"The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action."

― Joanna Macy

“When we are in contact with our feelings and needs, we humans no longer make good slaves and underlings.” 
― Marshall B. Rosenberg

THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS
The Work that Reconnects (WTR) was created by root teacher Joanna Macy in the late 70’s  and it has since evolved through community work and contribution by facilitators around the world. It is designed to help us transform despair and fear into inspiration and a sense of empowerment, in other words; The Word that Reconnects helps us come back to life. To root us back into connection with ourselves, other beings and the surrounding sensuous world WTR uses dialogue, embodied movement, art, play and ritual in a diverse way, creating a safe environment to feel and be seen in these difficult times. We often don’t want to feel grief or despair, thinking that “going there” will prevent us from acting for the good of the world. WTR offers a different response: feeling makes us who we are, and through it we can develop a different kind of hope- an Active Hope. Active Hope gives us strength and inspiration and courage to face these times of planetary crisis. The WTR gives us tools to build active hope, to be able to go forth with new/ancient eyes, to build communities and to be able to play our role in the collective transition to a more sustainable and peaceful world where all beings can thrive.

CONSTRUCTIVE COMMUNICATION

Constructive or Non-Violent Communication (also NVC)  is a skill and value set developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It is based on the idea that we're all essentially well-intentioned but our culture's model of dominion controls our thoughts, reactions and interaction with each other. Unlearning this is the key to understanding our needs and inner experiences and communicating them honestly and clearly to one another without judgments, analysis or labels. We also learn to see and respect others' needs. This is how we create a new culture that is based on cooperation, connection and caring instead of domination and violence like the one we live in now often does. To learn NVC we practise not only  through theory, writing and words but also do bodily exercises such as roleplays and rehearse these skills diversely to be able to embody a new kind of consciousness of communication, both in our inner talk and within our relationships with others. For me, the continuous learning of NVC has been one of the biggest gifts that I have received and I wish for a world where children would learn it already in schools and daycare and politicians would use it in parliament. This wish is one of the reasons I want to share it to others as widely as possible.

WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

I facilitate Active Hope workshops for Children and Youth and NVC workshops for small children. I adapt my workshops according to the age group. To small children I teach NVC with puppets and stories but also much collaboration and play. With older children and youth, they already have worries and anxieties around climate crisis or other things. Anxieties are often not seen in the outside and many might be indifferent to climate issues. How ever they might have worries about other things in the world, which in the end, are all related. They need tools to be able to face these feelings. With creative ways they can address these often difficult and scary things from a safe distance, through a role, artistic expression or music.In these workshops and all workshops that I do, the underlying thread is respecting and allowing what ever is alive in the group, feeling gratitude and building hope.

FACILITATION

What is facilitation? It is enabling collaboration. It is holding the group so that the wisdom in the group can be expressed and heard. With a skilled facilitator the group can collaborate more efficiently, make decisions and consider the diversity of the group.

I can be asked to be an outside facilitator for groups. There might be a need for this when there is a challenge in groupdynamics and it is hard to reach a decision for instance. I have studied different kinds of facilitations, mainly convergent facilitation with Lisa Rothman and Roxy Manning. Often different communities want to use consensus decision making or other collaborative ways but lack the skills and decisions seem to be hard to reach and take loads of time. Convergent Facilitation

allows it to be possible to 1)take into account different views and needs 2) reach a common decision and 3) do this efficiently. I can also hold a workshop on facilitation to teach about facilitation in general. 



 

KAISA KÄÄRMEMAA

I am a musician, puppeteer, activist, Constructive Communication Coach (RVO and facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. NVC, WTR and art have all been calling to me as pathways to meaningfulness. All have changed my life to an extent. I am not ready in any measure and yet I know I have learned enough to be able to share what I know. I have a deep knowing that connection to our feelings, sensitivity and collaboration are vital in these times. We are creating a new world, maybe rebelling against norms and it is important to have and share all the skills necessary to make a change. I am constantly inspired by the beauty and wonder of life. Creating safe spaces where all feelings are welcome is important to me. You can find more about my theatrework here: www.niveltamo.com

Contact me: kaisakaarmemaa@gmail.com

 

ABOUT PRICING:

I also believe in changing from exchange economy back towards gift economy. I want to support low-income communities and offer my skills through gifteconomy. For businesses and wealthy organisations I have included a sliding-scale pricing to create ease but for non-profit organisations or communities, whose values are aligned with mine and whose work is healing the planet I am requesting a gift that is smaller of these two.

a)what you can afford to give

b)what you give with joy

 

Suggested prices for businesses:

Day workshop: 500-800€ +travel

One hour workshop/speech:200-400€ +travel

2 days workshop: 800-1

 

LINKS

 

 

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

                                             

 

CNVC Certified trainer Hanna Savanna's webpage

 

 

Testimonies:

"Kaisa moves with a heart so full, human and wild, that simply being in her presence is life-affirming. The space she cultivates for people to encounter themselves within is deeply compassionate, sincere, joyful and silly. When I think of Kaisa I feel.. trees, water, earth. Her expansive understanding of the interconnected nature of our existence inspires in me a sense of aliveness, holding and Love. Her creativity often seems to stream our of nowhere, and will drop you into the essence of the now-moment, in all of its beauty, grief and messiness. Her skills are extremely varied. Her care for this planet, and all that live here, is radically loving and inclusive of all sides of our human nature." 

 

-Sophie Marsh