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In this section, you will find events posted by facilitator members of the Network.

You can sort the events according to type: workshops and retreats that follow the Full Spiral; WTR Partial (these include one or more elements of the Spiral, either free-standing or among other activities); and events that are designed for Facilitators Only.

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Feb 2020

The Empowered Elder Workshop – Webinar Series – Tuesdays starts Jan 28th

Feb 18 @ 9:00 am - Apr 7 @ 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Mar 10, 2020

$85 – $100

The Empowered Elder Webinar Series  Elder Action Network's Foundation Workshop  Tuesdays January 28th, 2020 9am -11:15pm  through March 10th Seven online sessions via Zoom video conferencing to explore, using the Work That Reconnects, what it means to be an Elder in these times of uncertainty. What are the gifts we as Elders bring to the world and what is the passion that fires us up to act on behalf of life.  Gather with other awesome Elders from around the world…

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Netherlands: (waiting list) the Work That Reconnects Gathering (English and residential)

Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm - Mar 1 @ 4:30 pm
De Stal – The Stable, Van Pallandtweg 16
Neerijnen, Gelderland 4182 CB Netherlands
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$150 – $280

"The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you’re worrying about whether you’re hopeful, or hopeless, or pessimistic, or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you’re showing up, that you’re here, and that you’re finding ever more capacity to love this world because it will not be healed without that." Joanna Macy There is now a waiting list for this gathering, the next one will be March 27th-29th and still has places. This…

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Building Resilience Together – a Work That Reconnects; Deep Adaptation weekend near London, UK

Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm - Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm
Cookham, Berkshire, UK, Cookham Dean Village Hall
Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9PY United Kingdom
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How do we cope with the daily onslaught of ecosystem destruction, climate devastation, social injustice? This time in our history is being called 'The Great Unravelling'. We need to find ways to build our resilience through this and to be able to act together for a new way of being, towards what's being called 'The Great Turning' - the shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a Life Sustaining Society. We will build community and share practices that help us…

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Work That Reconnects -One Day Spiral

Feb 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Span Arts, Town Moor
Narberth , Pembrokeshire SA67 7AG XW
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$25 – $50

The Work That Reconnects was made for these times. After 50 years of developing and growing the body of practices, stories, poetry and rituals, its time has truly arrived. As we enter a critical decade in which life hangs in the balance, as we tip toe forward in the darkness of uncertainty, not knowing whether we're too late or just in time to save this precious life on Earth, the Work strengthens our courage, resilience and sense of connection. Bring…

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Mar 2020

Active Hope

Mar 6 - Mar 8
Heidelberg, Germany, ZEP
Heidelberg, Germany
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Becoming familiar with the spiral of the Work That Reconnects - how to face the mess we're in without going crazy

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The Work that Reconnects Denmark Immersion


“The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action.” Joanna Macy Join us in a one-day immersion in The Work that Reconnects with WA practitioners where you will • Be empowered to take actions aligned with social-ecological change • Learn about the Work that Reconnects Framework • Network with active citizens in your community • Gain clarity…

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Heartstrong Activist

Mar 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Living in these divisive and tumultuous times fills us with passion and energy to work toward the life-nourishing and just world that we want for ourselves, all beings, and future generations. Life also tests our mettle and can be draining and enraging.  How do we work with the fear, anger, overwhelm, hopes and other strong emotions that roil us? How do we move toward positive visioning and co-creating? To make beneficial, transformational change in society, we must acknowledge and look…

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Workshop -Reconnecting to Life A transformative process for difficult times

Mar 7 @ 9:00 am - Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm
Mary Lake Sanctuary (W̱MÍEŦEN) Victoria W̱SÁNEĆ territory, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

Coming together in these difficult and urgent times, we will cultivate courage and resilience, and renew our connections to ourselves, our human communities and all life on earth. A range of experiential practices support opening to the pain we carry for the imperiled state of our world, deepen our gratitude and respect for the gifts of life, and expand our ways of knowing. With strengthened clarity and purpose, we bring our unique gifts more fully into the service of life.  …

