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Building Resilience Together – a Work That Reconnects; Deep Adaptation weekend near London, UK

Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm - Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm PST

How do we cope with the daily onslaught of ecosystem destruction, climate devastation, social injustice? This time in our history is being called ‘The Great Unravelling’. We need to find ways to build our resilience through this and to be able to act together for a new way of being, towards what’s being called ‘The Great Turning’ – the shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a Life Sustaining Society.

We will build community and share practices that help us to do this. We’ll work through Joanna Macy’s ‘Work That Reconnects’ spiral from Gratitude, Honouring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New/Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth. During the Going Forth stage we will bring in Jem Bendall’s 4 Rs of Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration & Reconciliation and work on what this means for each of us and collectively.

Moving through a weekend of ritual, storytelling, and practices held together in community. We will create a space to touch our grief and anger for what is happening to our world, expand our perspectives, and emerge with a new sense of how we want to show up with our gifts in this unique time in history.

We warmly invite you to participate. Cindy & Toni have been facilitating this work for over 10 years. Also, if you’re interested in learning to facilitate this work, attending this weekend is a great start. This work is needed more and more.

For more on the Work That Reconnects – https://workthatreconnects.org

For more on Deep Adaptation – https://deepadaptation.info

We meet together on Friday night in Cookham, Berkshire, UK which is 40 minutes west of London from 7pm – 9pm, then meet on Saturday from 10.30am – 5pm. On Saturday evening we will cook a simple vegan meal and share it together. On Sunday we meet from 10.30am – 3pm.

Drinks and plenty of snacks will be provided throughout the weekend. Please bring a contribution for a pot luck lunch to share for the Saturday and Sunday.

Also bring waterproof clothes and boots for walking in the Wild Wood and bring blankets and cushions if you’d like to sit or lie on the floor.

Places are limited to 30 people. There are four ticket types depending on what you can afford:

2 x free tickets for people willing to help us with practical things like arranging the room, preparing and cooking food, and clearing up – SOLD OUT

12 x low income tickets at £60

12 x standard tickets at £90

4 x abundant tickets at £140, these help subsidise the free and low income places

Photo copyright belongs to HELP Congo, please support them at http://www.help-primates.org/

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing and learning together.
Cindy and Toni

About the location –
Cookham is a beautiful village 40 mins west of London, surrounded by countryside and the river Thames. It’s where Wind in the Willows was written (we’ll be spending time in the Wild Wood) and where the artist Stanley Spencer lived and worked. Train from London Paddington, or Reading to Maidenhead, then change for Cookham.

About us –

Having trained with Joanna Macy, Toni Spencer has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects for 13 years including holding workshops at Schumacher College, Occupy London and in many other spaces.
She is a Deep Adaptation Advocate and has been offering spaces to explore this since 2018 including Kissing The Void; Deep Adaptation and the Creative Spirit, and a presentation with Jem Bendall for Bristol City Council.
Toni is a curator at The Emergence Network, a tutor and mentor on Call of the Wild with Schumacher Collage/Wildwise and is the initiator of The Pause, a participatory intervention on the wilder margins of Extinction Rebellion, an invitation to stop in the midst of action and open to everyday magic.
Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College (Educational Practice, Ecological Facilitation as Leadership, Embodied Eco-literacy) and at Goldsmiths, University of London (EcoDesign). With a BA in Fine Art and an MSC in Responsibility and Business Practice, Toni has trained in a diverse range of awakening practices and facilitation modalities, alongside many years of dancing, foraging and ‘living life as inquiry’.

Cindy Barnes is a facilitator, counsellor and coach who is passionate about the natural world and our place in it.
She trained in the Work That Reconnects in 2009 with Joanna Macy and has been holding workshops in everyday settings as well as for activist groups ever since. She’s a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance through which she provides free therapeutic support for people around eco-anxiety and eco-grief. She trained as a Celebrant and an End of Life Doula and believes that coming to terms with our own mortality is an important part of unblocking our resistance to take action on behalf of all life.
Cindy founded a wildlife charity, a number of social enterprises, is a trustee of HEAL, the rewilding charity. She has worked as an engineer, a research scientist, run a large factory, been a management consultant and written business books. Following many years in the business world she became disillusioned by the pace of systemic change that was necessary and now works as a counsellor specialising in supporting highly sensitive people to flourish and teaching people how to resolve conflict.


Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm PST
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm PST
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Cookham, Berkshire, UK
Cookham Dean Village Hall
Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9PY United Kingdom
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