From North Wales but currently living in Prague, Gwyneth reconnects people with themselves, each other and with nature through coaching, positive psychology, and ecopsychology practices, workshops and retreats. She is also the host and producer of The Way We Connect podcast.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
Since I was young, I knew that my purpose was to heal. I have been called to connect with the earth and to use my gifts of empathy, compassion, patience and intuition for healing since my childhood, although it is only in the last few years that the calling has become louder and more urgent.
My background is in Psychology, Coaching and Counselling - I have my BSc in Psychology and MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, and it was during my studies that I became interested in ecotherapy and the fact that mainstream Psychology largely ignores the role of nature in wellbeing. Through my research into ecotherapy, I found the Work That Reconnects. Several years later, when I became active with Extinction Rebellion, the Work was presented to me once again - and as I was dedicating this portion of my life towards training as a coach already, I felt called to follow the training path of WTR facilitation, too. For years, my mantra had already been "we need to reconnect with ourselves, each other, and nature".
Experiencing the Work first-hand was groundbreaking for me. Even though I felt called to facilitate the work, experiencing it as a participant was something else. Within me, what opened up could be described as ancient wisdom, deep connection to Source, to the Earth, to my Knowing. I have seen time and time again - even through online workshops - the transformative powers of the Work That Reconnects.
We are living through transformative times, and I find myself unable to participate in "Business as Usual" without feeling sick. The past few years has been a process of learning to trust my intuition more and more, and I know that I am meant to be a part of the Great Turning.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
The Work That Reconnects opens people up to all the magic that we ordinarily ignore - the magic of connecting deeply to our imagination, intuition, wisdom, to one another, to love, to the Universe, to non-human beings, to past and future generations. It creates a liminal space away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life which allows our full potential to shine.
Through the Work, I have seen the future and the past. I am transported back to our ancestors' connection to life, and I see a vision for humanity once the dust has settled from the Great Unravelling. I do not know exactly what future awaits us; indeed, as Joanna says, we could be birthing a new era or acting as death doulas, but nevertheless, I see the possibility of a more awakened, conscious, connected humanity - and this shift in consciousness is a vital part of the movement towards a society that protects and supports life.
On top of that, I believe the Work is sacred and powerful in its ability to hold a space where grief, rage and fear can be expressed together, a ritualistic space where even the more skeptical can tap into their spiritual side. We may soon be dealing with massive loss, destruction, fear, conflict... and we need the Work, and similar processes, to help us process our emotions collectively - if we are to come out the other side.
Audiences I work with
Activists (XR and similar)
I am open to working with any audience, although I am still gaining experience
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Work That Reconnects Spiral Journey (2020, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Emily Coralyne and Phoebe Tickell
- Spiral Journey Facilitator Training (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Constance Washburn, Molly Brown
Online 6-month course, meeting once a month
- Roots of Resilience (2020, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Molly Brown, Jolie Elan
- Deep Ecology Weekend (2021, 4 days)
Location: Cae Mabon, Wales
Facilitated by: Lawrence Toye, Eric Maddern
Other relevant training
- Before We Were White (Anti-Racism training) (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean
6-week online course
- Ecopsychology course (2021, 0)
Location: Pacifica Institute (Online)
Facilitated by: Andy Fischer, Linda Buzzell
Other relevant skills & experiences
I am also a writer, poet, singer, and a gardener (currently learning some permaculture basics). On top of that, I am a coach specialising in Emotional Intelligence, mindfulness, and connection.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Radical Self-Care for Times of Crisis (2020, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Maria Bliklen
- Radical Self-Care: A 6-Week Journey (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Maria Bliklen
6 week course (meeting once a week)
- What Now? Realignment, resilience and radical love in the age of Climate Collapse (2021, 0)
Facilitated by: Shayontoni Ghosh
8-Week programme, meeting once a week
- Introduction to the Work that Reconnects (2021, 1 days)
Facilitated by: Linda Aspey
- Wheel of the Year (2021, 0)
Facilitated by: Matthew Painton
Several workshops throughout the year, weaving in the Work that Reconnects with the wheel of the year
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I have been hosting my own workshops related to wellbeing for 3 years, mainly in Prague on topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Managing Conflict, Meaningful Connections, Happiness, Stress Management, and "Staying Sane in an Insane World"
I delivered training in Non-Violent Communication for Extinction Rebellion, Prague, in 2019
I have hosted countless online webinars, e.g. the most recent was Emotional Intelligence for Times of Crisis