"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Fran Weinbaum

I was introduced to Global Learning Partners over 20 years ago and have taken several of the courses over the years.  I use the concepts and principles of GLP on a daily basis:  consulting with organizations on strategic planning; coaching individuals in life transitions; planning and offering workshops and training events; helping people plan weddings, memorial services and other ceremonies; and guiding wilderness based rites of passage.  What I witness is people feeling empowered in whatever the process is before them, seeing their ideas emerge and take form in a way that makes it easy to actually manifest intentions and dreams.  It is very gratifying work.   www.vermontwildernessrites.com

I often describe my work as teaching people to listen deeply to everything within and around them so that they can live their lives with purpose, passion, and authenticity. In wilderness based programs this takes the form of developing intuitive abilities that allow communication with nature, working with dreams, and hearing your story in myths and story.  In consulting listening deeply means examining personal presence and skill as well as organizational processes.  When planning ceremonies, I begin by asking people who needs to be there to witness the ceremony and what they want to say everyone has experienced the end of the event. 

Organizations that I have worked with include:

Grounds for Health  An international women's health organization specializing in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cervical cancer in coffee growing communities around the world.   My work has included strategic planning with the board and staff; staff development and training; and consultation with the executive director.

Wonder & Wisdom  An afterschool and summer program that believes that every child deserves an enriching, heart centered education.  I guided a strategic planning process with the board; served as the interim director during a transition period; and worked for several months as the Relationship Coordinator which involved building and strenthening relationships within the program and within the community.

Clarina Howard Nichols Women Center   A women's center in northern Vermont commited to helping women in crisis.  I have consulted with the executive director and conducted training with the staff on “emotional agility.”

National Life Group   I facilitated 5 training series over 3 years in handling difficult conversations for employees with supervisory responsibilities in the company.  

Education
BA  University of New Hampshire 1974  Recreation Administration
MS  Michigan State University 1976  Therapeutic Recreation
Ontological Life Coach - Newfield Institute  2007  
Institute for Spiritual Development:  Spiritual Direction Training
Passage Works Teacher Training Series
Naropa University Authentic Leadership Program

What I do in the rest of my life:

I live in East Montpelier, Vermont.  When I am not life coaching, consulting, or guiding (wilderness rites of passage), I am tending goats, gardening, playing with my granddaughter, and planning trips with my now retired husband.  I recently joined the Board of Directors for Radical Joy for Hard Times (www.radicaljoyforhardtimes.org) and am active in a local community of women who support each other’s personal and spiritual journeys through nature based ceremony and quests.

Fran Weinbaum