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Upcoming Events

The Work that Reconnects Weekend Workshop  

With Emma Brindal and Em Maltby. 

Date 4pm Friday 20th October – 3pm Sunday 22nd October

Location: Mount Barney Lodge, Scenic Rim, South East Queensland. (2hrs drive from Brisbane CBD). 

Join us for an extended experience of the Work that Reconnects in the beautiful setting of Mount Barney Lodge. 

The Work that Reconnects (WtR) is a supportive framework to reawaken our connection to ourselves, each other and the world. It was developed by deep ecologist, activist and scholar, Joanna Macy, as a way to understand people’s feelings and empower them in the age of nuclear proliferation in the late 1970s. In recent years, WtR has become increasingly relevant to other contemporary issues including climate change crisis, loss of biodiversity, pollution and other environmental and social crises.

WtR provides an opportunity to understand and express both our concerns and our love for the Earth and our societies, and to (re)discover and give shape to our hopes. Through our remembering, we are able to go forth with new eyes and renewed purpose to continue contributing to a Life Sustaining Society.

This is a participatory workshop that will involve solo processes, as well as conversational and group processes. Emma and Em also bring their love of the natural world into the workshop by integrating nature connection experiences into the Work that Reconnects – Mt Barney Lodge and surrounds will provide us with abundant opportunities to do this!

For those interested in learning more about facilitating WtR, the weekend will include a small facilitators’ component with some reflection sessions from a facilitators’ perspective. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one conversations with experienced WtR facilitators.

Participants are asked to attend the full experience from Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon. 

Places are limited so please make a booking as early as possible to ensure you can join. 

Price for the weekend (not including accommodation) 

This includes food for the weekend, except breakfast which is to be self-catered. 

Full fee (general) $470 | Full fee (early bird) $440 (early bird applies until 19th August). 

Concession (general) $390 | Concession (early bird) $350

Work trade* $170 *Work trade will involve providing assistance with meal preparation and coordinating clean-up after meals.  

Price for accommodation for 2 nights per person

Boolamoola $110 (shared with 1 other person) |  Boolamoola $220 (single room)

Foresters Hut $90 (shared with up to 3 other people) | Foresters Hut $180 (single room) 

Camping $40 | Deluxe Camper Trailer $300 (this price is for 2 people). 

More info about accommodation at Mt Barney is here:

About the Facilitators:

Emma Brindal is the founder of WiseEarth Education, which was established to nurture and build respect for our planet, through experiential earth connection programs. Emma is inspired by the ideas and practices of Deep Ecology, Place-Responsive Education and the Work that Reconnects; and believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a Life Sustaining Society for all beings.

Em Maltby has worked with community groups, adults and young people to create opportunities to enjoy, connect with, and support the Earth and each other. She approaches her work and life with a deep awareness that our personal and collective wellbeing are intertwined with the Earth’s wellbeing. Em first encountered the Work That Reconnects in a friend’s bookshelf, and has been passionate about sharing its wisdom and strength with others for over 10 years.

Emma and Em have co-facilitated many WtR workshops together and have an ease of collaboration that infuses the experience. They have been dreaming of offering a weekend experience for several years.

Emma Brindal Em Maltby