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Takaka, Golden Bay, South Island 7183
I’m a passionate community organizer, environmental educator, deep ecology facilitator and yoga teacher. Living actively in intentional community, I aim to integrate my various passions by coordinating and co-teaching some of Earthcare’s permaculture education programs, coordinating women’s gatherings and an educational community festival, teaching yoga, parenting my daughter Kiva and tending my garden.
Inspired by working with Joanna Macy in 2009 and John Seed in 2017, I have been teaching workshops around New Zealand since 2010.
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Aravinda Ananda is a social ecologist and is currently finishing her forthcoming book called Living rEvolution. She has studied numerous times with Joanna Macy since 2008 and in the past six years has been deepening in her facilitation of the Work That Reconnects. She has been a part of many co-facilitation teams including for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Earth Leadership Cohorts – an immersion in the Work That Reconnects for young adults; and the 2015 Community Leadership Cohort – an exploration for individuals interested in establishing or deepening local WTR communities of practice. In spring 2015 she helped to establish an ongoing practice group in the Boston area. She is a member of the Interhelp Council - a northeast US regional WTR network and also helped to launch the global Work That Reconnects Network. She is on the editorial board of the Deep Times Journal and is currently most passionate about learning with other facilitators how to integrate anti-oppression awareness and approaches more deeply into Work That Reconnects facilitation.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
I am a recently retired environmental planner for the City of Cambridge, and a lifelong peace and environmental activist. I was a social worker doing both family therapy and community organizing for many years, until my volunteer peace activism led me to switch to working for the peace movement and from there became an environmental planner. I have remained active in peace and justice and climate work.The WTR has kept me going and it is a gift I love to share.
Vitalia gives interactive workshops and lectures on permaculture, soilscience and sustainability in Hungarian and English. Every now andthen she facilitates Work That Reconnects workshops with PandoraAssociation in Hungary, but more importantly she infuses the messagesof WTR and deep ecology into all her work and facilitation. She isdeeply commited for bringing participarory and community learningexperiences to life. She belives that we have all the knowledge andtools to heal ourselves and the Earth; all we have to do is to givespace for the solutions to reach the surface. Goodness, ancientknowledge and creativity is inherent in every single one of us;Vitalia’s main goal is to awaken these and move towards a lifesustaining society, so that we can live in harmony with all beings.She studied an environmental engineering and soil science in Hungary,Sweden and the United States and today lives in a tiny little cornerof the Great Plains of Hungary.
I work with organisations and large businesses as a business and psychology consultant. I help them to understand their interconnectedness with all stakeholders and uncover their true values and value to contribute to society and the world. I also work with individuals as a counsellor in Transactional Analysis. I facilitate introductory sessions of 90 minutes of The Work That Reconnects as well as longer 1 day and long weekend workshops.I'm a co-founder of my local Transition Town and regularly talk at conferences on sustainability.
I have worked in the community sector for over 10 years largely in the area of preventing violence against women. My group work skills have been honed through raising consciousness about power, social inequalities and respectful relationships with people of all ages.Over that time I have travelled along a parallel spiritual path that has taken me through goddess archetypes, buddhism and deep ecology not to mention wrangling with the standard human experiences of grief, despair and numbing.I am passionate about creating space for meaningful conversations where people can acknowledge shame, come to a sense of worthiness and discover their connection with Earth and all life.
Ellen Bermann, born in 1965, has always been living on the cusp of different cultures and languages, particularly the german and italian one. She sees herself as a change agent, trying to contribute to these changing times and to a positive paradigm shift. She's a permaculturist and transition town activist based in italy. Passionate about Joanna's work, Ellen is disseminating the work that reconnects since 2012, but had already offered deep time work within transition trainings previously. She's a trainer for John Croft's dragon dreaming as well and loves to integrate different skills and approaches when delivering workshops.
For over a decade (and through a non-profit that I founded, The Bridge) I have been organizing events to raise awareness about paradigm-shifting ideas and ways to create a more life-sustaining region. These events build community and invite self-reflection. I am a certified Transition Trainer through Transition U.S., a facilitator for the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium, and I completed the Permaculture Design Course. As a result of my primary interest, the inner dimension of the global transition, I attended Joanna Macy's training on The Work that Reconnects, have studied eco-psychology with Andy Fisher (author of Radical Eco-Psychology) and participated in wilderness programs at Animas Valley Institute, I will soon be launching Forest Center, a center that offers a series of workshops to explore personal growth for a flourishing planet.
I live in the ecovillage “Sieben Linden” in the North of Germany(www.siebenlinden.de) a community with around 140 people which is adeep ecology project for me.Deep ecology or „The Work that Reconnect“ I discovered 1997. Inthe year 1998/99 I did a training for WTR in Germany. In 2000 I was inAmerica and worked with Joanna Macy. Since I am back I offer workshopsin WTR and holon-trainings (one year training in WTR)(www.tiefenoekologie.de) and also workshops in community bilding. AndI work as a yoga-teacher and practice buddhist meditation a long time.
Co-founder and director with her husband, of The Living Centreeco-spiritual education sanctuary, est. 1083. Eco-Creativity guide andfounder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings est. 1989 - PermacultureEducator and co-founder of WomanEarth est. 2011. Her work is inspiredby indigenous cultures, The Work that Reconnects, Continuum, thescience of Living Systems, Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry. and many hours in nature. Author of the Shamanu Correspondence Course, co-author of the Conscious Living Manual and Sevenfold Path of Peace Correspondence Course.
I am committed to the mindful use of technology to foster social justice and ecological equality for all species. For over a decade I have been involved with The Work That Reconnects, and have facilitated the work for men. I am a lover of the earth and hold the intention that our great great grandchildren will be able to look back at our time and see that our work contributed to the Great Turning
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
Kolya was trained during a 10 day intensive with Joanna Macy in 2006. Since then, she has been facilitating groups with the Work that Reconnects as a space to name our fears and grief in the face of the Great Unraveling, and thereby deepen our capacity for creative response to contribute to the manifestation of the Great Turning. She has led Active Hope workshops and incorporated WTR practices in many contexts and groups: non-violence trainings for peace and justice, study circles (Active Hope book groups), youth, and faith organizations. Kolya conveys her passion for the way that moving through the Spiral can ground us in the deep time of evolution and the deep connection of our interdependence with the whole web of life.
I completed my first 7-day training in The Work that Reconnects in 2016 and currently use these practices in my yoga classes, retreats and manual therapy sessions.
I am planning a by-donation, monthly gathering in the Ottawa area for activists, caregivers and others who are burning out from working so hard and believing they have to hold their fear, grief and anger alone.
Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div, co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy. She offers workshops and retreats in the Work That Reconnects (primarily through Conscious Elders Network) and edits Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects. She also teaches on-line courses, coaches people by phone, and writes books and essays on ecopsychology, sustainability, and psychosynthesis. Her several books include Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning, and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.
As a grandfather and concerned citizen I am currently enrolled at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, for a Masters Degree in Transformative Leadership. My goals are to support the Great Turning, using myself as change agent, to bring about aenvironmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on Mother Earth. I was born and raised in Northern California, where I have witnessed the destruction of land, water and biodiverstiy and have spent the last 20 years working in watershed restoration, fish and wildlife habitat development, job training, and environmental education.
I've been an anti-war activist, a professional wildlife ecologistsince the sixties,. After reading Despair and Empowerment in theNuclear Age and Thinking Like A Mountain, I have been impressed withthe approach developed by Joanna Macy in the WTR to actively worktoward a live able future, and am committed to bringing that work toothers.
I am a woman of 61 years and have had a life long love affair withEarth and the cosmos. After years of seeing and intuiting theunraveling of Earth I was directed to Joanna Macy's work whichpowerfully crystallized my feelings and understanding of my part inthe Great Turning. "Coming Back To Life" was the catalyst that gave methe skills and format that launched me to more public action.
