Workshop: Reconnecting to Earth: Overcoming Obstacles to Action

Course ID - CTD0495    

Short Title: Reconnecting to Earth     

Audience:       Faculty
Length of Workshop:        6.5 hours 
Prerequisite     none

In this workshop, we will share processes that teach us how to recognize the current plight of the natural world as well as the personal despair created by understanding that plight. In addition, we will explore the social conditioning that keeps us from realizing that humans are deeply embedded in the natural world systems and that these systems are global and interconnected. We will learn that the result of recognizing the place of the humans in the natural world allows us to develop empowerment exercises to turn despair into action within our disciplines, vocations and professions. As we experience these processes as a group, we will develop a deepening sense of community which will also empower us.

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe the interdependence of natural systems world wide and the humanís place in those systems
  • Develop empathy for the natural world, and describe strategies for advocating on its behalf
  • Describe processes that help counter despair about the plight of the natural world and empower people as agents of healing change
  • Design exercises that foster appreciation of nature and concern for the environment
  • Develop new tools for encouraging interactive behaviors of our students and/or co-workers



Reference #






Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0495 
Course Title: Reconnecting to Earth
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.