Maggie first became aware of Joanna Macy’s work, the inspiration for Reconnecting to Life, when she read Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age in the 1980’s. She began to facilitate workshops based on the philosophy and activities described in this book, aware that the book spoke to her varied experiences as a psychotherapist, educator, facilitator, and community activist. When she attended a retreat with Joanna Macy she realized more deeply that this was a process in which she could be all of who she was; that there was no need to leave any part of self behind and that she belonged fully to the wider community of life. She re-committed to facilitating this work to all who care about the future of the planet and all its inhabitants.
Maggie’s background includes over thirty years of clinical psychotherapy practice, specializing in work with trauma survivors. She locates personal pain within a social, spiritual and eco-psychological exploration of the root causes of suffering. She has extensive experience in designing and delivering training in the trauma field, and in providing clinical supervision and consultation services. She is a facilitator and mediator, assisting community and social service organizations with strategic planning, conflict resolution and the creation of nurturing workplaces.
Always active in community, examples of her involvement include working with an organization providing services and advocacy to survivors of torture, serving on the board of a local conservancy, and as vice-chair of a transportation commission with a mandate to advise regional government.
Maggie’s global interests have taken her to the former Yugoslavia to support women victims of war, to India to assist on a mental health project that trained local service providers to supporting traumatized tsunami survivors, to Japan to deliver domestic violence intervention training, and to Kenya where she supported HIV/AIDS projects. For several years Maggie has been working with a genocide memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, supporting the development of peace building education.
Maggie Ziegler offers a wide range of consultation services.