Workshop: The Work that Reconnects


*Postponed due to family illness! A new winter date will be announced asap.

A professional development workshop for continuing and new SWEEP members by Coleen O'Connell, Board Member of SWEEP and NEEEA.

As Environmental Educators, we are on the forefront of building a healthy relationship with the natural world. Yet the many negative issues coming down around us can take an emotional toll. This workshop will allow us to support one another in uncertain times and serve as an important professional check-in. How are we doing? How can we keep showing up for our work with a clear spirit and a positive vision?

The Work that Reconnects is an experiential workshop that supports participants with tools and techniques. You will have the opportunity to chat with others, serve as a compassionate listener, and share your current concerns for the world. We will sing when appropriate, we will move, we may take time in silence. Coleen will guide the group through meditations supportive of holding hope, finding strength, clarifying purpose, and remembering our unfailing inter-connectedness with all of life. Generally, people leave this workshop with renewed energy and a deeper commitment to their purpose.

Coleen O'Connell has been an Environmental Educator for the past 40 years. She is on the faculty of the Ecological Teaching and Learning MS Program at Lesley University. The Work That Reconnects was developed by Joanna Macy, an eco-philosopher and Buddhist Activist. It is a critical practice that has guided Coleen throughout her career.  She has been facilitating this work for the past 15 years and offers this day of retreat to the Vermont SWEEP community.

Workshop fee: $70, which includes an individual SWEEP membership for calendar year 2018. $50 if you are already an individual, student, or organizational 2018 member. $50 if you require financial assistance to attend; includes an individual 2018 SWEEP membership. Morning refreshments and a wholesome lunch will be provided. (Please note: We don't want to turn anyone away. If you require further financial assistance to attend, please let us know when you register.)

New date coming soon!