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The Work That Reconnects Online: Introduction and Immersion

Nov 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm CET

“Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift? Active Hope fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation.”
– Naomi Klein, Author, “This changes everything” on the book “Active Hope”
“The Work That Reconnects is a rich resource for those of us who want to engage more deeply with the emergency our beautiful planet is facing. – building resilience for the difficult road ahead.”
– Extinction Rebellion activist
“I appreciated every aspect of your facilitation, your feeling, your heart your Cadence, your way of reaching out to everyone as if they were right there in the room with you. Such beautiful and artful work.”
– Participant in one of Martin’s Online WTR workshops in 2020
Signup: https://www.workthatreconnects.no/workshop
A two part workshop:
1. From 10.00am CET as a standalone introduction.
2. The second part from 02.00pm CET if you have participated in the introduction.
3. The whole workshop with 1,5h + break from 10.00am-04.30pm CET
Participants from Scandinavia are especially invited to join, all are welcome.
+ One or more group or personal follow up session’s of 1h in the 2 weeks after the workshop.
Drawing on the work of Joanna Macy, John Seed, Arne Naess, and many others as an evolving work of our time. The work is composed of teachings on deep ecology, living systems theory, and spiritual traditions and is a community building process that grows our courage, resilience, and solidarity.
It helps clarify survival skills, like community building and tending to our grief, needed for navigating the chaotic times we are in, as well as the unique roles we each can play in creating a more just, and caring world. While exploring our inner responses to the current crises.
Find out more about its rich history here: www.workthatreconnects.no / www.workthatreconnects.org
In this online workshop we will let us be guided by the spiral of the Work that Reconnects to spark courage and creativity in these times of ecological grief and corona lockdown. The workshop consists of group exercises, as well as teachings to foster a larger feeling of self and a stronger connection to our world, transforming the experience of the state of our world into individual action.
The Workshop will be as much as online possible participant centered and interactive. Participants are encouraged to help guide the work together and contribute to the process if they feel to do so and time allows for it.
(For accessibility the Workshop will be held in mainly English, but with Norwegian/Scandinavian as supplementary language)
Zoom: The Workshop will be held with the help of Zoom Video, please check out Zoom before attending, and also check if you can connect properly (You are invited to have a stable video connection, it helps the process if we can see each other).
The Work That Reconnects was made for these times. Times where what used to make sense is liquifying before our eyes – and we need new spaces to make sense of it. For too long, we have been looking for answers and solutions. Now is the time to inhabit the spaces of not knowing, where we find ourselves on the “knife edge of uncertainty” as root teacher Joanna Macy puts it.
Come with whatever is real for you in this in between space. This work was developed over 50 years of working with activists, change makers and people who have lost their homes, seen destruction to their lands, and suffered through wars and conflicts and different forms of oppression. Through reconnecting with ourselves, each other, and with the magic at the source of all Life and its mystery, we discover a form of “Active Hope” which is beyond solutions, certainty or guarantee of a promised future. We rediscover our authority to act on behalf of all Life.
You can listen to Joanna speak about the Work That Reconnects in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arssbFNVkIM.
Martin Reinholtz is a facilitator for the Work That Reconnects network, living in Oslo (Norway), and has facilitated purpose driven workshops and trainings for the past years, centered on community and organizational development. Finding a deep resonance in the transformational capacity of the WTR. He has been offering the Work That Reconnects online since April 2020.
Lately he has mostly been supporting and building grassroots activist movements as Extinction Rebellion Norway. After working in leadership positions in Norwegian business life for over 10 years, Martin has stepwise, part- to full time chosen the path of environmental activism and climate justice for the last decade. Facing and experiencing first hand, the mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that comes with bearing witness and taking prolonged non-violent direct action to stop ecosystem destruction. Volunteering as a direct action activist has led him to stopping several oil-rigs in the Barents Sea, protesting outdated nuclear power plants in Europe, to blocking bridges in Bulgaria and stopping coal with “Ende Gelaende” in Germany.
Continuing with organizational and community development, he has studied systems theory, innovation, regenerative leadership, meditation, organizational psychology and ethics. Recently finishing a thesis on “Open Space” facilitation, the importance of eco-facilitation, and a living systems approach in Norwegian environmental volunteer organisations.
Forming his work and facilitation style he has learned from Joanna Macy Ph.D.(Root Teacher the WTR), David Abram Ph.D.(American ecologist and philosopher, founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics), Nils Faarlund (Norwegian Eco-Philosopher and close friend of Arne Næss), Andreas Weber Ph.D.(German Biologist, Biosemiotician, Philosopher)and many others.
Click on the Eventbrite link here in the Event to register.
Spaces are limited to 10 participants.
In the first Workshop from 10.00am-12.30pm CET we will start our journey with Gratitude and an introduction to the Work That Reconnects.
In the second part from 02.00pm-04.30pm CET we will deepen our experience with honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes and going forth.
The second half of the workshop is a continuation, and participants are invited to have participated in part one before joining part two.
Sliding scale, gift economy, by donation.
Recommended: 100-900 NoK (10 – 90 Euro)
(to pay for preparation time, materials, zoom account, continued development of the Work That Reconnects in the Nordic, as well as supporting Martin’s full time volunteer/ activist work supporting causes/ grassroots movements ,influencing politics in Norway, teaching at schools and charities)
(donations can be made before or after completing the workshop, no one will be turned away for lack of funds!)
Vipps (Norway): 480 93 786 – Martin Reinholtz
Paypal (International): paypal.me/GreenLeadership
This workshop is dedicated to the Women and indigenous peoples of the Amazon who are struggling with oil spills on top of the Covid-19 crisis, they are in need of materials and funding.
Please visit:
(sign-up using the link in the event)
The second half of the workshop is a continuation, and participants are expected to have participated in part one before joining part two.
Please bring a small special object that represents your connection to the natural world.
If you want to get a taste of the work of Joanna Macy before we start, here are some relevant readings and videos:
Joanna Macy on Uncertainty – Watch
“Active Hope” book by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone- Read


Nov 8, 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm CET
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Oslo, Whole of Norway 0182 Norway
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