocial resilience, and allow us to face our predicament with clarity, focus, power, and love.
Aimee Lewis-Reau was born and raised in southeast Michigan, and is a certified Scholè Yoga Instructor and RYT 200, and received her Bachelor’s degree in English, Poetry, and Religion from Central Michigan University before obtaining her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Georgia College & State University. She DJs under the name eXis10shAL and takes delight in making crowds dance, because Alice Walker said it best: “Hard times require furious dancing.”
LaUra Schmidt hails from Michigan and is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religious Studies. She earned her MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. She’s a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member and finds inspiration in natural landscapes and honest, open-hearted dialogue.
Learn more about the Good Grief Network: http://www.goodgriefgroup.org
This is a segment of episode #157 of the Last Born In The Wilderness “Good Grief: Building Individual Resilience w/ Aimee Lewis-Reau & LaUra Schmidt.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWgoodgrief