Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Foundations Program 2021-22
An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of the month, repeating until Aug 15, 2021
September 11, 2021 through March 12, 2022
Co-directors: Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, & Constance Washburn
A 6 month online course and learning community with monthly webinars, online learning platform, study circles, homework, and optional “cafes.” Webinars will be held the second Saturday of the month at two different times to accommodate worldwide participants.
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 2021-2022 Foundations Program will begin with opening webinars on September 11, 2021. The next five webinars, homework, and study circles will follow the Spiral of the Work, moving through Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New/Ancient Eyes and Deep Time, and Going Forth. The closing webinars will be on March 12. Our textbooks include Coming Back to Life, Facilitating Group Learning, My Grandmother’s Hands, and Sacred Instructions 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, how each of us makes the Great Turning real in our personal, spiritual, and community lives.
Monthly 2 hour 45 minute interactive webinars on Zoom (held at two different times) include experiential practices of the Work as well as presentations and small group discussions, and a midway 15 minute break . There will be at least 8 hours of homework per month, meetings between webinars with a study circle and with a “buddy”, participation in online forums, and recommended individual practices. Participants will also plan and present a Work That Reconnects workshop, either in partnership with other participants or solo depending on location and resources.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, April 1 through August 15. The application process includes an online or phone interview to mutually assess whether the course is a good “fit” for your learning goals and life situation.