[Sayma-Discuss] From John Calvi
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Thu Nov 1 12:40:21 EDT 2007
A vital ministry among Friends....John Calvi's annual letter....
John Calvi’s Year-End Letter 2007
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
John Calvi’s Calendar
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/)
March 15 Friends World Committee for Consultation QUIT update annual
meeting Providence, RI
March 21-23 University Friends Meeting Healing Circle & Friends in Need
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
(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
(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,
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,
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
May 1-3 Woolman Hill Spiritual Disciplines for Healing www.woolman.org
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
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.
PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF I AM DIFFICULT TO CONTACT DURING SABBATICAL, IT’S
PO Box 301 Putney VT 05346 www.johncalvi.com _<http://www.johncalvi.com/>_
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