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Watershed Center: A Social Justice Retreat Site

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The Watershed Center was founded just under four years ago as a retreat center for social justice organizations. "We work with people on the front lines of social change, fighting for change in immigration, racial justice, economic justice, climate change," says cofounder Gregg Osofsky. The center, which is situated on a 73-acre farm at the foothills of the Taconic Mountains, hosts seminars, workshops, and organizational retreats, all aimed at helping activists align with their deepest sense of purpose and harness that in service of strategic, meaningful change. They have worked with 350.org, Housing Works, and the Good Work Institute, among other high-profile change-makers. One of Watershed's offerings is the Relational Uprising Program, which works to facilitate a transition from the predominant individualistic culture to an interpersonal culture. "We try to reintroduce ways that we can cultivate compassion, support, and relationships as the foundation for work we do, and help people recognize where individualism creeps in as an obstacle," Osofsky says. By working with different movements under the umbrella of social justice, Watershed hopes to build the sense of commonality in the fight for liberation. "By having a land-based site that can act as a center of gravity, we are hoping people start to recognize that they are part of something much bigger than their individual movements, and start to work in alignment and in collaboration."


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