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Ecological Despair and Empowerment Workshop

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The bushfire tragedy unfolding before our eyes has brought the realities of the climate crisis and the future we face front and centre in our lives. Countless creatures lost and millions of hectares destroyed. Climate activists can take on the burden harder than others, so this special workshop is being offered specifically for folks working for climate change action.

This is a participatory workshop in the tradition of the Work that Reconnects (WtR), which is a supportive framework to reawaken our connection to ourselves, each other and the world. It was developed by deep ecologist, activist and scholar, Joanna Macy, as a way to understand people’s feelings and empower them in the age of nuclear proliferation in the late 1970s. In recent years, WtR has become increasingly relevant to the climate change crisis, loss of biodiversity, pollution and other environmental and social crises.

WtR provides an opportunity to understand and express both our concerns and our love for the Earth and our societies, and to (re)discover and give shape to our hopes. Through our remembering, we are able to go forth with new eyes and renewed purpose to continue contributing to a Life Sustaining Society.
This is an experiential workshop, involving solo processes as well as conversational and group processes.

For folks who aren’t working specifically in climate change action, but are interested in workshops like this, please email Emma at, and we can let you know about future workshops.

$80 full / $50 concession
**We don’t want the cost to be prohibitive to anyone who wants to participate – so if the cost is an issue, please get in touch and we can figure out an alternative cost**.

This event is being supported by Friends of the Earth Australia.

Emma Brindal is the founder of WiseEarth Education, which was established to nurture and build respect for our planet, through experiential earth connection programs. Emma is inspired by the ideas and practices of Deep Ecology, Place-Based Education and the Work that Reconnects; and believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a Life Sustaining Society for all beings.

Em Maltby works with community groups, adults and young people to create opportunities to enjoy, connect with, and support the Earth and each other. She’s worked with schools, local governments and grassroots movements – always keeping people, their wellbeing and their relationship with the Earth at the forefront of her mind and heart. Em first encountered the Work That Reconnects in a friend’s bookshelf (!) and has been passionate about sharing its wisdom and strength with others for over 10 years.

Emma and Em have co-facilitated several Work that Reconnects (WtR) workshops together. They are part of an Australian WtR facilitators network, who are collaborating to build a space across Australia where people can be supported and held by the principles and ideas of the Work that Reconnects in these immensely challenging times.


March 7
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Wiseearth Education


Wiseearth Education
25A Waterview Ter, Dutton Park QLD 4102, Australia
Gold Coast, Australia
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