The ReMembering for Life Course
Originating Climate Change into Colonization
Part I: 1400s-1500s
November 5 - December 30
Part II: 1600s-1800s
January 13-March 10
Cohorts meet online every week via zoom
Structure your journey of ReMembering
With a community of other ReMemberers.
Ground yourself for the Anthropocene Age through
Engaged questioning and deep thinking
in a context of emotional, intellectual, spiritual support
and accountability for doing the difficult work.
With opportunities for creative expression
and multiple forms of integration,
The Course serves your capacity to serve your communities
as we transition into a "New Earth" changed by climate change.
...climate change - race - wilderness - class - historical trauma - art - grief - islamaphobia - religion - legacies of slavery - intellectual property - corporations - colonization - inheritance - fear - gender - theology - nature - spirituality - witch/hunts- music - drowning islands - healing bodies - storytelling - re/centering - meditation - indigenous knowledge - ritual - violence - somatic beings - despair - doctrine of discovery - raising a family - belonging - hope - past - present - future - space - time - love ...
Connect the disconnected.
"Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?"
- Jesus, Mark 8:18, King James Version
Outline of ReMembering for Life, Full Course
Part I: Global Disjoining: 1450-1600
Part II: "America": 1600-1875ish
Session 1: Grounding in Gratitude and Praise: An Introduction to ReMembering, Origin Stories, Imperialism and Jesus
Session 2: Connecting Race and Place
Session 3: The Burning Times: the Great European Witch Hunts, Colonization and Climate Change
Session 4: Destroying Turtle Island: Producing White Sugar, Global Tastes and Modern Economies
Session 5: Creative Integration Exercises
Session 7: Belonging, Ownership and Family Histories
Session 8: Governance, Sovereignty, and Intellectual Property
Session 9: Westward Expansion and the Creation of "Wilderness"
Session 10: Codification of Doctrine of Discovery
Session 11: The Real Origins of the Women's Rights movement and its Implications
Session 12: Final Creative Integration Project: ReEnchanting
"For me, this class has been a gift of integration and expansion.
At a stage of life when I am hungry to engage more deeply with many threads of my own identity and place in the world - as a new parent considering both my own and my child’s relationship to past generations; as a someone engaged with political activism who has never felt that I had an effective point of entry to working on climate change; as a white American struggling to confront with integrity my whiteness in relationship to those who have been harmed by the violence of whiteness.
This course has been a way into understanding a relationship between each of these threads, and to bring my whole self to that process."
- Anna Mudd, Mother of Robin, Educator at Harvard Divinity School
ReMembering for Life is a spiritual development course.
We not only look at the religious/theological underpinnings of our current moment, but we do so via ReMembering, which we see as a spiritual process.
We meet every two weeks on zoom. Each cohort is capped at 8 people. Each student receives a large amount of personal attention. Course material includes lectures, reading, music, music-videos and useful questions to engage with to support your process of re-connecting that which has been disconnected so that you can better serve your communities. Exact time of zoom meetings is based on what works for the participants.
Book your exploratory phone call to see how this course can change you!
In this course, you will:
Make connections across some of the most important concerns of our times, including: climate change, white supremacy/racism, xenophobia, the separation of people from place, and sexism.
Deepen your grounding in and connection with the Spirit/the Divine. YES this is spiritual development course and we engage with the spiritual, theological, religious, and ethical dimensions of our history - and ourselves. NO you do not have to be a religious/lay leader to participate.
Move from having a "vague" feeling of "everything is connected" to a concrete and visceral understanding of that connection both historically and today.
Integrate your heart, mind, and spirit as you engage with collective historical trauma to tell more integrated stories
Increase your ability to understand and enact eco-justice and move further in your process of de-colonization
Become "more real" and "more grounded" in the midst of the chaos brought about by climate change and political messes
Increase your felt experience of belonging to our shared time and our place
Engage in healing of yourself, your family, and our collective pasts in support of the present and future generations
Increase your sense of hope and excitement about the future
The ReMembering for Life course can change your life.
"The ReMembering for Life course has changed my life.
My depth of perception was transformed by the overlapping and devastating histories that we explored, but I see now that this mess we're in came from somewhere--it was not inevitable--and looking into these painful places is integral to the process of change.
It feels revolutionary to experience a "history class" in such a way that deep history matters; I am not merely a curious observer of historical fact but allow myself to become aware--mentally, emotionally, and physically--of the legacy of trauma that is eating our planet alive.
Practically speaking, I appreciated the architecture of the course and especially moving through the material slowly and deliberately, making our emotional response a critical aspect of the process. She was careful to guide us through these experiences, and I felt entirely supported throughout.
Sara does a remarkable job of creating a space where I could show up as myself with all aspects of my identity, which include being a mother, a grassroots midwife working with people to reclaim their power, as someone who has benefited ancestrally from settler colonialism and carries ancestral trauma alike, and Muslim.
I felt safe being authentic and exploring the feelings that inevitably arise when confronting the painful histories we explored.
I cannot recommend this course more strongly to anyone who wants to better understand climate change, or works on any social justice issue -- all are connected."