I am a full time professional group facilitator offering practice for coming back to life, such as inquiry, WTR, Nonviolent Communication, Focusing, nature reconnection work, and circles of healing.
Ft. Simpson, Northwest Territories X0E 0N0
A passionate social change agent, Teresa has been engaged in ecological stewardship, environmental education, and community-building activities for over 25 years. Currently, Teresa is living in the Northwest Territories of Canada, where she works to support Dehcho Dene communities in their efforts to reduce the high energy demands/costs of living in the North. Teresa has facilitated Work that Reconnects workshops since 2004, as well as "EcoHealing" & Rediscovery"& experiences that draw upon her training and/or work with Play in the Wild!, Gaia Collaborative Medicine, Pachamama Alliance, Ghost River Rediscovery, and OutwardBound Australia.Teresa is passionate about creating meaningful opportunities for cultivating CONNECTION, WHOLENESS, and COMMUNITY with ourselves, ... each other, ... and the living Earth.
When I am facilitating the WTR, I feel more myself than most any othertime as it uses so many parts of me. For example, the process ofco-facilitating provides beautiful mirroring of the Work, so we cansee the love and courage in others and in ourselves. I have co-ledseveral workshops in Tempe AZ and Portland OR. I am a bililngualclinical social worker and progressive toastmaster and have been usingmy writing, speaking, and expressive skills to spread the message ofActive Hope. I particularly love the cross pollination between youngpeople and elders that can arise in mentoring now that i am becomingan elder.
I am a 48 years old woman, with 2 children. I live in a village of theSouth of Belgium where I have most of my activities:I facilitate gardening workshops and trainings for adults and schoolsI give singing workshops and sing in a tango quintetI am involved in different local collective project (as a futurecollective farm)
33-year affiliation with Hearthshire School, Covelo, CA, a“back-to-the-land” commune and school in Covelo, CA, a communitygoverned by consensus and presently in dialogue with a group who is“rewilding” areas with indigenous plants, serving as the Presidentof its Board of Directors, 2008-2009
(Castellano abajo) I live and work in Cádiz in the south of Spain, principally as a facilitator, translator/interpreter, writer, organiser and gardener. I am always interested in integrating: science and spirituality; the sacred with the mundane; my mission with my fun, seeking to find and share the ordinary everyday magic of life. I don’t want tospecialise or be the specialist. I want to love the life I am exploring as I live it, and share the marvel and wonder of it with others. I am interested in gratitude and spiritual activism! Vivo y trabajo en Cádiz en el sur de Espana, principalmente llevando y organizando talleres diversos, ceremonia y ritual, y como traductora, interprete, escritora y permacultora. Siempre tengo interés en integrar: la ciencia y la espiritualidad; lo sagrado con lo mundano; mi misión con mi diversión, buscando encontrar y compartir la magia en la vida ordinaria. No quiero especializarme, ni ser especialista. Quiero amar la vida que exploro al vivirlo, y compartir la maravilla que siento al vivirlo con otros. ¡Me interesa la gratitud y el activismo espiritual!
I am a Sociologist and Deep Ecologist and inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Nature is my wisdomkeeper, medicine, solace and companion. I worked in environmental rehabilitation and wildlife protection in nature reserves in Indonesia and Peru and am involved in nature awareness education in The Netherlands. I dedicate myself to the healing of the connection between humanity and all beings. In 2015 I completed the facilitators training with Joanna Macy. I am delighted to be available to facilitate workshops in The Work That Reconnects. You can contact me at [email protected]
I work as a therapeutic counsellor and have enjoyed deepening my own healing relationship with nature for more than 30 years. My journey is one of exploring ritual and rites of passage and wisdom tradition practices that weave land and people together. I am facing my own edges about the changing earth –the parts of me that are in denial and the more courageous parts that can deepen through fear to take action. I find a deep joy in being part of life celebrating community.
Kirstin Edelglass, M.A. is a wilderness guide, ecological educator,and psychosynthesis counselor. She began studying with Joanna Macyfifteen years ago and facilitates the Work That Reconnects in avariety of settings, including as Joanna’s assistant. The initiatorof the Earth Leadership Cohort for young adults, she enjoysstrengthening communities and promoting solo experiences in thenatural world. Kirstin lives in Marlboro, Vermont with her husband andtwo daughters.
Hello all of you! I'm Helena, from Dutch origin and living inBrussels, translator and facilitator for WTR since 2010. Myexperiences as a peace observer in the Middle East & in Colombia mademe aware that protection for human rights should be extended to theprotection of the rights of Mother Earth as a living organism, wherewe are part of. Together with Gauthier Chapelle and Corinne Mommen Icofounded the association Terr'Eveille, that offers WTR-workshops fora frenchspeaking public in Belgium, and sometimes also in France andin Switzerland. (see the other entry for Terr'Eveille as anassociation) I translated 'Coming back to life' into dutch. I'minvolved in the transition movement in Brussels and I'm cocreating acohousingproject in Brussels, l’Echappée, where 18 families willlive together from 2015 on.
My work within community is a river of creative expression, earthconnection and presence. While conducting wildlife research in theremote wilderness of Idaho, I became concerned about habitatdestruction and humanity's lack of reverence for the natural world. Ireturned to urban life in order to participate in ceremony, help myhuman family spark a loving partnership with the planet and developlife-ways that honor future generations. I currently reside in thehigh mountain desert of Boise, ID.
I have worked as a holistic psychotherapist for 25 years, and have along term passion for ecopsychology, meditation, and environmentalissues. I am constantly amazed by the intimacy and power of ourinterrelatedness with the natural world.
Asheville, North Carolina 28802
Jack has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects since 2009 and has
recently started a monthly WTR gathering where he lives in Asheville
North Carolina. He also has a background in music, bodywork, dance and
the visual arts so he is especially excited to co-create events and
rituals with other facilitators!
I'm a lifelong activist first introduced to Joanna's despair andempowerment work in the '80s. I have been been working on climatechange issues since 2007. I am a Quaker, a mother and apsychotherapist.
I am an activist, artist, singer, and facilitator. I offer workshops which explore connections between spirituality, creativity and activism. I serve the WTR community through offering trainings and support for the continuation and evolution of these important practices. I am an arts organizer with www.350PDX.org, and have just started a new program for activist support which combines WTR, community-building, artivism, and anti-oppression/anti-racism training. I have also studied and worked with eco-psychologist Bill Plotkin and the Animas Institute, and studied improvisational singing with Rhiannon.
Isabelle Fortier est artiste, thérapeute psychocorporelle et intervenante par les arts. Depuis 20 ans, elle s’intéresse au lien entre l'art,le corps et l’esprit et en 2014 elle choisit d’approfondir le lien entre l’humain et son environnement. Elle crée ÉGO/ ÉCO, une recherche artistique inspirée du travail qui relie de Joanna Macy impliquant des séjours sur des fermes biologiques et la création de performances dans et avec la nature. Elle accompagne les groupes à travers un processus pour comprendre, par l’exploration corporelle, le travail à la terre et des exercices d’éco psychologie, la notion de l’égo et de l’interdépendance.
I met Joanna Macy at a book signing at River Reader for Coming Back to Life in 1998. I had been facilitating & teaching with Starhawk for about a decade then & had just released my first CD of the chants & songs we were using, Through the Darkness.I was deeply moved by Joanna's person & perspective that day & perhaps even more moved by the practices I read about in Coming Back to Life, which became my Bible. Before even finishing the book I began using “breathing through”, “the web of life” & “milling” in different forms to deepen the work I was already doing facilitating workshops, intensives, & ongoing circles with women & men. More than any specific exercise, the largeness & deep sanity of the book's perspective has informed my life & the flavors of my leadership in many varied settings, from intimate circles to large direct actions.I have released 3 more CDs since then, In the Arms of the Wild (dedicated to Julia Butterfly & Luna), Yoga Therapy(an instructional CD) & Sea Sutras . I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii & founded the WisdomWay Center in 2003 and in 2012 fulfilled the long term goal of actually attending an intensive with Joanna herself facilitating. A year ago I could not walk. I had no cartilage in my right hip & no health insurance. Miraculously within a month, the web of life connected me with an expert surgeon in Chennai, INDIA and I am walking and dancing (pain free) again. Through out my personal challenges I have managed to hold on to the 94 year old church that has been the WisdomWay Center (no easy feat in these times), as well as provide rituals of renewal & recharge for our community's holding actions against toxic Geothermal Industrialization here on Big Island.
