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Cultivating Active Hope: Living with Joy Amidst the Climate Crisis

  • RE:GEN:CY 22 Commerce Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231 United States (map)

All of the successful revolutionary movements that have come before us have had one thing in common:

The ability to sustain themselves and stay connected to purpose through the pain and hard work that is an inevitable part of transforming the world.

Transforming the destructive and unjust aspects of our world into something that is beautiful and life-sustaining is courageous and loving work that requires us to look into the face of uncertainty and say yes. As a climate activist, you have said yes to being in action in this unprecedented moment in human history. For many of us, the despair, burnout, and exhaustion that comes with recognizing the catastrophic implications of the climate crisis can make it feel difficult, if not impossible, to do our important work - let alone enjoying our precious lives.

This 4-hour workshop will be a collective exploration of what it means for each of us to cultivate Active Hope. Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for. It is a practice that is different from optimism. It is about having the internal sustenance to find joy and meaning amidst our pain for the world, so that we can stay in our movement for the long haul.

In this workshop, we’ll use reflection, dialogue, movement and imagination to create a space of mutual exploration and support. In community, you’ll look at what it means for you to live with joy and Active Hope amidst the climate crisis so that you can transform your pain for the world into fuel to create the more beautiful world that you know is possible.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: This workshop will be led by Jessica Serrante, a Brooklyn based Life and Leadership Coach for Climate Activists and Co-Founder of the Radical Support Collective. Jess has been a climate activist since 2007 at organizations including Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network.  She is a trainer, facilitator and teacher with a decade of experience leading and supporting groups of activists. Jess holds a Masters Degree in Theories of Urban Practice from Parsons School of Design, where she studied urban climate resilience and is a certified professional coach with over 500 hours of experience. She is a student of Joanna Macy, the creator of The Work That Reconnects and author of the book Active Hope upon which this workshop is based. Jess is passionate about yoga, poetry, systems thinking, community building and aims to live her life as an answer to the question: What does it mean to live meaningfully amidst the climate crisis?

PRICING: Sliding Scale: $35/$50/$65/$80/$95.

Radical Support Collective is committed to creating a world where everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out. To reflect this, the rate we are charging for this workshop is based on a sliding scale. We ask that those who can, pay more. This enables us to offer lower rates for those who need it. By paying the level most authentic for you, at any level on our scale, you are helping ensure that this work can happen and helping to create an invaluable community of diverse backgrounds and experiences. If the lowest tier is inaccessible for you at this time, please email jess@radicalsupport.org, and she’ll gladly work with you to find a rate that’s authentic for you or provide a scholarship. Please, keep it simple, and pay with joy!

Earlier Event: September 15
The Antidote to Burnout