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The Work That Reconnects: Courage for the Healing of Our World

Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm - Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm

About the Workshop Join us for a transformational group process that builds motivation, connection, solidarity and vision, renewing the courage to act for the healing of our world. In these times of climate chaos, rampant inequality, systemic racism, and other daily catastrophes, there is a tension between our desire to take urgent action and our need to process reality on a deeper level. We often experience despair, anger, fear, and burnout as we navigate this tension, and at times it…

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Roots of Resilience for Uncertain Times: A weekend of the Work That Reconnects

Mar 14 @ 9:30 am - Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm
by donation

Photo "Nurse Tree" © Carolyn Treadway   It’s heart-breaking to be conscious in our times of global crises. It seems every way we turn we’re contributing to the unraveling of ecological and social systems.  The pain we feel can be unbearable because it’s not just our personal pain: it’s the pain of the Earth. When we come together and liberate our natural feelings about our world, we realize our radical interconnectedness and become part of the Earth healing herself.   The…

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The Wilderness Within: The Subtle Activism of Engaged Buddhists

Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm - Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm
The Buddhist Retreat Centre Ixopo, BRC on D64 road
Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal 3276 South Africa
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$2 – $350

As we travel deeper into the 21st century we experience more and more acutely - if we are awake and aware - the unravelling of the interconnected cycles and systems which make up this miracle of life on this Earth which is our only home. We must know that we cannot survive independently from the Earth and her natural cycles and systems. And more, we are made of the same stuff as the stars - we and they have come…

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Postponed gathering in the Netherlands: the Work That Reconnects (English and residential)

Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm - Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm
De Stal – The Stable, Van Pallandtweg 16
Neerijnen, Gelderland 4182 CB Netherlands
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$150 – $280

Dear ones in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings are suspended until June 1st. May you stay connected to the routines and practices that bring you inner peace and may you fare gently on these waves of impermanence and change while remembering that you are whole and you are not alone. May we all find ways to support each other. For all beings, Manon The next gathering will be as soon as conditions allow us to come together for our…

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2020 Spiral Journey – Facilitator Development Program – Begins March 28, 2020 –

Spiral Journey 2020 - Facilitator Development Programs  Foundations Program March 28 - Aug 22, 2020 Advanced Facilitation Intensive Sept 25- Oct 4 The Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Program is designed to build and support the international community of the Work That Reconnects and meet the needs of people who aspire to facilitate the Work.  This program supports emerging and experienced facilitators in deepening their theoretical understanding of the Work and developing their skills in facilitation so they feel confident in…

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Technical Support, Set up and Promotion

Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on Mar 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The Work That Reconnects Network is offering webinars to help you learn to use online tools to meet, offer support and run WTR workshops for your online communities in this time of great need.  The first webinar will be focused on the technical side of setting up and facilitating an online WTR offering. This webinar will be offered at two different times to accommodate all of the time zones we are in around the world.  During this webinar we will cover:  -…

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Still Connected: Learn How to Bring Gatherings Online

Mar 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Offering this again by popular demand: Are you feeling disconnected from co-workers, community and friends? Are you at a loss about how to have a meaningful digital gathering? Team meetings, book groups, action committees, coffee klatches... they can all happen with great satisfaction online with a platform like Zoom. You don't need to feel disconnected during these challenging days of 'social distancing.' Come experience how it works, and learn some key skills and practices to make your online gatherings more…

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Active Hope Ongoing Support Group

Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely


RESOURCE : CONNECT : RESTORE In these precarious times, when the future of 95% of life on Planet Earth hangs from the frailest of threads, how will we bear it? How do we resource, nourish, and center up, so that we can stay active in contributing our work to a beautiful world in crisis? Here you will find a supportive group engaging in just that. Facilitated by seasoned teacher and artist-activist Lydia Violet Harutoonian, we will draw from wellsprings such…

