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WTR: Ongoing 3-month group

Jul 22 @ 11:00 am - Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm

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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Sep 28, 2020

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until Sep 28, 2020

Gift Economy

Work That Reconnects 2020: Summer Season!

Three month commitment, July-September (schedule below)
2 meetings a month (you are welcome to attend 1 or 2)
1 Wednesdays and 1 Sunday (7-9pm Irish time, 11am-1pm PST)
Offered through Gift Economy (read more below about Gift Economy)
This group will meet at two different times each month, to accommodate as many schedules as possible. You are welcome to join for one or both; they will all be unique. This group will be hosted and facilitated by Anna Swisher, who is a Work That Reconnects facilitator in Ireland. Each group will meet for 2 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.  The group 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 doing it online.
We ask for a three-month commitment. Once we begin together in July, we will close the group to newcomers for 3 months, and welcome others in again at the end of September, for the Autumn season of the group. This way we are able to build a strong connection and culture 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.
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, 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 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.
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.  Maybe you want to give your gift as a larger sum up front, because it makes you feel good to have expressed your commitment and value in that way.  Maybe you want to give your gift monthly, because it enables you to be flexible and give more some months than others.  Maybe you come up with your own structure.  I am happy to have a conversation with anyone who needs support in figuring this out.  MY ASK FROM YOU: For me, giving this gift, I want to be giving it to people who are going to be there!  Missing a meeting here and there is no problem, and of course we know that life happens sometimes.  If you opt in, I would hope that you are able to attend at least one meeting a month, and to honor the group by showing up throughout the three months.
(All meetings 7-9 p.m. Irish time, 11am-1pm PST)
-July 8 (Wednesday)
-July 19 (Sunday)
-August 5 (Wednesday)
-August 23 (Sunday)
-September 9 (Wednesday)
-September 27 (Sunday)
Please email Anna ([email protected]) to register and secure a spot.


Jul 22 @ 11:00 am
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm
Gift Economy



Event Type
Full Spiral
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