Cultural Artisanship for a Changing World

Welcome. Whether I'm facilitating workshops, leading folks in circlesinging, or making art and music, the intention is always the same. In these times of injustice, ecological crisis, and cultural dissocation, we need tools to help us re-connect- to our hearts, our creative capacities, our communities, and our planet. Each of us was born with gifts to offer, but we have too often diminished or ignored them because of personal or cultural stories of inadequacy, incapacity, or insufficiency. 

 The world needs our gifts now more than ever. Our compassion, our artistry, and our willingness to step outside of our comfort zone on behalf of our wounded world are offerings which can inspire others, can change hearts, and can support our mutual sense of belonging to each other. 

There are tools we can share to help us. The Work That Reconnects and related practices help us stay present and feel empowered to serve. Participation in creative endeavors-  music, art, storytelling- teach us about trusting our intuition, our capacity to co-create with others, and letting ourselves take risks.

Thank you for exploring the offerings here. As all the beings in a garden, we each have a unique and vital role in supporting our communities and our world. May you find yourself on that path with joy and clarity.

“Barbara Ford is an impassioned leader of the Great Turning, a visionary artisan of cultural evolution, one of our best twenty-first-century guides to a better world. She helps us remember who we are and where we are and to contribute joyously and effectively to our endangered world in these times of radical opportunity. She guides humbly yet boldly, methodically yet spontaneously, soberly yet humorously — with sparkling creativity, mischievous delight, a great heart, and compelling song.” 

— Bill Plotkin, Author, 
Nature and the Human Soul and Wild Mind

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Promoting a Culture of Gratitude for Collective Liberation! 

After many years of planning and exploring, the Radical Gratitude Project is expanding its offerings in 2021. Barbara Ford, in partnership with activist and filmmaker Dawn Smallman, will be solidifying and growing the reach of the project. See our mission statement, below.


    Gratitude is universally venerated as a positive quality for a good life. Many therapeutic and self help guides offer practices for gratitude as a way to deal with emotional issues and self-esteem. However, outside of…

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