Retired attorney and social worker. Activist on issues of climate, immigration, equity, and violence. Immigrated to USA as a young child; fluent in Spanish and English. Practiced, studied, and taught Buddhism for 25 years. Entered the Work That Reconnects while living in WA state in 2017; helped facilitate gatherings. On the editorial board of Deep Times Journal and working with the Evolving Edge. Trained by Climate Reality Project. Grandmother to 3 children.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
For decades, I have known that the direction we were going was doomed to end in catastrophic collapse of the earth systems. This Work That Reconnects gives me hope that more people will understand, support each other, and actually reverse this trend. My past experiences as an immigrant gives me a view into how many people feel like outsiders in their own society. I learned through my careers that people need compassion in order to change. I learned through Buddhism that my own changes are needed first.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
We need to stitch together all the patches of our society to form a quilt, representing every group that is choosing to move forward in a sustainable, regenerative manner. This includes those concerned about climate chaos, pollution, and transitioning out of fossil fuels, as well as those who have been most hurt by careless Business as Usual, such as the the historically oppressed groups, including Black, Native, women, working class, differently-abled, immigrants, the variety of sexual identities and genders, youth and the aged, as well as others. WTR will help create the communities we need to survive the coming challenges with common sense, love, and joy.
Audiences I work with
Spanish speakers, Latino heritage
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- WTR Workshop (2017, 1 days)
Location: Seattle, WA
Facilitated by: Belinda Griswold and others
- Songaia Workshop (2017, 1 days)
Location: Bothel, WA
Facilitated by: Belinda Griswold, Carmen Rumbaut, and others
- Anti Oppression Spiral Gathering (2018, 3 days)
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Facilitated by: Belinda Griswold, Sarah Nahar, and others
Other relevant skills & experiences
On editorial Board of Deep Times Journal
Active with the Evolving Edge of WTRSpanish and English
Studied, practiced, and taught Tibetan Buddhism through Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche in Nepal and with Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi.
Poet with published work: Contemplative Divorce, 2013 and Mind Wonderings, a haiku collection, 2017.
Many years of coping with chronic pain.
Social Work Experience as Family Therapist for 10 years
Attorney Experience, mainly in Family Law, for 25 years
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Songaia (2017, 1 days)
Location: Bothell, WA
Facilitated by: Belinda Griswold
- Anti-oppression Gathering (2018, 3 days)
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Facilitated by: Belinda Griswold, Sarah Thompson, and others
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
Buddhist philosophy, logic, Tibetan Buddhist experiential exercises.