Love of nature and grief for the harm inflicted upon it led me to explore the Work That Reconnects. It touched me through its ability to create experiences of deep connection with the living Earth, wherever we may be.
I am a writer, researcher, yoga teacher and mother, with over a decade of experience in climate change activism and vegan outreach. Originally from England, I now live in Israel, and have also lived many years in France and Germany. I run an ongoing Work That Reconnects study group online, and have experienced and facilitated the spiral with inspiring souls from many countries and backgrounds.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
So many people long to heal their relationship with nature and experience true interbeing with one another and our ecosystems. The Spiral of the Work That Reconnects is a powerful way to begin on this journey, and to move forwards. I am drawn to this work because I believe that there is deep value in practicing gratitude, honoring our pain, and growing our vision, in order to set out to act with compassion, peace and dedication in the world.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I feel that the false sense that we are shut off from one another and from the greater natural world creates suffering. The story of separation – in which each individual is doomed to struggle selfishly for their own piece of the earth – lies at the heart of so much conflict and damage. I see the Work That Reconnects as a valuable method for stepping out of that story of separation, and experiencing our fundamental interbeing.
Like many people, I have had experiences of deep connection in numerous ways, such as with loved ones, with nature, through spiritual practice and yoga. I feel that the Work That Reconnects provides something special, because it makes space for grief, and invites participants to honor pain felt on behalf of the world, which is rarely acknowledged in daily life. At the same time, because the Work is informed by ancient spiritual traditions and by deep ecology, it can create a container strong enough to hold that grief safely, so that it empowers participants to form a vision together of the world we wish to live in, and what we can do in service to that vision.
Audiences I work with
I work with all people wishing to deepen their connection with nature, express grief at the suffering in today’s world, and strengthen their capacity to work for a life-restoring society.
I facilitate online, and am interested in creating workshops where I now live, in Israel.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Deepening Active Hope practice group (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Chris Johnstone and Madeleine Young
Ongoing series of webinars and practices, from September 2020 to January 2021
- Work That Reconnects all-day workshop (2020, 1 days)
Facilitated by: Karen Scott
- Roots of Resilience (2020, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Jolie Elan and Mollie Brown
Weekly 2-hour meetings, April 22nd – May 21st
- The Work That Reconnects (2020, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Eveline Tijs
Mornings of April 4th and 11th
- Work That Reconnects Facilitator Development Group (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Lydia Violet Harutoonian
Ongoing training, with recorded resources
Other relevant training
- 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance registered) (2020, 0)
- 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance registered) (2020, 0)
Including certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga Teaching. I am also a certified Kids Yoga Teacher (training in 2019).
- BA, MA and PhD in English language and literature (1999, 0)
Location: University of Oxford and University College London
Other relevant skills & experiences
I have been involved in climate change activism for over fifteen years, and in vegan outreach for the past four years, which has given me direct experience of the different types of action for the Great Turning, and the heartbreak and joys of activism.
I am grateful to have experienced the spiral of the Work That Reconnects with people from many different countries and backgrounds, and am committed to accessibility and deep listening in my workshops.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Work That Reconnects online study group: Coming Back To Life (2019, 0)
- Council of All Beings (2020, 0)
- Conversation about Coronavirus and the Great Turning (2020, 0)
- Active Hope (2020, 0)
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I incorporate the Work That Reconnects into my yoga and meditation practice. Currently I am sharing yoga online, and use the guided meditations within restorative sequences.