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Earth Leadership Cohort V, Fall 2019

Oct 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - Oct 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

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One event on Oct 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on Nov 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm


There is still time to apply for the upcoming Earth Leadership Cohort. Having received a wonderful batch of applications, we have room for a few more participants and so have extended the application deadline until at least June 21st.

The Earth Leadership Cohort (ELC) is designed to support young adults (ages 18-30) in their leadership in a time of great ecological and social distress. 

The primary modality that the Earth Leadership Cohort draws upon is the Work That Reconnects and the program is designed to provide participants with a deep dive into the theory and practice of the Work, and then have opportunities to practice facilitating. 

ELC V is a cumulative experience that grows over three sessions; it is essential to the group that participants attend all three weekends:

August 29, 2019 – September 3, 2019

October 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019

November 14, 2019 – November 17, 2019

The first meeting of the Fall 2019 cohort will include a five-day retreat just for the cohort at Starseed Sanctuary in Savoy, MA, August 29 – September 3. During this time, the group will be guided through the spiral of the Work That Reconnects, opening to the planetary realities of great suffering and rapid destruction as well as to the magnificence of the web of life. The work is personal as well as interactive, inviting fresh insight into our roles in the Great Turning and new possibilities for collaboration.

The second meeting of the Fall 2019 cohort will be joining a larger intergenerational group for the annual Interhelp fall weekend, October 25-27, at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, MA. The Interhelp Network is a northeast regional Work That Reconnects network. This weekend will also follow the spiral of the Work That Reconnects, under the leadership of ELC alumni from the first four Earth Leadership Cohorts.

The final meeting for the Fall 2019 Earth Leadership Cohort will be just for the Cohort, November 14-17, again convening at Starseed Sanctuary in Savoy, MA. There, the group has the opportunity to reflect on the rich experiences of the previous workshops, to practice facilitating WTR practices, and to begin to integrate new perspectives into their personal and professional dreams. The retreat is also a time for gathering resources, ideas, and support for “going forth” into the world as empowered change agents, healers, and compassionate listeners. As a community, the members decide how they would like to keep in touch and support one another in realizing their short-term goals and long-term visions. Alumni from the first four cohorts have organized several reunions and co-facilitated a number of Work That Reconnects workshops for the public.  They have also formed an “Earth Leadership Community” and welcome future ELC alumni to join.

The connections cohort members form among themselves, with the facilitation team, and with over 40 ELC alumni from previous cohorts have been an enduring support for many participants (ELC I in 2014, ELC II in 2015, ELC III in 2016, ELC IV in 2017). In 2018, the facilitation team took a break to reflect, revise and re-vitalize. We are delighted to be gathering a fifth Earth Leadership Cohort.  

While it is not an anti-oppression training, the 2019 Earth Leadership Cohort incorporates an analysis of human systems of oppression, and of ways to interrupt and transform these systems, particularly in how we are with one another as humans. In addition, the program is informed by ecopsychology, trauma theory, neuroscience, contemplative and council practices and the importance of play!

The application can be downloaded from the Interhelp Network website and the deadline to apply is May 31st. 

A central goal of the program is to provide sufficient scholarships to make the opportunity financially accessible to anyone whose application is accepted. Applicants who would like to apply for a scholarship may complete the Scholarship Application found at the end of the program application.   

Please see the full program description for more information about the program, facilitation team and for contact information if you have questions.


Oct 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Oct 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Starseed Healing Sanctuary
672 Chapel Road
Savoy, MA 1256 US
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