Frieda has a diverse background including communications, non-profit administration and programming, transformative adult education, mentorship, and yoga. She has a BA in religion in visual culture and a MA in psychology. The thread that underscores all her work is the recognition of the healing and regenerative powers of nature. As a facilitator and practitioner of the Work That Reconnects, she is dedicated to serving the planet and growing the cultural shift of the Great Turning. As a mentor, she empowers individuals to step into their true purpose through greater connection with the natural world.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I see a huge disconnect on the part of the human species in relationship to our precious planet Earth. This lack of awareness of how connected we actually are to each other, to other beings and to the planet itself, is causing significant disruption to our own health, the health of our relationships and to the health of the planet’s ecosystems, as well as contributing to species collapse and mass extinctions.
At the same time, I recognize that, as a species, we have disconnected from our emotions. Most of us were not offered tools to navigate our emotional landscape, and in an attempt to not feel what we are feeling, we distract ourselves in the plethora of modern offerings that continue to feed this lack of connection.
I recognize the importance of nurturing these connections; to both Gaia, and to our emotions. I see our emotions are indicators of something that needs our attention; they are messengers from within, urging us to be present to something that is unfolding in our psyche, in relation to the external.
I am called to serve Gaia by attending to the human experience of emotion. I guide and mentor those I work with to identify their unique inner truths and wholeness, to tap into their internal wellspring of strength and resilience to attend to the emotions they may not otherwise recognize. Through earth-based practices, immersion in nature, and the slow, unfolding process of self-orientation in the midst of business as usual, I assist those who seek purpose and meaning in their lives to identify and navigate towards recognition of the Great Turning.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
The Work offers a set of tools, that when used with intention, can help us to access the truth of our experience of what’s happening in the world, and recognize how we may have been distracting ourselves and contributing to business as usual. Through the Spiral of the Work, we can begin to recognize and express the truth of our experience, understand how some of our previous patterns may no longer serve, identify how we might begin to respond to the world in a more authentic manner, and tap into the gifts that we were born to share with the world, therefore contributing to both the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning.
Audiences I work with
I work with those who feel a pull towards a life of meaning and purpose, who may feel a disconnection to their truth, and who long to free themselves from the bounds of that which they have outgrown.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Joanna Macy at Meridian University (2004, 1 days)
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Facilitated by: Joanna Macy
- Meridian University Eco-Psychology Class (2002, 20 days)
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Facilitated by: Karen Jaenke
- Great Turning Retreat (2019, 4 days)
Location: Forest Knolls, Ca
Facilitated by: Constance Washburn, Mutima Imani
2019 + 2020
- WTR FDP (2019, 12 days)
Facilitated by: Molly Brown, Constance Washburn, Mutima Imani
Other relevant skills & experiences
One of the most significant things that I draw on is my own history of, and continued relationship with anxiety. A number of experiences have contributed to my experience of anxiety: an ancestral lineage of repressed mental illness, climate disruption trauma resulting in home displacement, homelessness and sexual trauma.
Through decades of work, I have come to see anxiety as a personal messenger and tool. My own experiences of anxiety have offered me the ability to be with others who are struggling with it.
Due to my training in psychology, I am well-versed in family dynamics and human development. I have been working with collective trauma and particularly interested in how our current climate crisis is impacting the human psyche.
I am also a gardener, lover of nature and continually seek to understand the language of soil and plants.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- WTR Regional Gathering - Anderson Valley, CA (2019, 0)
Location: Anderson Valley, CA
Facilitated by: Abeja Humel, Laurie Adams
- Peace Psychology Class - Butte Community College (2011, 1 days)
Location: Chico, CA
- Individual work with dozens of clients (2018, 0)
2018 - present
- Group work with dozens of clients (2018, 0)
2018 - present
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I teach psychology at the community college level and purpose guiding at the graduate school level. My background in psychology is deeply rooted in earth-based practices, eco-psychology and soul connection through immersion in nature. Joanna Macy has been one of my root teachers since 2001, and I have been incorporating WTR practices into my teaching since 2011 and, since 2018, into purpose guiding. I have just begun to offer free-standing full spiral workshops and series and have more in the works for the next few years.