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In this section, you will find events posted by facilitator members of the Network.

You can sort the events according to type: workshops and retreats that follow the Full Spiral; WTR Partial (these include one or more elements of the Spiral, either free-standing or among other activities); and events that are designed for Facilitators Only.

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July 2019

The Work That Reconnects Workshop & Training

July 27 @ 10:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm
$50 – $90

Learn how to deal with eco-anxiety and gain motivation to help yourself and others deal with a crazy times on a crazy planet! The Active Hope Network and LYCS Development Education are delighted to host two day long workshops exploring the powerful 'Work that Reconnects" (WTR), enhanced with some community singing to help deepen our connection to ourselves and each other. They may be taken separately or together. Saturday is open to all and Sunday is aimed at people who…

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Leading with Relational Mindfulness: Regenerating Ourselves and Our World (with Nina Simons)

July 28 - August 2
Esalen, 55000 CA-1
Big Sur, 93920 United States
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In this time of so much change, we are all called to be leaders. Join us to practice a kinder, more inclusive and aware embodiment of leadership for your life and work. What if attunement, relational awareness and deep listening are a leader’s most essential qualities for today’s world? This is an opportunity to practice leading from our whole selves while honoring a commitment to personal sustainability and accountability, and acknowledging the necessity for cultivating our own well-being while advancing…

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August 2019

Rites of Passage

August 11 - August 21
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 11 of August, repeating indefinitely

This Rites of Passage is especially a training for Youth or people who feel young. Base camp is a cozy hut inmidst the Alps in Switzerland. You also can bring your own tent.

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Songs for the Healing of Our World: A day of singing for song leaders

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Edelglass Homestead Marlboro, VT 05344 United States + Google Map

  We sing to delight in life.  We sing to feel our solidarity.  We sing to welcome our tears.  Join us for a day of singing and learning new songs.  Anne Goodwin and Kirstin Edelglass will share a large repertoire of songs that can be learned easily by a group.  Workshop leaders, activists, teachers, group facilitators, summer camp counselors, and anyone interested in building community can put these songs and song-leading skills to good use.  (Aspiring song leaders are welcome!)…

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August 23 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In the spirit of Wildspace's gift gatherings, soon to be 5 years young, we invite you to join us for an evening rich in gifts. What is a GIFT GATHERING? A space in which people gather in community to share 3 forms of gifts Firstly, we sit together in communal silence. People are invited to do whatever they choose as long as it is in silence. There is no right or wrong in silence; some draw, others write or read,…

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September 2019

Deep Ecology Reconnection WorkPlayShop Newcastle, Australia

$90 – $260

We gather as a group who care about life and making change. We explore interactive practices which open us to the possibility of reconnecting with ourselves, our human community, and the broader planet earth. We uncover deep ecology - A philosophy of nature which sees that underlying the environmental crisis there is a psychological disease. This disease stems from the illusion of a separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. What are you stepping into? Our Deep…

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TENDING THE UNRAVELING: Finding Meaning in a Troubled World

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

" It’s walking the razor’s edge of the sacred moment where you don’t know, you can’t count on, and comfort yourself with any sure hope. All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given. In that sense, this radical uncertainty liberates your creativity and courage." ~ Joanna Macy .:. EVENT DESCRIPTION Mass species extinction, melting ice caps, dying oceans, floods, droughts, destruction of wild habitat, the devastating impact on our human and…

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Active Hope Practice Group

September 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Columbia EcoVillage, 46th and
46th and NE Killingsworth, OR 97218 United States
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Join us for monthly practice group (usually the 1st Sunday of every month) exploring the principles of Active Hope through discussion, experiential activities, and group support. The challenges we face in today’s world can be difficult even to think about—climate change, gun violence, mass extinction, social and political division and upheaval. Yet, turning away from the realities we face only maintains the status quo. Active Hope, based on the book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, shows us how to…

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Deep Ecology Retreat, Totnes, UK

September 13 - September 15
Eden Rise Totnes, TQ9 7LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Hosted by experienced facilitators Inna Alex and Heidi Smith in the beautiful Devon countryside. This weekend is a heart-felt journey into enhanced connection and empowerment with the earth and ourselves through the transformational tools of Deep Ecology and Yoga. Deep ecology is a holistic approach to facing the current challenges on Earth that brings together thinking, feeling, spirituality and action. It involves moving beyond the individualism of Western culture and also seeing ourselves as part of the Earth. This leads…

