December 11, 2015

Meet your Camp Hosts

Experienced, kind, humorous and warm meet your camp facilitators…

 

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Bryan Wagner

I’ve been actively promoting, facilitating and practicing The Work since 2004.  I became a Certified Facilitator in 2013.  In my personal experience, I have worked on issue around death and dying, relationships, addiction, prejudice, homophobia, cults and spiritual abuse.  I am a  strong advocate for empowering people to find their own peace with The Work.   In this regard, I  offer workshops, retreats, and private sessions.

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.

My 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

I’ve  been practicing and sharing The Work Since 2007.  I became a Certified Facilitator in 2011.  I’m a parent to two teenage boys and was a Montessori Middle School Teacher.  I was an instructor for Outward Bound in her 20’s and I am  passionate about experiential education.

My  love of the outdoors, collaboration, and The Work combine to make the Summer Camp my 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 I have explored personally and with clients are relationships, parenting, adoption, marital hardship, as well as abortion, religion, politics, gender issues, fears, guilt and shame.  I have held clients in countless subjects and I trust The Work as a clear path to self realization with any subject matter.  I  continue to look to my limiting beliefs as the key to open an inner peace beyond belief.

I work with clients one-on-one, couples and groups, and I host a Portland area Meetup group for The Work of Byron Katie and I welcome people to join me at Southeast Sanctuary for The Work and Mindfulness in Portland, Oregon at sesanctuary.com.

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

 


Nancy Sowdon

I have been practicing The Work since 2011. I came home to it in a difficult time in my life and was supported by weekly meetings and a couple of weekend workshops where I was invited to dive deeper. Those workshops inspired me to go to a School for the Work and on. I became a Certified Facilitator in 2016.

I live in Corvallis, Oregon and I am a musician, the cello being my instrument. I have lived and worked on a small family farm for almost 20 years.  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 participants,  being a part of the staff team to give back what I have received. I look forward to each amazing camp we offer!

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


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.

A certified facilitator since 2009,  I work with clients 1:1 and offer workshops on money, relationships, parenting, meditation and The Work, clear communication, the body, yoga, and more. I have brought The Work into business and helped many entrepreneurs and business people question their thoughts and become more effective in the workplace. I offer The Work to fellow parents based on my own challenges of raising children, and set up a UK based social enterprise Joyful Parents. I am also a qualified Art Psychotherapist and have worked in hospitals, mental health facilities and hospices with adults and children.   These days I teach Yoga, continue to be a student of The Work and offer inquiry to my clients and students from all over the world.

In my life The Work has been an incredible gift. In so many ways my own life has been transformed and I see that this has affected not only me, but my children, my parents, my husband, clients, and friends – they too benefited whether they have done The Work or not, simply because I show up with more peace within and that radiates out to the people and lives around me.

And I’m no saint. I still can 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.

In 2017 I moved with my husband and two children from Findhorn, Scotland to Vancouver Island, Canada. It is my honour and my pleasure to continue serving this gift of The Work from the Pacific North West. I was a participant of The Camp for The Work in 2017 – an absolutely divine experience despite having a massive toothache I found peace!   I have co-hosted in the years since.

Kathy White

kathy@coachthework.com
http://www.coachthework.com
http://www.joyfulparents.co.uk
http://www.kathywhiteyoga.com
+1 (250)416 9916


John Audenfelde
The Work found me in 1996. At first I didn’t get it; it was too simple. And then something inside clicked. There was an openness to the questions, a curiosity and a willingness to allow the answers to land. That began my journey.

I traveled through a divorce, discovering through The Work that my former wife is my teacher. I raised my son, another teacher. I used the inquiry on my parents and my upbringing with the shame, alcoholism, mental illness and suicide.

I also looked at the little things: the dirty socks and the 3 extra conditioner bottles.

All of it has lead me to an understanding: that the world – as I think it – is cruel, alienating, divisive and insane; whereas the world – as it is – is kind, amazing and supportive. The mind creates a painful world and then The Work allows me to see the illusion of it.

And so I have been doing The Work ever since.  I finally became certified in 2019.

I attended my first Camp for The Work in 2019. It had everything I wanted: nature, community, kindness, fun and The Work. I felt completely at home. I am honored to be here.

I share The Work with others: one-on-one and in groups.

John Aufderheide
aufde@sbcglobal.net
(805)669-5666