Maren Freeland’s care for the earth has led her on a life path of inquiry and action towards a sustainable culture. She’s a founder member of Landmatters Permaculture Co-operative (www.landmatters.org.uk) an off-grid community that aims to inspire positive change. Here she has been living a lifestyle close to the elements for the past decade. She is a trained facilitator and her social enterprise UNTAMED seeks to counteract modern society’s widespread ‘disconnection disease’ by offering transformative outdoor experiences.
Have been offering WTR since about 2006. Short taster and longersessions at festivals in the UK including Wildheart, Sunrise andSunrise off-grid. Part of the team at Buddhafield 2013 offering WTRevery morning. Also offer standalone WTR workshops and as a eventorganiser include it in the programme offered by others.
Belinda is a social justice and environmental campaigner, mother and WTR facilitator based on Whidbey Island, WA. She has led WTR and engaged Buddhist trainings and workshops for many years, and has helped found two training groups for new WTR facilitators. She helps lead a bi-monthly practice group in Boulder, and in conjunction with her work as a board member for Buddhist Peace Fellowship, she brings 20 years of Buddhist practice to her facilitation and continuing exploration of WTR. Belinda is also a meditation instructor in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and has practiced with and led engaged Buddhist activist groups since the mid-1990's. Belinda lives with her husband, a martial arts fighter, chaplain and meditation instructor, her 3 year old daughter and their ancient pets in co-housing in North Boulder.
Teri Lynn Grunthaner is a white, cis-woman from the coast of California, currently living on the prairie heartland in Lawrence, Kansas. She has been studying and practicing dramatic enactment, ritual, and therapy as a means to re-embody our cooperative nature for nearly a decade. She’s worked with troupes and groups in Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Psychodrama, and more for personal and collective resistance, resilience, and regeneration. Teri likes to get her hands dirty by growing fruit and vegetables, raising farm animals, and living closer to the land. She is also a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace with the Sufi Ruhaniat International and loves to bring the dances into the Work That Reconnects. In late 2016, she launched a local Work That Reconnects community group, currently offering monthly workshops and organizing to launch a weekly book club, regular potlucks, organizing trainings, and weekend/day intensives. She first fell in love with the Work in 2006, and just in the past year has had the privilege to attend a 10-day and 7-day intensive with Joanna.
Born in 1951 - married with Barbara - 2 sons Florian and Christian. Study in Social Work and Social Therapy. Activist in the German Peace Movement. First seminar in deep ecology in 1983, I met Joanna 1986 for the first time, co-founder of the German Society for Applied Deep Ecology in 1992, co-founder of the German Holon-Training, a 1 1/2 year long training in Deep Ecology/WTR. Studies in Systems Theory - also in the USA, f.e. at "California Institute for Integral Studies". Experienced in NonViolentCommunication, VisonQuest, Open-Space-Process, and Circle Training. Vision Quests especially with Youth together with Barbara once a year. Seminars, workshops, conferences in D.E., WTR, Deep Time, and Nuclear Guardianship Project in Germany.
I am a drama therapist, activist, dancer, writer/poet and lover oflife. Weaving together multiple approaches, my facilitation workincludes public Work that Reconnects workshops & retreats, self-careand burnout prevention groups for activists, and violence-prevention &empowerment groups with girls. One of my great passions is cultivating playful, embodied ways of knowing and being in relationship to ourselves, each other and the Earth community.I hold an MA in Drama Therapy and have trained in embodied methods such as Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Inner Relationship Focusing, Developmental Transformations and contemporary dance. I have been facilitating Work that Reconnects workshops in Quebec, Canada and abroad since 2002.
I have been facilitating the Work for the past fours after meeting Joanna at the California Institute of Integral Studies where I recently finished my masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. I have facilitated the Work in many different locations such as the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, the Dine reservation in New Mexico, and all around the Bay Area. I have been so lucky to assist Joanna in workshops for the last two years, through musical accompaniment, practical support, and in the development of my own work stemming from a deep fascination with bodhicitta. I love how the Work can hold space for people to process their intelligences around our current crises, as well as deepen community. I am also passionate about food as medicine and food justice, a gypsy fiddler, and an avid student in the world of academia which I find stimulating and important. My hope is to have a good balance of having my head in the books, my heart in the community, and my hands in the dirt.
I am a graduate from the University ofVictoria’s Schools of Environmental Studies and Anthropology. Myeducation focused on Integral Systems Theory, with a holisticperspective of intrinsic connections between natural, physical andsocial systems. I am dedicated to shifts in consciousness and how theyameliorate transformations towards modes of sustainable living.Holistic education has ameliorated my personal shift from ego to aneco-perspective of the world we share. I embrace presence, cherishfuture, and promote the wellness of all in the web of life.
I am a psychotherapist working from a holistic, feminist, and
mindfulness-based perspective. I love integrating nature and
ecopsychology into my therapeutic work with individuals and groups. I
periodically teach courses on ecopsychology and also offer the Work
that Reconnects in workshop settings in both Seattle and Portland, OR.
Since discovering the Work that Reconnects over ten years ago it has
been a significant source of inspiration and guidance in my personal
and professional life.
My ongoing connections with this soulful and committed group of changemakers has manifested in my life in many personal and professionalways. This work is of paramount importance now, allowing me to witnessthe birth of ecological selves when we need them the most.
Originally from the Shasta Bioregion of Northern California, I have lived and worked in the country of Ecuador for the last twenty years focusing on protected area management and biodiversity conservation. I was blessed with the opportunity of participating in the Seeds 2 retreat with Joanna Macy in 2007 in Oregon. Since then, I have incorporated The Work That Reconnects in my work here at the Cerro Blanco Protected Forest, a critically endangered 15,000 acre dry tropical forest reserve with howler monkeys, jaguars, great green macaws and ceibo or kapok trees among others. My work has focused on using the Council Of All Beings as a way to re-connect people with their bioregion and the many other species found here. I was recently ordained as a Buddhist chaplain through the Upaya Zen Center and I am working to incorporate mindfulness practices with ecological restoration and other work to minister to the Earth.
I was a psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY for 38 years until I retired in 2009 to devote myself more fully to the healing of the earth and its communities. I am a facilitator of the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream" symposium, and a member of the NY/NJ Metro Pachamama group. I am also involved in Woodstock Transition (woodstocknytransition.org). I have been, for ten years, co-facilitating a yearly retreat for women now called Reclaiming our Lives, Reclaiming our Earth, based on the work of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman and her colleagues. And I am currently Chair of the Board of Bioneers.
I am a graduated dance and movement therapist with specialization in ecopsychology, deep ecology and dance in nature. I have been facilitating the Work that Reconnects in various settings since 2003. I am very interested in ways of healing the alienation from our bodies as well as from the natural world. I offer WTR workshops and integrate it into the field of movement and body work. I live together with my husband and our son in a town close to Munich, Germany.
