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Free Webinar – Facilitating Active Hope Online in a Time of Virus Crisis
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDTFree
About this Event
‘If I start talking about how I feel, with this current virus crisis, I fear I’ll get stuck in gloom’ – that’s a fear around at the moment that makes it difficult to talk about our concerns. Yet keeping it all to ourselves can leave people more isolated or tense from bottling up distress.
The form of the Work That Reconnects spiral was developed as a way of helping people move through a structured process together in ways that helped them acknowledge how they felt, feel heard and witnessed, yet also open to perspectives that open up a sense of possibility, and practices that support us in finding our part to play. In their book Active Hope, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (who’s leading this webinar) describe how we can use this process.
It moves through four stages
Gratitude – is the starting point – it resources us. That gives us a stronger place from which to look at the difficult stuff.
Honouring our pain for the world comes next – it is about opening up a conversation where we have permission to speak our emotional truth – the truth that rings true in our heart, in terms of naming and expressing what we experience. Our emotional energy can activate and energise us, as well as offering signals that guide us. We feel what we feel, and the honouring pain stage invites in expression of some of the feelings that are normally screened out of everyday conversation.
Seeing with new eyes – is where we open to looking in a different way, with perspectives that open up a sense of possibility and help us see resources that can nourish us.
Going Forth – is where we look at our role in the larger story of change. This brings in visioning practices and planning tools that help us find our part and identify the next steps in this.
The Work That Reconnects has usually been offered in face to face groups and meetings. But that’s no longer doable, with the need for physical distancing to reduce virus spread. Yet inspiring new forms of online facilitation are developing, that have involved thousands of people in many countries around the world.
This webinar introduces Active Hope as a practice to support collective wellbeing, and a range of online forms of facilitating the Work That Reconnects in ways that nourish our capacity to make a difference in the world.
Register for free here.