Module 26 – How to Facilitate Deep Ecology – The Work that Reconnects

Bor Nok Beach (Jane Rasbash & team)

23rd-25th February 2019 (3 days)

This 3-day workshop will focus on building confidence and capacity to lead workshops based on the Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy et al) and the principles of Deep Ecology.   We live in times of planetary emergency with the impacts of deforestation, pollution, climate change, social dysfunction leading to mass extinctions.  Economies are declining and oil reserves depleting.   To address this deep transformation is required.  The Deep Ecology Movement and the WTR processes consider how to bring about inner and outer transformation in ourselves and our communities.  The Great Turning involves each of us playing our part in the epic transition to a sustainable society and way of living. At this crucial point in human history, we need to train ourselves to rise to this challenge and give our best response.   This workshop will focus on building facilitation skills and confidence to lead WTR exercises to support others to find their unique contribution to the healing of Gaia – Mother Earth

Learning Outcomes:  Participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend principles of Deep Ecology and Cycle of Work that reconnects
  • Practice leading WTR exercises
  • Express how to work with emergent design and group energy
  • Plan and lead simple and effective Deep Ecology & WTR workshops

Topics Covered

  • Intro to principles of Deep Ecology
  • The Great Turning
  • Participants led through Cycle of WTR
  • Experience of larger WTR exercise e.g. Truth Mandala and / or Council of All Beings
  • Prep for practice teaching
  • Practice teaching In twos participants lead exercises either on Deep Ecology principles or different stages of WTR
  • How to lead contemplative exercises
  • How to facilitate in different contexts
  • Tips for leading WTR


Jane Rasbash works in sustainable development in Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and the African continent, using an empowerment and engaged spirituality approach. She lives in Findhorn ecovillage, and has taught Ecovillage Design Education in Findhorn, Sieben Linden, Myanmar and Thailand. She is a board member of Gaia Education and Ecovillage Transition Asia.


Active Hope (Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone)

Coming Back to Life: the updated guide to the Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy & Molly Brown)

Thinking Like a Mountain (John Seed et al)