Jan Inglis MSc. PhD. has a background as a therapist, educator, facilitator and artist. Her work and studies have been motivated by questions regarding how people faced challenges and potentially found ways to transform the seemingly overwhelming situations they find themselves in. This has led her through several careers including a focus on individual well-being as an occupational therapist and then as a body focused psychotherapist and teacher. Motivated to address pressing issues of collective social and ecological well-being, her studies led her into adult development and complexity sciences and the field of citizen engagement, public issue analysis, decision making and deliberative democracy. Recognizing the challenges we as global citizens’ face in addressing climate change, stimulated another layer of study regarding global economics and governance, including how we have socially constructed unsustainable frameworks and need to co-construct more sustainable structures and practices at many integrated scales.Jan has worked with Joanna Macy’s methods of transforming despair into active hope since 1984. She enjoys living, gardening, and hiking in the beautiful setting of both Nelson, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. Canada.
I am committed to using my resources to create a world that is sustainable, just and fulfilling and do so by using the work of Joanna, and of The Pachamama Alliance, and the Spiritual Eldering work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter. My emphasis is on inspiring older adults to become elders, leaders and social activists in service to our beloved world.
Haydenville, Massachusetts 01039
I am an experienced trainer, workingfor the past 30 years on domestic violence and sexual assault. I havealso trained community gardeners, and I led nonviolence workshops fordemonstrators the GOP national convention in Philadelphia. I have beeninvolved in Training For Change in Philadelphia for decades, and havecompleted their Advanced Training of Trainers program. I attended aDespair and Empowerment workshop with Fran Peavy in the 1980s, andalso participated in a Great Turning workshop with Joanna inPhiladelphia (don't remember exactly when). Through Training forChange I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hanh and have been a student ofEngaged Buddhism ever since. Now retired, I have the time, energy,health, and passion to do this work.I am a member of a progressive UCC church whose members are nowexploring becoming a Just Peace congregation, and this training wouldbe a wonderful way to inform the process. Thank you so much for thework you do. I am looking forward to being part of it.
I discovered Joanna's work in the 1990s, with World as Lover, World as Self. My special interest is ecophilosophy and the role that spirituality and ethics can play in transforming our economic and social systems. Since spending 11 days with Joanna doing a WTR intensive, it has become an integral part of my thinking and practice. I offer WTR from a Buddhist or from a more secular point of view. I think it's imperative that we go beyond the meditation cushion, taking our compassion and wisdom out onto the street. These two approaches, Subtle Activism and Engaged Buddhism, are complementary aspects that reconnect us to our true nature, to one another, and to the Earth. I lead contemplative trails in the wilderness, and also offer WTR to larger groups, based on a foundation of meditation.
After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist I spent 10 years in Spain deeply immersed in Buddhist practices, returning to Cape Town as a nun. Since returning, I have been the Exec Director of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute multi-faith NGO.
The Work that Reconnects workshops and, ultimately, facilitator training gave me support, tools, and resources for continuing with my work in this world of connecting people to themselves, each other and the Earth. I have a rich history in guiding/teaching/facilitating individuals and groups. I am a recent graduate of the Hakomi Method, mindfulness based somatic therapy. Following the WTR spiral, I blend environmental/outdoor education and mindfulness, body-centered practices into my workshops, tending to the needs of the group.
My work is dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Since I was a child I have realized that, when we gaze resolutely at what is troubling and scary, we soar into a vast openness, and out of that spaciousness beauty emerges. Through this practice, we become more adept at stretching ourselves to make beauty for others. That stretch from suffering to generosity is our second gift of beauty. Making beauty for what's wounded emerged when an Oneida man I wrote a video about described steel waste he was recycling as "an orphan from the circle of life." I spent 20 years figuring out how to honor hurt places, and when I discovered Joanna Macy's work, I felt she was answering questions I had not even known to ask. I have led week-long vigils in a clear-cut forest and a ceremony at Ground Zero in New York after September 22 in which I invited people to make an act of beauty for the city. I founded Radical Joy for Hard Times in 2008, and it has become a global community of people who make simple, spontaneous, collaborative gifts for places, made from what the place itself provides.
I first trained with Joanna Macy in 1989 and have worked closely with her ever since, more recently co-authoring Active Hope with her. I live in the UK, and run Work That Reconnects workshops here, as well as a year long facilitator training and a distance learning course based on Active Hope.By background, I trained as a medical doctor, then worked for nearly twenty years in the addictions recovery field. I'm deeply interested in the psychology of change, resilience and fulfilment, and run a distance learning centre offering courses in skills linked to these. I'm also a musician and forest gardener.
Working as facilitator since 1989. Started as an environmentaleducator, trained as PLT Project Learning Tree facilitator, developedparticipatory approach programs for human rights education in 1996 andsince then facilitating workshops on human rights, as well.Environment and Human Rights are two wheels for the sustainablefuture!
Lizabeth Kashinsky discovered Joanna Macyʻs work in 2008, but it was not until she was researching environmental grief while earning a MA in ecopsychology at Naropa University in 2010 that she realized to the full extent of how essential Joannaʻs teachings are. Since then, Joanna Macy has become one of her most important teachers. Lizabeth has studied with Joanna in person and is on a mission to share Joannaʻs work with others at every opportunity, including in her work teaching yoga and ecopsychology. Lizabeth is passionate about conservation and has been working to protect Hawaiiʻs rare and endangered plants and animals since 1995.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
I am originally from Ireland and now living in Santa Barbara, California. For over 30 years I have worked as a physician in hospice and palliative care and published two books, "Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing," and "A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life." In recent years I have become increasingly aware that much in our world that is so precious is dying. Working with others, I want to do all I can to bring healing to our world for the sake of all beings. I am so happy to learn of Joanna Macy's work, and to have had the opportunity to train with her, and have started to offer retreats and workshops incorporating The Work That Reconnects with my wife, psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher, Radhule Weininger.
Sean's work is inspired by the conviction that we are being called to participate actively in the awakening of Gaia, our planet-home, guided by the twin virtues of wisdom and compassion in service of the entire Earth community. Sean is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where he has co-taught courses on the Great Turning with Joanna Macy. He is the author and editor of several books, including Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era. Along with his academic work, Sean has trained intensively in the Chinese internal arts and has been teaching taiji since 1990.
Co-facilitation has been my practice. I wish to offer the opportunity for folks to enter into gratitude, as a prelude to sharing our deepest sorrows for the world we are living in and the beings who suffer in it, and to open our eyes to the systems that perpetuate the sorrow, and to our power to create new systems that are life-serving and that create the future of awake, aware, collectively liberated humans. i am willing to travel to bring this remarkable practice to faith groups, activitists, concerned community groups and others in the Eastern Ontario region, east,west and south of Ottawa and Kingston, and to collaborate with others who may also wish to bring this Work that Reconnects into Canadian spaces.
Jodi Lammiman is a lover of beauty, art, stimulating conversation and wilderness spaces. Interested in the intersections between social justice, spirituality and the human psyche, Jodi lived in an intentional retreat community for three plus years. She developed youth and adult programs pertaining to social justice while completing research on nonviolent resistance. She is a spiritual director, retreats facilitator, and an avid reader. She facilitates "The Work that Reconnects" with Amy Spark.
Marc has been facilitating Work That Reconnects since 2007. A practicing conservation ecologist for 30 years, he now teaches at Middlebury College and has focused on bringing the Work to local communities, college students, academics and environmental professionals. With a commitment to contemplative pedagogies, Marc has been modifying many practices for use in classrooms and field labs. His grounded presence and inspiring facilitation come from a life of meditative practice, learning from land and nature, and devotion to deep ecology. He is a student curious about systems thinking, Goethean science, different ways of knowing, and how we can express the radical interdependence of Earth's livingness in ourselves and our human institutions. Marc welcomes all inquiries to connect with you to help bring about the Great Turning to more life-sustaining ways.
Originally from Asheville, NC, and now living in Durham, NC, Jodi Lasseter is an ecofeminist mountainwoman! Since 2002, Jodi has brought the Work that Reconnectsto education and environmental justice organizations throughout theU.S. She has worked with hundreds of community leaders here and abroadto build grassroots power by linking personal, organizational andsocial change. Jodi focuses on climate justice, water and energy issues, spiritual activism and women's leadership. She delights in sharing social movement songs, walking in the woods and playing frame drums.
