Nourishing our Capacity to Act for Life on Earth
Saturday 26 September (7 days)
Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckinham
Findhorn Foundation, Scotland, UK
Our times confront us with realities that can be difficult to take in and painful to live with. This week-long workshop aims to strengthen our capacity to respond with Active Hope.
Developed by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope is a practice like Tai Chi or gardening that we do rather than have. It involves actively participating in a story that is moving towards the future we hope for. Informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality and holistic science, this workshop is structured around the spiral of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects.
"We’re delighted Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckingham are offering this week of Active Hope at Findhorn. They bring much richness to this work and we encourage you to join them."
Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, authors of Active Hope
Active Hope takes the form of a strengthening journey in four stages.
- The journey begins with gratitude, a nourishing social emotion that reminds us of our allies and all that supports us. This resourcing puts us in a stronger position to face the stuff that hurts.
- In the second stage we give voice to the grief we feel for the world, respecting our feelings and motivating impulses. If we feel overwhelmed or despairing, this tells us we’ve stepped beyond what we can easily cope with alone – now we are facing something much bigger that calls for new responses and different ways of thinking.
- In the third stage we explore blocking beliefs and find new perspectives that increase our sense of possibility.
- The final stage focuses on practical steps we can take. We discover learnable skills that help us harness the inspirational power of positive visions and find our personal role in working towards them.
The overall aim of the week is to help each participant find their own practice of Active Hope. Each time you put your unique gift into action, you strengthen yourself, inspire those around you, and take a step in support of life on Earth.
Margo van Greta is a pioneer of holistic spirituality and a facilitator of transformation, creating a safe and supportive space for deepening the inner journey. She is a qualified guide of the Game of Transformation, and is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1987. A staff member of the Findhorn Foundation, she worked with integrated spirituality through Spiritual and Personal Development, created the Findhorn Internal Trainings, and co-created the Living Essentials Apprentice Programme. She has been leading retreats for 15 years, especially on Iona, and does her personal annual month-long retreat in southern Spain. One of her projects was creating the Inspired Action Conference in 2010. Margo initiated a Buddhist Group and is a qualified Discovering Buddhism teacher. She's lived in the Findhorn Community since 1991 and has recently been leading Spiritual Deepening: Living from Purpose and Soul, a four week journey of engaging with your inner knowing.
Jacqueline Buckingham is an animal communication teacher and mentor, working in Australia and Europe. Jacqueline first began communicating with plants and animals as a child on her family farm. It was while living at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland that she met renowned animal communicator, Anna Breytenbach, who reawakened those nature-connected days of her childhood. Anna became Jacqueline’s mentor, and they continue to collaborate. Jacqueline has studied and worked with indigenous elders from Australia, Ecuador and North America, as well as with Jon Young, Joanna Macy and John Seed. Since 2006 she has facilitated workshops founded in deep ecology principles, including Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. Jacqueline is a Reiki master teacher, a transpersonal therapist and a master facilitator. She is inspired by reconnecting people to their love of nature, and is passionate about helping restore balance and harmony between humans and the rest of the natural world.www.understandinganimals.org
Price £1110 / £840 / £690
Watch here an Active Hope mini workshop created for the Climate Change and Consciousness conference, April 2019