I am a trainer for social movements. My ‘heartwork’ is the concept of ‘sustainable activism’. I facilitate up to 10-day retreats for ‘change agents’ in Europe, to support them on the long haul. In these trainings I hold space for reflection, emotional-work (WTR) and give strategic tools for maintaining political engagement. As a cultural social worker (CMV) I skilled myself at trainings from; Joanna Macy, Starhawk, Ecodharma, Transition Network, Ecovillage Design and Trainers for Change. I’ve been a grass roots climate activist for more than ten years and often felt lonely on this path. There is little space for sharing feelings that come up when (we dare to) look at what goes wrong in the world. Now I can tell people, it’s totally normal when you feel sadness for the earth. We feel the pain, because we are connected to the earth. so it’s an ‘alarmbel’ we should listen to. With the 'work that reconnects', we create a space for this. I like to share and build support networks to stay active for the long run. The change we need will take more than a lifetime to unfold, so we need a long breath. Let us learn to grow deep roots, so that we’re able to rise up to restore our earth and build equal relationships.