I met two true loves in the womb: my identical twin brother and music. Our mom could not convince the doctor there were two of us because we kept our heartbeats synchronized. From boyhood onward, my third true love is Earth. Joanna opened me into ideas and practices which reveal and celebrate Earth as the locus of infinite emergent intelligences intertwined, many of which we all are part. After studying with her 10 years I began facilitating WTR workshops. Currently I mix into the work helpings of deep listening, music, and ecstatic dance.
Victoria, British Columbia V8X 3M2
As educator, ecopsychologist, and psychotherapist, Dr. Hilary Leighton, draws insight and wisdom from ecopsychology, depth psychology, systems thinking, mythology, poetic traditions, and reflective, embodied, arts and nature-based practices. From a tender age, she formed a vivid fascination and deeply imaginative relationship with the natural world which shaped her (re)search examining: the ethical dilemma, suffering and deep concern over our loss of relationship with the other-than-human world; the human quest for wholeness and maturation; and the role that ecopsychology and education play at the initiatory confluence of these two.
I am a rabbi and I teach social justice organizing at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, in my classes I assign Joanna's work. I am active in a number of environmental organizations and am considered one of the national Jewish religious leaders on environmental issues. Background in WTR I participated in Joanna's 12 day workshop at the Land of the Medicine Buddha. I am, also, trained as an Awakening the Dreamer facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance; I have recently completed a five day workshop with the Anima Valley Institute, that drew on Joanna's work.
I am an educator, facilitator, writer, and naturalist based in Portland, Oregon, with roots in the Yampa River Valley of Colorado, where I grew up with a deep sense of place and connection to the natural world. I work mostly with young people through dynamic and experiential programs that cultivate connection, compassion, resilience, and confidence. The Work That Reconnects is a core inspiration of Root Down Rise Up, a personal empowerment and leadership program for self-identified women from 14-18 years old, which I recently co-founded with two other WTR facilitators. I also facilitate WTR in workshop settings in Portland and Seattle. The threads of passion and curiosity that weave through my work include ecology and environmental science, spiritual wisdom and mindfulness practices, community building and group dynamics, and personal empowerment work, all of which flow together to create what I consider to be the inner work of sustainability. I have a B.A. in Ecological Studies from Seattle University, and an M.S. in Teaching from Portland State University, with a focus on ecology and sustainability education.
When I red the book of Joanna Macy 10 years ago, I felled relieved hearing it is normal and healthy to feel pain for the world. This message I wanted to get across and also bring it into the grassroots movement. By developing trainings in 'sustainable activism' I found a way to make WTR assessable for people who are more engaged in the 'holding actions', so they can continue there part for the great turning.
I want to support diverse people to stay engaged, as we need everyone for a live-long 'adventure'. This is why I design diverse courses for various groups and make use of empowering tools for social change. I facilitated trainings (up to ten days) in Germany, The Netherlands and U.K. And I'm still dreaming of holding ' a council of all beings' with children:)
Writer and photographer with a focus on building bridges between nature and humans. Facilitator of environmental education programs that model planetary stewardship and incorporate elements of WTR.
As a longtime lover of life on Earth, I longto support people to move into empowered action on its behalf. TheWork that Reconnects provides a living, powerful way to do this, and Iam grateful to be a student of Joanna Macy and a facilitator of thesegroup processes.I work in Guelph as a relational therapist, group facilitator andtrainer. As a founding member of Transition Guelph(www.transitionguelph.org), I volunteer my time to build resilience inour local community, with particular interest in communication,effective collaboration, and the "inner dimensions" of transition. Iam Lead Transition Trainer for southwestern Ontario. My academicbackground is in language and humanities, Visual Arts/Adult Learning,and Couple & Family Therapy A story I choose to live by is this: I believe that people workingtogether, each contributing their unique gifts, passions and skills,can unleash the intention, talents and collaborative energies tocreate a livable future for ourselves, our descendants, and all beingsyet to come into life.
Karina Lutz is a workshop leader, poet, teacher, and sustainable energy consultant. She was founding board chair and then Deputy Director of People’s Power & Light, a social entrepreneurial energy consumers’ alliance with a mission to make energy affordable and environmentally sustainable. She has been instrumental in passage of major sustainable energy legislation in Rhode Island and in thwarting a proposed megaport in Narragansett Bay. She and Jim Tull, as "SpiralEcology," offer Work that Reconnects workshops in the Narragansett Bay watershed (approx. Rhode Island).
Lara facilitates and teaches practices and processes that support an awakening, deepening and strengthening of our connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Her work, offered through sessions, circles and workshops, draws on her extensive training in healing, empathic and restorative processes, experiential group work, circle-keeping and shadow work with a foundation and focus in the principles and practice of nonviolence.
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
After attending a weekend workshop with Joanna Macy in 2000, I knew right away that the Work That Reconnects holds the key to the unfolding of my life purpose. While it isn't an easy time to be living in Earth, it is clearly a privilege to assist in the [r]evolution of our people. This is especially true for me living in the United States where the beauty of our world is so abundant and where our life styles are so destructive. As a mother and as a grandmother, nothing is more important to me than to serve The Great Turning with all the love and wisdom I have to offer.
Kristin Masters has long been committed to creating a world that worksfor everyone. She approaches the Work That Reconnects like sheapproaches most everything, with passion, authenticity, courage and acollaborative spirit. Kristin steps forward to meet people where theyare, and walks with them toward their vision, supporting the processwith principle and practices that lift us up. She blends music intoher offerings, weaves in compassionate and empowered communication,and rises to meet the challenges that threaten our ailing world andpeoples.
For over 20 years I am active in different environment protectionorganisations. For nearly 20 years I live in Freiburg. I am a mother of two wonderful human beings Aaronand Ronja. Approx. 12 years ago I have organised with many active herein Freiburg the first social forum. We have developed a globalzationcritical, city tour for young people (www.kauFrausch-freiburg.de)which is developed now by young people. Since two years I am activewith Transition Town Freiburg and in a project CSA(www.gartencoop-freiburg.org).
Hello everyone, I am wild about connection. Connection with Ourselves, the Earth and the Source of Life. I facilitate the Work thatReconnects and also Nonviolent Communication. I am also a practitioner of Open Heart Meditation. I am enjoying a recent move from the temperate climate of Tasmania to the tropics of Darwin. I love running group workshops, especially for community organisations and also provide one on one coaching. I will run workshops throughout Australia for exchange via our local CENTS exchange network., with $ to cover costs. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have worked in the arena of social and environmental justice all of my adult life. My professional training is in public health; I have served as a consultant for over 20 years in peer group development and facilitation training. I teach undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. My husband and I live in San Diego in the winter months. We are active in Faith in Place and numerous environmental organizations. I have organized many retreats and conferences and have been part of a women's writing group for over a decade. I am a mother of two adopted children, a grandmother and love getting older and hopefully wiser! My vision is to be part of the beloved community doing life-affirming work.
Dianne Monroe is Life Mentor and Inner Wilderness Guide with over 20 years experience creating and offering experiential and transformational programs and workshops. Her focus is blending creativity, Expressive Arts and deep nature connection to support others in the discovery and deep understanding of their soul purpose and how the threads of their personal story are interwoven with the big story of our world. The Work that Reconnects has been part of her work since 2009.
Jen Myzel is a musician and facilitator of the Work that Reconnects, whose themes are woven throughout her music and ritual concert offerings. In 2015 she self-produced an album of music called Silence Speak that follows the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects. Jen is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit <a href="http://www.jenmyzel.net/">www.jenmyzel.net</a> for more info.
