Jolie Elan, a Work That Reconnects facilitator and community member, died unexpectedly on November 30, 2020 in her Ashland, Oregon home. She had been recently diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and died from complications. She was 52 years old. Jolie was an inspirational educator, deep ecologist, ethnobotanist and spiritual counselor for those looking to deepen […]
You’re invited to sign up for a small group process, guided by experienced facilitators, to move through a despair and empowerment spiral to process the intensity of the current moment–the societal impacts of this US presidential election in the midst of climate chaos–and recenter, reground, and refresh in order to take empowered action. Each event […]
I met Joanna’s work not long after the triple catastrophe of March 11th in 2011. Sean Kelly, a colleague of Joanna as well as professor at California Institute of Integral Studies, came to teach at Ritsumeikan university in Kyoto. He introduced the concepts of Joanna’s work and facilitated some powerful exercises from the WTR. I was struck by the contents (and him. That’s why he is now my husband). I moved to Berkeley in 2013 and since then, I have taken her workshops, participated in some classes Joanna and Sean co-taught at CIIS, and I also was part of the facilitator training program Joanna had for people of color in 2014.
There are not many bodies of work with such a creative yet simple format to move people through their most difficult emotions and free up their energies to be more active in creating a better world. I am grateful for Joanna’s genius and dedication to this work, and for all the people working to evolve the practices to meet these times.
The state of the world today–climate disruption, racism, mass extinctions, politics and oppression of all kinds–is creating ongoing extreme stress and traumatizing millions of people. We, as WTR Facilitators, want to develop tools to work effectively with people living in a traumatized world. A group of WTR Facilitators is designing a webinar series for […]
How many workshops and/or events WTR focused do you run a year? It depends: This year I will do six short sessions (2-3 hours) plus a month long immersions with 4 sessions. That is 7 in total. Some of them were in person, before Covid19, now they are all online. Last year there were two: […]
How many workshops and/or events WTR focused do you run a year? I typically hold about 8 – 10 workshops a year. Are other facilitators in your area? Who are they? Yes, Molly Brown. Do you have any upcoming events you’d like to share? Yes, a WTR Network Webinar: How to See with Gaian Eyes […]
Kathleen Rude, MS, is located in Glenview, IL, (near Chicago) on the land of the Potawatomi, Miami and Sioux. She has been involved with the WTR since 2007, when she first began her studies with Joanna. She has been facilitating since 2008 throughout the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain Region, and more recently online. How […]
With the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facilitators of the Work That Reconnects, and many other similar practices have been scrambling to get their offerings online. There are more questions than answers, as we walk in the unchartered territory of working online with emotions and practices that were designed to be “lived” and “embodied”. […]
Report by Ormando MN and Polliana Zocche The year of 2019 was a nightmare for ecologists and human rights defenders in Brazil. The criminal fires in the Amazon rainforest to open fields for soja or cattle, the increase of police brutality, the invasion of indigenous land, the abundance of fake news and the lack of […]