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The Work That Reconnects: Courage for the Healing of Our World

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About The Work That Reconnects: Courage for the Healing of Our World

Join us for a transformational group process that builds motivation, connection, solidarity and vision, renewing the courage to act for the healing of our world. In these times of climate chaos, rampant inequality, systemic racism, and other daily catastrophes, there is a tension between our desire to take urgent action and our need to process reality on a deeper level.

We often experience despair, anger, fear, and burnout as we navigate this tension, and at times it feels easier to turn away and close ourselves off. Yet it is through reconnection with ourselves and others, and acknowledging the reality of these times, that we can find hope and the courage to continue.

The Work that Reconnects (WTR) is both a process for transforming our despair into purposeful action, as well as a deep well of nourishment to continue. Through a series of creative and experiential exercises, The Work that Reconnects opens space for radical truth-speaking and personal and collective empowerment. Drawing on deep ecology, systems theory, and spiritual traditions, this open-source body of work is rooted in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy.

Since 1978, the Work that Reconnects has inspired thousands of people to take heart and work together for the sake of life on Earth, despite rapidly worsening social and ecological conditions. It has also inspired people to co-create experiential practices that serve the Work in specific groups and settings.

To learn the basics of the Work that Reconnects and its distinctive approach, people come to workshops that range in duration from a day or weekend to a ten or thirty-day intensive. But the Work That Reconnects extends far beyond such dedicated events, for its methods are widely used in classrooms, faith communities, grassroots organizing, and environmental and civil rights campaigns.

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- Saturday, April 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with optional evening fire to be determined
- Sunday, April 25, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Note: Participants are expected to attend both days of this workshop. The workshop tuition is for both days, and there is not an option for partial participation.

We will be adhering to the latest COVID-19 recommendations and precautions.

The course is held in Aptos, CA, near Santa Cruz. Exact address will be shared after registering. You are welcome to camp on-site, and there are many hotels nearby. All meals are on your own. There are many natural food stores and restaurants nearby.

Please bring a bowl (for a ritual), notebook, something to write with, and clothing layers.

Della Duncan is a facilitator, broadcast journalist, and renegade economist who guides opportunities for personal and systemic transition to a more equitable, sustainable, and enlivened world. She has led the Work that Reconnects for communities around the world for over five years. She is an Atlantic Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, a Right Livelihood coach, the host of the Upstream Podcast, a Gross National Happiness trainer for the Eurasia Learning Institute, a 5 Elements Dance Instructor, and an Alternative Economics Consultant. She is currently in a Buddhist Dharma leader program with James Baraz, she holds an MA in Economics for Transition with Distinction from Schumacher College, a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, and has completed Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects Intensive Program.

- Super Early Bird Savings end February 15
- Early Bird Savings end March 15

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