Irene Nolte started off her career in the healing arts after working as international human rights advocate in the UK, Peru and India.She studied shiatsu, Chinese medicine and macrobiotics in the UK and Germany.While visiting eco-villages in the US she met Joanna Macy, who introduced her to deep ecology work and Irene went on to train with her. This answered her quest to find a way of combining personal and political healing work.Irene now lives in Brussels where she works as integrative health counsellor and shiatsu practitioner. The focus of her practice is to help people live healthier and change career, so that they can work in the field they love, become who they truly are. Next to that she gives workshops in EFT, Shiatsu, stress management and deep ecology across Europe.
Kirsti brings a lifetime of working with others in the Great Turning, as activist, trainer, sustainability professional, facilitator, mother and researcher. Kirsti believes strongly in the power of hearing from ourselves and others in safe spaces as a means of finding our steps to a more life-sustaining society. She trained in eco-facilitation and empowerment work to deepen her offerings to individuals and groups seeking to find strength and inspiration in these challenging times. Kirsti runs the Facilitator Development Adventure with Chris Johnstone and Jenny Mackewn in the UK, to support both experienced and less experienced facilitators to deepen skills, learn from us and each other, strengthen support and grow in competence in facilitating the Work That Reconnects, and nature based facilitation.
Born in 1950, I have worked for 35 years on teambuilding in variousfields such as running a children's bookshop during the 1980s called"Drachenschaukel" or encouraging people to stand on their own feet byfinding an appropriate heart-based profession. In 2008/2009 me and mywife joined the Holon-Training with Gabi Bott and Norbert Gahbler andsince then we've given several workshops in deep ecology. For moreInformation see: www.ulmentanz-syke.jimdo.com orwww.gemeinschaft-clanb.deBackground in WTR2006 - 2007 four Basic-Workshops with Gabi Bott at ecovillageSiebenLinden2008 Meeting with Joanna Macy at Geseke in Germany2008 - 2009 one-year-holon-training including a vision-quest (seeabove)2009 - 2010 four own workshops with 3o members of "LebenstraumJahnishausen" in Saxony2010 Meeting with Joanna Macy at the Conference "Inseln im Chaos" insouthern Germany2011 workshop at "Lebenspark Tollense" near Berlin2012 workshop at the national "Transition Town Un-Konferenz" inWitzenhausen in Lower Saxony2012 - 2013 four workshops with members of our local"Aufbruch-Initiative anders besser leben"( regular meetings )2013 meeting with Joanna Macy at the Conference "Active Hope" nearKassel in GermanyExperience FacilitatingIn february this year my wife and me have started to work once a monthwith a group of ca. 10 "people on the way" at "Mehrgenerationen-HausWaffensen" near Rotenburg/Wümme. Everone is invited to come on eachthird sunday from 14 - 18 o'clock.Additional Skillssingin and dancing (come-together-songs and songs from Nickomomainly), Qi GongSpecify Target Groupspeople living in intentional communities and people visiting meetingwith similar "Schwerpunkt"MentoringI would be very glad to do so, as meanwhile I have collected a lot ofexperience in TWR .To me its very prolific to combine TWR with the skills and practicespeople already have, such as painting, designing, gardening, chanting,dancing, community building and so on. This could be a very wellspringto widening the TWR by creating wonderful new practices.
With Enormous Gratitude to be living in this moment, I share from my full basket of gifts and so much learning, so many honored teachers. Mindfulness, Deep Listening, Wise Speech, Harmonious Communication Practices, Hospice Volunteering, Elder Care. I am grateful for the daily practice of reflecting to each person I encounter the light and love I know us to be.
born in 1989 near Koblenzafter highschool 2008 voluntary service in Eastern Uganda - I worked in a tree planting project for 22 monthtravelling though India for 6 month, volunteering on a permaculture farm in Auroville2010: first conference in Lindenberg / southern germany with Joanna2012: Dragon Dreaming Trainer 2013: Permaculture Designer, wilderness awareness trainer
I'm grateful and excited to be a new member of the facilitator’s network. Despair and Empowerment workshops saved me when I was a despairing returned Witness for Peace Volunteer (Nicaragua, 1987) and newly credentialed art therapist in need of empowerment. Today, the Work That Reconnects nourishes me more than ever and I'm committed to sharing it. As an artist, I’m intrigued with images that reflect my spiritual experience; as a therapist, I strive to empower people to make lasting change by focusing on creativity and resilience; and as a WTR facilitator, I’m interested combining my image-making and therapy experience to enhance folks’ experience of the spiral of the WTR. IntuitEarth deep ecology workshops, DEAR WORLD, and the Be Heard Now listening installation foster connection, creativity, and empowerment as we explore the Spiral of the WTR. I work out of the gift economy. I practice Surat Shabd Yoga and I live way out in the Arkansas Ozarks above Dry Fork Creek.
I have a great passion for the Healing of our world. I'm honored tohave found Joanna and here work as a avenue for me to engage with thishealing and share it.I am based in Bloomington IN, but I travel often and hope to be go ontour with the work soon. I am planning to participate in CompassionateEarth Walk, an eco activist pilgrimage of the northern route of thekeystone XL pipeline, I hope to be sharing Work that Reconnects thewhole way.
Sarah first became aware of Joanna Macy's work about 25 years ago through her many years of study with Starhawk and others in the Reclaiming tradition of earth-based spirituality. Finally, in 2016, she attended a week-long training with Joanna, and is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to deepen in this practice. Sarah has been co-facilitating workshops called Coming Together and Facing the Mess We're In with Marcia Berry in the south-central Pennsylvania area since the autumn of 2016. Sarah is a consulting community herbalist, Reiki Master Teacher, long-time peace activist, and teacher of goddess-oriented earth-based spirituality. She loves to incorporate wisdom from The Work That Reconnects through all of her work.
By profession I am a psychotherapist--which has helped me developwisdom and compassion for what it means to be human. By heart I am a naturalist--which is where I feel most alive and most connected to thegreat web of life. My deepest friendships are with others who sharethis deep love of nature, of beauty, of the mystery of life. Musicalso holds a treasured place in my life. These loves inform my manyyears of social and political activism and give me strength to carryon in these profoundly uncertain times of climate change and socialand political upheaval. WTR brings all of these threads together in amost meaningful way! I really enjoy doing this work.
For years, I have been an avid reader of environmental publications, recycled, sent e-mails about conservation to my elected officials, and strived to live lightly on the earth. In 2006, while watching An Inconvenient Truth, I learned about the possible widespread effects of global climate change, and realized this was not enough. I have since dedicated myself to helping to create a life-sustaining society. I am currently leader of the Earth Care Team at Unity Atlanta and member of the Unity Worldwide Ministry Earth Care Team and the Education Committee of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.
I currently facilitate the Work that Reconnects in community workshopsthrough my job at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Joseph Rotella is a musician, small business owner, activist, and lover of life. As a small business owner he has used this position in society to advocate for a better world. He has been vocal on various social justice and environmental issues and has had letters to the editor published, spoken on the radio, and testified at the MA state house. He has studied with Joanna Macy numerous times, is a member of the Interhelp Council in the North East and has been facilitating the Work that Reconnects since 2011. He lives in Watertown, Mass with his wife and enjoys spending his spare time making kombucha and hard cider, keeping bees and growing and preserving vegetables. I use he/him/his pronouns.
I conduct workshops on sustainability, environmental and social change and earth-based spirituality. I am also a shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader in Earth-based tradition and an environmental writer/advocate with an M.S. in natural resources. I facilitates Council of All Beings, and one or two-day WTR workshops for adults, high school and college students. Emphasis can be more scientific or spiritual, depending on group. I offer a 3- and 4-part series, Deepening in the Work That Reconnects, and a mentoring workshop for those interested in facilitation of the Work.
Santa Cruz, California 95060
I encountered Joanna's work in 2001 and have been incorporating herpractices in my wilderness work, environmental education and rites ofpassage ceremony ever since. I teach experiential environmentaleducation, am an activist for water justice, and am a community dharmaleader.
