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Post Ecopsychology Conference Workshop

Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div and Constance Washburn M.A.

9:00 am to 3:00pm
Fort’s Barn, Petaluma (Details about location TBA)

We watch with horror as our world spirals into crisis and our nation into fear, hatred, and confusion.  In this workshop we will share our passions, dreams, and anguish for the world, and reaffirm our love for the Earth and one another. Together we will seek the courage and capacity to stand up to the forces of divisiveness and greed, and help bring about a Great Turning to a Life Sustaining Society for future generations. We will address systemic racism and climate change, among other challenges.

The Work That Reconnects, pioneered by Joanna Macy, helps us to uncover and experience our innate connections with each other and the healing powers of the web of life. This highly experiential and interactive work draws perspectives and practices from systems thinking, deep ecology, and many spiritual traditions that reveal our inter-being through space and time. It reframes our pain for the world as evidence of our mutual belonging and hence our power to take action on behalf of life. It awakens stamina and buoyancy to live with full awareness of both the Great Turning and the Great Unraveling, and to embrace the uncertainty of this planet-time. The Spiral of the Work moves through Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth, helping us identify the strengths and resources we can mobilize, in collaboration with others, to act for the sake of all beings.

LOCATION: Fort’s Barn, Petaluma, CA
Directions to Fort’s Barn, Petaluma

Bring a bagged lunch, some snacks and plenty of water



REGISTER Concurrently with Ecopsychology Conference, FEE:  $110  (Save 10%)


We will refund any registration fee minus a $30 handling charge for any cancellations received one week (i.e., by March 12) in advance via email (events@holosinstitute.net).  Cancellations within a week of the event are non-refundable.

Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div
lives in Mt Shasta, CA with her husband Jim. In her work as a writer, workshop facilitator, and life coach, she draws on the Work That Reconnects, ecopsychology, and psychosynthesis. As a life coach, she specializes in working with activists and helping professionals. She co-authored with Joanna Macy both editions of Coming Back to Life (1998, 2014).  Her other publications include: Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning; Held in Love: Life Stories To Inspire Us Through Times of Change (co-editor Carolyn Treadway); and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life. website:www.MollyYoungBrown.com

Constance Washburn M.A.
Is a workshop leader and educator of over 35 years who brings 40 years of Buddhist meditation practice and 25 years of yoga practice to inform her work. Constance was the Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. She has studied with Joanna Macy for over 20 years and brings her passion for nature and her background in theater to create powerful experiences for workshop participants She is also a founding member of the Conscious Elders Network. website: http://www.constancewashburn.com/

This course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CEPA 90905) to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs . Holos maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  1. be able to articulate how gratitude for life can counter consumerism, fear, and hatred.
  2. Be able to facilitate an expression of pain for the world as evidence of mutual belonging and power to take action on behalf of life.
  3. Will be able to describe the “Great Turning” story and apply it to facilitate hope
  4. Will engage in effective social action that draws on their interdependence with, their responsibility to, and the inspiration from past and future generations, and other life-forms

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