Date: November 14, 2020

Time: 10:00-12:00 HST

Location: Online webinar

Learn skills and techniques for staying peaceful in an ever-changing world.

The 4 Stages of the Work That Reconnects

These 2-hr online workshops for K-12 teachers will help build emotional and psychological resilience in the light of global changes. Three chances to attend:

Sept 12, Oct 10 or Nov 14 from 10 – 12pm

Based on the Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy, PhD, trained facilitator Ilana Stout will provide a supportive online space and use a well-established framework to help participants work through the difficult topics of our world, including: climate change, biodiversity loss, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. Johanna Macy, Ph.D. refers to this deep work as “our pain for the world.” By creating a foundation of personal resilience, this workshop is intended to support teachers as they address these challenging topics in the classroom, receiving skills to hold space for students as they ask questions and express concerns.

Engaging in this work supports the mental and emotional wellness of caregiving professionals (including parents), and can transform educational spaces, serving as a foundation for ecological and community action. Each session will consist of 8-12 participants, and will involve a variety of teachings, exercises and meditations that take the group through the spiral of the Work that Reconnects.

Teachers can receive 2 PD hours for participation

register here

Cost is $25 (some scholarships available – email



Facilitator Ilana Stout, M.S.

is a sustainability educator who lives on Hawaiʻi Island. She has worked as a teacher in both the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (2005-2013) and University of Hawaiʻi system 2013-2020), and has expertise in environmental science education, with an emphasis on agriculture, conservation biology and climate solutions. Over the past few years, Ilana has become increasingly interested in addressing the emotional impacts of environmental science education on students and has undertaken a personal study of climate solutions and ecopsychology. She has written about solutions-based approaches to climate change education for the Drawdown Learn Teachersʻ Network and participated in the University of Hawaiʻi Train-The-Trainer program “Teaching Climate Change Affectively”. Ilana is a member of the Work That Reconnects Facilitator Network, an online community of facilitators using Joanna Macyʻs framework, who share best practices and resources.

HISGN gratefully acknowledges the COUNTY OF HAWAII and THE HEALY FOUNDATION for supporting this work.