Anne Symens-Bucher was first introduced to the work of Joanna Macy in 1984 and has served as her executive assistant since 2006. She is deeply immersed in Macy’s work and has been facilitating Work That Reconnects workshops for many years. In addition to Joanna Macy, Anne has learned directly from Dorothy Day, Richard Rohr, Marshall Rosenberg, and Bill Plotkin. Her teaching is woven from these mentors, from many years immersed in a nonviolent campaign to end nuclear weapons testing in the Nevada desert, and 25 years in the Franciscan Justice, Peace & Integrity Creation Office of the St. Barbara Province. The place of her deepest practice has been in her 30-year marriage and parenting of five children. She is deeply grateful for her Catholic Franciscan upbringing, which set her on the path of her soul work. Anne is a trained spiritual director and enjoys supporting people to embrace what is theirs to do.