Building Resilience through Active Hope

Note: We are re-running this program with 7 weekly, starting Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm. Here are some reviews from the last cohort (see full course description, below).

This course is an excellent way to get in touch with and move through our feelings on what is happening in the world, to get clear on how to contribute to the healing of the earth and all life embodying our highest values of equality, justice and compassion for all life.

Discussing course material with others really helped deepen my understanding of it; in the small group discussions I developed new relationships and strengthened ones with people I already knew.

The Active Hope training put on by Transition Kamloops really helped me find ways to face my eco-anxiety in a constructive manner. I learned that that eco-anxiety comes from a disconnect between: the scope of the problem (huge) and our perception of both the collective response (generally negligible) and my own personal response (feeling powerless). I learned that I can do my part (I can’t solve climate change on my own, so I can let go of worrying so much about that) and that doing my part really can make a difference. I loved the concept in systems thinking that “1+1 = 2 and a bit”. The course was also so helpful in instilling hope, even in the face of all that is in front of us. And the sense of community in connecting with others who feel the same way was fantastic! I highly recommend Active Hope, especially if you can take part in it with others.”

Transition Kamloops is offering an opportunity for self-care and connection with others who share concerns and are perhaps facing difficult emotions related to the climate crisis. Starting Wednesday, January 12 and continuing through to February 23, we’ll facilitate weekly Zoom meetings in support of Active Hope, a free online seven-week course about finding, and offering, a powerful response to global issues in this time of unfolding crisis.

Based on the work on Joanna Macy (an environmental activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology), Active Hope offers tools that help us face the mess we’re in. Together, we will find our role in the collective transition (The Great Turning) towards a society and way of being that support the flourishing of life.

Participants will sign up for Active Hope and do the coursework on their own each week, then come together online on Wednesday nights for the Zoom meetings that we’ll facilitate each week.

The weekly Zoom meetings to accompany the course will allow us to process our learnings with others in our community who are willing to talk about the climate emergency in a safe space. 

If you are interested in sharing your concerns and feelings about the climate crisis, and want to discover how to better care for yourself, mentally and emotionally in the face of it, this course might be a good fit for you.

How to take part:

  1. Check out the online Active Hope course. If it interests you, sign up to get the course materials sent to you, following the instructions on that website.
  2. Register for the weekly zoom meetings facilitated by Transition Kamloops here.
  3. Let us know if you have any issues!

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