New WTR Network website section, in response to your feedback… Dear WTR Network family and friends, We’re excited to share with you a new section of the website that has been unfolding behind the scenes for several months: Evolving Edge. A year ago we launched a new website and since then we’ve been working to […]
“Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is—this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home.”— Joanna Macy
During a beautiful summer’s week in 2013, on the banks of the Isis (River Thames) in Oxfordshire, I heard Joanna Macy telling the Shambhala Warrior Prophecy, quoted above.
In this twelve centuries old prophecy from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is foretold that in our time the Shambhala warriors will take their tools of compassion and insight into the corridors of power, to dismantle the mind-made weapons that humans have created, during a time when great barbarian powers have arisen and are threatening all life on Earth.
For the March 2021 issue, the editorial team invites explorations in essays, poetry, and images about building resilience out of personal and collective trauma, especially that experienced by BIPOC, women, LGBTQ2 people, people with limited income, and people with disabilities.
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: […]