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Active Hope Participatory Bookgroup

Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

$30 – $240

Active Hope Participatory Book Group


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For those interested in taking a deep-dive into the revised edition of Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, please join us on this journey.

A book group with a difference, as YOU will participate, including learning how to facilitate the practices in each chapter, along with a co-facilitator. 

We are holding an introductory session on Sunday, February 12, 5pm (GMT). During this session we will invite each of you to offer input on how often we will meet, over what period of time, and to help us build our “container”–safe space, as well as how we will run the sessions.

Duration–We anticipate that the Book Group will meet for a period of up to a year, based upon the number of chapters in the book, but this will be an issue for discussion at the introductory meeting. We recommend “slowing down” the coverage of material, to deepen our experiences with the practices.   

Of special importance is the requirement that all participants share responsibility for leading sessions with a co-facilitator.  As “gentle” organizers, Mary, Yulia and Ellen will be available to help each participant prepare for sessions.  So everyone learns how to shape the Active Hope and spiral practices in an online forum, and to build and share a session.  That is one of the greatest strengths of this model.

Practice–not presenting!  An important feature of the book group is that we practice, practice, practice—moving through each chapter, engaging in the practices suggested in the book. But we encourage everyone to be creative!


The hosts:

Mary Duckett Based in Wales since my Arts degree, my career has been focused on supporting individuals and groups within disadvantaged communities. With over 20 years of community development and project management experience, I have facilitated many group workshops, events and activities. I’m deeply interested in economic dynamics, equality issues, and systems change; gaining a Master’s degree in Economics for Transition (2014).  I have 20 years experience regularly practicing meditation and yoga. During 2020 I started my business, and embarked training as Spiral Journey Facilitator 2021. www.ecobalancecourses.com 


Ellen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty  I am a retired American-Israeli, living in the northern Mediterranean area of Israel. I spent 45 years as a public service lawyer, leading human service organizations, and teaching teachers and people of all ages with special needs. 

I’ve been a meditation practitioner for many decades. Since retirement, all my “work” is volunteer, including the Charter for Compassion Education Institute, and book groups and courses as a facilitator for the  Work That Reconnects, as well as the Network’s Anti-Oppression and De-escalating Harmful Patterns of White Supremacy group In addition to coordinating volunteers to protect sea turtles and our marine reserves, my main role is a Nana:-)


Yulia Smagorinsky (kin, kins, kin/they, their, them) is a farmer, mentor, permaculture designer, writer, mother and facilitator for the Work That Reconnects.

Yulia is actively supporting the ability of people to grow their own food and to learn the skills to respectfully interact with the Earth. As a co-founder and co-leader of Emergent Abundance Farming Collective, kin is working toward social justice by sharing access to land, to knowledge, information, food and sources of healing. Yulia is the director of Widening Circle of Resilience and Connection. www.wideningcircle.com




Feb 12
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT
$30 – $240
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