Of Dutch origin, I live in Brussels with my husband, our two children, and my husband’s teenage daughter. I am a former environmental campaigner with experience on a European political level, and more recently with the Belgian French-speaking transition movement. I am part of the team of Terr’Eveille, an association that has been organising four-day WTR workshops since 2011, and have started co-facilitating workshops myself since 2019. Fluent in Dutch, English and French, I am cooperating with facilitators in different countries to offer workshops in these three languages in different contexts.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I particularly appreciate the systems thinking and Buddhist inspiration in the work that reconnects. I regularly visit Plum Village, à Buddhist monastery in the South-West of France that was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. I greatly appreciate the approach of combining inner change with systemic change, and linking head, heart and hands.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
Looking around me I see that there is a growing number of people from a growing diversity of backgrounds who are coming to understand that we live in difficult times, and that things cannot and will not continue as they are. There is a great deal of fear, anger and confusion about what to do and where to go next, and I have experienced, both myself as a participant, and as a facilitator accompanying participants, how valuable the work that reconnects is in this context.
Audiences I work with
I have not worked with specific groups yet, but am exploring working with environmental campaigners (I was contacted by Greenpeace International recently), and also with business through a new Flemish contact. I would like to add that it is very important for me to not facilitate on my own, and that as an emerging facilitator I am exploring collaborations with more experienced facilitators.
Background & Training
Other relevant skills & experiences
I am fluent in Dutch. English and French. I am working together with Flemish emerging facilitators, serving as a link between them and Terr’Eveille (French-speaking), which is a nice gesture in a country that is very divided along language barriers. I am also looking into offering workshops in English for the NGO (and why not business) community here in Brussels. Being a mother of young children, I also find there is a specific need and desire for young parents to get in touch with this work. I greatly enjoy singing (even though I’m not particularly good at it) and have started learning to play the guitar. This is an important part of the workshops offered by Terr’Eveille that I would like to take into the work in other languages.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I have not done this yet and am particularly interested in offering the work that reconnects as such.
In these workshops, what WTR practices have you used and how?
Describe how you use WTR in other work that you do.
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
I started facilitating at the beginning of this year. Is it possible to provide the video at a later stage? I don’t have one at hand right now.
Please summarize the number and types of workshops, retreats and presentations of the Work that Reconnects that you have facilitated.
1 four-day Work that Reconnects workshop (in French)
1 three-hour Work that Reconnects workshop (in English)
‘Gratitude’ exercices for thé fellow participants of the FDA course (in English)
A ‘test’ truth mandala for parents and children at the FDA course (in English)
Upcoming: one week ‘tribal’ workshop for adults and children
Are you helping others to explore the depths of the Work That Reconnects?
I am not offering any programs myself, but I am connected to different networks of emerging facilitators at different stages of their learning, so we are learning and exploring together. The Flemish network, the FDA alumni, the French and Suisse network who have recently been trained by my fellow facilitators of Terr’Eveille.