Bioneers 2024 Conference

Hope is a Discipline: Sharing & Listening Circle around Palestine/Israel

Many of us have deep and intense feelings about the war on Gaza, the October 7th attacks on Israelis — and the painful historical context in which these events exist. This session offers time to share those feelings together; it is not a time for debate or discussion, but a time to speak and listen compassionately. The facilitators will open with a ritual and hold this Circle with respect and care. Circle practice is a discipline of hope centered on the worldview that we are profoundly interconnected, that we heal and process most deeply in community. Everyone is welcome; we invite all to share from the heart and hold space for all our stories. Facilitated by: Penny Rosenwasser, Ph.D., a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace and author of “Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears”; Michelle Gutierrez, co-founder of Hidden Water, mediator, organizational change consultant, restorative justice trainer and practitioner.

NOTE: Given space constraints, this session will close at 60 attendees.

Ashby Room, Residence Inn


March 28th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Penny Rosenwasser
Founding Board Member
Jewish Voice for Peace
Michelle Gutierrez
Restorative Justice Circle Trainer