Facilitator Development Program in the Work that Reconnects
Note: the program is fully booked with a waiting list for the '23/'24 cycle. Please indicate your interest to join the next cycle, probably starting in november 2024, or stay informed by signing up for the newsletter.
Holding Space for what Emerges in times of Great Changes | November 2023 - April 2024 | with Manon Danker and Lian Kasper
“The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you’re worrying about whether you’re hopeful, or hopeless, or pessimistic, or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you’re showing up, that you’re here, and that you’re finding ever more capacity to love this world because it will not be healed without that.” Joanna Macy
This is a wonderful possibility in The Netherlands. We invite emerging facilitators for a 6-month Facilitator Development Program designed to deepen the knowledge and skills needed in offering the Work that Reconnects (WTR). In this training we share our experiences, gifts and insights as facilitators. We deepen your understanding of this work and help build your confidence so we can explore together how we want to bring this strengthening work of our times into your communities and workplaces.
Manon Danker and Lian Kasper have extensive backgrounds in working with human/nature relations. In their work and personal journeys grew the wish to find tools to work with the reconnection of humans with all life forms. And in doing so finding ways to face the loss and grief resulting from losing that connection. Finding this work on their respective paths has helped to manifest their hope and vision for a different world, you could say the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible (C. Eisenstein).
In 2015 Manon Danker (https://elemental-journey.com/) has been fortunate to do the Facilitator Training in person with Joanna Macy. Since her training she gives workshops and immersive weekends regularly in the Netherlands. In 2018 Lian Kasper (https://www.kalapa.nu/) did her Facilitator Training in person with Chris Johnstone. She is deeply engaged in bringing this work to communities of higher education, both students and teachers. She facilitates a wide variation of programs. Now the time has come to help emerging facilitators and join our paths. This offering is born out of people asking us if we can step up and set up a training to help others further on their journeys with this work. We do this with the permission and blessings of Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone and the Work that Reconnects Network.
A prerequisite for this program is that you have followed at least one immersive 3-day WTR workshop with one of us preferably between 2021 -2023 (or with another registered facilitator). We find it important that you have recently experienced the impact of the work, and know what it means for you personally. It also gives you the chance to get to know the work better and to feel if the facilitator training is for you. It is important that you have had the chance to get to know your own grief around what is happening in the world. Although we will incorporate experiential exercises, the focus will be on becoming a facilitator and training yourself to pass the Work that Reconnects on in your own projects and communities. If you have not yet experienced the WTR or if you would like to refresh or deepen your understanding please sign up for one of the upcoming courses.
Another prerequisite is that you read the books Active Hope and Coming Back to Life. You will need them throughout the Facilitators Training.
Last but not least, we ask you to be able to attend all weekends. This is for the benefit of the group dynamics and your own process in becoming a facilitator.
Our planned format is three residential weekends over a period of 6 months. The weekends provide a mix of theory, practices, feedback and creativity. Practice and study groups will be organized in between. You will practice facilitation skills and co-creating with each other. You will have to take into account time for group work, study and tutorials, as well as preparation time, about 4 hours per week. The study groups will be largely self organized with feedback from Lian and Manon.
Please indicate your interest in the next program via this link. We have a limited number of places (16 in total). This makes the group intimate enough to get to know each other well and large enough to have a nice group dynamic.
The Investment for the 6-month program has a sliding scale between €1275,- and € 2475,- euro. All meals and simple dormitory style accommodation are included. Precise prices are to be announced for the '24 - '25 cycle.
If the investment makes it hard for you to join, let us know. Please be considerate of the investment you can make and whether you apply for support so this can be used to make this gathering accessible to a wider group of people. These spots depend on the availability of supporting payments. We encourage you to also look for support in your personal environment to make participation possible. If you have abundant resources and want to donate to the bursary fund you are welcome to do this. In this time there are people who try to live in a different economical reality and people who devote their lives to transition. We want this place to be open for all walks of life.
Weekend 1: Starting the Journey
Topics include: Frameworks of The Work that Reconnects. The Spiral, The Great Turning. Getting to know yourself as a facilitator. What does it mean to be a facilitator? Group dynamics and how to hold a safe space. Starting on building a mini session to practice with. Setting up practice groups.
The first weekend will include a shorter spiral journey, so that we all have the connecting experience of going through a deeply transformative process together.
Setup in-between: Selected tutorials for homework. Reading chapters from the core texts. Practice within your groups and supervision by Manon or Lian.
Weekend 2: Deepening the Journey
Topics include: Deep Ecology and Deep Time Work. Climate Justice. Sovereignty and Decolonization. Care and Self Care. Creating Ritual. Joy and Creativity. Group dynamics deepening. Open space for emerging themes and Q&A. Deepening workshop design.
Setup in-between: Selected tutorials for homework. Reading chapters from our core texts. Practice outside your groups with a buddy, and supervision by Manon or Lian.
Weekend 3: Creating the Journey
Together you will present a Work that Reconnects Full Spiral.
Topics Include: Full Spiral Journey given by the group. Feedback by Lian and Manon. Q & A session. Ending Ceremony. Thanks-giving and goodbyes.
May you be inspired to join and we are delighted to welcome you to travel with us on this journey.
For All Beings