The New Stories inaugural learning journey to Japan was an amazing success. Participants were able to learn from the people in Japan’s disaster area about how they found their way forward after their world fell apart and the future became invisible. That learning from disaster was complemented by an exploration of Japan’s cultural and spiritual roots which sustained people through the whole country after disaster hit.
Lynnaea Lumbard, New Stories Co-President was one of the participants. She wrote this 2014 Japan Learning Journey article which is a first hand witnessing of power of the journey which was hosted by New Stories Team Members Bob Stilger, Susan Virnig, Yuka Saionji and Hideki Iwai.
The 2016 Japan Learning Journey will follow the same route as 2014. We’ve introduced an option for some participants to come for the first week only — our time in the disaster area. For those who can, we encourage you to come on the whole two week journey. The beauty of Kyoto in the autumn when the momiji — Japan’s famous maple trees — are in their full splendor. And, the time we spend learning about Japan’s cultural and spiritual roots helps to understand how people in Japan were able to respond to disaster as they did.
This promises to be an exciting journey. Please join us!