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The Work that Reconnects

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earthheart The Work That Reconnects (WTR):
Awakening the Courageous Heart

"The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world, we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and to each other." ~ Joanna Macy

The Work That Reconnects, developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy in 1978, is known world-wide for empowering activists in movements of global justice and peace. Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the WTR builds motivation, courage, creativity and community.   

With multiple cataclysmic forces worsening every day; with greed, hate and fear escalating, never before has work of this nature been so important.  The central purpose of the WTR is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other within the web of life, so that they may be revitalized to play their part in the creation of a regenerative civilization.   

Peoples Experience: 

  • A unique and necessary opportunity to experience and share with others their innermost responses to the present condition of our world

  • Reframe their pain for the world as evidence of their mutual belonging and hence of their power to take part in its healing
  • Provide people with concepts and experiences that enliven this power
  • Provide perspectives and a fresh understanding of who we are and how we are related to each other and the Earth community
  • Affirms that their intention to act for the sake of all beings can become the organizing principle of their lives
  • Helps to identify the strengths and resources they can mobilize to activate the healing of the world
  • Provides methods to experience their interdependence with, and the inspiration to draw from past and future generations and the larger living Earth
  • Presents the 'Great Turning' as a challenge that every one of us, in collaboration with others, is fully capable of meeting in their distinctive ways

"A must for all who want to mobilize humanity in service of all beings." 
Rabbi Liebling, Director Social Justice Organization

The Process:

Saturday and Sunday takes you on an experiential journey around a spiral of four successive stages - Coming from Gratitude, Honouring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth.
Monday and Tuesday deepens the experience of what you have already learned and introduces new experiential processes to enliven your journey toward personal and social transformation
  • Through gratitude we connect to our personal power and become more present to life. 
    the spiral

  • By honouring our pain for the world we experience the true meaning of compassion and discover the immensity of our own hears and minds. 

  • Experiencing the reality of our inter-existence helps us see with new eyes. We feel the living connections with past and future generations and the other-than-human beings. 

  • We begin to comprehend our own power to change and participate in 'The Great Turning' according to our situation and gifts.  Each step bringing new perspective and opportunity as we go forth together to create life-sustaining cultures.

The process is a way to maintain balance and joy; a waking up to the beauty of life; a realization that we belong to this world and that the web of life is calling us forth at this time.

At each stage of the Spiral we deepen and integrate our experience through embodied and somatic processes.  

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Expect to leave this weekend feeling alive, nourished and energized to offer your unique gifts in the essential adventure of these unprecedented times.

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera & Shantree Kacera D.N., Ph.D. invite you into a journey of renewal, insight and hope as they share processes and philosophies that inspire the shifts in consciousness needed to usher in a truly vibrant and vital Earth Community. 

“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe." 
- Joanna R. Macy

LorennaLorenna Bousquet-Kacera -  

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera & Shantree Kacera D.N., Ph.D are 'Work That Reconnects' facilitators and founders and directors of The Living Centre & Living Arts Institute, in London Ontario (est 1983)

Lorenna is founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings, a process that enlivens the leadership needed to navigate this time of global crisis/opportunity and return emboldened to Earth and to our own true nature.  She is a Certified Permaculture Educator, Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Educator, Sevenfold Path of Peace guide with a specialty in evolutionary regenerations at the personal, ecological and spiritual levels.

Weaving indigenous teachings, Deep Ecology, holistic science, and Eco-philosophy with movement, sound and ritual practices that emulate the primal expressions of Nature, Lorenna offers deep wisdom and insight into the shifts in consciousness needed for this new era, and how to embody these.  

Her 40 years experience in the field of personal transformation, spiritual evolution and holistic ecology has gifted her with a diversity of regenerative modalities and wisdom, which she generously shares with others.  More


Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. is a Work That Reconnects facilitator, certified Herbalist, Certified Permaculture Educator, Ayurvedic Live-food Nutritionist and author. After 40 years in the healing arts and an ecological activist he is very aware of the need for processes and practices that truly support a 'shift' in the way we approach our activism and our 'doing'. He believes that without a solid base of understanding in how to maintain one's centre in the midst of increasing chaos that it will be harder and harder for people who do the work of transformation, to have the courage and energy to do so. He see's the Work That Reconnects process as vital to, what Joanna Macy calls, the Great Turning.

