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Active Hope Workshop: How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy

Active hope workshop, poplar Union, east london, community, art centre, what can we do to help, social change, ecological challenges, 2018, build a better world, interactive workshop, day workshop
Active hope workshop, poplar Union, east london, community, art centre, what can we do to help, social change, ecological challenges, 2018, build a better world, interactive workshop, day workshop

A day workshop about finding our way to contribute to the issues we care about in our community and our world.

The workshop will include group activities, meditation and reflective practices, and exercises to tap in to our imagination and creativity. Please join us for a journey of connection to life, love, hope and action!

What’s Active Hope?

Active Hope is a day workshop about finding, and offering our best response to the social and ecological challenges before us. The workshop will offer tools to help us to face these challenges, to find strength, build community and to play our role in the collective transition to a life-sustaining society.

What to expect

The workshop is based on a body of work called The Work That Reconnects developed since the 1970s by Joanna Macy and colleagues, and takes its name from the book ‘Active Hope’ by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.

Over the day you will move through the four stages of The Work That Reconnects. Beginning with joy and wonder of life as a basis for wellbeing and personal resilience, you’ll then explore compassion by honouring the feelings that can arise when we turn our minds to what we care about. You’ll then tap into the internal and external resources available to us to develop our individual and collective power and potential. Finally, you will set some concrete intentions for engaging in the issues you care about.

Who’s the workshop for?

The workshop is for anyone who is looking to re-ignite a sense of hope, care, passion and purpose to be able to respond to issues of concern in our community and planet. You could be already involved in altruistic activities and looking to feel re-inspired in your efforts, or looking for a deeper experience of connection with others and nature from which to live your life from.

There will be an opportunity to buy lunch from Poplar Union’s E5 Cafe, or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Teacher profiles

Sophie is a writer, curator and coach. She was the co-founder of The School of Life and founder of Department Store of the Mind. She is the author of several books and leads the teaching faculty at Year Here. In all her work she supports people to find joy and meaning by deepening connection to themselves, one another and the wider living world.

Tessa is a researcher, facilitator and campaigner, focused on gender equality, climate change and the relationship between personal growth and social change. She leads walking tours in Tower Hamlets, takes part on meditation sit-ins, and facilitates events to support people to connect, grow and to work for sustainability and social justice.

Sun 18 November 10am-5pm

£20 / £15 conc.
Age range: 16+

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