Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.
- Location: Claremont, New Hampshire, United States
- Primary Language: English
- Facilitator Since: 2012
As a Facilitator, I am Committed to
- Symposium Presenter
- Symposium Host
- Symposium Producer
- Media Generator
I've been a Facilitator since 2012. I have delivered 21 events with a total of 379 attendees.
I am an Awakening the Dreamer (ATD) Symposium and Earthcare Stewardship presenter. I enjoy combining my faith journey as a Quaker with environmental stewardship for the area in which I live. I especially like to offer programs for communities of faith. To that end I have delivered numerous ATDs in New England and New York, as well as other programs titled: "Climate Change: Risky Business for the Young Professionals of Sullivan County" to talk about how climate change is affecting businesses in my county; "Earthcare Stewardship and 'Chasing Ice' " to share how scripture supports Earthcare along with showing the film "Chasing Ice"; and "Spirit-Led Responses to Climate Change: Wellness Centering Approaches" to help climate activists manage the despair that comes up around the work we must do. I also am an artist, ukelele player and psychotherapist with a private practice in Vermont and New Hampshire.
I have taken The Pachamama Alliance's (TPA)"Game Changer Intensive" (GCI) a couple times and highly recommend it. It is an online educational activist program offered by TPA. The GCI is offered after one has experienced an ATD Symposium. The GCI was very interesting and I met amazing people doing the work of educating others about the need for becoming involved in climate disruption activism and reclaiming our democracy "for the people." I look forward to meeting more amazing people who are interested in furthering this work in one way or another. Onward and Upward!
Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator
In an International Social Work graduate school class in 1999, I created a symposium-like project called: "People of the Earth". I was passionate about raising consciousness about the degradation of our environment and looking at sustainable practices that could change the collision course I felt we were on in the U.S. with cataclysmic loss... The theme song to my PPT symposium was: Rape of the World by Tracy Chapman. I remember the audio wouldn't work, so I sang the song when it was time for it to play in my presentation, passionately. I think my classmates thought I was a little off dead center, but I continue to have a fire in my belly about this work. I love the ATD Symposium and believe in presenting it as often as possible. My goal is to present one every month. I have been unable to attain that goal, but I am also creating other programs to deliver locally and, as a Quaker, I travel in the ministry for Earthcare stewardship amongst New England Friends and beyond. I have the support of my community of faith in this work, and am lead by the Spirit of Christ to do it. I look forward to serving in this capacity in my community and beyond. Please consider hosting an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium or some other Earthcare or Social Justice event. I would be honored to help plan and present it.
Events I've hosted as a facilitator:
- I hosted a Symposium in Claremont on February 27, 2016
- I hosted a Circle in Claremont on February 11, 2016
- I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Claremont on January 30, 2016
- I hosted a Circle in Claremont on January 14, 2016
- I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Claremont on December 3, 2015
- I hosted a Circle in Claremont on November 12, 2015
- I hosted a Circle in Claremont on October 22, 2015
- I hosted a Circle in Claremont on September 10, 2015
- I hosted a Symposium in Shutesbury on November 2, 2014
- I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Castleton on August 4, 2014
If I could change the world
If I could change the world I would want there to be an emphasis in elementary, middle, high schools and colleges across this land about the importance of living simply so others may simply live. The curruiculum would emphasize social justice and sustainable living. There would be encouragement for spiritual growth and individual and corporate practice of one's spirituality that centered on the concept: do unto others as you would have them do unto you and a deep appreciation of God's creation... all of it. Non-violence would also be emphasized at all levels. War would be abolished, replaced by debate and striving for unity in important decisions when there is conflict.There would be enough food; water; shelter; health, dental and eye care for all; sanitary conditions to live in; respect for differences; and time for reflection and recreation for all. Protection of species, green space, water, and air would be respected by all. Love would be the foundation of relationship to one another and creation.
This is who inspires me
My husband, James M. Contois, inspires me the most of any person on Earth. He has sacrificed most of his life to see that me and our children are provided for and continues to do so at the age of sixty-seven. His hard work has allowed me to do the Spirit-led work in environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice that I am privileged to be able to do. He has changed over the years to embrace environmental stewardship, Christ-centeredness, and social justice as important foci of his life and I am blessed to be in relationship with him. Our marriage almost failed in 1995, but through our work with forgiveness in the Spirit of Christ, we survived and thrived as a couple. Thanks be to the Almighty Creator of the universe, the power of Love.
Experiences I'm proud of
I'm proud of my children, foremost. They are fine people and are making important contributions to the world. I also have grandchildren of whom I am very proud. I carry their pictures in my pocket and stories in my heart to share.
What I'm passionate about
Creating a human presence on this planet that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just.