Kristine is a mindfulness teacher and trained facilitator in The Work That Reconnects. She works for the Mindfulness Association and runs Earthy Mindfulness - offering workshops and mindfulness sessions about reconnecting with both our inner world and the world around us: the awareness of being an inextricable part of this one wild and precious earth.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I appreciate the rich material (both interpersonal and reflective), helping people (myself included) turn towards what is difficult. The principles closely align to my own values and aims and I am glad to draw on the experience of others while having the freedom to adapt to my context and the situation at hand.
My purpose in facilitating is primarily to facilitate a safe space for people to explore their own truth of that moment, while opening to others - both in the room and in the world, including non-human others and the earth herself. From this place of connection rather than disconnect, a lot is possible!
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I see it as a powerful force and context to wake up to the Great Unraveling with courage and stamina to witness the heartbreak, and from there it fuels the resourcefulness to contribute to the Great Turning.
Audiences I work with
Background & Training
Other relevant skills & experiences
- being mother to 6 year-old Finbar
- Waldorf education in the Netherlands
- 10 years experience as fulltime mindfulness and compassion facilitator and teacher trainer
- poetry lover (incl sharing a weekly poetry blog for the last year)
- a life time of singing in different contexts, including leading mindful singing workshops
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Video of me facilitating
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I incorporate the spiral and the three stories as a core component in what I call 'Engaged Mindfulness', where in the context of mindfulness and compassion training I look with people at how they can bring their care and concern for the world into action. This includes daily life awareness of the impact of our actions on people and planet, but also through the spiral being able to turn towards suffering and becoming clearer about where our unique contribution to the Great Turning may lie. So far I have offered this in the form of an introduction session and as a weekend workshop.
In these workshops, what WTR practices have you used and how?
Open sentences (for whole spiral, as well as separate gratitude and honouring the pain sessions with open sentences), Gratitude altar, the Wheel of the Great Turning, the Milling, Cairn of Mourning, "I don't care", When I Made a Difference, Widening Circles, The Cradling, Letter from the Future, Callings and Resources.
In this context I often give more time to become present in the beginning through a mindfulness practice, and I also find it important to facilitate space and connecting with self in between each open sentence. So basically very mindful, spacious versions of the practices.
Describe how you use WTR in other work that you do.
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
Please summarize the number and types of workshops, retreats and presentations of the Work that Reconnects that you have facilitated.
Jan 2018 - Residential weekend workshop Engaged Mindfulness (1 big spiral with both classic WTR and mindfulness practices)
Feb 2018 - 3-hr session for students (general introduction)
March 2018 - Day-long workshop WTR (with Larry Butler, moving through the spiral)
May 2018 - 5-day residential retreat WTR (with Larry Butler, 1 day for each part of the spiral)
2018-2019 - 6x an introduction session to Engaged Mindfulness (incl going through the spiral with open sentences)
May 2019 - 5-day residential retreat WTR (with Larry Butler, 1 day for each part of the spiral)
July 2019 - masterclass Engaged Mindfulness at conference
Are you helping others to explore the depths of the Work That Reconnects?
I'm not sure what you mean with this. Maybe the residential retreats are in this category?