Roots of Resilience for Uncertain Times: a 5-part Online Workshop

Roots of Resilience for Uncertain Times: a 5-part Online Workshop

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - Thursday, June 29, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Zoom Online
Time Zone UTC -5, US Central Time
Chicago, IL

Art by Dorothy Bury Shaw

This online workshop meets on five consecutive Thursdays: June 1, 8, 15, 21 and 28 from 10:00AM Pacific/12:00PM Central Time – 12:15PM Pacific/2:15PM Central Time. Plan to attend all sessions. (Central Time is UTC -5. To convert to other time zones, click here.)  This time works well with European Time Zones. 6:00pm BST; 7:00pm CEST.

It’s heartbreaking to remain conscious and engaged in our crazy times. Everywhere we turn, we experience the Great Unraveling of our society and our world: systemic racism, the pandemic, global climate change, poverty, mass extinctions, etc. It’s clear we can’t continue with Business As Usual. The fear, grief, anger, and helplessness we feel can be unbearable because it’s not just our personal pain; it’s the collective pain of all life on Earth. When we come together and honor our feelings about our world, we realize our radical interconnectedness with all peoples and species, and become part of the Earth healing herself. It is essential that we do this work now—root into the wisdom of our living planet, heal our divisions and foster our resilience to take part in this transformation known as the Great Turning.

In this 5-part Work That Reconnect online workshop, we grow our roots of resilience for these uncertain times as we move through the Spiral—beginning with Gratitude, then Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New and Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth. Join us for this life-changing group experience that will help you restore your sense of purpose and possibility to address the complex nature of our times.

COST: We want to make this workshop available to everyone, so we are offering a sliding scale: $200 – $50. Your generosity helps us continue this important work. If your contribution needs to be less than $50, please contact us at

REGISTRATION: Class size is limited. Sign up soon to save a spot. Registration is at the bottom of the page. You are expected to attend all sessions. We will meet via Zoom. 

Online Class Details, Format, and Schedule

This work is very interactive. There will be ample time for teachings, experiential practices, small group discussions, large group sharing and community rituals. There will also be optional home practices, readings, and “buddy” calls.

This is a 5-part online workshop (11 hours total). We will meet via Zoom.

Class 1 : Gratitude for Our World
Class 2: Honoring Our Pain for the World
Class 3: Seeing With New and Ancient Eyes
Class 4: Deep Time with our Ancestors and Future Beings
Class 5: Going Forth into the Great Turning

Facilitated by Kathleen Rude  

Kathleen Rude fell in love with the natural world as a young child and found her voice for environmental activism at age 10. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and an M.S. in Natural Resources. Kathleen began her career as an environmental writer. Her studies of indigenous spiritual practice eventually led her to become a shamanic practitioner, ceremonial leader and teacher. She is a senior facilitator of the Work That Reconnects (WTR) and has been mentored by Joanna Macy. Building on the brilliance of WTR, Kathleen is developing her own process for helping people be an effective force for change in their lives and in the world through the choices they make every day. She will detail this practice in her upcoming book, How To Be An Every Day Difference Maker. Kathleen has created A Guided Self-Practice of The Work That Reconnects (42 minutes), available as a digital download. She is the author of the novel, The Redemption of Red Fire Women, a spiritual story of suspense and romance in the Colorado high country. Website:


What People are saying about Roots of Resilience


“I never expected to experience such connection on a zoom workshop series, yet I found it so powerful! Whilst I had tried unsuccessfully to engage with the Active Hope book, in our workshop the ideas and teaching seemed to burst out like fireworks of understanding.”                                              ~ Marian

“I’m so grateful for this work. For years I have been praying to learn how to deepen my service by bridging my own spiritual empowerment with real earthly change-making and engagement. I feel that this process and community has opened a door for me to finally start to allow my pain for the world to become motivation to act, founded in my deep love and compassion, integrating my knowings of interdependence, longing for a regenerative world, and personal healing. Thank you!”
~ Diana Egizi

“Thanks to all for deep sharing and healing conversation holding/witness. Really life-changing, the results of this workshop will ripple out in the coming years. Thanks to facilitators for holding lightly and strongly”
~ Kerryn in Australia

“An amazing experience. Transformative. Emotionally safe! Well done!”
~ Julia Smagorinsky

“This was the loveliest group and this course has been a lifeline. Thank you!!!”
~ Liz in Brooklyn

“Although far in distance I felt I met a community where I could share my sorrows, pains, ideas. I could be myself, play a blade of grass and receive compassion, understanding and gratefulness for the gifts. This is the first time that happens to me”
~ Dominique Ringler in Brussels

“This has been a beautiful timely gift – Deep gratitude and respect for the collective wisdom – your offering has created a desire to share this work and also want so much more..ahem I want to linger…a little longer”
~ Jana in Canada

“The workshop provided space for me to reflect on where I am now including feelings I don’t often allow to come to the surface. This brought a deeper connection both in myself and with others. I discovered new ways of experiencing myself and of being in the world. Taking part in both small groups and the whole group brought a strong feeling of cohesion and support. Facilitated with both wisdom and care.”
~ John

“This was a great experience that offered a powerful framework and a generous invitation for us to discover and explore our own authentic and rightful place in the change that needs to happen.”
~ Bob H. M.F.T


We want to make this workshop available to everyone, so we are offering a sliding scale. Your generosity helps us continue this important work.




Ticket Type Price Spaces
Suggested $200.00
Sliding Scale $180.00
Sliding Scale $150.00
Sliding Scale $100.00

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