The Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Program
In the Work That Reconnects
The FDP program is a thoughtful and delightful course of study working to meet the needs of a growing worldwide network of facilitators. The content is powerful, the practices transformative, the community grounding, and the teachers supportive. I highly recommend this program to anyone whose passion or path in life has led them to deepen their devotion to the planet and to be of service in this way.
The Work that Reconnects has changed my life, and now, so has the Facilitators Development Program.
Rachael Alaia Helschein, Mexico
Work That Reconnects Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Programs in 2020
I - Foundations of Facilitation of the Work That Reconnects - March - Sept 2020
A 6 month online course with regularly scheduled webinars, study circles, homework, and optional "cafes." Attention will focus on four "threads": 1) the Work That Reconnects concepts and practices; 2) facilitation skills; 3) Decolonizing Our Minds and Building Inclusion; 4) Living the Great Turning.
The course is open to beginning facilitators in the Work That Reconnects who have experienced the Work as participants. It will begin in March 2020; application due date to be announced.
The FDP online Foundation Course will follow the Spiral of the Work and use primarily “Coming Back to Life” and “Active Hope” as the core texts with additional resource material on anti-oppression/ anti-racism, facilitation skills, working with trauma, overviews of global challenges, and living the great turning with support from mindfulness, nature connection, diversity, and joy.
II - Advanced Facilitation of the Work That Reconnects - Fall 2020 - Dates TBA
The heart of this course is a residential 10-day intensive, with introductory and follow-up webinars. The intensive will provide for practice facilitation with feedback and in-depth exploration of WTR concepts and the environmental and social crises in the world today,
This course is open to those with previous experience facilitating the Work That Reconnects who want to deepen their skill and understanding as well as connect with other WTR facilitators. People completing the Foundations course or previous Spiral Journey programs--and have experience facilitating the Work--may apply.
Please indicate your interest in either or both programs by completing this form. Once we have completed the new application process we will send you an application.
Context and Content:
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, systemic racism and oppression, 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. These programs will give new and experienced 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, developing one’s skills as a facilitator, and working to dismantle the socialization that has lead us to behave in ways that continue oppression. This course will weave all these dimensions together.
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 program will also be expected to do homework between webinars, participate in regular study circles 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 the 2020 Programs are Molly Brown, Mutima Imani, and Constance Washburn, along with guest teachers who have extensive experience in facilitating the Work That Reconnects.
Program 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 as well as facilitating WTR practices; workshop design; principles of inclusive, respectful facilitation; group process; awareness of power, privilege, and systemic white domination and racism, as well as “best practices” for counteracting that social conditioning. We will also explore what it means to be living the Great Turning: exploration of how each of us makes the Great Turning real in our personal, spiritual, and community lives.
The 2020 Foundation Program of the FDP will begin in March 2020 with the introductory webinar and then we will send out February prep work to all members of our learning community; this will be readings and videos to read and watch before our first webinar. There will be at least 2 - 3 hours of homework per month as well as requirements for individual practices, meetings with a study circle and with an ally in the Work between webinars.
The 2020 Advanced Facilitation Intensive of the FDP will be scheduled in the Fall of 2020. We will let you know as soon as the dates are set.
Learn more and become part of the Work That Reconnects Network.
Thank you for your interest in the Work That Reconnects. To find out more about the Work and to sign up for workshops and retreats go to www.workthatreconnects.org. Sign up on the website as a facilitator if you are an experienced facilitator or as friend of the Work That Reconnect to receive notifications and updates. We also recommend reading the Deep Times Journal for the most current thinking about the Work and to learn more about what the global Work That Reconnects community is up to.