RiverTides Programs

Conversations

Building on the history of ICIS salons in New York City, Conversations brings together groups of about 30 colleagues and friends in the Mid-Hudson Valley for informal dialog on topics that are important in our lives and culture. They provide space to share thoughtful and diverse opinions, and to increase our understanding, appreciation and curiosity. Coversations are focused on issues that can become dimensions of the building of more positive futures.

Conversations began with An Inquiry into Shaping the New Planetary Civilization with Nancy Roof in November of 2005.

The 2006 Conversations topics are listed below. Additional topics will be added during the year.

June 7, 2006
Media, Mystics, Musings with Rolland Smith, broadcast journalist and poet.

August, 2006
Harvesting the Lessons of the Social Experiments and Innovations of the 1960s and 1970s: What are their Contributions for Today’s World?

October 29, 2006
Healing Our Relationship with Nature: Economic, Environmental and Spiritual Perspectives on the Catskills with Tom Alworth, Executive Director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

Reflections on Leadership: A Women's Retreat

The retreat program serves women from different cultures, ethnicities, and professional fields who are committed to creating confirming and effective organizations and communities. Retreats offer participants an opportunity to engage their professional experience, values and insights in a shared reflection of the cultural shifts and emerging trends of our time.

In past years retreats have explored several fields of inquiry including: spiritual autobiography and the roots of vocation, effective and life-affirming models of organizations and leadership, and cultural patterns and their impact on change. They offer a contemplative, informative and safe learning environment in which diverse perspectives can be held and appreciated.

The diversity in background and in leadership experience of participants is both a valued and an essential element of the retreat program. It provides a richly textured context for reflection and conversation as the complex questions that guide work and visions are addressed. We believe that it is critical that we reach beyond our usual circles and engage with others whose perspectives, language and experience may differ from our own.

Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds' purpose is to tap into the generosity of individuals and communities that have sufficient resources and to seek out and obtain quality used books and other educational materials for children. These donations are distributed to primary schools and communities where educational resources are severely lacking.

Mustard Seeds is based on good will and concern about nurturing the imagination and education of children. Over 1,500 books have been distributed in the past three years through Mustard Seeds. If you would like to donate books or other educational materials, or make a donation to cover shipping, please Contact RiverTides.

Current Recipients:

Under the guidance of a local educator and on-site coordinator in New Mexico , books are distributed to schools, community centers and the Navaho reservation. They help to open new worlds to children and to encourage reading and improve reading skills.

There are 12 elementary schools in a 20 mile radius of Espanola in northwestern New Mexico serving small towns and rural areas. Most students come from families living at or below poverty level and in homes where there are few if any books. In background, the children are Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo. Gaining good literacy skills is a major problem underlying these children’s ability to attain their natural capacities.