Hope is a verb

Petra Bongartz

Location: Online
Venue: online
Cost: Sliding scale £10-15/ €12-16 / $14-19 / ZAR 200-350

Dates & Times: 17 Sep 2020 to 17 Sep 2020  17:00 - 18:30

An experiential journey that connects us more deeply to ourselves, each other and the world, so we can engage from a place of resource, creativity and love. To practice hope in this time of great challenge is to transform life within us and around us.

Based on Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone’s Active Hope practices, this is a journey into our interconnectedness, a reorientation to our sense of purpose, and an invitation to embody our love for the world in action.

This is for you if you
• love life and the planet that is our home
• feel despair about the state of the world
• wonder what you can do
• would like to feel more resourced and creative and less alone in engaging with the big issues of our time
• want to connect with other like-hearted people

We are living through times of profound crisis at an ecological, social, economic and individual level. Whilst the COVID 19 pandemic is the headline right now, there are many other urgent challenges that we are facing: loss of biodiversity, climate change, mass extinction, plastic pollution, the depletion of life-supporting ‘resources’, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few whilst millions live in extreme poverty, racism, violent conflict and war,… the list goes on and can easily leave us feeling overcome with anxiety, grief, anger and despair or simply numb and paralyzed. Many of us sense that urgent action is required, but it is hard to see just what we might do in the face of so many complex challenges. We may feel that nothing we can do is big enough to make a difference. And it may just feel too much, too hard, too depressing to face, let alone talk about the state of the world and the uncertainty about our future with others.

The work of Active Hope offers us a different perspective and simple practices to resource ourselves, honour how we feel and through this connect more deeply to our love for the world and to each other. The practices help us to kindle the strength, creativity and courage that lives in our hearts so that we emerge with new clarity, creativity and courage for wholehearted action. Resourcing ourselves in this way, we can become empowered and engaged participants in the world.

The understanding of hope we work with here is not based on the likelihood of a preferred outcome but rather, as Joanna Macy says, ‘active hope is a practice. Like tai chi or gardening, it is something we do rather than have. It is a process we can apply to any situation, and it involves three key steps. First, we take in a clear view of reality; second, we identify what we hope for in terms of the direction we’d like things to move in or the values we’d like to see expressed; and third, we take steps to move ourselves or our situation in that direction. Since Active Hope doesn’t require our optimism, we can apply it even in areas where we feel hopeless. The guiding impetus is intention; we choose what we aim to bring about, act for, or express. Rather than weighing our chances and proceeding only when we feel hopeful, we focus on our intention and let it be our guide.’

Practical information:
This event will take place on zoom. Details will be sent to registered participants. In order to create an intimate and connecting experience, spaces are limited. Booking is essential. To book email movingintoconnection@outlook.com


Cost: Sliding scale £10-15/ €12-16 / $14-19 / ZAR 200-350

Please pay what you can afford. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact me for further concessions.