Shayontoni Rhea Ghosh is a writer, theatre-maker and facilitator, based out of Hyderabad, India.
I started writing stories at the age of 6, sitting in our family room, hunched over a diary with a tattered red spine. Since then, my waking life has been immersed in observation and storytelling, and my own rough forms of meaning-making. I have had the privilege to tread the boards of the theatre from the age of 15, working in all capacities of the art-form and performing across the country. I have assisted stage-directors in facilitating acting and drama workshops for many sects of the population, understanding the dynamics of group-work through direct experience. My drive towards self-healing was born of necessity, living with C-PTSD and being unable to find appropriate help. I have been trained in the technologies of NLP and Mental Space Psychology, and work as a coach with individuals. I was a student of the WTR Facilitator Development Program in 2020, after being unable to find any WTR workshops or facilitators in India. I have been facilitating workshops primarily online since then, and am working on building my business – The Reliable Narrator, a space for reflection and self-expression. I am gratefully understanding my niche to be tied in with practical spirituality, group-work, emotional processing and creative self-expression. While I am in the process of building an intentional online presence, I can be contacted via email at [email protected]
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
As a child, I was deeply aware of a gnawing sense of loss, heightened by the environment of a dense and polluted Indian city. The pain grew, sometimes even more so when I was a tourist in a pretty space “in nature” but knowing how removed I was from the real deal. Whenever I articulated this distress as pain for the world, not only did my inner critic dismiss me but I stopped myself from sharing this with anyone else, pre-empting dismissal. Work That Reconnects has been incredibly empowering for me to trust the distress and to see that it’s not the end. I am called to facilitate this because I needed it as a younger person, and I need a lot more of it now; and if I need it, then my malnourished, corrupted, deprived community needs it too.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I see the Work as a connector tool. Like food, it brings people together, stripping all superficialities. We need to nourish our bodies, so we eat. Everyone eats. There is no power play, no conflict at the eating table. Similarly, WTR brings together people, leaving no room for superficialities. We need to survive on this planet, so we meet the planet. We love Mother Earth, so we express that love for Mother Earth. There can be no space for drama or NON-generative conflict when the foundation is rooted in something so big, so common to all of us.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- The Spiral Journey: Facilitator Development Programme (2020, 180 days)
Facilitated by: Molly Brown, Mutima Imani and Constance Washburn
Other relevant training
- School for The Great Turning (2021, 6 days)
Facilitated by: Lydia Violet Harutoonian
- WTR Introductory Workshop (2020, 0)
Facilitated by: Novasutras
Other relevant skills & experiences
I am a writer and theatre-maker. I have worked full-time with a theatre group, facilitating rehearsals and acting classes and workshops. I also teach writing and run writing workshops. I am self-healing from C-PTSD using a number of different modalities.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- The Work That Reconnects: Resourcing for Trying Times (2021, 1 days)
Facilitated by: Gwyneth Jones
- What Now? Realignment, Resilience and Radical Love in the Age of Climate Collapse (2021, 8 days)
Facilitated by: Gwyneth Jones