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Active Hope: Emerging Into A New World

Nov 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Dec 12, 2020

$120 – $180

This four half-day online workshop aims to strengthen our capacity to confront the current realities that can be difficult to take in and painful to live with, and to respond with active hope. Active Hope is a practice, like Tai Chi or gardening, that we do rather than have.

Developed by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope invites us to actively participate in a story that is moving towards the future we hope for.


The workshop is informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality and holistic science, it takes the form of a FOUR-PART strengthening journey, and is structured around the spiral of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects.

Spiral of the Work That Reconnects
image by Dori Midnight   

The journey begins with GRATITUDE, a nourishing social emotion that reminds us of our allies and all that supports us. Connecting with this resource puts us in a stronger position to face the stuff that hurts.

In the second stage we HONOUR OUR PAIN for the world, acknowledging our feelings and our motivating impulses. When we feel overwhelmed or despairing, it tells us that we’ve stepped beyond what we can easily cope with alone – now we are facing something much bigger that calls for new responses and different ways of thinking.

In the third stage we explore blocking beliefs and unexamined assumptions, and find new perspectives that allow us to SEE WITH NEW EYES, increasing our sense of what’s possible.

The final stage focuses on practical steps we can take as we prepare to GO FORTH. We discover tools and resources both within and outside of ourselves, identify learnable skills that help us harness the inspirational power of positive visions and find our personal role in working towards them.

The overall aim of the program is to help each participant find their own practice of Active Hope. Each time you put your unique gift into action, you strengthen yourself, inspire those around you, and take a step in support of life on Earth.


  • Four THREE-HOUR Zoom classes, facilitated by Margo and Jacqueline. Each day we will explore a different part of the spiral, introducing each theme and exploring it through experiential activities, inner work, sharing in small groups, large group sharing, questions and dialogue.
  • WEEKLY Zoom meetings in a small buddy-group format in between the main classes.
  • Journalling during the week, to support you to integrate each session.
  • Participation in a closed Facebook group, leading up to,  during and after the course.


Margo van Greta is a pioneer of holistic spirituality and a facilitator of transformation, creating a safe and supportive space for deepening the inner journey. She was fortunate to study with Joanna Macy during several of her courses in the UK, and decided to bring more Active Hope programs into the world. She is passionate about creating a safe and supportive space for transformation. She is a qualified guide of the Game of Transformation, and. A staff member of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, she works with integrated spirituality and education. She has been leading retreats and workshops for 25 years. One of her projects was creating the Inspired Action Conference in 2010. Margo is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1987, and initiated a Buddhist Group. She is a qualified Discovering Buddhism teacher, and does her personal annual month-long Buddhist retreat in southern Spain. She lives in the Findhorn Community since 1991 and deeply loves nature.

Jacqueline Buckingham is an animal communication teacher and mentor, working in Australia and Europe, who first began communicating with plants and animals as a child on her family farm. In her teaching Jacqueline was mentored by and worked alongside renowned animal communicator, Anna Breytenbach.  She has also studied with Joanna Macy, John Seed, Jon Young and indigenous elders from Australia, Ecuador and North America. She has facilitated workshops founded in deep ecology principles since 2006, including Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. Jacqueline is a Reiki master teacher, a transpersonal therapist and a master facilitator. She is passionate about reconnecting people to their love of nature and helping to restore balance and harmony between humans and the rest of the natural world.


This programme was offered as a residential program at the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland in 2019:

“We’re delighted Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckingham are offering this week of Active Hope at Findhorn. They bring much richness to this work and we encourage you to join them.”

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, authors of Active Hope  


Saturday 21st, 28th November, 5th & 12th December – 3pm-6pm UTC / 4pm-7pm CET

[find the times in your own timezone here]

This is a fully-participatory event.  If you are unable to attend all four sessions, please contact us before you book to ensure that you are still able to achieve the outcome that you desire.

COST: £180 / £150 / £120 – sliding scale *

[* In order to make this program available and accessible to everyone, we offer a sliding scale fee where you choose the level of ticket price that you are able to afford.]


Anyone who…
– is passionate about creating change in their life or in the world

– has a desire to share their gifts with the world and need some help getting clear next steps

– would like to meet a group of like-minded passionate people who are aware of what is happening in the world and aren’t afraid to look at it together


– clear next steps that you can put into practice in your life

– inspired reconnection to your love for life and your fellow humans

– a community of supportive caring people

Watch an Active Hope mini workshop created for the Climate Change and Consciousness conference, April 2019

LOCATION: Online on the Zoom platform


Nov 21, 2020
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$120 – $180
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