Facilitator Profile

Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.

Lorraine Cook

Lorraine Cook
  • Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States
  • Primary Language: English
  • Facilitator Since: 2012

As a Facilitator, I am Committed to

  • Community Coordinator
  • Symposium Presenter
  • Symposium Host
  • Symposium Producer
  • Media Generator

My Upcoming Events

My vision is a world where women are equal partners with men, bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet.  Focusing on the global challenge to educate and empower girls and women, in 2009 I attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and worked with an international group of women advocating for the next Women's World Conference.  The following year, I was on the planning team and helped facilitate a national women’s leadership conference at Omega Institute.  It was at that conference where I first encountered the Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream material.  I have made it my practice to bring people together using processes designed to help us connect and to evoke our “co-intelligence”—the wisdom we have together that not one of us holds on our own.  I learned from Tom Atlee’s work and from jumping right in—learning about and practicing circle process, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Dynamic Facilitation, OpenSpace, to name a few.

I've been a Facilitator since 2012. I have delivered 99 events with a total of 2039 attendees.

Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator

I was deeply moved by the Awakening the Dreamer video materials at a women's conference in 2009, but didn't complete an entire Symposium until 2011. I had been speaking to nursing students at community health nursing conferences where students were reporting on projects they had initiated to serve “vulnerable populations” in their local communities.  My job was to introduce the idea that globally women are a vulnerable population and that nurses might add a global perspective on women's issues to their understanding of their role in community health. It was just a short step for me from global women’s issues to recognizing the vulnerability of life on Earth at this point in time, and I was prompted get moving and become a facilitator of ATD by faculty who asked me to bring that wider perspective to their students.

Events I've hosted as a facilitator:

  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on September 24, 2017
  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on September 23, 2017
  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on June 18, 2017
  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on June 18, 2017
  • I hosted a Symposium in Ashland on June 10, 2017
  • I hosted a Symposium in Salem on June 7, 2017
  • I hosted a Symposium in Ashland on May 23, 2017
  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on April 19, 2017
  • I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Ashland on March 19, 2017
  • I hosted a Symposium in Salem on March 15, 2017

If I could change the world

If I could change one thing in the world, we humans would all awaken and discover our connection with each other and all that is. What would unfold from that would be continual surprise and delight at our capacities to collectively deal with all the challenges that have stumped us since we first got the mistaken idea of separation.

This is who inspires me

When I was a child, Selma Auerenheimer--a woman who worked with girls through the YMCA in a small town in Central California--inspired me by her practical Christianity and her dedication to being of service. As an adult, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Gangaji have been my teachers, revealing the possibility of always going deeper.  On the path of action in the world, I have been inspired by many strong women: Joanna Macy, Lynn Twist, Naomi Klein, Wangarai Mathai, Mary Robinson, Maria in the Sound of Music to name a few. But the person I want most to be like is the Dalai Lama.  He’s a true “global citizen.”  He radiates compassion, courage, humor and wisdom, and he lifts the consciousness of people just by being present.

Experiences I'm proud of

I became a mother (of twins) at the age of 39.  When I look back on that time I realize that my commitment to those two little beings entrusted to my care was absolutely complete.  There was no hesitation, not even a thought.  I simply whole-heartedly loved and cared for them.  It was so clearly my right work at that time, there was no question about it.  I feel “proud” of the strength of the commitment that showed up through me for that job, though I can’t take credit for it.  It seemed to just flow naturally and innocently from the heart.  That’s how I want to live in relation to all life on Earth right now—with a commitment just that strong and innocent.

What I'm passionate about

Bringing forth a thriving, just and sustainable world is a big enough vision for this time in my life.  It’s inclusive of all that I care about in the world.  I feel so lucky to have found the Pachamama community to work with in living out this vision.  Much of my life has been dedicated to going within through meditation. Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet feels like the natural expression of Life’s call right now for me.