Active Hope: Responding to the Climate Crisis

Active Hope: Responding to the Climate Crisis Workshop

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  • Active Hope: Responding to the Climate Crisis Workshop

This inspiring workshop offers an introduction to Joanna Macy’s Active Hope work on responding to climate change. It has been designed to help us find hope, take action, cultivate courage and build resilience amid the challenges that face us. 

Active Hope is a movement and book, developed by long-time activists Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. They describe Active Hope as ‘something we do rather than have’ - a unique set of tools that can enable us to cope with the climate crisis and find an active role, no matter how small or large.

This experiential workshop has been curated by highly experienced mindfulness practitioner, Rosalie Dores. The session will explore the four stages of Joanna Macy’s ‘Work That Reconnects Spiral’, which form the basis of her Active Hope work. It will also use relational mindfulness and community connection as tools for empowering responsiveness and resilience in the midst of uncertainty.

The workshop will include:

  • An introduction to Joanna Macy’s Active Hope work;
  • The Work That Reconnects Spiral as a tool for helping us to meet the climate crisis;
  • Cultivating gratitude to support our resources and resilience; 
  • Using mindfulness to help us cope and stay present with the difficult emotions and feelings that arise when doing this work; and
  • Guided meditations and relational explorations that open us to a wider sense of self. 

The course is open to everyone, and no prior knowledge of Active Hope, The Work That Reconnects Spiral or mindfulness is required. Please note that although meditation is a part of the workshop, the workshop itself does not centre around mindfulness. The main focus will be to offer a supportive, non-judgmental space for us to come together, gather courage, develop resilience and take action in the face of climate change.



  • This class will be held on a web-based platform (Zoom).
  • Registrants will receive additional details a few days before the first session.
  • 10% of the profits will be donated to Joanna Macy's ActiveHope. Training.
  • If you are based outside of the UK and would prefer to pay via PayPal, please get in touch (
  • The teacher and participants will be live and visible. There will be group and one-to-one interaction as you would expect in a classroom setting.

What you need:

  • A PC, laptop, Macbook or tablet;
  • A webcam and microphone;
  • A stable internet connection;
  • A private space where you can be undisturbed; and
  • Access to Zoom video conferencing.