Hillesum, a remarkable Jewish woman, has become an insightful, profound and
inspirational voice through her diaries, which were published in the 1980s.
Determined to face the inner landscape of her own troubled mind, Etty also
refused to escape an outer landscape dominated by Nazi oppression in occupied
Holland. Etty was only 29 years old when she was killed in Auschwitz.
The day will
explore the life, thought and spirituality of Etty Hillesum and will include
presentation, enacted monologues, discussion, reflection, stillness and prayer.
Donna Worthington is an
experienced retreat giver and worked at the ecumenical Tabor Retreat Centre in
Preston, Lancashire. Donna
studied Theology and is trained in Ignatian spiritual direction. She
has written various plays including Through The Leaves of The
Green Tree, which she specially wrote to celebrate the anniversary of Etty
Hillesum’s birth in 1914. She has led various days on Etty Hillesum and through
these days and the touring production, has sought to raise awareness of Etty’s
life, thought and spirituality.