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Radical Joy for Hard Times is an organization, practice, and worldwide community that gives back to those places on Earth that have given so much to us and can’t give what they used to.



Our 10th Global Earth Exchange, Daring To Bear Witness, is on June 22, 2019! Learn more about the Global Earth Exchange or check out our map of current Exchange Event registrations below.


Radical Joy for Hard Times is a worldwide community of people dedicated to bringing meaning, beauty, and value to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts.

We are willing to face the sorrow we feel when the places we care about have been hurt and to respond not by turning our backs but by boldly stepping forth to spend time with these places and offer them gifts of love and gratitude for all they have given to us. We believe that in these troubling times, taking care of the places where we live in the present, even as we work for a better future is an essential tool for survival.

Listening to the land and to one another, we discover a new sense of belonging. We gain the courage to go through hard times, for we see that it is always possible to give beauty and kindness. We recognize that all places, like all people, have inherent value. We discover that, although we may disagree with our neighbors about some things, we share a deep and abiding love of place.

We understand that we are all connected in the common ground beneath our hearts.

Our Mission
Gifts for Places
Hearts Connected
Shared Home


We can’t wait to love the places we’re losing.

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2019 Global Earth Exchange

Daring to Bear Witness

To do the RadJoy Practice takes a fierce love of a place and the courage to face it and make beauty for it when it’s fallen on hard times! And on the day of the Global Earth Exchange people all over the world do this bold act of caring with outrageous creativity on the same day. Join us this year on Saturday June 22!

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Our 10th Global Earth Exchange, Daring To Bear Witness, is on June 22, 2019! If you’re ready to practice Radical Joy, please register to Host your Exchange Event as part of our Global event.



See where other Hosts are participating this year!

Favicon 48 Click on the map to see details about other 2019 Global Earth Exchanges


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Water in the World

Location Name: Marla’s House
Host: Marla Ferguson
Wounded Place Type: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers
This is a Private event.
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For the Waters of Denmark

Location Name: Tranekaer, Denmark
Host: susanne joergensen
Wounded Place Type: Oceans + Lakes + Rivers
This is a Private event.
Green Bokeh Natural Background

Remembering gratitude

Location Name: Gors Fawr stone circle
Host: Julie Heavens
Wounded Place Type: Climate change | Historic & Cultural Sites
This is a Private event.
All Exchange Events Registered


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