Molly Brown, editor of Deep Times, co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy. Molly brings ecopsychology, the Work That Reconnects, and psychosynthesis to her work writing books and essays, teaching on-line courses, phone coaching, talks and workshops. Her six books include Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning and Lighting a Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life. With Mutima Imani and Constance Washburn, Molly directs and teaches Spiral Journey, a Facilitator Development Program for the Work That Reconnects MollyYoungBrown.com.
Aravinda Ananda is a member of the Interhelp Council, helped start a Greater Boston Work that Reconnects Community of Practice and has been a part of many co-facilitation teams including the Earth Leadership Cohort – an immersion in the Work for young adults and the Community Leadership Cohort – an exploration of communities of practice. Her primary life’s work is helping to transform human-Earth relationships to be mutually enhancing; she is currently finishing a book called Living rEvolution. She seeks to live the rEvolution daily and support others on this path.
Silvia Di Blasio is a life coach, facilitator, blogger, advocate and e-learning specialist. Silvia joined the team in August 2018 and works supporting the journal in all technical and administrative aspecs. She is also the coordinator of the Work That Reconnects Network.
Karina Lutz is a writer, editor, teacher, and lifelong activist. She helped secure passage of sustainable energy legislation, thwart a proposed megaport, and restore wetlands in her home watershed of Narragansett Bay, RI. In 2013, she received honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Preliminary Visions. www.yogaforpeace.massageplanet.com
Martha O’Hehir is an educator and writer and has served as an editor or contributing editor for several publications, including the The Music Practitioner,The Orff Echo, and Reverberations. She wrote curriculums, elementary music and math, religious studies, and music improvisation for healing musicians. She is a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects and gives retreats and workshops connecting the Great Turning with the spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin. Ordained to interfaith ministry as an Eco-Chaplain in 2017, Martha aspires to bring greater consciousness to Earth stewardship as an act of spirituality, through her writing, music, and spiritual direction.
Carmen Rumbaut: Born María del Carmen Rumbaut Riera in Havana, Cuba in the chaotic transition between capitalism and socialism, Carmen spent her childhood in Miami, Albuquerque, Topeka, and Houston. She received BA and MSSW at UT Austin and worked as a therapist for abused children and families. After returning to the same university for law school, Carmen practiced in Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington in the areas of civil rights and family law. She studied, practiced and taught Buddhism for 22 years. Now retired from law, Carmen mediates in special education settings, writes poetry, and volunteers in climate activism. She has been involved in the Work That Reconnects for two years.
Rebecca Selove has worked as a clinical psychologist in community settings and private practice for several decades. Currently she is a public health researcher focused on cancer-related disparities. The foundation for her love of Earth was established during her childhood on her family’s dairy farm in West Virginia. She was blessed to be surrounded by animals, flowers, clouds, creeks and mountains on a daily basis. She read her first Joanna Macy book in the mid-80’s and has been facilitating WTR-inspired workshops since the early 90’s. She lives and gardens on a certified organic farm in Tennessee.
Carolyn Treadway is a therapist, pastoral counselor, social worker, and life coach, now retired after more than 60 years of facilitating change and growth in people’s lives. She “speaks for Earth” however she can—as a climate leader and mentor (trained by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project) since 2007, anti-nuclear activist, conference planner, workshop facilitator, writer, editor and photographer. She and Molly Brown co-edited Held in Love: Life Stories to Inspire Us Through Times of Change. Since the early-1980s she has been part of the Work That Reconnects. With her husband Roy, she lives in Lacey, Washington. Their three children and four young grandchildren constantly fuel her motivation to preserve our precious Earth. Contact her at [email protected].
David Voelker is a professor of humanities and history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has taught since 2003. While his teaching originally focused on early American history, since 2012 he has increasingly focused on environmental history and humanities. This interest soon led him to the Work that Reconnects, which he is grateful to have experienced with Gretchen Sleicher and Lydia Violet Harutoonian at Village Fire and through an Active Hope retreat with Kathleen Rude. He has developed a reflective writing practice for college students based on the spiral of the Work that Reconnects. He lives and works on the traditional homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk Nations, and he has been very fortunate to learn from many First Nations elders of the region.
Frieda Nixdorf, MA, Graphic designer
Frieda has a diverse background including communications, non-profit administration and programming, transformative adult education, mentorship, and yoga. She has a BA in religion in visual culture and a MA in psychology. The thread that underscores all her work is the recognition of the healing and regenerative powers of nature. As a facilitator and practitioner of the Work That Reconnects, she is dedicated to serving the planet and growing the cultural shift of the Great Turning. As a mentor, she empowers individuals to step into their true purpose through greater connection with the natural world.