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Active Hope Renewed Retreat: Answering Earth’s Call for Healing & Action

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - September 15 @ 3:00 pm
Prairiewoods Spiritual Retreat Center, 120 E Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233 US
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$180 – $230

Find resilience, compassion and empowerment in troubled times! Facilitated by Kathleen Rude “Active Hope is not wishful thinking. Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued by some savior … Active Hope is a readiness to discover the strengths in ourselves and in others; a readiness to discover the reasons for hope and the occasions for love.” —Joanna Macy Move through the spiral of The Work That Reconnects with a rich exploration of our interdependence with all life. In this…

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Living with Eco-Grief — Free Webinar

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

To mark the upcoming seasonal equinox, I am inviting you to join me Saturday September 21st at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern/5pm UTC for a free community webinar event, Living with Eco-Grief. In this free event, we will gather to investigate: » The dynamics of eco-grief—including questions of how, what, & why? » The ways our animal bodies respond when facing ecocide and climate collapse » How and why the overculture prevents us from metabolizing loss » The reasons we avoid eco-grief…

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As Euro-Americans, Healing the Relationship with Our Ancestors: A 3-month Path Towards Deepening Our Personal and Collective Wholeness

September 22 @ 8:00 am
$200 – $500

When: Sunday evenings, 6 pm-8:45 pm, Sept 22, 29; Oct 13, 27; Nov 10, Retreat Nov 23-24; Dec 15 Where: Ivy Building, south Minneapolis (Except Sept 22 which is a potluck in Kaia’s home, south Mpls) Registration cost: Scale: $250-500 + $20 retreat fee Registration website link:  http://wildcrocus-hbt.com/classes/  https://www.facebook.com/events/677103292701652/ Description: We call people with European descent who are: inspired to open up channels to Ancestors of family or cultural lineage so as to craft a fuller relationship with them willing to amplify…

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Work That Reconnects Immersion- Anchorage, Alaska

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - September 29 @ 3:00 pm
Anchorage Waldorf School, 3250 Baxter Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99504 United States
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THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS: EMPOWERMENT WORK FOR HEALING OUR WORLD We are living in difficult and uncertain times. Rapid climate changes, species extinctions, increasing political polarization and acts of violence and injustice are cause for despair. But, there is also great cause for hope when we know that creativity, courage and collective action can change our world for the better. The Work That Reconnects is a dynamic, interactive group process that helps us gain a sense of connection to each…

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Active Hope: How to Face the Climate Mess We’re In

September 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
10C, 46 Carden Street, Community Room
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A2 Canada
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Join facilitators Carol Koziol and Sally Ludwig for a day of individual exploration and growing community connections with the Work that Reconnects. Sponsored by Ecovillage Guelph, Inner Transition Guelph, and Fridays for Future, the activities will follow on the week of Climate Strike events and provide an opportunity to renew and deepen connection with ourselves, one another, and Earth's living web. Location and cost are fully accessible.

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Connection, Resilience, and Active Hope! – A Daylong Work that Reconnects Retreat

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Insight Santa Cruz, 740 Front Street, Suite 240
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Work that Reconnects is a medicine. It helps us cope with climate anxiety, burnout, feelings of social isolation and loneliness, and emotions like anger, grief, fear, and hopelessness. Join Renegade Economist and Work that Reconnects facilitator Della Duncan for this daylong retreat in two weeks to build connection, deepen our resilience, and practice active hope! Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00am – 5:00pm By donation No registration required Location: Insight Santa Cruz, 740 Front Street, Suite 240 Please share and invite…

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Grief, Grit, and Gratitude: Developing Resilience in the Face of Climate Crisis

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Taghum hall, Taghum Hall Road
Nelson, B C Canada
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$10 – $25

In the face of the growing social, political and ecological challenges of our era, it is important for us to have focused times and safe spaces to anchor our connection with what deeply matters within ourselves and with the world we care about. In a small group setting surrounded by nature this workshop will offer an opportunity for expressing and normalizing  the many emotions which can arise: grief, shock, anger, guilt etc. This helps to move us  from silence and…

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Active Hope: A Workshop on Sustainable Activism

