Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Pilgrimage of Identity: Leadership, Narrative & the Art of Making Meaning

a course offered by the Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership
Guest teacher: Molly Brown
Hamsa Yoga Center, 24 North Broadway, Lake Orion, MI 48362
For more information, contact:

Fall 2017 – Fall 2018

Facilitator Development Programs
in the Work That Reconnects

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Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn are working together to offer the first Facilitator Development Program (FDP) in the Fall of 2017 as one of several pathways available for deepening theoretical understanding and facilitation skills in the Work That Reconnects.  

We want 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. The online track will begin in September 2017.*  
  • Both programs will come together for a closing weekend in California to unite and work together to build the Work That Reconnects Network.  (Regional gatherings may be set up as needed for people unable to travel to California.)

*To apply for the online program, respond to the linked APPLICATION FORM to help us design the program to meet your needs, and finalize plans for the fall.  Please respond as soon as possible, preferably before July 1, 2017. We will accept applications until the program is fully enrolled or by August 15.  

NOTE: Fully enrolled!  Check back for next year.


In this moment in history, people are waking up to the realization that our society is not sustainable. Violence in its many manifestations is causing pain and suffering. Climate disruption, endless war and our political reality are  some of the things creating fear for our people. We need ways to reduce fear and heal from trauma.  People are looking for community and ways to be with the pain they experience from what’s going on in the world.  They also want to find their particular gifts and how they can contribute to the Great Turning. This program will give facilitators the support needed to make this transformational journey themselves and to assist others on the path to coming back to life.  

One’s ability to guide others through the Work That Reconnects is enhanced by one’s own personal work, knowledge of and engagement in social and ecological challenges, working to dismantle the socialization that has lead us to behave in ways that continue oppression, as well as developing one’s skills as a facilitator. This course will weave all these dimensions together.

We want to meet the needs of people who want to facilitate the Work but don’t yet feel confident to do so, as well as people already facilitating the Work who want to further develop their competencies.  We have based the plan on the Facilitator Competency Framework developed by Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone, Molly Brown, and Constance Washburn.

Our text books for this course include Coming Back to Life and Active Hope, along with other materials on environmental challenges, systemic racism and other social justice issues, and facilitation skills. Those participating in the online program will also be expected to do homework between webinars, participate in regular study groups as well as engage in personal/spiritual practices and community activism.

Perhaps most importantly this program will help build a widening community of facilitators who support each other through sharing resources and experiences, as well as helping each other face the difficult times ahead with open hearts and minds.

The trainers/facilitators of this Program are Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn. Guest teachers are still being determined and invited, and will include both POC and White folks who have extensive experience in facilitating the Work That Reconnects.

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



At least one 4 – 10 day retreat with Work That Reconnects facilitator; read Coming Back to Life and Active Hope.

Structure of Online program:

A one year program with 12 monthly live interactive webinars and an optional closing weekend in California. The webinars will follow the Spiral of the Work through the year-long course.  Participants should plan to attend all monthly webinars (or viewing the recording if circumstances prevent you from attending one), complete homework assignments,  and participate in a study/support groups between webinars.

 Homework between webinars includes:

– Readings and videos for each webinar

– Study group meetings to share responses to relevant study guide questions on chapters covered so far and chapters for next session as well as support each other in planning workshops.

– Participation in local or online anti-oppression workshops or study groups for those with little experience in this arena.

– Self care, spiritual practice, time in nature.

– Planning, facilitating, and debriefing WTR workshops (evening, short series, or half-day).

– Engaging in an activity in each dimension of the Great Turning. Sharing learnings and challenges with your group

– Compiling poems, songs, art activities, theatre games, new practices.

Topics will include:

-WTR theory; systems thinking, deep time, the spiral, deep ecology, The Great Turning, confronting and exploring together current social, environmental, political, racial, and spiritual crises.

-Facilitating WTR practices; workshop design; principles of inclusive, respectful facilitation; group process. 

-Living the Great Turning: exploration of how each of us makes the Great Turning real in our personal, spiritual, and community lives. 


Sunday, November 12, 2017
A Pilgrimage of Identity: Leadership, Narrative & the Art of Making Meaning
a course offered by the Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership
Guest teacher: Molly Brown
Hamsa Yoga Center, 24 North Broadway, Lake Orion, MI 48362
For more information, contact: