Marna Hauk, PhD directs the Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies in the Pacific Northwest and instructs graduate students at Prescott, Lewis and Clark, and Champlain Colleges. She uses the Work that Reconnects to facilitate climate justice and Gaian resilience social incubators as well as to support sustainability educators, creatives, ecofeminists, and regenerative designers in reclamation, resilience, and regeneration. With over 90 peer-reviewed presentations and publications, Dr. Hauk integrates living wisdom traditions, creativity, poetry, and ecorestoration with the Work that Reconnects to catalyze Gaian resurgence.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
Called by the ancestral and future beings to catalyze the catalysts during this time of the Great Turning, I arrive at this work.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I appreciate how the Work that Reconnects responds to the deep longing in so many who sense the perils and opportunities of our time. The powers of the work: experientially immersive, intergenerationally connective, deeply embodied, and relationally healing. The spare, clear, and evocative dimensions and expansive understandings of self, community, horizontal power-sharing, and time that the Work that Reconnects awakens are reparative and regenerative. I enjoy creating circles of group genius and teaching teachers and nurturing and sustaining visionary-activists inspired by this work. The Work that Reconnects liberates energy and momentum and creating culture for the Great Turning. Active Hope is a particular poignant set of resources for affirming the potential and transformative strengths of those engaged in energizing the Great Turning.
Audiences I work with
Queer visionary-activists, community organizers, permaculturists, regenerative designers
Academic: Sustainability educators and doctoral students in sustainability education
Students in ecofeminism, regenerative design, Arts-STEM
Nonformal adult education participants: Participants in the Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies
Poets and creatives
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Council of All Beings (1990, 2 days)
Location: Reed College
Facilitated by: Stephanie Kaza
- Work that Reconnects (2006, 3 days)
Location: Bay Area
Facilitated by: Joanna Macy
Other relevant training
- PhD in Sustainability Education (2014, 0)
Location: Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona
5 year degree
Other relevant skills & experiences
Dream Tending I and II Certificate - 2017-2020 from Pacifica Graduate University
Poetic Medicine Facilitator - 15 years experience and training from the Institute for Poetic Medicine (2005-2020)
Contemplative Listening Certificate - 2 year certificate program from Namaste
Regenerative Creativity Graduate Coursework and Research - Prescott College, including with Vicki Noble (2009-2014)
Permaculture Design Certificate - PDC from Lost Valley Education Center (1994)
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Council of All Beings (2015, 0)
Location: Prescott College
- Gender and Earth Keynote (2016, 1 days)
Location: Prescott College
Facilitated by: Paul Pule
- Active Hope Integrated in Sustainability Education Curriculum (2012, 4 days)
Location: Prescott College Doctoral Program
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
I have facilitated Council of All Beings work starting when I taught gifted elementary school students in 1990-1993 at Portland Public Schools, Pegasus Programs for Talented and Gifted (Irvine, California), and University of Oregon Super Summer Programs, including for a course I designed and taught called Ecotopia Now!
I utilized some experiential activities from Coming Back to Life (older edition) while a cob/natural earthen building instructor, 1996-2002
In 2012, I included poems from Joanna's Rilke translations in my biomimicry, collaborative creativity, and poetic medicine research - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259440638_Hauk_M_2013_May_1_Five_fractal_geometries_for_creative_sustainable_and_just_educational_design_Paper_presented_at_the_2013_annual_meeting_of_the_American_Educational_Research_Association_AERA_Conferen
In 2015, I launched an ecosocial incubator for queer visionary-activists in community-based climate change action and Gaian resilience. _Active Hope_ was one of the core texts, we read 1-2 chapters per month and I facilitated WTR activities throughout. That was 2015-2016. I received a fellowship from the North American Association of Environmental Education to design this, mentioned on this website: https://naaee.org/about-us/people/marna-hauk and also described in a chapter of a book I coedited on Community Climate Change: naaee.org/mosaic
2016-2017 I taught a doctoral Sustainability Education course with Active Hope as one of the core texts, and we leveraged it for course activities and an experiential/meaning strand throughout the course. The live meeting in August 2016 at Prescott, I facilitated the spiraling back in time activity, and then a circle of voices from the future.
In two times teaching Ecofeminism for graduate students at Prescott, I have co-facilitated Council of All Beings, as well as developing letter writing with the future beings, as well as innovating prompts that involved creative writing post-turning future fiction in collaborative settings.
In 2016 at North American Association of Environmental Education, I co-facilitated a workshop about Surfacing Unheard Voices which included several WTR activities. The slides from that are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ioFnnAJTO8ukYm0AjFA1iG9AC0gwzW9fXAA63s21RQo/edit?usp=sharing
As an invited speaker in 2019 for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, I facilitated some of the same approaches.
Also, I co-facilitated the keynote workshop at the 2018 Sustainability Symposium at Prescott, and we used WTR activities for a half-day gender and Earth interactive symposium. We did a milling activity as an intro, then developed breakout groups of five with rotating roles of future being, nonhuman representative, listener, speaker, scribe.
In October, 2018 when we were doing a breakout Interactive Workshop on Cultural Resurgence, we began/I facilitated a Invocation to the Beings of the Three Times
I am currently conducting qualitative research about using Active Hope style approaches in sustainability education for the 2019 American Educational Research Association in Toronto, including listening for student experience with Active Hope, letter writing to and from future beings, and some of the activities from Coming Back to Life
I have facilitated a Council of All Beings and used some Coming Back to Life activities with some Lewis and Clark undergrads for an Ecological and Environmental Education course - Active Hope will be a required textbook. Spring 2019
Please contact me for a more extensive vitae.