Coping with Climate Change Course

Coping with Climate Change Course

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"Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act. We belong to this world. The web of life is calling us forth at this time."
- Joanna Macy

The biggest challenge that we are facing today is the climate crisis. Described by the United Nations in a recent report as a ‘code red for humanity’, climate change can feel impossibly overwhelming. We may even find ourselves switching off, feeling powerless, resigned or numb. 

However, we do not need to give up hope. There are things we can all do to make a difference, and it's through us all coming together that small things can add up to make big change. Joanna Macy, ecophilosopher, longtime environmental activist and highly respected in the field, alongside Dr Chris Johnstone, together authored Active Hope.

About the 8-Week Course

This 8-Week Coping with Climate Change course has been designed to help us find hope, take action and cultivate courage and resilience in the face of climate change. Curated by Rosalie Dores, this course will integrate Joanna Macy’s Active Hope work and Mindfulness to explore how we can respond to the climate emergency together.

As a group course, it will be drawing on the power of relational meditation practice and deep community connection to develop and strengthen our resourcefulness, resilience and courage. Ultimately the course will help us to engage, connect with the urgency of our situation as planetary citizens and develop a toolkit that, along with the support of the group, will help us to have hope and courage to meet the challenges of our time.

The course will be a mixture of taught material, group discussion, mindfulness, relational exploration and nature connection practices. The key learning points include: 

  • An introduction to Joanna Macy’s Active Hope work;
  • The Work That Reconnects Spiral as a tool for helping us 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;
  • Engaging in meditations and relational explorations that open us to a wider sense of self; 
  • Exploring ways of deepening into community and finding our part to play; 
  • Developing a vision and courage in opening to possibilities for the future; 
  • Looking at ways in which to build support around us so we can maintain our energy and enthusiasm, preventing burnout; and
  • Exploring and understanding ways in which to live in radical uncertainty and how to move forwards.

The course is open to everyone, and no mindfulness experience is required. Please note that although meditation is a part of the course, the course itself does not centre around mindfulness. The main focus will be to gather courage, develop resilience and take action in the face of climate change.

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Notes:

  • No prior mindfulness experience required.
  • 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 (friend@londonmindful.com).
  • The teacher and participants will be live and visible at various times.There will be group and one-to-one interaction as you would expect in a classroom setting.
  • Please contact us (friend@londonmindful.com) if you'd like to test the online platform & your internet connection before the start date.

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.