‘The Ashokan Way’ with activist and writer Gail Straub: a conversation at Ashokan - BlueStone Press
July 23, 2019

‘The Ashokan Way’ with activist and writer Gail Straub: a conversation at Ashokan


Gail Straub offers a talk and reading from her latest book, “The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path Into Consciousness,” 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. This book is Straub’s love letter to the Catskills, where she has lived for 38 years. Each of her book’s evocative entries describes a walk along the ever-changing Ashokan Reservoir. She shares how her connection to this land is so many different things: muse, strength, prayer and source of hope. “Without nature to witness and reflect us, to awaken and astonish us, to provide the water and air we need to survive, we are nothing.” With musical accompaniment by violinist Akiko Kamigawara, Straub will take her audience on a journey through the four seasons. There will be ample time for questions and personal reflection on landscape’s power and meaning. Join the community for what promises to be a thought-provoking and radically hopeful conversation. Straub is the author of six books, including the bestselling “Empowerment,” which has been translated into more than 14 languages, the critically acclaimed “The Rhythm of Compassion” and the awarding-winning feminist memoir “Returning to My Mother’s House.” A passionate activist and pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative social change where over the last three decades she has offered her work to tens of thousands of people worldwide. As part of this focus, she co-founded “Imagine: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women” to help women heal from violence, build strong lives, and contribute to their community. “Imagine” initiatives are currently under way throughout Africa, Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. This talk is presented as part of Ashokan's Catskill Conversations series. For more information, visit ashokancenter.org or call 657-8333.

Event Date
Saturday, January 12, 2019


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