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Cultural Integrity for Work that Reconnects Facilitators: A Facilitator Development Day with School for the Great Turning

February 17, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PST

Lydia Violet Harutoonian

Event Overview

Cultural integrity is essential for facilitators, yet many of us feel disoriented around how to relate to the cultural influences of our practices and teachings, and even to our own personal cultural heritages. Lydia Violet, seasoned facilitator, 15-year student of Joanna Macy, and co-creator of the Tending the Bones program, is committed to the work of cultural integrity. In this workshop, she will support facilitators of any identities in finding their own way toward right relationship.

Cultural integrity isn’t a destination, but a compass…

that helps us move in a way that cultivates right relationship. Based on the curriculum of the Tending the Bones program, this workshop will share a system for understanding and locating ourselves within the terrain of cultural interaction.

We will discuss:

  • cultural inspiration
  • cultural exchange
  • cultural resonance
  • cultural appropriation
  • and cultural erasure

in a compassionate space where questions are welcome, and we can work together as we find our way.

The Work that Reconnects is a body of work informed by multivalent cultural practices.

In leading WTR workshops, facilitators are in positions of privilege and power. It’s important for us to find and use our influence in a positive way in the conversation around cultural relationship.

It’s also important for us to understand:

  • the roots of our teachings and practices,
  • how we decide whether or not to facilitate them,
  • how to facilitate them in right relationship
  • and how to support our participants in orienting to cultural integrity

In this workshop, we’ll discuss some specific WTR practices, such as:

  • the Three Stories of Our Time teaching
  • the Truth Mandala practice
  • the 7 Generations practice
  • and the Four Abodes (Milling) practice

About your facilitator, Lydia Violet Harutoonian:

Lydia is a cis woman who grew up in the Iranian-Armenian-American diaspora. She is dedicated to navigating her own ever-evolving relationship with cultural integrity. She is working to tend to this aspect of cultural healing, relational healing, and inter-community healing.

Lydia is always joyously committed to sharing the Work that Reconnects with others, conjuring integrity and deep emotional resources for our time. She serves as a dedicated keeper and steward of the lineage of deep ecology elder and wisdom keeper Joanna Macy. After fifteen years of sustained study, mentorship, and co-facilitation of WTR workshops with Macy, as well as immersion in anti-oppression education and adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy, Lydia is excited to empower the next generation of WTR facilitators.


February 17, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm PST
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