“I Tied My Children To My Body”: The Continuing Courage of Refugees in Greece

By | 2017-09-15T16:45:47+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

“I tied my six children to my body with a rope,” the 37-year-old Syrian mother tells me from her cubicle in Elpida, a refugee center for vulnerable families in Greece. “Either we were all going to make it together, or none at all.” Fatma Al-Hasan and her six children are among the 57,000 refugees currently [...]

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World:’ Teaching Yoga and Poetry in China

By | 2017-09-25T20:57:54+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|

On the heels of a disastrous election in the United States, I got the lucky chance to travel to China, made possible by a dynamic group of Chinese feminists, some of whom I first met when teaching poetry and justice workshop in Thailand a few years ago. In China, I taught “Working for Peace, Insisting [...]

Refugee Relief: Firsthand Accounts of Shipwrecked Migrants in the Mediterranean

By | 2017-09-15T16:50:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

Author’s note: I am in Lesvos, Greece to work on a project with Angela Farmer and then to take the two week workshop she offers with Victor Van Kooten. As soon as I arrived, I learned about the refugee crisis as rafts were arriving on the shore right in front of the place where [...]

The Lesvos Refugee Crisis: 5 Months in & Conditions are Worsening

By | 2017-09-15T16:47:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

In April, my friends and I arrived on the island of Lesvos to soon realize we had landed smack in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Rafts arrived daily from Syria and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, and Iran. We quickly learned how to stockpile supplies in our [...]

“Love Calls Us to the Things of This World:” Update on the Refugee Crisis in Greece

By | 2017-09-15T17:08:26+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|

In an autobiographical essay on yoga and meditation, Silvia Boorstein looks back on her decades-long work as an activist and yoga practitioner, saying, “I am more zealous than ever about social activism. I see my activism as an aspect of spiritual practice, the natural result of being less frightened, as well as a sign of [...]