Yuka first encountered Joanna’s work shortly after the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and since then Yuka has been studying with Joanna and promoting the WTR in Japan. Before moving to California, Yuka worked as a pharmacist in Kyoto at a Traditional Japanese Medicine Clinic where she practiced herbal medicine as well as learned eastern philosophies of human wellbeing. She also worked at the department of psychosomatic medicine at a hospital as a health coach. Yuka Saito was born in Kyoto, Japan. With her husband, Sean Kelly, she is bringing WTR to activists, youth, and concerned people from all walks of life.
I have a background in activism, community development and facilitation and am passionate about supporting people to re-connect with nature. I live in Pembrokeshire in west Wales and offer Work that Reconnects workshops and coaching for sustainable living. I also co-facilitate Narberth Death Cafe
With Joanna Macy, Arne Naess and Pat Fleming I wrote "Thinking Like aMountain".
I live in San Luis Obispo County, California. Retired community nurse-midwife. Anti-nuclear activist. Spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, legal intervenor against the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Core team member of Sierra Club No Nukes campaign. President of Terra Foundation. Grandmother, Earth lover.
I have been a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings for over 20 years. I am co-owner of a certified organic farm, and enjoy learning about and practicing permaculture methods. Currently my primary work focuses on addressing cancer-related disparities with public health research. I am inspired and nurtured by the people I meet through my involvement with local food production, Transition Nashville, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the Work That Reconnects.
Jill Severson has been aware of Joanna Macy's work for over 25 years, bringing Joanna's Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age book with her when she moved to Oregon in August of 1988. I started to offer Work That Reconnects (WTR) exercises in small groups in 2001. Then again in 2012. I will be offering several Work That Reconnects workshops in 2015 in Portland, Oregon and near Clatskanie, OR, one with a focus on Climate Change for Zen Buddhist practitioners and/or those committed to work to reduce the effects of Climate Change. Please contact me for more details!
Eileen Shaughnessy teaches courses in environmental justice, nuclearguardianship, racial justice, and feminism in the SustainabilityStudies Program at the University of New Mexico. She weaves the WorkThat Reconnects (WTR) into the college courses she teaches. Eileen isalso a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her socialjustice indie folk band “Eileen & the In-Betweens.” Eileen isactively facilitating the WTR in both the U.S. and Canada, bringingtogether elements of earth spirituality, music, and social justiceactivism.
I am a passionate environmental educator, community activist, andmother of two sons. I have been lucky to have experienced Deep Ecology/The Work That Reconnects first hand with John Seed and Joanna Macy, and have been a student of Insight Buddhism for the past eight years. I am a founding member of the Centre for Ecological Learning (CEL), located in the lush Bellingen Valley in NSW Australia. The WTR has been the foundation for my work with young people in our local environmental youth group, as well as workshops and retreats that I have facilitated over the years through CEL (www.cel.org.au orwww.facebook.com/CentreForEcologicalLearningInc)
As a paradigm hacker, board certified psychosynthesis coach and deep ecologist with a passion for social activism, consciousness & cosmology, my sacred service is to support others to fall in love with themselves and our world while courageously living an authentic life. I work with change-makers, who are ready to dive in to the deepest work of rewilding our lives, embracing psycho-spiritual wholeness and creating a positive impact on our world.
I work as grassroots coordinator for Sierra Club BC(http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/) supporting Sierra local groups intaking action in their communities - through communications and mediasupport, strategic planning, and group dynamics work. I am a studentof Process-Oriented Psychology and have applied insights and practicesfrom that field in my activism work. I am also a mediator in privatepractice in Victoria.My personal spiritual practices include movement meditation, dreamwork, stillness/centering, gratitude and WTR practices. As a Quaker,my personal life is lived in commitment to simplicity, equality andcare of the Earth - whether through growing, cooking and eating localfood, singing to a nearby stream, attending a rally, or sharingresources.
Inspired largely by Joanna's work, I now live at the Port Townsend EcoVillage, and co-direct PT Songlines choir. I facilitate workshops called Singing in the Great Turning that combine interactive practices from the Work That Reconnects with group singing, and delight in co-facilitating with others with a focus on weaving songs into gatherings. My passion is to help reconnect people with their birthright of singing together and help them hone in on their gifts for the Great Turning aided by the power of song.
Many years working on frontline mental health and addiction serices in the third sector and education. Deep exploration of therapy, meditation, tantra and A course in miracles. VEry experienced in faciliation in varying settings, currently training in nature writing with Sharon Blackie. I have a love of singing, wild times outdoors, food growing and writing.
Mark Steiner has facilitated classes, workshops, ceremonies, and lectures on Creation Spirituality, Environmental Spirituality and the Universe Story since 1992. He has presented at a wide variety of venues including: the University of Creation Spirituality, the EarthSpirit Rising Conferences, The Earth Charter Summit, Thomas Jefferson Universalist Unitarian Church, Covenant Community Church, Speed Art Museum, Bioneers Conference, Central Presbyterian Church, Edenside Christian Church, University of Louisville, Sierra Club, James Lee’s Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Church, Bellarmine University, Indiana University South East, Unity of Louisville, and the Annual Creation Spirituality Communities Conference. In addition, Mark serves as a facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium and deep ecologist Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. The “Out of the Box” workshop he created with Catherine Browning on the Universe Story was featured in the fall 2000 issue of EarthLight magazine. Mark is a cofounder and director of Cultivating Connections, a Louisville, Kentucky grassroots not-for-profit with a focus on "Nurturing and Celebrating Our Connections with Each Other and with Our World". Cultivating Connections has hosted workshops and lectures with a variety of change makers including Matthew Fox, Julia Butterfly Hill, David Korten, Joanna Macy and John Seed.
I work as a cultural and nature mentor in Sebastopol & San Luis Obispo county, California. I co-guide a 22-month Rites of Passage / Initiation journey for young adult women in East/North Bay and incorporate the Work that Reconnects into our curriculum. I have been in private practice since 2008 as a Massage Therapist and am currently in training and practice with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution Institute. I have been facilitating the Work that Reconnects in various settings and incorporating it into my work since 2006. I have shared the work in Colombia with the organization Effecto Mariposa, and throughout the northern California area. I also live and work on an organic, biodynamic farm with my partner in Paso Robles, California. I co-steward 203 acres of wild lands in Northern Mendocino where groups gather for deep nature connection and rites of passage ceremony. (www.polcumsprings.net)
Corinna is the creator of Dragonfly and co-founder of CanAdventure Education. For over a decade she has been guiding people through personal transformation in wilderness settings. A gifted ecopsychologist and rites of passage guide, Corinna brings much heart and humour to her work. Her well-founded belief in the restorative powers of nature and the unlimited potential of humans are themes that characterize all of her endeavors.As an aboriginal woman of Métis descent, Corinna weaves cultural teachings into her workshops, inspiring personal growth and a love and respect for the natural world.Through her personal journey with multiple myeloma, a plasma cell cancer, Corinna is also called to guide cancer initiates and people in relationship with grief and loss through their unique healing journeys.Corinna holds a Bachelor's in education from McGill University and a Master’s of Arts in transpersonal psychology with a concentration in ecopsychology from Naropa University. She has also completed masters level clinical counselling courses in counselling theory, family systems therapy, group therapy, and research methods, and has trained with the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. Corinna is a recognized facilitator of <em>The Work That Reconnects </em>and<em> </em>a Level 3 Reiki Usui Practitioner.
My first experience with The Work that Reconnects was in December of 2007, a week long intensive with Joanna Macy. As a psychotherapist moving into partial retirement I was looking for more creative work with groups. My experience that week propelled me into an awesome new world of facilitating the Work that Reconnects in day long workshops, as well as weekend retreats. As a therapist I have specialized in guided imagery for peace and healing, as well as creativity in the form of art and music, and spirituality. I have been able to live more fully into my gifts in these areas, by turning back to the interests of my youth, social justice and eco justice. Being able to work more with groups continually reminds me of the power and the wisdom of the group.