Shantree's love of Earth and the plant world imbues all of his teachings. He is an expert on the medicinal and nutritional properties of herbs and trees of Carolinian Canada. 



"Inspirational. Transformational. Meaningful and so supportive. I feel empowered." 

"Amazing! Fantastic to meet like minds, learning tools to stay connected, to build hope, strength, to re-charge and move forward will help me greatly. It is so beautiful, magical and rejuvenating here." 

"Very up-lifting. The workshop helped me to reclaim my power and joy." 

"Tenderly renewed! That is how I felt after the workshop at The Living Centre. Through reconnecting with the whole, I could reconnect with the caring person I am. I will continue my work in Holland, but with much more tenderness."

"I felt deeply held, safe, encouraged, expanded both experientially and through knowledge.The authenticity, the transparency, the animals and the land, all contributed to the gift of receiving the teachings." 

"Natural, real, comforting, joyfull, truthful, alive, calm, serious, professional. I had high expectations, but it was beyond." 

"Wonderful! This was a very heartfelt, deep and profound experience. The balance between experiential exercises, sharing education (DVD's & teachers) deepened my reflections, experience and learning." 

"Great. Thank you. You are a great pair to carry these healing teachings. Great hospitality, group size, environment and food." 

"This was an awesome experience. Moving from feeling sadness about all that is happening in the world, to being 'in the moment' with all this naturalness and pure reality, like minded goal setters and teachers that embody the progressive future we all hope for. What's not to appreciate and hold and take with! Thank you! 

"This was an incredibly powerful experience... although there was a lot of discussion it transcended words, invoking a shift in the self at a core level." 

"Deeply enjoyed this transformational workshop. I felt a shift the very next day - a 'Oneness' like never before, that I belong. Previously my deep love and observation has come from a place of separation, not wanting to disturb natures flow I have been nurturing from the outside in. It is now clear, to do this work I need to honor my humanness, connecting with the natural world through my ancestral history I'm not an intruder, observer, protector etc... I am simply apart of the flow by being there."

"This was an amazing workshop. I enjoyed it all! The sharing is so good. The people, so incredible. Many, many thanks."  

"I want to thank you again for your leadership and insights from the past weekend."

"An amazing and wondrous workshop."

"I truly enjoyed and learned from the weekend. I am energized and have had lots to think about. It will be a wonderful new adventure."

"It was a wonderful awakening. Facilitators were great. Lots of connections made. Definitely made a surprising impact on me. Thank you. Im an educator. I know how draining two days can be but you kept the energy up and inspired us all."

“It was just great.  Great balance of sitting, standing, moving, reflecting, speaking, listening, sharing and learning.”

“…There was a perfect balance between practice and theory.  Thank you so much!”

"This was a wonderful workshop. It was beautifully laid out with interaction exercises, discussions, information and plenty of opportunity to share. I'm so thrilled that I was introduced to this work. I look forward to taking more."

"The spiral is an amazing map for getting me back on track and staying with what is important to me." 

“The day flew by.”

“Well paced, meaty content.”

"An amazing weekend. Thank you. Thank you!"

What people came away inspired to do:

-  “Continue to dedicate my life to making [the world] a better place”

-  “Talk and write about [The Work that Reconnects].  Invite friends to experience it after I read the book [Coming Back to Life, by Joanna Macy]”

- "I finally know I could make those changes in my life that I have wanted to do for so long."

- “Follow through with my ambitions…[with] renewed resolve”

-  “Continue to develop teachings including the work [that reconnects], [and take them] to other communities not already aware.”

-  “Begin my journey for creating workshops/seminars for business leaders in developing humanity and enlightened leadership!”

-  “Adjust my workshops”

-  “Continue to work on my listening skills; continue to create conditions for people to be themselves, try to create safe space for myself and others wherever I am.”

Date & Registration Information

exuberance Dates:
October 21 & 22, 2017

Saturday & Sunday 9:30am to 5pm

The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd. London, ON N6P 1P3 (Map)

Saturday & Sunday - $250

Includes live-food vegan lunches and workshop material. Does not include taxes, transportation or accommodations.

Space reserved for the first 12 people. Please reserve your space well in advance. Your place will be reserved upon payment. 

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"We are creating with our imaginations a period of rebuilding, where the intercommunion of all species will guide our life activities. We must come to understand that these dreams of ours do not originate in our brains alone. We are the space where the Earth dreams." - Brian Swimme


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