Saturday June 17, 2017
PATHWAYS TO ACTION IN TROUBLED TIMES:
THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS
With Molly Brown
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis
- Individuals who are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the state of the world who want to move to inspired action, and
- Change makers who are looking for new tools to increase effectiveness in their work and bring their particular gifts and skills forward in service of life.
Learning Objectives – Attendees will:
- Identify personal, social, and spiritual challenges brought about by today’s environmental, social, and political realities;
- Express one’s pain for the world and explore responses to it; and,
- Utilize at least 2 psychosynthesis principles to experience increased engagement and develop resilience in responding to the global crises we face today.
Fee: Free for AAP members, $25 for non-members
September 3 – September 8, 2017
Systems Thinking and the Work That Reconnects
Fall 2017 – Summer or Fall 2018
Facilitator Development Programs
in the Work That Reconnects
Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn are working together to develop two year-long Facilitator Development Programs in the Work That Reconnects, to begin in August or September 2017. We hope to meet the needs of people who aspire to facilitate the Work and want to develop their skills in facilitation and group dynamics so they feel confident in bringing the Work to their communities. Both programs will give special attention to social justice issues and decolonizing the Work That Reconnects. We are envisioning programs with two parallel tracks:
- one for People of Color in Oakland, with four weekend workshops and study and practice recommendations between weekends. If you are interested in this track, please contact Mutima Imani for an application and more information.
- an online program open to all aspiring facilitators, with webinars every 3 to 4 weeks, and study and practice recommendations between webinars. If you are interested in this track, please contact Constance Washburn for an application and more information.
- Both programs will come together for a closing weekend in California to unite and work together to build the Work That Reconnects Network. (Alternative regional workshops may be set up as needed for people unable to travel to California.)
- For either program, we welcome your feedback, ideas, and questions.
PURPOSE AND CONTEXT
At this time of planetary destruction, systemic racism and oppression, and political chaos, many of us are seeking ways to reconnect to one another and to the living Earth, and to bring forth our particular gifts to contribute to the Great Turning. The Work That Reconnects is a transformational body of work that includes both theories and practices which enable us to reconnect us to our own true nature, the web of life, and to our human community, while inspiring us to act on behalf of life. This program will give facilitators the support needed to make the transformational journey themselves and to assist others on the path to coming back to life.
In addition to facilitation skills, the ability to guide others through the Work That Reconnects is enhanced by personal work, knowledge and engagement in social and ecological challenges, and decolonizing one’s worldview. This course will weave all these dimensions together.
Text books for this course are Coming Back to Life (with its Study Guide) and Active Hope, along with other assigned and recommended reading. We will be working deeply with the theories and practices contained in these books as well as exploring additional texts, articles, and videos. Those participating in the program will be expected to do their own inner work, participate in study groups, and share the Work That Reconnects in some form in their communities.
Perhaps most importantly this program will help build a widening community of facilitators who support each other to do the Work through sharing resources and experiences, as well as helping each other face the difficult times ahead with open hearts and open minds.
The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. ~ Joanna Macy
Facilitators/Trainers: Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn will be the primary teachers/trainers/facilitators for these Facilitator Development Programs.
We will follow the Spiral of the Work (Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, Going Forth) throughout the course.
- WTR underlying Concepts and Worldviews; Living the Great Turning.
- WTR practices–experiential learning
- General facilitation skills
- Practice sessions/ practice talks by students
- Decolonizing the Work That Reconnects
Contact Molly with concerns or questions, and to be added to our mailing list of interested folks.
Please check back on this site and on workthatreconnects.org for information on developing plans.