Engaging Active Hope Workshop Series
Dates: Sundays, October 20, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2019
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
The Engaging Active Hope workshop series explores practical ways to address climate change. The series draws on the work of the eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and is about finding and offering our best response to the crisis of sustainability unfolding in our world. At the heart of this workshop series is the idea that Active Hope is something we do rather than have. It involves being clear about what we hope for and then playing our role in the process of bringing that about.
This experiential workshop series follows a spiral sequence flowing through four stages beginning with gratitude, then, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with fresh eyes, and finally, going forth. These consecutive stages reflect a natural sequence common to psychological growth and spiritual transformation. The journey of finding and offering our unique contribution to this spiral sequence helps us to discover new strengths, open to a wider network of allies and experience a deepening of our aliveness.
The critical passage or hinge of the workshop happens when, instead of privatizing, repressing and pathologizing our pain for the world (be it fear, grief, outrage or despair), we honor it. We learn to re-frame it as suffering-with or compassion. This brings us back to life.