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Apr 2020

Free Webinar – Facilitating Active Hope Online in a Time of Virus Crisis

Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A free webinar introducing online facilitation of the Work That Reconnects. About this Event 'If I start talking about how I feel, with this current virus crisis, I fear I'll get stuck in gloom' - that's a fear around at the moment that makes it difficult to talk about our concerns. Yet keeping it all to ourselves can leave people more isolated or tense from bottling up distress. The form of the Work That Reconnects spiral was developed as a…

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Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat

Apr 2 @ 3:30 pm - Apr 5 @ 1:30 pm
Earthaven Ecovillage, Another Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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We find ourselves alive in an extraordinary time; a time of uncertainty and disconnection, but also a time of great possibility where cooperation, courageous action, and collective movement can cultivate the world we’re longing to live in. In these times of ecological, political, and social catastrophe looming on the horizon, it is essential that we dig deep to find our creative will and power to help life jump up and live. Join us for a weekend of reconnecting with self,…

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Coming back to life: wise hope in challenging times


We are living through difficult times, witnessing immense injustices and the sixth mass extinction. Many of us feel called to act, and while political engagement is crucial, many are also asking, how do we sustain ourselves on this journey? How do we live with the fear, the heartbreak, the anger? How do we create a regenerative culture from within as we move toward a life-sustaining culture and society? We build resilience when we come together and share our grief and…

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Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Intensive: September 25 – October 4, 2020

Apr 4
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day 4 of the month, repeating until Aug 1, 2020

Rivers Bend Retreat Center, 18450 Ray's Road
Philo, CA 95466 US
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$1535 – $2255

Advanced Facilitation of the Work That Reconnects September 25-October 4, 2020  River's Bend Retreat Center, Mendocino County, California. The heart of this course is a residential 10-day Intensive, with introductory and follow-up webinars. The Intensive will provide for practice facilitation with feedback and in-depth exploration of WTR concepts and the environmental and social crises in the world today, This course is open to those with previous experience facilitating the Work That Reconnects who want to deepen their skills and understanding…

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Work That Reconnects Facilitator Training w/ Lydia Violet

Apr 4 @ 9:30 am - Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm
Berkeley, CA, Given out upon registration California 94705 United States + Google Map

Two-Day WTR Facilitator Training Workshop! In this two-day immersion, seasoned facilitator Lydia Violet Harutoonian will lead an in-depth introduction to facilitating the “Work that Reconnects,” Joanna Macy’s experiential group work. Lydia will offer skills and resources for conducting community process metabolizing climate anxiety and empowering action. This facilitator training supports emerging and experienced facilitators in deepening their theoretical understanding of Joanna Macy’s work and it’s context in contemporary social and ecological issues. Participants will leave with tools for facilitating the…

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Active Hope monthly practice group

Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 3:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until May 3, 2020


Active Hope:  How to Become Good & Worthy Ancestors  (or How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy) The challenges we face in today’s world can be difficult even to think about — climate change, mass extinction, gun violence, social and political division and upheaval.  Yet, turning away from the realities we face diminishes a sense of purpose, and thus hope. Active Hope, based on the book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, shows us how to STRENGTHEN…

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Offering WTR Online to Build Community Resilience.

Apr 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Apr 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

This webinar will explore ways to use WTR online to build community resilience. The Work That Reconnects is so needed in this time of the pandemic and the Great Unraveling. As facilitators, we can reach out to our local communities and neighborhoods to provide connection, inspiration, and a framework for moving into the Great Turning together. Using Work That Reconnects practices and concepts in an online setting, we can invite people to come together across the current physical distancing as…

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Ongoing WTR Facilitator Development Support Group

Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely


Whether you are an aspiring facilitator or arrive here with decades of experience under your belt, we all need community support to develop our craft and continue to deepen our understandings of the content and facilitation of Joanna Macy's work in our unfolding planetary moment. And we need to know each other, both locally and international. The "Work That Reconnects" has cultivated a rich, international community. One of our goals here is to connect you further with your WTR comrades,…

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