December 11, 2015

Meet your Camp Hosts

Bryan PicBryan Wagner

Since 2004, Bryan has been actively promoting, facilitating and practicing The Work.  In 2013, he became certified.  In his personal experience, Bryan has worked on issue around death and dying, relationships, addiction, prejudice, homophobia, cults and spiritual abuse.  He is a strong advocate for empowering people to find their own peace with The Work.   In this regard, he offers workshops, retreats, and private session.

What I love about the Camp is that it provides a total immersion into The Work in a casual environment and at an affordable cost.  I get to collaborate with fellow facilitators as we creatively address the needs of the group.  It’s a wonderful set up to go deep into inquiry and to be available to others as they make their journey into inquiry.  To be part of something like the camp is one of the reasons why I wanted to be a facilitator.  The camp really helps new people ‘get’ The Work and experienced people to go deep into The Work.  The Work, to me, is such a gift and to be able to share it with others is a joy, a privilege, and deeply satisfying.

I got involved with the Camp because I love The Work and the thought of doing it in a beautiful environment was irresistible.  I saw that it could grow into something big and wonderful and at the same time it didn’t need to grow.  It was great just as it was.  If only a handful of us got together for several days to dive into The Work, I would love it.  If 100 people got together to do The Work, fabulous! Either way it seems like a fun thing to do.

Our first camp, proved to be all that I was hoping for and more.  I loved working with the other facilitator’s, facilitating and doing my own inquiry.  There was no pressure or competition.  It was just the simplicity of the 4 questions and turnarounds.  We, the facilitators aimed to live what we were sharing with the group.   We were doing our best to live our turnarounds, to really see the gift of criticism, and to make amends and live them as needed.  It was priceless to me to see this dynamic in action with the other facilitators.  I was inspired by it and it drove me deeper into my own pursuit of freedom.

Bryan Wagner
bryanwagner108@gmail.com
www.theworkwithbryan.com
314-265-9411


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Edie Thomajan

Edie has been practicing and sharing The Work Since 2007, and was certified in 2011.  She is a parent to two teenage boys and was a Montessori Middle School Teacher.  She was an instructor for Outward Bound in her 20’s and is passionate about experiential education.

Her love of the outdoors, collaboration, and The Work combine to make the Summer Camp her favorite event.  It has been so enriching to be part of such an open group of hosts who share in this vision.  The relaxed atmosphere, and flexibility makes it a fun and supportive time for everyone. Also, simplicity and camping helps keep this event affordable and accessible.  It is a labor of love for each other, The Work and all of the joining participants.

Among the topics Edie has explored personally and with clients are relationships, parenting, adoption, marital hardship, as well as abortion, religion, politics, gender issues, fears, guilt and shame.  She has held clients in countless subjects and trusts The Work as a clear path to self realization with any matter.  She continues to look to her limiting beliefs as the key to open an inner peace beyond belief.

She works with clients one-on-one, couples and groups, and she hosts a Portland area Meetup group for The Work of Byron Katie.  She has recently opened Southeast Sanctuary, for The Work and Mindfulness in Portland, Oregon at sesanctuary.com.

Edie Thomajan
ediethomajan@gmail.com 
sesanctuary.com
(503) 310-3114


Jehrin Alexandria

Before finding The Work Jehrin was on a very disciplined spiritual path. After 19 years of daily meditation and focused inner work she found she had certain thoughts that continued to bother her. She would still get furious with people who “cut me off” when driving, angry at her son if he didn’t listen to her, resented her husband if he didn’t help around the house and felt unappreciated by her job. Her life was much better than when she first began her path, but underlying feelings of unworthiness, unhappiness, resentment, anger, blame and self-hatred kept arising.

After years of various painful events, someone gave her “Loving What Is” and the “Sampler” dvd of Katie doing The Work. She was jaw dropped amazed. Here was the way she wanted to live…in Action, being demonstrated by Katie.

Jehrin could feel the authenticity pouring out of Katie as she watched the dvd. She witnessed peace, love, calm and evenness in her work with others. She remembers marveling at how many people felt and acted the same way that she did. She had thought she was alone, a very wretched creature, only to find she was like everyone else, simply confused, believing her thoughts.

