Feb 15th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Want to feel hope for the future? Feeling overwhelmed about the world’s problems? Join Annie Warmke and friends on January 30th on Zoom for a day of learning how to find that hope.
This is an opportunity to learn some tools for finding joy in this culture.
About the workshop:
The day’s theme will be based on Joanna Macy’s book “Active Hope“. We will outline four simple steps that can be used as a tool for feeling energized and hopeful about your personal life, your business, your work, your faith, or the larger community. This is not about a political point of view – but about how to find hope, and then take action for change in your life, and perhaps even in this culture.
That hope comes from four steps:
1) finding gratitude
2) identifying the pain felt by the way the earth and it’s inhabitants are suffering
3) seeing these things with new eyes
4) moving forward to find solutions for personal well-being and actions
“The Work That Reconnects helps people around the world discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action.”
Zoom: Five Tuesdays – January 30th to February 27th (6 pm to 9 pm est)
with Hilary Krivchenia
Two sessions – February 15th and March 7th (8 pm to 9:30 pm est) WFAN project
The Work that Reconnects (Active Hope) is a framework for facing the world’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, social injustice, and ecological destruction, with renewed energy and purpose rather than despair. It’s not about pretending problems don’t exist, but about acknowledging the pain of the world, grieving our losses, and then harnessing that grief into strength and action.
Key takeaways of Active Hope:
- Connect with the web of life with gratitude: We’re all part of something bigger than ourselves, and understanding this interconnectedness can give us a sense of belonging and purpose.
- Grieve for what we’ve lost: Ignoring our grief only makes it worse. By facing it head-on, we can release its hold on us and find the energy to move forward.
- Glimpse the beauty of the world: Even in the midst of darkness, there is still so much beauty to be found. Focusing on this beauty can give us hope and inspiration.
- Take action: Once we’re grounded in hope and compassion, we can start to make a difference in the world, no matter how small our actions may seem.
Active Hope is more than just a theory*; it’s a movement and a call to action for people who want to make their world a better place, starting with themselves.
Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: Active Hope
Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown: Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects
What to Expect:
Classes will be on Zoom. A listerv will be created for use between classes and for follow-up to stay connected.
Bring your good mood and willing hearing heart. Each class is a collection of stories that showcase how to use the four basic concepts of the work to reconnect.
Workshops are without a fee so that everyone has access in some form. However there is a cost in putting together and teaching so a suggested donation is $25 per class.
About the leaders:
Annie Warmke is an activist, feminist and business leader. She has spent her career believing in the concept that if a person is thrown into a pile of manure, it’s possible, with the right outlook to see the manure as a resource, not just a stinky mess. Her life’s work of starting 22 rural family violence projects, gaining freedom for women in prison who killed in self-defense, and creating Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center demonstrates her commitment to this concept.
Hilary Krivchenia, MDiv., is a certified facilitator of the Work to Reconnect and retired Unitarian Universalist minister. Hilary is based in Lowell, Ohio.
How to Register:
Blue Rock Station is a living experiment in resilient living. For more information or to register for the workshop visit www.bluerockstation.com or phone (740) 252-6295.
If you have questions about class availability or problems registering, call us at 740-674-4300.
(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)