Reconnecting to Life/The Work That Reconnects workshops and retreats engage heart, mind and spirit in the task of deepening and repairing our connections to ourselves, our human community and all planetary life.


Reconnecting to Life is a safe and transformative group process, led by highly skilled facilitators, in which we celebrate the joy and beauty of life, open to our true place in nature, and share witness to our deepest feelings about the challenges facing our troubled world.

Drawing on dialogue, ritual, contemplation, experiences in nature and a range of experiential practices, we are supported to open to the pain we carry for the imperiled state of our world. Together we deepen our gratitude and respect for the gifts of life, and expand our ways of knowing. Finding strength in our interconnectedness, we access the courage to speak our deepest truth and the creativity necessary for bringing our gifts into the service of life.

Facilitators have training and experience in the Work That Reconnects, a pioneering form of group work developed by Joanna Macy. The workshop also integrates diverse influences  and experiences. They are walking a path of grounding this work in practices of decolonization.

Upcoming Events:

The Work That Reconnects – March 2020 Weekend Workshop 

This non-residential weekend offers transformative processes for our difficult times. Gathering in community we will explore ideas and activities that enable us to bring our unique gifts more fully into the service of life.

Location and Date:  Mary Lake Sanctuary (WMIEŦEN), Victoria, W̱SÁNEĆ territory, BC, March 7-8, 2020

Cost: $175. Partial scholarships available.

Facilitators: Jackie Larkin,  Maggie Ziegler,;


The Work That Reconnects – Residential Retreat.  May-June, 2020

A five day residential retreat held in a stunning setting atop a hillside on Bowen Island. This retreat is made very accessible through the generosity of Rivendell. This longer workshop is an opportunity to more deeply explore, repair and celebrate  our relationships with all life on earth. Maggie and Jackie have been co-facilitating for more than 15 years.

Rivendell Retreat Centre

Location: Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island (Nexwlélexm), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory.

Dates: May 29 – June 2, 2020

Cost: $470. Partial scholarships available. Not including accommodation which is by donation.

FacilitatorsJackie Larkin, Maggie Ziegler

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