Joanna Macy Workshop

The Jam Factory, 303 Vernon Street, Nelson BC

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Joanna Macy is a 90 year-old activist, known for her insightful facilitation of workshops called “The Work That Reconnects” and the terms “The Industrial Growth Society” and “The Great Turning”. She wrote many books such as  “Coming Back to Life” and “Active Hope”. 

Our workshop borrows heavily from her work, and those books. The takes us in a journey of deep connection to others, ourselves and the world and allow us to see them with new eyes. In the workshop, we will give thanks, connect to why are we here, connect to our emotions such as fear-worry-numbness-anger of the world’s suffering. We’ll then open up to see deeper – feel the motivation to be part of the change!

Many of us care a lot for Mother Earth and the climate, but often we find ourselves just consuming horrifying information without sharing our feelings nor taking action. What happens to this energy?

Our future is uncertain. Every day 100-200 species are going extinct. Some ecosystems are dying or under large stress. The effects of climate and ecological disruption that we are experiencing now are nothing compared to what could come: Loss of most birds and insects, Sea level rise, Desertification, Wildfires, Water shortage, Crop failure, Extreme weather. The combined result of these destabilizing events will be: Millions displaced, Disease, Increased risk of wars and conflicts and Impacts on human rights
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How shall I use this precious time that I have of my life?
How shall I explain to my kids about the new reality?
How shall I keep the hope for them, while I’m in despair?

We are offering a workshop to empower you.
To help you deal with a range of emotions like grief, anger, and numbness.
To help you to re-find your wisdom.
To feel connected to life again.

Cost: $25 – 40 sliding scale

We will not turn anyone away because lack of funds, talk to us if you need.
The price includes workshop, snack and a post-workshop one-on-one call with Yael.
We are so honoured to go this path with you, learn, grow and cry together.
If you already attended a workshop you are welcome back for free when you bring a friend.

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The workshop was great in helping me to feel like I’m not alone in my struggles to cope with the anger, fear, grief and uncertainty surrounding climate change. I felt strongly connected to the other people who took the workshop, in just a few short hours together. I felt hope in seeing that other people care and are contributing in ways that feel meaningful to them, even – and especially – if they are different ways of coping to my own. It validated all of our feelings and provided a renewed sense of purpose in moving forward, in whatever ways felt best. Malin and Yael are incredibly passionate women and care deeply about their work, which is inspiring and motivating to everyone around them. I also made some lasting friends during this workshop!

Anna Maria Stone, Organizes permaculture workshops

I’ve been in Yael’s climate sharing circle and in Joanna’s Macy workshop and they are both were very good and heart-opening. I enjoyed the safe-space they hold to explore my emotions and share it with others that feel the same. I feel closer to the community and it gives me the motivation to do more. I feel like connecting around climate change in an emotional way is missing from our lives and culture but is very valuable. Thank you for holding this space for all of us to connect and heal

Akka Beker, Childcare educator, CCRR

I feel overwhelmed by climate change and don’t know how to talk about it, the workshop was very helpful in creating a sense of connection and community building. It feels good to know others feel the same as me and we could share our feelings.

Valerie, BC wildlife

I enjoyed sharing the concern and care for the world with others, it’s healing and I feel delighted and less alone now. Thank you for hosting that workshop.

Keith Weily

I resisted coming to the workshop because it triggered memories of our wildfire seasons and I didn’t want to re-open the door to fear and anxiety, but the opposite happened. It was a safe space to explore my fear, anger, sadness. I felt connected and supported by my community and came away feeling lighter and more hopeful.

Sonja Logtenberg, Environmental activist