- Krystina F.
Saraswati, Hindu Goddess of Knowledge and Music. Painting by Lauren Goldberg.
This work is for people of all faith traditions and no faith tradition.
These histories are global, impacting all of us, across faith traditions.
Understanding the Christian history is of relevance to Christians and non-Christians alike. Most people know almost none of it.
One participant who came from an indigenous tradition in Japan said that the course is "relevant for anyone working with the results of the mindsets we associate with the "Western world."
To learn this history within a spiritual context is another step towards spiritual awakening.
Sara Jolena herself worked and lived in India for nearly two years. During that time she became a traveling singer throughout India. While living with Bauls and Fakirs (mystical singers mostly located in Bengal), she came to love Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and music. Saraswathi reminds us not only of the importance of seeking truth, but that learning (and unlearning!) is a life-long process.
"This course profoundly changed not just how I am thinking about my work but my entire spiritual approach to the journey I am on. It was not that I didn't make these connections before-my whole spiritual journey started with an encounter with the real history of Native American genocides in the work of the historian David Stannard .
I was a Hindu monk for five years. I have been studying ecotheology at Union Theological Seminary for nearly seven years, where I am now pursuing my PhD. The reMembering course has brought me back, on my spiritual journey, to these places of fierce historical truth-seeking.
It is so important that we have deep living wisdom within ourselves about our histories. Knowing well, knowing holistically, where we have come from is essential to figure out where we are going. I’m reaching into my own self and where I come from anew.
This course is a courageous and beautiful thing. The practice of ReMembering - being able to remember and understand the history that happened to us as American people – we need this so much. So many of us really need and desire this practice. We can better understand the ways ecology and race entangle with each other. We get rooted where we need to be rooted.
This is hard work. It's painful work! But if we are going to have any chance of anticipating better ways forward in the Anthropocene this is the work we have to do together
We have to engage with how it (the past) impacts us on a spiritual level. This course is "spiritual" in the best sense of the word - it is about our real lives..
This class has given me hope. I know that sounds strange, but it has."
- Christopher Fici, Eco-theologian, PhD student at Union Theological Seminary, ocaisional farmer and current teacher-in-training of the ReMembering for Life Course
Your guide and teacher:
Sara Jolena, while teaching The Course on zoom.
"The teacher of the course is at least as important as the material. This is true for any form of education. A good teacher is teaching through themselves.
I had only met you (Sara Jolena) briefly before taking The Course, but a good deal of the reason I decided to take The Course is you – you are really onto something, and it is something deep within you that is onto it.
You are an awesome person who is on a journey and you are inviting people on the journey with you. That’s great.
That is what I want future students to understand. Learning from you is a great opportunity."
- Amy Kietzman, leader in her faith community, and the owner of a farm near Philadelphia
"This work is amongst the most important work we can do. It is so big and requires such courage.
Sara Jolena is gifted in eliciting that courage in others."
- Course Participant, 2019
Creative Integration is essential to the learning journey.
Participants engage in a "creative integration exercises" after Part I of the course and as their final "integration" project.
"The range of creative options available are amazing and so helpful."
"I stretched myself to write poetry in the tradition of my faith - I have never done that before, and it was illuminating. I learned more about myself - and about God."
"The creative opportunities are so good and so needed."
"Your support in designing a ritual for my friends and for my community was wonderful.."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this opportunity."
Apply for the Course
This course is a serious commitment.
We invest in you - and you invest in us.
We only work with people who are
committed, open, service-orientated, and courageous.
To ensure we are a good fit, we interview all applicants.
To set up an interview, simply contact us at:
You and your relationships deserve the best.
Part I: 1400s-1500s
Nov 6-December 30
Part II: 1600s-1800s
Jan 13 - March 16
Option 1: Part I
Regular zoom meetings
Incredible personal and professional growth opportunity
6 weeks of regular support from Sara Jolena including one coaching call
Estimated Value: $1,400
Offering at: $475
Option 2: Full Course
Full Online Course
Regular zoom meetings
Incredible personal and professional growth opportunity
12 weeks of ongoing support from Sara Jolena including TWO one on one coaching calls (value: $300)
Integrate your family history into the social and ecological story
Integration Leadership Project
Estimated Value: $3,000
"Unless we take fundamental action which involves changing our priorities in production and consumption and in our relationships to one another at all levels … to see ourselves first as humans, and not as Americans or whatever, then we are going towards extinction.
Understanding what has stopped us from seeing ourselves that way is part of how we’ve become aware of how to change our relationship to the whole. This is a global history.
This course helps in that process. This material is foundational."
- Leonard Joy, former UNDP economist, governance consultant, and former course participant
"Connect. Only Connect."
"This course helps us get closer to understand how we have been sundered from our closeness to God.
I keep going, oh! That is how we got here!
That’s incredibly spiritual, to understand the past-present of what has and is continuing to happen. Its like when you have a disease – to heal from it, you need to know what it is.
In this course, I have begun to get a better sense, a little sense, of what it might mean to belong to land and to a people. Even though I live on the land.... I am now coming closer to belonging."
- Amy Kietzman