As we welcome the beginnings of spring we invite you to join us in creating a positive and inspiring vision for our collective future.
When living through intense and challenging times it is easy to get caught up in fear about where it is all heading. The future can look bleak as we face the continued drive of corruption, capitalism and consumerism with all their destructive impacts and consequences.
This short workshop is based on The Work That Reconnects developed by Joanna Macy. We offer a space in which to honour our difficult feelings about the world. We then transform them into resilience, strength and renewed energy to help us play our part in the collective changes and challenges we face going forward.
By taking this step we engage in Active Hope.
In the video below Mairi explains more about why she feels this workshop is so important for these times we live in. It may take a moment or two to load. 💚
Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for. Active Hope is a practice…it’s something we do rather than have.
Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
Your workshop Facilitators
With over 25 years experience working with individuals and groups in therapeutic settings I now focus on sharing the concepts and practices of Radical Self Care. I believe that if we tend to our own self healing first we will find the energy, inspiration and passion to serve the healing of our world. My own self care practices include swimming in the sea, sailing and lying under huge oak trees. www.changeisalwayspossible.com
I’ve over 40 years experience of working with people of all ages, in groups and one to one, in social work, community work, youth work and mental health. I’m a trained Art Therapist, and was part of our local mental health team in Lochgilphead for many years, as well as teaching stress management.I’ve been a Humanist Celebrant since 2007 and find it extremely satisfying work that i truly love and I feel very lucky to be living and working in beautiful wild Argyll. https://elopetoargyll.co.uk
This workshop is open to everyone. There is so much division in our world that we want to offer a space where we put these differences aside in order to focus on our collective challenges, the places where we can meet human to human.
We offer a space which recognises that everyone is at different stages of awareness and understanding regarding the issues we face. We ask that you are respectful, kind and compassionate towards yourself and others.
This space is not a place for discussion, debate or airing of opinions and views. Our focus instead is on how we find our selves responding; the feelings and emotions which arise and impact our lives.
Future generations will look back at the time we are living in now. The kind of future they look from, and the story they tell about our period, will be shaped by choices we make in our lifetimes. The most telling choice of all may well be the story we live from and see ourselves participating in. It sets the context of our lives in a way that influences all our other decisions.In choosing our story, we not only cast our vote of influence over the kind of world future generations inherit, but we also affect our own lives in the here and now. When we find a good story and fully give ourselves to it, that story can act through us, breathing new life into everything we do. When we move in a direction that touches our heart, we add to the momentum of deeper purpose that makes us feel more alive. A great story and a satisfying life share a vital element: a compelling plot that moves toward meaningful goals, where what is at stake is far larger than our personal gains and losses. The Great Turning is such a story.”