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

We aim 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 give special attention to social justice issues and reframing the Work That Reconnects to undo oppression. We are offering programs on 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.
  • a year-long online program open to all aspiring facilitators, with webinars every 4 weeks, study circles that meet between webinars, prep work (reading and videos) before each webinar, and online discussion forums. The online track began in September 2017 with over 50 participants from 12 countries.

If you are interested in the online program for 2018-19, please send a message telling us of your interest on the Contact Form here.  And in the meantime, please try to attend at least one 4-10 day Work That Reconnects workshop, one of the prerequisites for the program.

CONTEXT AND PURPOSE

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, decolonizing one’s worldview, 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 Hopealong 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

ONLINE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Prerequisites:

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. The program 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.

 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. 

-Undoing oppression in all its forms, especially within the Work That Reconnects.

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

Logistics:

Costs: We estimate the cost of the year-long program to be between $800 and $1400.

Scheduling: Prior to final registration, we will schedule live webinars at times that are workable for the maximum number of participants. Recordings of the live webinars will be available for those unable to attend a session.   

Application: Please send a message via the Contact Form here, and we’ll add your name to the list of interested people and send you an application form early in 2018.