The Work That Reconnects

In this episode, Erin speaks with three trainers of The Work That Reconnects: Mutima Imani, Molly Brown, and Constance Washburn.

We explore an overview of this pioneering body of work that includes Deep Ecology, Systems Thinking, and Buddhist practices, developed by root teacher Joanna Macy. We explore the three stories of our times: Business as Usual, The Great Unravelling, and The Great Turning, and how we can choose which story we’re carrying. We explore how spirituality and activism support one another (and in fact need one another.) We talk about how this work is helping these women and the world during the challenging times we’re facing on our planet. I’m thrilled to be participating in their year-long training this year and delighted to share them and this work with you. You’ll find abundant information, resources, practices, inspiration and more at

Mutima Imani is a social justice visionary, master trainer, and facilitator working to heal the heart of humanity by providing 21st-century tools for personal and professional development and transformation. She is a global diversity specialist who understands and inspires people to think locally while planning globally. Highly skilled at bringing diverse groups together to resolve conflicts, Mutima conducts Civic Leadership training and Restorative Justice Circles. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Phenomenology. Mutima is passionate about how all things work together and what humans can learn from the natural world.

Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div, co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy. She offers workshops and retreats in the Work That Reconnects, edits Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects, and teaches in the Spiral Journey: A Facilitator Development Program in the Work That Reconnects. She coaches people by phone and offers online courses in psychosynthesis. She also writes books and essays on ecopsychology, sustainability, and psychosynthesis. Her several books include Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning, and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.

Constance Washburn, M.A., is  a facilitator,  educator, community organizer and program designer who brings together diverse groups to experience the depth of their interconnection to the web of life, to generate vision and facilitate collaborative efforts to meet the needs of participants and Earth. She is currently co-leader and facilitator of the Spiral Journey- a Facilitator Development Program in the Work That Reconnects and on the core Weavers Team of the Work That Reconnects Network.  She served as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and Marin Organic for almost 20 years and co-founded and directed, the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance which brought together countywide agricultural and educational organizations. She has a MA in Education and Theater, certificates in the Ecology of Leadership, Permaculture Design and Transforming Business, Society, and Self from U.Lab MITx. She is a mindfulness/ meditation instructor in the Vajrayana Tradition and a long time yoga practitioner, having completed 3 yoga teacher trainings.



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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.