Teri Lynn Grunthaner is a white, cis-woman from the coast of California, currently living on the prairie heartland in Lawrence, Kansas. She has been studying and practicing dramatic enactment, ritual, and therapy as a means to re-embody our cooperative nature for nearly a decade. She’s worked with troupes and groups in Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Psychodrama, and more for personal and collective resistance, resilience, and regeneration. Teri likes to get her hands dirty by growing fruit and vegetables, raising farm animals, and living closer to the land. She is also a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace with the Sufi Ruhaniat International and loves to bring the dances into the Work That Reconnects. In late 2016, she launched a local Work That Reconnects community group, currently offering monthly workshops and organizing to launch a weekly book club, regular potlucks, organizing trainings, and weekend/day intensives. She first fell in love with the Work in 2006, and just in the past year has had the privilege to attend a 10-day and 7-day intensive with Joanna.
Audiences I work with
Right now I'm offering WTR workshops to the public at a community center on the University of Kansas campus. The participants range from young adult to elder, and most are involved in some form of activism. I'm also working with young adults that live in intentional housing communities, and bring in little bits of WTR when appropriate (and want/plan to bring in more!).
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
(The description for this section is the same as that for "Additional Skills and Resources." I'll respond to the prompt, "Experience Facilitation.")
Since my first exposure to the WTR in 2006, I have incorporated the Work into various groups that I have facilitated as a drama therapist. Only recently, in the fall of 2016, after the 10-day intensive, did I begin offering WTR-specific workshops. I've been facilitating them myself with very positive feedback. Now we have an established monthly workshop at a respected community center.