From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care
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Date(s) - Fri 28 October - Sun 30 October
6:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Ragmans Lane Farm


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FROM BURNOUT TO BALANCE:
CO-CREATING CULTURES OF COLLECTIVE AND SELF CARE

SLIDING SCALE £25 – £150

When we think of our escalating refugee/hospitality crisis, mounting inequalities, eco-systemic collapse and runaway climate change – the challenges we face can seem insurmountable. No matter what we do, it never seems to be enough. Transition, it seems, requires such immense and relentless effort that the self-care necessary to sustain oneself long-term can feel like an unaffordable or self-indulgent luxury.

If this resonates with you, if you have felt or feel on the edge of burnout and want to develop insights and skills to avoid it, join us for a nourishing weekend reflecting on and exploring effective and regenerative activism and personal sustainability through the co-creation of cultures of collective- and self-care.

A SPACE TO REST, REFLECT AND REPLENISH
This introductory residential training draws on ecological/systems thinking, embodied holistic-participatory learning, nature connection, Process Work and the Work that Reconnects to explore the causes of, and tools for addressing and avoiding burnout and disillusionment within Transition and other movements for social/ecological justice and renewal. The workshop offers a space of reflection and rest as well as practical methods for engaging in the inner and interpersonal ‘work’ that underpins effective activism and social change. Content includes:

– Practices of of collective- and self-care

– Changing behavioural patterns that cause burnout

– Building group dynamics that support sustainable activism

– Avoiding disillusionment/staying inspired

– What is ‘enough’?

This two-day residential training was borne out of ‘Sustaining Resistance: Empowering Renewal’ a 10 day residential training developed and delivered at Ecodharma in the Catalunyan Pyrenees.

FACILITATION TEAM
Claire Milne and Nate Eisenstadt will co-facilitate this weekend workshop and Amber Rose will offer restorative body work.

NATE has over 10 years experience working in/with radical groups specifically around decision-making, community accountability and conflict resolution. He is an occasional facilitator at EcoDharma in the Catalan Pyrenees and does work with activists in the UK around personal/collective resilience for radical social change.

CLAIRE has been working within the social and ecological justice and renewal movement for almost two decades. She is currently Inner Transition Coordinator for Transition Network’s international movement of autonomous groups with a passion for exploring issues around power and group dynamics. Claire recently spent a few years working and living at Ecodharma, a land-based education centre and community in the Catalunyan Pyrenees, delivering trainings to support activists around burnout and collaborative groups. Prior to all this Claire was very active in various local food activities across Bristol, including coordinating the No Tesco in Stokes Croft campaign and worked as a Campaigner in London for NGOs including Global Justice Now!

INVESTMENT
Sliding scale from £25 – £150 including food and accommodation.

We do not want money to prevent anyone from attending so please give what you can afford. We have set the lowest donation at £25 because we feel this is an amount everyone, even those working almost exclusively for free, is able to generate between now and the course. We hope and trust that participants will contribute generously to enable this workshop to be financially viable and so that we are able to continue to make this important work available for the growing number of activists in need of it.

APPYING FOR A PLACE
Please email amberponton@transitionnetwork.org to request a (short) application form.

ORGANISING A WORKSHOP NEAR YOU
If you would like to explore us offering a workshop near you please email clairemilne@transitionnetwork.org