WTR 3-month group
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm PDTGift Economy
Join a group of global citizens to explore and practice the Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy) to build resilience in times of crisis.
About this event
10-week program, SEPT 28 – DEC 7 (schedule below)
Meeting every 2 weeks, on Wednesdays = 6 meetings
6-8:30 pm Irish time, 10am-12:30pm PST (on Zoom)
Offered through Gift Economy: €100 – €360
(read more below about Gift Economy)
Hosted and facilitated by Anna Swisher, a Work That Reconnects facilitator, mentor, and community activist in Ireland. Each group will meet for just over two hours, and we will focus on exploring Active Hope and the Work That Reconnects (WTR,) the teachings of Joanna Macy and others. The WTR is a collection of practices that help us to re-discover our humanity again and again; it aids us in navigating disorienting times by connecting to our care for Life, tending our relationships with each other, welcoming challenging emotions as fuel, and empowering us to use the resources we already have to act on behalf of life. Active Hope is a process that we engage in together: We begin by acknowledging the truth of where we are, then we begin to imagine the future that we hope for, and finally to take active steps in that direction. This group is about building RESILIENCE, and we will explore what that means, and how we might do it. Our sessions will be interactive, nourishing, and inspiring. This will also be a wonderful place for people who are on the path to facilitating the WTR, and want to learn more about the practices and methods.
This group also includes OPTIONAL Study/Action partners. These are small groups of 2 (occasionally 3) people who meet once between every large group meeting, to support each other in bringing the work into your own lives and communities. Study/Action partners provide a place for us to really explore (and follow up with) the issues, initiatives and projects we might like to undertake or support in our local communities. They are in place to support those people who are hungry to take action in their communities; whether you know what you want to do, or not! Formats for S/A partner meetings are provided, and based around the WTR. We will discuss Study/Action partners in our first meeting together.
There is also a mentorship option within this group program, which is open only to past participants of the group. Please email if you are interested in mentorship.
This is a (nearly) three-month commitment. Once we begin together, the circle is closed to newcomers until the next season. This way we are able to build a strong connection, culture, and understanding within the group.
Times of crisis remind us that we need each other; that life is precious, and we have much to be grateful for. Let us find ways to come together and find our way through this. Let us be a part of the solutions, of the new ways forward when collapse threatens us and media feeds our fears and anxieties. Let technology help us connect, and build a better world, together.
Larger gifts enable under-resourced individuals to take part in this group. If you are able to give more to support access for those who are under-resourced, that is welcome and deeply appreciated.
Scholarships are offered only as available. Your contributions make scholarships possible. If you are someone with resources who would like to contribute towards scholarship funds, please let us know!
This is NOT a free event! Neither is it a donation (but eventbrite requires we call it that.) We need to ensure fair and liveable wages for all. Please read on to understand about your gift.
Gift Economy is a form of economic exchange which allows us to feel our own sense of value, to appreciate the experience of giving and receiving, and to humanize our money-matters, making them transparent and placing them in the context of community enrichment. It works like this:
I give a gift; my gift to you, and the community, is providing a space, structure, and facilitation for The Work That Reconnects. I give this gift joyfully, from my heart, and enjoy giving it. As the receiver of this gift, you are fed and nourished (hopefully!). You are naturally inspired to give a gift in return, in the spirit of reciprocity, balance, and mutual support. Everyone is empowered to enjoy the process of giving a gift from the heart, supporting and strengthening the community. In this case we are talking about a monetary gift. The “amount,” or “value,” is up to you. This is an incredible opportunity to look at our sense of value; how and where do we use our resources? What do we place value on in our lives? What does money mean in our hearts? What feels good to give, from a place of being nourished, supported, and supportive? It also allows us to respect the fact that different people, at different times, are in different relationships with money, and that a “gift” can look many different ways depending on your situation.
Gift Economy is also an effort to deconstruct and counteract the dominant capitalist structures, which try to assign value to things for us, and demand that we pay/play along in order to keep afloat. Giving a gift is a choice, made from the heart, which allows you to decide for yourself what “value” is. It is also “needs-based,” meaning that all people involved are able to have their needs met.
This is a paradigm shift, which I think metaphors are helpful for wrapping our heads around, so here is one: Rather than me being the deliverer of goods, that you must then pay for…instead we are all sitting around a table exchanging gifts. Your gift is just as valuable as mine. What you give, both in your presence and your monetary contributions, is as valuable as what I give. And we are all richer after sitting around the table together, giving and receiving gifts. No one feels depleted.
SO, the amount of your gift is up to you, within a range that also meets my needs. As facilitator, it is an opportunity for me to reckon with my own value, and understand what supports me (and my co-facilitators) in order to continue making this offering. Based on the amount of time, energy, and work that goes into running this group, we have discovered that this range falls between €100-€360. This translates to a liveable wage. What feels right for you, within this range? I ask for your gift at the start of the group, to support our commitment to each other. You are welcome to give a gift that you can manage up front, and to give additional gifts as the group goes on, if this meets your needs; your resources or situations may shift, and/or you may begin to feel the value of the work more fully. What I ask is that you and I are clear on an agreement for gifting up front, and that everyone honours their commitment as the group goes on.
If any of this is financially challenging for you (aka does not meet YOUR needs) please let me know, and we can have a personal chat to figure out something that will work. The gift economy is about creating nourishing relationships, and meeting everyone’s needs.
I am very happy to build relationships in this way, have a conversation with anyone about your needs and desires for gifting, and create access for as many people as possible.
Larger gifts also enable under-resourced individuals to take part in this group. If you are able to give more to support access for those who are under-resourced, that is welcome and deeply appreciated.
SCHEDULE (All meetings are Wednesdays: 6-8:30 pm Irish time, 10am-12:30pm PST)