Grief, Joy and the Way Forward: Life in a World on Fire
With Kairn Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, LaUra Schmidt, Tzeporah Berman and Dr. Britt Wray
August 10 - 14, 2022
This was by far the best workshop that I have ever attended, or could even have imagined. – Priya Huffman, workshop leader, pscyho-therapist, potter and poet.
Our world is teetering on a precipice and we are losing our balance. Every day we are met with new disasters, new disappointments, and warnings that the worst is yet to come. How do we find our way in this time of upheaval, where the old is dying, and the new is yet to take form?
Eco-anxiety is now a recognized phenomenon across the globe. While grief, anxiety, anger and avoidance are all natural responses to the pain and suffering around us, they can also threaten to overwhelm us and drain the joy from life. How can we stay present to the suffering in the world, do the work that is ours to do, while showing up fully in our own lives and avoid burning out or turning away?
Now is the time to build our resilience – as individuals and collectively. Most of us have little or no framework to process the challenges of living through this time of interconnected and overlapping crises. Together we will explore a wide range of tools and perspectives including processes for metabolizing grief, tools for dealing with anxiety, continuing to decolonize our worldviews, somatic practices, the conscious cultivation of joy, as well as the latest learnings from climate psychology and neuroscience. We will develop resources to navigate this time of dissonance and disconnection from a place of strength rooted in love.
This workshop was transformative on all levels. It wove together the most helpful tools and insights from psychology to social change theory, to somatics and spiritual wisdom, all to create REAL “hope” in relation to resilience and reconciliation in our Climate Era – Dr. Faith Cohen, 2019
Sessions will be held outside in the natural healing beauty of the coastal rainforest, gathering outdoors in the forest, garden, and on the beach, as much as is practical. There will be chocolate.
Program elements include:
- A guide for processing our eco-anxiety and grief
- Deep time connecting with the more-than-human natural world
- A view into how some indigenous cultures view the climate crisis and solutions they offer
- Somatic practices for alleviating the impact of ongoing stress and trauma
- Frameworks for dealing with uncertainty
- Ritual and practices to reconnect with joy and inspiration
- An exploration of active hope
Working in the trenches of the environmental movement, I have turned to Kairn Carrington for years, for solace, for inspiration, for laughter. Now with this workshop she is distilling the best of that wisdom into five incredible days. I want everyone to go to this workshop – Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth/Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Kairn Mahon Carrington, Climate Hope with
Melina Lubicon-Massimo, Indigenous Climate Network
LaUra Schmidt, Good Grief Network
Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth, Fossil-Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Dr. Britt Wray, author of Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis
A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
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Kairn Mahon Carrington is the founder of Climate Hope, an organization dedicated to building our personal resilience to fully engage with the climate crisis, so that we can collectively step back from the abyss and begin to build our world anew. Kairn has been breaking ground at the intersecting paths of…
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Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a master’s degree in…
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LaUra (she/her) is a truth-seeker, community-builder, cultural critic, and grief worker. She is also the granddaughter of a holocaust survivor. Inspiration finds her in natural landscapes and honest, open-hearted dialogue. LaUra graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religious Studies. Her MS is in Environmental Humanities. LaUra has been studying…
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Tzeporah Berman BA, MES, LLD (honoris causa) has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and beyond for over thirty years. She is currently the International Program Director at Stand.earth and the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. She is the Co-founder of the Global…
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Dr. Britt Wray is a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on the mental health impacts of climate change. She is the creator of the…
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