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Work that Reconnects 4-Day Immersion : Boonville, California

August 8, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - August 11, 2024 @ 4:00 pm PDT


Lydia Violet Harutoonian

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An exciting opportunity!!
A 4-day in-person Work that Reconnects immersion
with Lydia Violet & Leilani Navar
August 8-11, 2024 in Boonville, California
An opportunity to experience the Work that Reconnects in person for 4 days with seasoned facilitator and guide Lydia Violet Harutoonian, who brings with her 15 years of experience studying and co-facilitating with Joanna Macy, and assistant facilitator Leilani Wong Navar.
For the last five decades, Joanna’s work has offered inspiration and guidance for living courageously in uncertainty. It maps ways into our innate vitality and determination to take part in the self-healing of our world. Since Joanna Macy began facilitating this kind of immersion decades ago, thousands have found connection, clarity of vision, emotional sanctuary, and rejuvenation together in this way.

This retreat will be at the gorgeous Whispertree Retreat in Boonville, California. On-site lodging and delicious, healthy, local meals are included. We’ll have access to miles of trails and expansive views of the valley, populated with fir forests, towering old oaks, and over two thousand species of more-than-human life. Whispertree Retreat offers a beautiful setting for the Work that Reconnects. Click here for all the details.

Each day we face the news of…
…climate chaos, warfare, species extinction, and ecological and social suffering, and we are asked to reconcile these collective traumas with all that is breaking in our hearts. It is natural in our time to feel despair, overwhelm, and grief. Come learn and experience tools for transforming our grief, anger, paralysis, and fear into compassionate connection with our world and communities, knowing our place in the web of life, and motivation to act on behalf of life on earth.Climate anxiety and ecological despair are real. They are on behalf of a world desperate for our collaboration in remembering our dignity and grace. It is here that we grieve the ongoing devastation of our world, and nourish our compass for the times ahead.

Join us at Whispertree Retreat for this nourishing and powerful immersion into the Work That Reconnects to gain new tools in navigating the current crisis – on a personal and planetary level.

Over the course of the weekend…

Lydia and Leilani will cover “The Spiral” of the Work that Reconnects: moving through Gratitude, Honoring our Pain, Perceiving in New & Ancient Ways, and Going Forth. This roadmap provides psychological resourcing in challenging times.

Lydia will integrate community singing in her facilitation. Music can be an excellent way to support participants in integrating their internal and relational experiences. For many millennia, music, and specifically music made together in community, has been a crucial way we bolster ourselves in hard times. Music can transform our exhaustion and help us feel more held as a part of the choir. Just as it feels good to act in the companionship of others on behalf of life, so too does the homecoming of singing together.

Leilani will offer somatic (body-based) practices throughout the retreat, in support of a physical, embodied experience of reconnection. We’ll get to know the ways our bodies are responding to the moment and these times. These practices help us relate to those responses in a health-promoting way, by releasing tension and stagnation, and cultivating presence, awareness, and capacity. We’ll also explore how our bodies are pathways toward healing, for ourselves and our world. The practices Leilani facilitates are drawn both from modern Western practices for somatic healing and nervous system regulation, and the deep well of traditional Chinese qigong, self-massage, and meditation.

A special note for those interested in facilitating the Work that Reconnects…

The best way to learn how to facilitate the WTR is to be immersed in the WTR. To learn it from the inside.

This opportunity to participate in a 4-day workshop, moving continuously through the Spiral, is a powerful way to nourish yourself for skillful facilitation.

At this retreat, there will be an optional session for participants who are interested in facilitation, to offer some instruction and help you connect with one another. School for the Great Turning also offers ongoing online facilitator development workshops.


August 8, 2024 @ 4:00 pm PDT
August 11, 2024 @ 4:00 pm PDT
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Facilitated by
Lydia Violet Harutoonian & Leilani Wong Navar
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Whispertree Retreat
12378 Boonville Rd
Boonville, CA 95415 United States
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