Living from the Heart: Gratitude, Grief, and Resilience

The Work That ReconnectsAnna Swisher ir no Amerikas, Kalifornijas. Viņas vecvecāki ir latvieši, kas kara laikā kā begļi pameta Latviju. Anna ir atbraukusi uz dažiem mēnešiem realizēt savu sapni – iepazīt savu senču zemi, dzimtas saknes, Latvijas dabu, kultūru un cilvēkus. Annai ar maģistra grāds psiholoģijā un savā darbībā ir fokusējusies uz ekopsiholoģiju, vada nodarbības, kuru mērķis ir atjaunot katram savu saikni ar pasauli! Ar dabu, cilvēkiem, dzīvniekiem, sajust to, ka esam daļa no visa. Tā ir dziļa empātija un mīlestība kurā mēs izjūtam - es esmu pasaulē un pasaule manī. Esam vienoti! Par metodi Anna pastāsta zemāk aprakstā. Nodarbības notiks angļu valodā bez tulkojuma, tāpec arī apraksts netiek tulkots. Annas valoda ir vienkārša un viegli uztverama arī tiem, kam nav perfektas angļu valodas zināšanas.   


In this session, we will get a taste of The Work That Reconnects.  They are designed to give you a little inspiration to come back to life, and decide if you would like to attend the longer workshop. Through a few basic exercises, we will explore the feeling and purpose of The Work That Reconnects (description below).  I will also offer some foundations for understanding the history, background, and practices of the Work That Reconnects. It will also be a chance to provide feedback and make requests for future workshops, if you like.

The session is led in English by Anna Swisher.  Anna is an eco-psychologist, wilderness and rite-of-passage guide, youth mentor, movement teacher and group facilitator from California.  Originally of Latvian descent, she is currently living in Jelgava, exploring her heritage and the stories and gifts of her ancestors and this land and culture.  She is inspired by dance, spirituality, nature, magic and mysticism, music, stories, and indigenous cultures.  Her focus is on supporting people to build relationships with themselves, with the natural world and with their communities, to create a more beautiful and sustainable life for ourselves and the future generations. Read more about her work on her website here."


The Work That Reconnects is based in ancient spiritual traditions, Deep Ecology, and Systems Theory.  It is founded in the understandings that the Earth is alive, and that our true nature is far more ancient and encompassing than the idea of the “separate self” that modern society usually leads us to believe.  Our experience of pain for our world comes from our interconnectedness with all life, including past and future generations, human communities across the globe, as well as the non-human natural world. From this pain, also arises our power to act on behalf of Life.  Only through allowing ourselves to actually feel this pain, do we find the clarity and courage to take action.  Significant learning (and a desire to act) occurs when we physically, emotionally, and mentally experience our reconnection with the web of life.  We understand that we are in a crucial moment of evolution, called The Great Turning, where our choices really matter. The Work That Reconnects is both a practical and a spiritual process of coming back to life, and discovering the authentic and natural activist within; the human being who loves life and desires to protect, defend, and enjoy it.

The central purpose of the Work That Reconnects is to bring us back into relationship with each other and with the self-healing powers in the web of life, motivating and empowering us to reclaim our lives, our communities, and our planet from corporate and colonial rule.  

In order to do this, the Work That Reconnects:

  • provides practices and perspectives drawn from systems science, Deep Ecology, and many spiritual traditions that elicit our existential connectivity with the web of life through space and time.
  • reframes our pain for the world as evidence of our mutual belonging in a relational universe, and hence our power to take action on behalf of life.
  • awakens stamina and buoyancy to live with full awareness of both the Great Turning and the Great Unraveling, historically and in present time, and to embrace the uncertainty.
  • awakens us to the systemic injustice, racism, and oppression of the Industrial Growth Society, and generates our commitment to transform all our institutions for the benefit of all humans, whatever their color, culture, religion, gender identity, and history.
  • affirms that our intention to act for the sake of all beings, and to become allies to all oppressed or marginalized people, can become organizing principles of our lives.
  • helps us identify the strengths and resources we can mobilize in our commitment to the self-healing of the world.
  • presents the Great Turning as a challenge that every one of us, in collaboration with others, is fully capable of meeting in our own distinctive ways.


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