Active hope

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy is a book written by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone about finding, and offering, our best response to the crisis of sustainability unfolding in our world. It offers tools that help us face the mess we’re in, as well as find and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

You can read more on my personal reflections about how Active Hope relates to (my) mindfulness practice in a musing here.

“Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift? Active Hope fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection and, ultimately, transformation.”
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine.

The book guides the reader through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, towards a life-sustaining society. While reading the book alone can bring great benefits, the strengthening journey it offers is enhanced by the company of fellow readers. Increasingly, groups committed to social and ecological justice are reading this book together, with Active Hope book journeys becoming a shared process to deepen community and resource ourselves in addressing concerns about the world.

Would you like to join me and this local Edinburgh group in cultivating the ‘doing’ of Active Hope in your own life and facing the mess we’re in, together with others?We’ll come together for 8 sessions to do the practices in each of the chapters of the book together, sharing what this process of active hope means to each of us.

Introduction session: Wednesday 8th of February in the Salisbury Centre
Following sessions on 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March in Summerhall
Time: 18:30-20:30

Costs: price of the book Active Hope.

Summerhall: the Immeasurable Studio (2nd floor, sadly no disabled access)
Summerhall Place

For more information and to register please contact me.

For more information on the book, the process, the authors and the training please click here.