[Sayma-Discuss] From John Calvi

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A vital ministry among  Friends....John Calvi's annual letter....
John Calvi’s Year-End Letter  2007

Dear Friends, 

I write this while preparing  for my last few trips of this year and 
remembering  trips over the last 25  years.  The numbers surprise even me - 35 states, 
4 countries, 5 prisons,  11 yearly meetings, 21 years teaching at Friends 
General Conference Gathering  and Pendle Hill, with innumerable rape survivors, 
people with AIDS, and tortured  refugees from every continent, an average of 24 
trips a year, and working with  as many as 2,000 people a year.  At 55, I can 
look over my 2007 calendar  and smile.  But looking over all my travel 
calendars, I feel the need to  sit down. My 2008 sabbatical comes just in time.

Three years ago I  began to discuss the need for Quakers to take on the work 
of ending US-sponsored  torture.  In addition to all my travel work on trauma, 
I helped give birth  to The Quaker Initiative to End Torture, which has now 
held 1 Canadian and 2  U.S. conferences and continues to grow.  

I feel great  accomplishment in all these years of healing work.  I’ve worked 
very hard  and surrendered my life to learning and healing.  It’s not been 
easy - and  goodness knows I am a reluctant student - but I am very happy with 
both the  personal history of work and where I have come to be.  

To  accomplish all my leadings in the last few years I developed some very 
unhealthy  habits - 15 hours a day of computer work and learning all I could 
about torture  to teach articulately and gently.  This was a productive choice 
that  achieved much but took a toll on me. To recover, my sabbatical begins on  
Thanksgiving 2007 and goes to January 2009- no teaching or hands-on work 
during  this time.

Beginning  my sabbatical starts with changing  patterns of overwork and desk 
time until my blood pressure and weight are  lowered to healthy rates.  I’ll 
be doing physical work such as painting the  house.  I am even going to stay 
out of contact with dear ones I’ve been  working with a long time, a difficult 
but necessary discipline. I am doing all  this so that my next 25 years of work 
will be even more  graceful.

Please be assured there is no illness, burnout, or sudden  financial ease 
leading to this sabbatical.  I am not ill. Burnout is when  you can no longer do 
your best.  My work is still graceful, deeply  appreciated, and much in 
demand. And sudden wealth does not appear to be a  threat in this lifetime.  This is 
simply a celebration of 25 years of  trauma work, rest and rebalancing, and 
choosing how to begin again in  2009.

I hope you will support my rest with gifts during this  sabbatical.  My 
living has come mostly from gifts.  I’ve been able to  be of help to people 
surviving trauma because of the generosity of many over the  years.  Thank you for 
your gifts at this time too.

In the  Light,

John Calvi  November 2007

PO Box 301 Putney VT  05346-0301  www.johncalvi.com 
_<http://www.johncalvi.com/>_ (http://www.johncalvi.com/)   

John Calvi’s Calendar 
2007 Completed 
Jaunary 14  Putney  Friends Meeting The Quaker Initiative to End Torture QUIT 
Update Putney,  VT
February 2-4  Eugene Friends Meeting Annual Winter Retreat, Eugene,  OR
February 5 Dragonfly Adventures  Stress Reduction with students  
dragonflyadventures.com Klamath Falls, OR
February 5   Klamath  Falls Friends Church QUIT Update  Klamath Falls, OR
March 5-9  Pendle Hill Rest the Body, Live in the Light 800/742-3150  
www.pendlehill.org _<http://www.pendlehill.org/>_ (http://www.pendlehill.org/)   
Wallingford, PA
March 15  Friends World Committee for Consultation  QUIT update annual 
meeting Providence, RI
March 21-23  University  Friends Meeting  Healing Circle & Friends in Need   
Seattle,  WA
March 30- April 1   St Louis Friends Meeting – Bringing Light to  Pain & QUIT 
Update  ST Louis, MO
April 27-29  Canadian QUIT  Torture Conference Ottawa Friends Meeting Ottawa, 
June 1-3  The  Quaker Initiative to End Torture 2nd Conference 
www.quit-torture-now.org _<http://www.quit-torture-now.org/>_ 
(http://www.quit-torture-now.org/)   Greensboro, NC
June 9  Helping my dear friend Gene Garber to die at home  surrounded with 
love   Putney, VT
June 11  CONTACT: Conflict  Transformation Across Cultures, School for 
International  Training
www.sit.edu/contact/index.html _<http://www.sit.edu/contact/index.html>_ 
(http://www.sit.edu/contact/index.html)    Brattleboro, VT
June 17  15th St Meetinghouse  The Quaker Initiative to End Torture New York, 
June 30- July 7  Friends General Conference, Abandon All Weariness Workshop, 
QUIT Update,  
www.fgcquaker.org _<http://www.fgcquaker.org/>_ (http://www.fgcquaker.org/)   
River Falls, WI
July 12-15  VT People with AIDS Annual Retreat-  workshops & moderator, 
Stowe, VT
September 28-30  Missouri Valley  Friends Conference,  Healing Among Friends, 
Camp Chihowa Lawrence,  KS
October 1  Attended and assisted a birth for my first time,  welcome Sungmin 
Ahn Memorial Hospital Brattleboro, VT
October 12-13  Quaker Hill Conf & Retreat Center Midwest Healers Group  
765/939-4970 Richmond, IN
November 2-4  Powell House  Deeply Relax-  massage and energy work for 
spiritual depth  Old Chatham, NY
November  14-15  Dragonfly Adventures  Staff & Student Stress Reduction  
Klamath Falls, OR
November 16-18   Abandon All Weariness,  Quaker Center wwwquakercenter.org  
Ben Lomond, CA


February 20 – 22  Powell House  The Body as Temple for Spiritual Work  Old 
Chatham, NY
May 1-3  Woolman Hill  Spiritual Disciplines for Healing www.woolman.org  
Deerfield, MA
May 29-31  Pendle Hill Restoration with healing touch  Wallingford, PA
June 27-July 4  Friends General Conference  Workshops  Blacksburg VA
July 15-19  North Pacific Yearly Meeting  Keynote & Friend in Residence 
Missoula, MT
August 3-5  New  England Yearly Meeting workshops  Smithfield RI

Please send a  gift to my address below. 
I will need your gifts during sabbatical to rest  and prepare for another 25 
Definitions- tax law says a donation  carries the expectation of work for 
which I am taxed.  
A gift is given  out of respect, affection, or charity, such as 
my birthday- May 14, my  wedding anniversary- August 28, or a Christmas gift.

calendar, and  photos  AT WWW.JOHNCALVI.COM _<http://WWW.JOHNCALVI.COM/>_ 
(http://www.johncalvi.com/)   (watch for new blog)
My website carries updates, photos, and a new blog  soon thanks to Blake 
Arnall & Sehoon Ahn.

Please help me save  mailing costs by sending your e-mail address to 
calvij at sover.net _<mailto:calvij at sover.net>_ (mailto:calvij at sover.net)  .  
The next Beethoven Letter in May 2008 will be in  email.


PO Box 301 Putney VT 05346  www.johncalvi.com _<http://www.johncalvi.com/>_ 

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