I am a Sociologist and Deep Ecologist and inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Nature is my wisdomkeeper, medicine, solace and companion. I worked in environmental rehabilitation and wildlife protection in nature reserves in Indonesia and Peru and am involved in nature awareness education in The Netherlands. I dedicate myself to the healing of the connection between humanity and all beings. In 2015 I completed the facilitators training with Joanna Macy. I am delighted to be available to facilitate workshops in The Work That Reconnects. You can contact me at [email protected]
More information about me on my website and in these two interviews:
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I facilitate this work because it works for me. TWTR brings me closer to who I am, to my fellow human beings and to life itself. I am a sociologist and when I found this work, I was seeking tools to be better equipped to work with groups and combine both my sociological and environmental work.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
Before TWTR came in my life I have been mainly active in academia and nature reserves. You could say two steps of the Great Turning: the changing actions and holding actions. What was harder to do was to support the changes in our identity and consciousness, to internalize deep ecology, deep time. And when I read Joanna Macy’s work it gave me a solid method to help people with this inner change . The Great Turning needs all three.
Audiences I work with
Audiences I work with are people from all walks of life: policymakers, Buddhists, teachers, artists, activists, scientists, mothers and fathers, grandparents & students and children. Not a specific group. My groups are often mixed and I facilitate both in English and Dutch.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Facilitator training (2015, 10 days)
Location: River's Bend California
Facilitated by: Joanna Macy, and team
- Active Hope Training (2020, 6 days)
Facilitated by: Chris Johnstone
Ongoing online trainings, ongoing years
- In her words, Music as medicine (2021, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Joanna Macy & Lydia Violet Harutoonian
- Roots of resilience (2020, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Molly Brown & others
Other relevant training
- Cultural emergence (2016, 40 days)
Location: Herefordshire, UK
Facilitated by: Looby Macnamara, Jon Young, Starhawk
This was a 4 year training, a week a year, I have also co-facilitated with Looby
- Voice Work (1998, 60 days)
Facilitated by: Jean Rene Toussaint
3 year training, I am a certified voice therapist, embodiment & traumawork
- 2014 Findhorn Ecovillage experience & PDC (2014, 28 days)
Facilitated by: Jackie Buckingham, Craig Gibsone, Robin Alfred, a whole team of facilitators
TWTR was part of this training, a deepening layer in our groupwork
- Retreats Plum Village (2006, 90 days)
Location: Plum Village France
Facilitated by: Thich Nhat Hanh
many retreats with Thay, including Vietnam healing ceremonies 2007
- Interspecies Communication (2015, 5 days)
Facilitated by: Jon Young & Anna Breytenbach
Other relevant skills & experiences
Interspecies communication, voice work, meditation, nature awareness, working with life trauma, death, mental & physical illness in family and community setting. For my own development and sense of belonging I follow medicine and pilgrimage retreats with Sal Gencarelle, Colin Campbell, Pat McCabe, Daan van Kampenhout ( to name a few :))
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Veerkracht online series 2020 / 2021 (2021, 20 days)
Facilitated by: Manon Danker & Margriet Schager
Online gatherings during the Covid pandemic, also in year 2020. People could sign up for one session or an in depth series of 4 sessions.
- The Barn Weekend retreat (2020, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Manon Danker & Zoé Saraswati Martin
Full spiral experience, residential, international workshop
- Weekend retreat full spiral of the Work that Reconnects (2019, 3 days)
Location: Shambhala Center Leiden
Facilitated by: Manon Danker & Lida Hospers
The 4th weekend with Lida Hospers, we have one again in 2022. We also facilitated the Council of All beings in 2019
- De Bronhoeve, TWTR Full Spiral, residential, international workshop (2019, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Manon Danker & Maria Kolossa
This was the 2nd retreat I did with Maria Kolossa from http://weloveearth.org/
- Nemoland (2019, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Manon Danker & Roos Godefrooij
We also organized several 3 day residential workshops in Texel 2019, 2018
Video of me facilitating
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
Future Me ongoing project. Integrating Active Hope in secondary schools. We research the possibilities with teachers from several schools. It is a different approach to the workshops since creating a safe environment for intimate sharing has to be cultivated first. We are creating practices to bring this about.
In these workshops, what WTR practices have you used and how?
I am very familiar with the open sentences, mirror walk, truth mandala, 7th generation practice, widening voices, callings and resources, the council of all beings, The Elm dance, the web of life meditation, cradling, I use voice, sound relaxation, bring in inspirations from art & literature. Deep listening.
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.
Until now I have facilitated around 60 events and workshops: Mainly weekend and day-long workshops with the full spiral experience. During the Covid pandemic the workshops have been online.
Further I am part of several networks and in which we share thoughts and experiences: Root to Rise https://roottorise.nl/, Climate Psychologist network and the Climate Psychology Alliance, Permaculture communities.
Are you helping others to explore the depths of the Work That Reconnects?
Yes see above.