Been a student of Joanna and the Work for a quarter century. My introduction to Deep Ecology, and to the Macys, and to Joanna’s teachings, was through Dick and Jeanne Roy, who co-founded the Northwest Earth Institute, in which I participated for more than a decade.
Have attended many events led by Joanna (or at which she spoke), and even organized a few. A few highlights as an attendee follow.
• Thanks to a suggestion from Dick, I attended my first workshop with Joanna and Fran in Summer 1994 - a 5 day Deep Ecology workshop (Hollyhock Learning Center, Cortes Island, BC). Wonderful experience. And I met wiccans, and downwinders, and David Abrams, oh my!
• During Summer 2004 I attended a 10 day intensive (Summer 2004, Land of the Medicine Buddha, Soquel CA). Another fabulous group of folks from all over. As warned I might, I fell in love with several of the other participants. And I met two men that would be part of later adventures as we pioneered men only WTR workshops - trying to figure out how to bring more men into the Work.
• During Fall 2007, I was one of fifty-two Seeds II participants (West Wind Retreat Center, near Otis OR).
I became a WTR facilitator prior to the spiral of the work being developed and to the current WTR Network structure. Initially was reluctant to lead the Work as I was too awestruck by Joanna’s facilitation. But after leading a pioneering home study group based on the WTR DVD set, I finally came to believe what Joanna had told me and others – anyone could lead the work.
I strongly prefer to co-facilitate - or to support the facilitator by organizing and “running” the event. That is where I make my strongest contribution to the Work.