Spiral Journey 2020-21 – Facilitator Development Foundations Program
Oct 15$1200 – $2000
Foundations of Facilitation in the Work That Reconnects
Dec 5, 2020 through May 1, 2021
The Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Program is designed to meet the needs of people who aspire to facilitate the Work That Reconnects. This program supports emerging and experienced facilitators in deepening their theoretical understanding of the Work and developing their skills in facilitation so they feel confident in bringing the Work to their communities. The program gives special attention to social justice issues and reframing the Work That Reconnects so it can serve to dismantle oppression and foster liberation for all.
Molly Young Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn are the core team of program facilitators/directors. Occasional guest teachers, including Joanna Macy, will grace us with their wisdom as well. (Click on name for profile)
Context and Content:
In this moment in history, people are waking up to the realization that our society is not sustainable. Violence in its many manifestations is causing pain and suffering. Climate disruption, systemic racism and oppression, endless war, species extinction, and our political reality foment fear and despair. Many people are looking for ways to share their pain for the world in a supportive community. They also want to offer their particular gifts to contribute to a Great Turning to a life-sustaining and just society. Our programs give facilitators the support needed to make this transformational journey themselves and to assist others on the path to coming back to life.
One’s ability to guide others through the Work That Reconnects is enhanced by one’s own personal work, knowledge of and engagement in social and ecological challenges, developing one’s skills as a facilitator, and working to dismantle the social systems and conditioning that induce oppressive and compliant behavior (often unconsciously). Our programs weave all these dimensions together.
Foundations of Facilitation in the Work That Reconnects
A 6 month online course and learning community with regularly scheduled webinars, online learning platform, study circles, homework, and optional “cafes.” Webinars will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month at two different times (10 am and 4 pm, Pacific – UTC-7) to accommodate multiple time zones. (we will add additional times and webinars , if needed)
The course curriculum addresses four major “threads”:
I. The Work That Reconnects concepts and practices
We will review and expand on the core texts and deepen our understanding of the underlying concepts, theories, and practices of the Work That Reconnects.
II. Facilitation skills
This thread will explore group facilitation techniques as they relate to the Work That Reconnects with particular focus on creating a strong and safe container for working with strong emotions and diverse populations.
III. Decolonizing Our Minds and Building Inclusion
The evolutionary edge of the Work That Reconnects at this time is understanding the intersectionality of social injustice, racism, and environmental crises. In order to live in peace with the planet, we must learn to live in peace with our human siblings.
IV. Living the Great Turning
This thread offers suggestions for deepening our mindfulness and spiritual practices, our nature connection and human connections as well as expanding our activism and joy.
The 6 month FDP Foundations Program will follow the Spiral of the Work moving through Gratitude, Honoring our Pain, Seeing with Fresh Eyes, and Going Forth. Our textbooks include Coming Back to Life and Active Hope, along with other materials on environmental and political challenges, anti-oppression, social justice issues, facilitation skills, working with trauma, and living the Great Turning with support from mindfulness, nature connection, diversity, and joy.
Program topics include; WTR theory; systems thinking, deep time, the spiral, deep ecology, the Great Turning, confronting and exploring together current social, environmental, political, economic, and spiritual crises as well as facilitating WTR practices; workshop design; principles of inclusive, respectful facilitation; group process; awareness of power, privilege, and systemic white domination and racism, as well as “best practices” for counteracting that social conditioning. We will also explore what it means to be living the Great Turning: exploration of how each of us makes the Great Turning real in our personal, spiritual, and community lives.
Monthly two-hour+ interactive webinars on Zoom include experiential practices of the Work as well as presentations and small group discussions. There will be at least 8 hours of homework per month, meetings between webinars with a study circle and with an ally in the Work, online discussions to participate in, and recommended individual practices. Participants will also plan and present a Work That Reconnects workshop during or following the course, in partnership with other participants or solo depending on location and resources.
The Foundations course is open to beginning facilitators in the Work That Reconnects. Prerequisites include 1) participation in at least 3 days (or 12 hours) of experiential practice in the Work That Reconnects (retreats, workshops, ongoing study groups, online workshops) See https://workthatreconnects.org/events/ for upcoming events that you could attend; 2) read books: Coming Back to Life and Active Hope; 3) diversity/anti-oppression study or training.
Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis and no later than October 15. The application process includes an online or phone interview to mutually assess whether the course is a good “fit.” Click here for Application.
The cost of the 6 month program is on a sliding scale between $1,200 and $2,000. Scholarships are available on an as needed basis. The more people who participate at the higher level, the more scholarships we’ll be able to give. Once accepted into the program, a $500 deposit is required to hold your place.