Trudi is a Social Worker by trade and has worked in community development for the past 20 years and is also an accredited Mental Health Counsellor. She studied the Work That Reconnects during her university degree and has used the work widely through retreats, workshops and one-on-one sessions. Trudi has a background in digital education and can design workshops in the Work that Reconnects both face-to-face, online and through blended learning. Trudi is part of the Australian WTR Facilitators Network.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I have worked with the Work that Reconnects for over 20 years, individually in my own practice in connection with the earth, through one-on-one and group sessions with clients and through facilitating workshops and retreats both online and face-to-face.
This work reminds us of what we need to nurture ourselves and the world we choose to live in. It connects us to our country, but also each other. I am called to this position to support others to discover and rediscover this connection in times that are changing.
We have recently had bushfires, floods and now COVID 19 in our community, a community that has had to develop much resilience in it's traumatic past. I want to be a conduit in our community for active hope.
I work in the area of Perinatal care as a Counsellor, specialising in trauma and complex care, I have used this work within our community to connect women with country and their experiences.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
The Work that Reconnects is a process that people can share in and use as a touchpoint for their experiences. A place to celebrate, ground, process and also ignite the way forward. Right now is the time to connect with others in the energy that is happening around our planet, to channel this energy into each other and our environment so we can continue to nurture and be nurtured, but provide a place in all the uncertainty where we still can hope and see simple, yet powerful results.
Part of this work in my community is working on country and with Elders - the Work that Reconnects allows a meeting point for our traditional and western cultures to meet with respect and power to continue this journey of looking after ourselves and our planet together hand in hand.
Audiences I work with
Women in the perinatal period
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Active Hope (2019, 8 days)
Facilitated by: Myself
Study Group and facilitated WTR process coming out of winter into spring
- Active Hope (2019, 4 days)
Facilitated by: Lisa Siegel, Tanya Fox
Active hope spiral process over 4 days - once a month
- WTR Facilitator Development Program (2019, 2 days)
Location: Northern Rivers
Facilitated by: Many including myself - organised by Lisa Siegel and our Australian Facilitators Group
- Taking Heart in Tough Times (1998, 4 days)
Location: The Channon
Facilitated by: Simon Clough, Bobbie Allen, Katrina Shields
First introductory course of many when first version of Coming Back to LIfe was released.
- Fortnightly Facilitators WTR Sessions (2019, 1 days)
Location: Zoom online across Australia
Facilitated by: Lisa Siegel
Fortnightly sessions for a year with the Australian Facilitators Network
Other relevant training
- Bachelor of Social Work (1998, 1200 days)
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
Facilitated by: University of Queensland
Majored in community development and social justice including environmental activism
- Dual Diploma in Vocational Education and Training/ Training, Development and Design (2017, 90 days)
Facilitated by: MrWED
Supported working in a role as Educational content development manager, building online learning platforms and resources.
- Graduate Certificate in Leadership (2016, 200 days)
Location: Online NSW
Facilitated by: TAFE NSW
Focussed on training and facilitation in the Vocational Education Sector (adult education)
- Complex Trauma Training (2019, 2 days)
Location: Coffs Harbour
Facilitated by: We Al Li
Working with an Aboriginal organisation sharing culturally based techniques for working with complex trauma in community
- Perinatal Depression and Anxiety group work facilitation (2019, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Tresillian
Indepth train the train course in facilitation for running anxiety and depression based groups in the perinatal area.
Other relevant skills & experiences
I have a passion for working in the space of change, developing resilience, agility, potential and pathways through. I am an avid community worker in a number of volunteer positions in my community from setting up Not-for-profits, social enterprises and bridging the gap between Indigenous and non- Indigenous services.
I have created a bee sanctuary on 100 acres where I live with my Husband and Family with over 100 Honey Bee hives and 30 Native Bee hives.
I love providing space for people to find their our vision, ideas and way forward and nurturing this space in such a way, that people follow through into action.
For many years I have run Women's Retreats on my property called FROLIC, based on the Work that Reconnects and deep ecology principles, for mothers coming back into and redefining themselves after having children.
I am a current accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and practice as a Mental Health Counsellor in the field of Perinatal care.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Active Hope (2020, 1 days)
Location: Online - NSW
ongoing - weekly Zoom meeting with Active Hope focus group with members from previous workshops
- Active Hope (2019, 8 days)
Intensive Spiral work over 8 weeks
- Australian Facilitators Network development program (2019, 2 days)
Location: Northern Rivers
Facilitated by: LIsa Siegel and up to 12 other Australian Facilitators
- Frolic Women's Gathering (2017, 4 days)
Location: Missabotti NSW
4 day retreat or Women, based on spiral work as well as arts, crafts and healing. Since 2015 there has been 6 Frolic 4 day workshops and 4x 1 day.
- WTR Australian Facilitators Networks (2020, 1 days)
Location: Online - Zoom
Facilitated by: All facilitators in the network - up to 20
1- 2 hours fortnightly - we all facilitator/ take turns and share experiences, as well as plan workshops, using the spiral as a basis for the time we spend together.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I have worked in the education and training sector of Health and Community Services for over 15 years, teaching face- to - face, blended and online learning in remote Aboriginal Communities, to live in training programs, service professional development programs and certificate courses.
I have also facilitated numerous events in my community and I am on a number of boards and committees.
The WTR principles have been used as part of my practice in counselling, training and in community development, as a tool for conflict, exploring and expressing emotions and creating daily practices to decrease anxiety experiences with client.
I have been introducing some of the practices with my Children's School - A small Steiner School in regional NSW.