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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
Join an international cohort of people dedicated to the Great Turning towards a just and thriving future for all beings. Participate in our 6 month online learning community to develop facilitation skills in the Work That Reconnects.
“This Spiral Journey program has been life-changing. It expanded my experience and understanding of the art of facilitation, deepened my commitment to the essential work of decolonizing our minds and culture, and brought new inspiration, purpose and friendships into my life.” ~Carol Russel, 2021 cohort
Our program offers monthly webinars, online learning platform, study circles, prep work, and optional “cafes.” Webinars will be held the second Saturday of the month at two different times to accommodate worldwide participants. The 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.
Tuition: Sliding scale $1200 to $2000. Scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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.
The monthly webinars will be on the second Saturday of each month on the following dates: September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12 and March 12
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.
Root teacher Joanna Macy on Spiral Journey programs:
As I look back over my life, I see the joy I’ve had in facilitating the Work That Reconnects. The sense of solidarity with the people who work with me is beyond description. So I am excited about the many trainings and support groups being offered for facilitating the Work That Reconnects. Many of these, in different forms and locations around the world, are featured in my book, A Wild Love for the World (2020).
I want to call attention to one program that is especially thorough and foundational, called Spiral Journey. It’s a six month online program that is guided by a veteran team of Molly Brown, who wrote Coming Back to Life The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with me, and Constance Washburn and Mutima Imani. I’m enthusiastic about the amplitude of it: it includes an in-depth understanding of the sweep and dynamics of the Work, and an overall sense of the competencies that you want to develop and look for in yourself. It goes right into the social, political, and ecological issues so critical at this now-or-never time for life on Earth–and that includes the work around race, gender, and social justice.
Whenever I visit one of the Spiral Journey sessions, I love experiencing how lively and international the participants are. People from different countries, backgrounds, and ethnicities are discovering their power and dignity and creativity as they engage in the Work That Reconnects.