The Work that Reconnects - Honouring our pain for the world
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About the Event
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 second part of the Spiral: Honouring our Pain for the World.
We start with a gratitude practice to ground ourselves and to strengthen ourselves so we can turn towards our pain for the world. We share stories about The Great Unraveling we currently see in our society and the messages we hear that indicate our way of living is not working for most species and humans on the planet. Looking at the different narratives we hold about the world, we explore their impact and how our thought responses shape our emotional responses.
Together we move through the ritual called 'Truth Mandala', where each of us has an opportunity to get in touch with our emotions and express them in witnessing presence of the others. In this space, we take time to recognise that emotions are not there to be healed, but to be held. And then to let go again, as such is the natural rhythm of life.
In the following weeks, you have the opportunity to experience the next parts of the Spiral: 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. Particularly after Honouring our Pain, it is advised to attend the following week, so as to make sure you keep moving rather than holding on to painful emotions.
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?
"I came away from this workshop feeling like my heart was stable enough to grieve for all the sadness & tragedy in the world, that I've been too afraid to focus on. I now know... it won't break."
“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.”
“'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.”
“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.”
**If you are currently in crisis emotionally or psychologically, this session might not be appropriate. In case you are feeling overwhelmed, or think that you might be at risk because of these emotions, it is recommended to book a private therapy session.**