Constance Washburn M.A., activist, educator, director and facilitator, has been a student of the Work That Reconnects since 1994. She attended many intensives with Joanna Macy. She and Molly Young Brown, co Author of " Coming Back to Life - Guide to the Work That Reconnects" and Mutima Imani are currently co-facilitating the Spiral Journey - a Facilitator Development Program in the Work That Reconnects. Molly, Mutima and Constance have been co - leading WTR retreats and workshops since 2013. She is a founding member of the Elders Action Network and leads an Empowered Elder Webinar using the Work That Reconnects for elders around the world. She is a trained yoga teacher and Community Dharma Leader in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage. Constance worked in food and farm education for almost 20 years in Marin and led the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance. She brings her deep Earth connection, her theater background and love of ceremony into her work as a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
In this time on Earth the Work That Reconnects is a vital part of the Great Turning. The Spiral of the Work is a strong transformational structure that can hold people as they grapple with a planet in crisis.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
We are in this transition of the Great Turning and the Great Unraveling together; humans, more than humans, and Gaia herself. The Work That Reconnects helps us do just that, reconnect, so that we can move forward together.
Audiences I work with
All ages but mostly adults and Elders.
Background & Training
Other relevant skills & experiences
My work in theater, improvisation and designing rituals and ceremonies is something I bring to the Work That Reconnects along with my love of art making and dancing. I integrate the arts and movement into all my workshops. As someone who as been through cancer and now as an elder been through the deaths of many friends and family members I can hold grief well. I have done grief work with Francis Weller and Sobonfu Some. I have trained in several coaching styles and facilitation modalities.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
In these workshops, what WTR practices have you used and how?
Used most all practices in Coming Back to Life.
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
Began using WTR in my teacher and volunteer trainings in 1990s. In 2013 I began offering WTR retreats and workshops with Molly Young Brown and then with Mutima Imani. Have lead retreats and webinars for the Elders Action Network , University of Earth, Holos Institute Eco-psychology Certificate Program, and at independent retreat centers. Molly , Mutima and I began co-leading the Spiral Journey a Facilitator Development program in 2017.
Please summarize the number and types of workshops, retreats and presentations of the Work that Reconnects that you have facilitated.
Since 2013 lead about 10 Work That Reconnects Retreats. Designed and facilitated WTR based webinars for the Elders Action Network starting in 2016.
Are you helping others to explore the depths of the Work That Reconnects?
Yes I am co-leading the Spiral Journey - A Facilitator Development Program in the WTR.