In 2009 Jehrin went to her first School for the Work. It was there that she found a part of herself, that was so deep, so profoundly peaceful, loving, connected, she felt like she had finally arrived Home. This place is a beacon for her now, a place she drops into and listens, it lives in her heart.

The Work gave her a way to address the stressful feelings and thoughts that came up with four simple questions and turnarounds, so easy to do. Jehrin now has a place to go, a way to look at her stressful thoughts sanely, kindly.

Her life has become much more loving and kind, and her relationship with her family, friends, work and disciplines have greatly improved as a result of this simple process.

As an added bonus Jehrin now experiences moments of great inner peace, self-love, as well as an overall feeling of well-being and safety. She has not found a situation where The Work does not work.

Jehrin has been a professional ballerina, dance instructor, certified hypnotherapist, massage therapist and exercise business owner. She is a director of an arts organization as well as a professor at a university. She does fundraising, event planning and loves to cook and travel with her family.

Jehrin Alexandria
 jehrin@gmail.com
www.theworkwithjehrin.com
360-489-8729


Nancy Sowdon

Nancy has been practicing The Work since 2012. She came home to it in a difficult time in her life and was supported by weekly meetings and a couple of weekend workshops where she was invited to dive deeper. Those workshops inspired her to go to a School for the Work and on. She became a Certified Facilitator in 2016.

“I love The Work! It put my healing in my hands. I do The Work and things change. The world does become a kinder place.”

“I love the Camp too. I first came in 2016 as a camper with my puppy. I look forward to it each year. What a beautiful protected feeling location, surrounded by the tall, old firs. The community that develops is deep and supportive. I love the affordability, the staffs of the past and being a part of the staff to give back what I have received. I look forward to another amazing camp this summer!”

Nancy Sowdon
nsowdon@centurytel.net
findthelovewithin.com
541-760-2405


Guest Facilitators 2019

Kathy White

My journey with The Work began in 1999. It was a few short years after the stillbirth of my first child. The Work helped me to come to terms with the trauma of his death by working through many of the thoughts and beliefs I had carried with me since he died.

In those early days of The Work, there were no YouTube videos to watch, no MP3 downloads, no mainstream books published, a very rudimentary website and yet The Work had found me all the way up in the north east of Scotland in a small community called Findhorn. I subscribed to get cassettes sent to me by post which had recordings of Katie working with people and I would look forward to getting a new cassette each month to listen on my walkman.

Over the years, time and time again I have used The Work to question this “I know” mind I have. And explore and see how it constantly creates drama, creates stories, creates something out of nothing. This mind that unwittingly generates stress because of what it believes. I have experienced the freedom that comes when The Work is applied. I have seen that The Work consistently and unfailingly has led me back to peace on countless areas, topics, and situations.

I work with clients 1:1 on Skype from all over the world. I have offered workshops on money, relationships, parenting, meditation and The Work, clear communication, the body, yoga, and more. I have also brought The Work into business and helped many entrepreneurs and business people question their thoughts and become more effective in the workplace. I’m also a trained Art Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher, and student of Advaita Vedanta.

In my life and in the lives of those I have worked with, I see the great gift of service that doing The Work brings. Not only is my own life affected, but my children, my parents, my husband, clients, and friends all have benefited whether they have done The Work or not, simply because I have benefited, I have more peace within and that radiates out to the people and lives around me.

And I’m no saint. I still get pissed off, stressed out, upset, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, and angry. But I know how to greet myself when I’ve fallen in a hole, and find myself feeling trapped. The Work comes like a kind and gentle touch, it has given me a willingness to embrace and love what is, even those dark places, while it also offers a tool to question the validity of why I think I’m suffering.

I recently moved with my husband and two children from Scotland UK to Vancouver Island, Canada. It is my honour and my pleasure to continue serving this gift of The Work from the west coast of Canada to whoever feels they want to end suffering too.

Kathy White

kathy@coachthework.com
http://www.coachthework.com
http://www.joyfulparents.co.uk
http://www.kathywhiteyoga.com
+1 250.416.9916