Truly meeting oneself and one’s human family is a healing and moving experience. Especially when we come together in our concern and hope for this precious Earth, our home. In the fabric of the web of life we find the threads that bring us home. Here we transcend time and form, meet our ancestors and future generations, become inspired and widen our vision.
We believe that in order to restore and regenerate our environment, it is helpfull that we connect with our vulnarability. Open ourselves up to it and discover what powers it contains. The Work That Reconnects is a powerful group method developed by Joanna Macy – eco-philosopher and peace activist -that helps us to reconnect with the wonder of life, fully embracing the threats we embark upon. It helps you to reconnect and deepen your gifts and longings, your commitment to and vigor for life itself. We have participated in a workshop by Manon Danker (see below) and first hand experienced how valuable this work is.
The Workshop starts Friday the 25th, 5:30PM with a shared meal followed by an evening program, and finishes Sunday the 27th at 4:30PM. It is a full program in which we will go through the spiral of the Work That Reconnects. This spiral offers us a solid and profound framework to explore our deep belonging and care for the world. We start with gratitude and feel the nourishment of this ancient practice of giving thanks. We create a safe space so we can be really present for all the feelings that live inside us and open for our pain for the world. Witnessing and supporting each other in this often lonely place is liberating, empowering. When we see with new eyes we tap into the wisdom of many traditions and strengthen our awareness beyond our species and our experience of time. Here we breathe deep time and deep ecology. In the fourth step of the spiral we harvest our gifts and let our deep longing speak to fuel us, to be present for the changes we want to see in our daily lives, the world, in honor of all beings. For more information about ‘The Work’, look at www.workthatreconnects.org and watch the documentary Widening Circles.
Manon Danker will lead the workshop. Manon is a sociologist and environmentalist with emphasis on deep ecology. Working in nature reserves in Peru and Indonesia, she experienced the challenges between humanity and nature closely. She also saw the toll it took for environmentalists to work under such dire conditions. In looking for wisdom to work with the overwhelming stories of our time, she trained with Joanna Macy. For her this work is a powerful tool to help her stay present for the wonder of life and humankind. We really liked her warm and peacefull way of leading the workshop and were touched by her voice. For more information about her look at www.elemental-journey.com
We will stay at Oase Nieuwland a beautiful centre (20 minutes south of Utrecht) which is created to do healingwork and reconnect to our nature. We were touched by the place. Its accomodations and its guardians. It has beautiful workshop rooms (also one outside) and a nice community kitchen where we can eat. They will serve us lovely vegetarian food. You will stay in a 2p, 3p or 4p bedroom. Outside you can find a beautiful tiny forest and a vegetable garden. The workshop itself will take place in the ‘Merkaba’ room.
We try to make the course as accessible as possible. There are two possible investment fees: €225 and €295,-. The € 225,- fee is for students and people with a lower income and the € 295,- fee is for people with a moderate and higher income. Please be considerate of this when you apply, because we can only offer a limited number of places for the lower investment, otherwise we cannot cover all costs. Course fee, all meals (vegetarian) and accommodation are included. None of the investment fee will go to the organising part of the workshop. Manon and I (Maria) will pay our own part for the meals and bedding. So your money will directly go to the Oase and to Manon.
There is place for a maximum of 14 people (and a minimum of 8). The language will be in English or Dutch (depending on the participants).
To register, please send an email (in Dutch or English) to firstname.lastname@example.org.