During this time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, and the inequality and dysfunction of social and political systems are exposed, it is more important than ever be in a supportive community which inspires creativity, courage, and collective action.
I am so grateful that I, in conjunction with Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL), have had the opportunity in 2017 to bring the Active Hope Workshop, based on The Work that Reconnects by Joanna Macy, to the following faith and environmental communities:
Emerson, Georgia Mountains, Northwest, and Gwinnett Unitarian Universalist Congregations, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Unity Atlanta, The Yoga Source, Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, Friends Meeting in Birmingham, Get off the Grid Fest, Carrollton Water Keepers, Georgia Sierra Club, and Emory CREATE Conference.
In addition to helping participants come away feeling, “Hopeful, empowered, renewed, and encouraged,” the Four Directions Fund at GIPL allows us to support projects that are either conceived of, or clarified as a result of the Active Hope Workshop. We have been delighted to support the following projects:
Guardians of Gaia Production
Our Watersheds, Our Lives: A Community Celebration in Carrollton
Sunflower Planting for Soil Remediation
Tree Plantings in Yahoola Creek Park and in Guatemala
Butterfly Garden at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange
Building and Installing Bat Houses with Youth Groups in North Georgia
I am now booking workshops for 2018 and would love to work with your community. The cost is a love offering, so it is accessible for everyone. This workshop is especially helpful for:
- Congregations that have an Earth Care and/or Social Justice team or would like to develop one
- Environmental or Social Justice organizations that would like to reenergize and refocus their staff and/or volunteers
- Students in higher education who are looking to clarify their passion and purpose
- Health and wellness centers (e.g. yoga studios) who would like an additional way to nurture, support, and connect their members
If you would like to find out more or book a workshop, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we enter the winter season when the long nights slowly give way to the light, let it remind us that in the midst of difficult times, our soul force is looking for the chance to shine.
Wishing you love and peace this holiday season and throughout the New Year,