September 29 @ 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm
UUMAN Unitarian Universalist Church of North Metro Atlanta, 11420 Crabapple Rd
Roswell, GA 30075 United States
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This interactive workshop on Active Hope is based on over four decades of community work with thousands of people around the world. It is designed to help you transform fear and despair into inspiration and a sense of empowerment. We will explore gratitude, anger, grief, and hope and move into a deeper understanding of how to create our best collective future. We will end the workshop with exercises to help us support one another as we go forth and work…

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Montreal Work that Reconnects Circle / Le cercle “Le travail qui relie” de Montréal

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Flowland Montreal, 5369 St Lawrence Boulevard, #310
Montreal, Quebec H2T 1S5 Canada
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By donation

(Voir le français ci-dessous) Whether you are an activist or simply a lover of life, bad news about the state of our world can be overwhelming. How can we face the mess we're in without closing down? How can we deepen our capacity to act for a just and sustainable world without burning out? THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS CIRCLE The Work that Reconnects Circle is back! The Work that Reconnects Circle is a space for connecting body and mind, human…

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October 2019

Resistance, Resilience, and Radical Gratitude

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St. NE
Salem, OR United States
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In this time of political and cultural strife, we are challenged to re-imagine our personal and collective capacities for hope, resilience, and work for justice. In recent years, the mass uncovering of layers of oppression – racism, xenophobia, climate chaos, corporatism, patriarchy- has left some folks shell-shocked and despairing, but galvanized as well to become a part of the resistance to that oppression. In this workshop, we will explore our emotional responses, our personal and collective wisdom, our fortitude and…

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Happy Activist Training – Introduction to the Work That Reconnects (in German)

October 18 @ 7:30 pm - October 20 @ 2:00 pm
Maassen Stiftung Steinen, Kanderner Straße 37/1
Steinen, 79585 Germany
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$75 – $175

Kraft schoepfen aus Verbindung Workshop mit Helen Hughes und Maria Bliklen 18.-20. Oktober 2019 Steinen (Deutschland) In einer Welt, die von ökologischen und sozialen Krisen geprägt ist, spüren viele von uns den Wunsch, etwas zu tun, und sei es "nur" eine Veraenderung des persönlichen Lebenswandels. Wir wollen dazu beitragen, das Leben auf der Erde zu erhalten – und geraten dabei nicht selten an unsere Grenzen. Frustration, Hilflosigkeit, Angst, Zorn und Verzweiflung, aber auch Erschöpfung bis hin zur Apathie sind dabei…

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Our Ancestral Call to Dance

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Perpetual Motion Dance Studio, 53 Main Street
Sackville, N.B. Canada
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As long as human beings have been on the planet, we have been singing and dancing and telling stories. Facilitated by artist facilitator, Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland  w/ Beverly Glenn-Copeland on djembe, we’ll enter into a mindful space to dance the Spiral: Gratitude, Honouring our Pain, Seeing through New Eyes, and Going Forth, thus beginning the process of embodying the courage required to play our part in creating a new, life-affirming narrative. Each session will open with a song and close with…

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Active Hope: Finding the Courage to Move Through Despair to Empowerment

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4010 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066 United States
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This interactive workshop on Active Hope is based on over four decades of community work with thousands of people around the world. It is designed to help you transform fear and despair into inspiration and a sense of empowerment. We will explore gratitude, anger, grief, and hope and move into a deeper understanding of how to create our best collective future. We will end the workshop with exercises to help us support one another as we go forth and work…

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The Empowered Elder Workshop – Webinar Series – Tuesdays

October 22 @ 10:00 am - December 10 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until 12/10/2019

$85 – $100

The Empowered Elder Webinar Series - Tuesdays  Elder Action Networks Foundation Workshop Seven online sessions via Zoom video conferencing to explore, using the Work That Reconnects, what it means to be an Elder in these times of uncertainty. What are the gifts we as Elders bring to the world and what is the passion that fires us up to act on behalf of life.  Gather with other awesome Elders from around the world to support each other to dive deep…

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Work That Reconnects Immersion w/ Lydia Violet

October 25 - October 27
Wild Hydrangea Community Blountsville, AL United States + Google Map

Wild Ground Alabama is delighted to host a 3-day immersion exploring the Joanna Macy's powerful and timely 'Work that Reconnects" (WTR), enhanced with some community singing to help deepen our connection to ourselves and each other. Lydia Violet Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international…

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