I studied and I work in the field of Environmental education. I met Joanna´s work first in June 2012 in the connection of dance and movement work (by Barbara Hundshammer). I love this relationship between our body and planet Earth empowered by the movement. I offer WTR workshops connected with the dance and healing movement. I have applied WTR into innovative environmental education methodology.
I am Japanese in Lusaka, Zambia, dispatched as JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Senior Volunteer since April 2016. I support the management of Industrial Training Centre. I am also Awakening the Dreamer facilitator as well as WTR facilitator. I have held Awakening the Dreamer symposium with my Zambian friend Joyous and American friend Pual, here in Lusaka. I am looking forward to holding WTR as well here during my two-year stay in Zambia!
I am an Elder of European descent. In addition to offering various forms of WTR, I teach mindfulness meditation at hospitals and in the community and counsel people on their spiritual paths. I am drawn to supporting people as they build their personal resiliency for these tumultuous times. I teach via experiential and emotional wisdom more than intellectual modalities. I enjoy mentoring activists who have a spiritual interest and teaming up with others to put on specific workshops.
I attended my first workshop with Joanna Macy in 1984, and currently serve as her executive assistant. I have traveled extensively with Joanna, participated in dozens of Macy’s workshops and am a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects. I have been involved in work for justice, peace, nuclear disarmament, nonviolence, and ecological sustainability for more than 35 years. Prior to becoming Joanna Macy’s personal assistant, I worked for 25 years as the co-director of the St. Barbara Province Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Office. My husband Terry and I are the parents of five children and the co-founders of Canticle Farm community in East Oakland.
Heather is a therapist, artist and beekeeper living and working in Vancouver, BC.Originally from the UK, Heather successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Staffordshire University and has exhibited her nature themed work both in the UK and in Canada. She worked for several years as a project manager, engaging and educating youth and the wider community through an urban farm social enterprise project. As part of this role, Heather learned a great deal about peak oil, climate change and environmental justice issues, particularly in relation to food. She built ties with the UK Transition Towns movement and became passionate about creating sustainable alternatives to the fossil fuel economy and conventional agriculture. During this time, Heather also went back into formal education to train as a counselor.Through her involvement with the transition community, Heather discovered the work of Joanna Macy and as an environmental activist and therapist in training she found that Macy’s experiential group work deeply resonated with her and provided a framework for understanding and bringing awareness to the connection between our internal, emotional landscape and our relationship to the wider web of life. Heather believes that these experiential group practices provide her with powerful tools for supporting people in making the ‘inner transition’ that is required if we are to make the ‘outer transition’ to a more just and sustainable world and feels that her therapeutic training supports her in delivering this.Following her move to Canada Heather has worked as a counselor in a residential treatment facility for women recovering from addictions. Through this work and through her work with other environmental causes she has become much more interested and engaged with social justice issues and is particularly interested in the connection between indigenous rights and environmental justice.Heather has attended and facilitated several Wo
Meg Toben co-created The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain as a sanctuary for nature connection, renewal, and healing the human-Earth relationship. Meg has twenty years of experience as an environmental educator, twelve as a mother, and ten as an executive director, during which time she has learned useful techniques for cultivating balance while keeping a holistic level of awareness. Meg's love for Earth, Art, Play, Ritual, and Humanity inspire her to offer nurturing space of deep creative renewal to all who are working to heal our world.
Deborah Eden Tull is a meditation and mindfulness teacher and sustainability consultantwho teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into everyaspect of our lives. She has been traveling to, living in, or teachingabout sustainable communities internationally for the last 22 years,including seven years as a monk at the Zen Monastery Peace Center. Herapproach to consciousness and sustainable living emphasizes theinterconnection between personal and planetary well-being. DeborahEden Tull has been teaching Zen meditation and facilitating spiritualworkshops for the past 13 years. She has been a meditator for 20 yearsand a student of Zen for 17. Her current passion is to practice andteach the integration of mindful living into every aspect of life. Herteaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experientiallearning, humor, and an unwavering commitment to personaltransformation.
I have been working in the environmental field for most of my workinglife, with business and as a permaculture teacher. I have been on aquest to find the tools needed to break through our barriers ofinactivity. I believe a lot of the work that is needed is internal andin community. It has been amazing to offer The Work That Reconnectsand see the relief in people when they share and the relaxed smilesfrom doing work outside and connecting deeper with nature.
My name is Diana and my mission is to help bring us closer to a peaceful co-existence with all life on our beautiful planet. I aspire to empower people to take responsibility for their own well-being and that of our children - by taking health, birth, learning and the care for our environment into our own hands and restoring our connection with Mother Earth. I am the mother of two young kids (3 and 5) born at home.
Adrián Villasenor-Galarza, PhD, is dedicated to exploring the sustainable and regenerative depths and heights of humanity’s potentials. He’s the author of Bioalchemy and Sanación ancestral [Ancestral Healing], the author/editor of the Gran Giro [Great Turning] anthology, and the Spanish translator of Macy’s and Young Brown’s Coming Back to Life. Adrián works internationally with groups and individuals on personal transformation, soul tending, ecopsychology, ancestral healing, eco-ritual, and education for the Earth. He’s putting together the first Latin American intensive training on the Work That Reconnects this summer (2017) in México.
Student of Joanna since 5 day DE workshop (1994) with Joanna & Fran suggested by NW Earth Institute co-founder, Dick Roy. WTR Facilitator and Organizer. Experience:
• attended approx. 15 events, workshops & intensives taught by Joanna incl. the 2007 30-day
• organized workshops taught by Joanna, John Seed, & other WTR facilitators
• organized the first “men’s only“ WTR workshop to bring more men to the WTR
• formed WTR home study groups.
Candace Walworth is an educator with thirty-four years of teaching experience in a wide range of interdisciplinary learning communities. She has taught at an alternative high school, toured with a professional theater company, and offered a multitude of writing and literature courses in community colleges, prisons and universities. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Peace Studies. Her teaching and research interests include socially engaged spirituality, the socially engaged imagination, and the practice of dialogue in conflict transformation. She received Naropa University’s President’s Award for Outstanding faculty in 1993 and 1999 and the Student Union of Naropa (SUN) Faculty of the Year award in 2005 and 2008. Candace works with diverse community partners in the Front Range to provide students with first-hand experience working locally on issues related to peace, human rights, and environmental sustainability. She designs and facilitates learning communities that encourage and support personal discovery, dialogue and deliberation, creativity, service, and engaged scholarship. Her interest in interfaith citizen-to-citizen peacebuilding initiatives and intercultural learning has taken her to the Middle East with the Abraham Path and the Fellowship of Reconciliation and, most recently, to Bolivia and Peru. Facilitating the Work that Reconnects: I have facilitated The Work that Reconnects in my class, "SpiritualModels of Social Action," at Naropa for the past 7 years and in Naropa's Civic Engagement Seminar last fall. Other locations and dates are as follows:2013 -- "Contemplative Education Through The Work that Reconnects" with "Where There Be Dragons," a gap-year program in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 2012 -- "Peace Education and The Work that Reconnects" at the National Peace Academy's Peacebuilding Peacelearning conference, Boulder, CO.2011 -- "Peace Education and The Work that Reconnects" at the annual Peaceand Justice Studies Association Conference in Memphis, TN.2008 -- Workshop on TWR at Resurrection City University at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO.
Constance Washburn M.A., activist, educator, director and facilitator, a student of the Work That Reconnects since 1994 she attended many intensives with Joanna Macy. She and Molly Young Brown, co Author of " Coming Back to Life - Guide to the Work That Reconnects", have been leading WTR retreats and workshops in Northern California since 2013. She is a founding member of the Conscious Elders Network, a Buddhist practitioner since 1968, and is currently a Community Dharma Leader.