Isabelle Giraldo is Half Belgian, half Colombian, as a child of expat parents she travelled the world, discovering the beauty, the playfulness, the magic of nature. The first time she touched snow, witnessed the moon rise, climbed her first tree, heard the sound of autumn leaves under her feet, felt the waves of the ocean on her body are still deep embodied in her.
An artist at heart she decided to study architecture in Brussels and for 15 years led a full life as a mother of 4 and working in construction. Her career going from creating projects to house homeless to building Malls in Doha, Qatar, witnessing the poor treatment of the workers. Growing more aware everyday of the destruction of the planet, wondering what world her children and grand-children would grow up in, she decided to leave the construction business to find a life of purpose. Thus began her journey.
After completing the Right Livelihood Certificate at Schumacher College, she started teaching mindfulness to kids and in schools, continued her training to become a WTR facilitator and a GNH (Gross National Happiness) practitioner.
Her projects involve integrating mindfulness, GNH and eco-awareness in schools (www.grainesdemergences.org) and developing engaged mindfulness workshops and the mindfulness initiative Belgium(www.emergences.org)
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
For a very long time I have felt the call to heal the Human-Earth Relationship. As we are part of the Earth and nature, the disconnect we experience not only seprates us from nature but from ourselves as well.
The WTR is a beautiful journey to experience in depth reconnection to ourselves, others and Earth.
And I love takind other hulans on that journey!
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
As mentioned above, I feel that the Work helps us weave us back to Earth and heal our wound of separation.
This healing is deeply needed in these times of the Great Turning.
Audiences I work with
Activist, youth, mothers
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- l'Espoir en Action (2015, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Helena Ter Ellen, Gauthier Chapelle, Corinne Momen
- FDA - Facilitator Developement Adventure (2016, 9 days)
Facilitated by: Chris Johnstone, Jenny Mackewn, Kirsti Norris
Other relevant training
- Soulcraft (2017, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Nate Bacon, Mary Mardsen
Ecopsychologie workshop from Animas Valley Isntitute
- Soulcraft intensive (2017, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Bill Plotkin, Geneen Marie Haugen
- The bones of Rituals (2016, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Colin Campbell
- One year program - Mindfulness for Life (2016, 15 days)
Facilitated by: Lyndsay Lunan, Michael Schwammberger
Mindfulness teacher training program
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- l'espérance en mouvement (2019, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Caroline Lesire
- Cultiver la résilence au coeur de l'hiver (2019, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Caroline Lesire
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
Introduction to the work that reconnects - Half a day - Krumbecker Hof - May 2017
Introduction to the work that reconnects - Half a day - Pyrénées - Students Of MSEI INP Toulouse - Octobre 2018
Introduction to the work that reconnects - Half a day - Schumacher College - Belgian External led course - Decembre 2018