The Work that Reconnects - Gratitude
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About the Event
Do you sometimes feel hopeless about the state of our world and the destruction of our planet? Or guilty that you are not doing enough to change how our society currently operates? Or scared that reading too much news articles about the issues we are facing is going to send you down a dark hole that you cannot return from? Or maybe just numb and burn out at the moment? Then do read on on as this workshop will help you...
What is it?
The Work That Reconnects is a body of work initiated by activist, author and buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. Its central purpose is to help people connect to their love and pain for this world so we can prepare to take part in its healing. It bring us back into relationship with each other and with the self-healing powers in the web of life. This journey motivates and empowers us to reclaim our lives, our communities, and our planet from corporate and colonial rule. It helps us to transform despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action.
How does it work?
The Work follows a spiral of practices: together we move through exercises, sharing and rituals to build resilience in coping with the current state of our world. We create a safe space to connect to our own emotional and thought responses and experience the power of sharing this in community with others.
In this session we focus on the first part of the Spiral: Coming from Gratitude.
We enhance our psychological buoyancy by turning our attention toward the gifts of life. We learn to tap into gratitude as a resource available to us at any moment, so that we strengthen ourselves when faced with disturbing information. It is an important practice to avoid burn out and to deepen our experience of the vibrancy of being alive.
During this session we will be giving thanks, engage in meditation and share our experiences with each other. One of the exercises will be'The Wheel of the Great Turning', where we generate appreciation for all the things people in our world are already doing to contribute to a more beautiful, life-sustaining society.
In the following weeks, you have the opportunity to experience the next parts of the Spiral: Honouring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes and Going Forth. Though it is not necessary to take part in all the sessions, you are encouraged to do so as it will give you the best chance to experience The Work that Reconnects as it is intended.
How to take part?
The workshop is limited to a maximum of 15 people so secure your space by registering here or send me an e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot make it, please cancel your booking in time so your place can be opened up again for another participant.
The event will take place online via Zoom, you will receive an e-mail with personal link you click at the start of the workshop. You will need a laptop with stable internet connection and webcam. The session will be ‘closed’ at the start, so please ensure you click the Zoom link in good time for a prompt start.
How much does it cost?
To make this workshop accessible for everyone, it works with the principle of donation. You have the freedom to pay what you feel is fair and in line with your experience. You will receive payment details after registration.
What do other people say?
“'The work that reconnects-online' was a beautiful opportunity to spend time sharing with others in an open and honest safe space. Having time to see and be seen, hear and be heard gave me a sense of grounding and calm. It was a time to express some emotions and allow myself to let go a little. I believe that we all innately need and want connection and that open-hearted connection leads to transformation. It is a testament to Eveline that even in a short 3-hour online session I had a really meaningful experience with the other participants.”
“Eveline held a really beautiful space to facilitate this work, we were able to safe while exploring these tender topics. The group setting, even amongst 'strangers', is so beneficial - sharing, being witnessed and heard as we work through this. Saying that, there was no pressure to open up beyond our comfort levels. This feels like important work that we must all keep doing.”
“The workshop with Eveline was a valuable opportunity to open up to our deep connection with the world and one another, through expressing our gratitude and grief at this time of change. Eveline's assured facilitation created a supportive space for us to share and connect.”
“This course was an invaluable way to begin sharing thoughts and experiences relating to climate breakdown and the ecological emergency we face. I completed this course at time when the world is battling coronavirus and normal life is paused. As we self-isolate in our homes and have the time to stop and reflect on life, the online format of this course facilitated a powerful and emotional human connection. By sharing my thoughts and hearing the experiences of others, I found some renewed hope for the future and sensed there is a better way to live and appreciate the present.”