04 November 2019
26 November 2019
Training - In Person
Extinction Rebellion London
This three-hour workshop, called Feeling Nature, is an introduction to the landscape of grief for activists and protectors of our environment, co-facilitated by Sarah and Tony Pletts. This is an embodied workshop in which we will begin to explore the microcosm of our relation to nature and the world we live in.
Why should we tend to our grief? Because it is one way to explore and express our feelings, which may include sadness, anger, fear, guilt, numbness or a sense of being overwhelmed, but also gratitude and solidarity. We offer this workshop in response to the times we are living through. You may be affected by ‘climate grief’ or ‘climate change anxiety’.
We invite you to give space and attention to your feelings. Whatever you are processing is welcome, although as a result of the limited time that we have for this workshop, it will be a dip into feelings, rather than a deep dive. The session will introduce some skills for personal resilience in the face of change.
Importantly, to have a grounding in self-care is to allow ourselves to live more fully. Giving space to our feelings may help us to process them. As a result, we can work towards a better future together more effectively.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This workshop will include gentle exercises – from Betty Martin’s ‘Wheel of Consent’, the writing of Joanna Macy, Francis Weller and others. So in these three hours we will offer experiential exercises to touch upon connecting with:
Our bodies | Nature | Our feelings | Others
“You made it safe for people to take their masks off and speak the truth.”
“It was such a gift to be in a space that was so beautifully prepared with so much attention to detail and so lovingly held. It was a heart-opening experience to let grief collectively move through us as a group and feel the connection, and for me a deeply soothing experience.”
WHY GRIEF TENDING?
Because it is one way to resource ourselves in order to build regenerative culture and it can:
Offer an emotional outlet | Help transform our feelings of being overwhelmed into agency | Enable us to feel the support of others | Connect us with hope
A commitment to self-care is much needed in order to enable us to support environmental activism. As a result, these practices offer ways to use our energy in a more sustainable way.
We are faced with increasingly difficult-to-hear scientific reports and predictions about the environment. Consequently Professor Jem Bendell offer a strategy called Deep Adaptation. First we must ‘take it to heart’, he suggests. Most importantly, Grief Tending in the context of climate change anxiety is an invitation to bring the feelings that are evoked into your heart.
The exact location of this event will be shared after attendees register here: https://forms.gle/bRDefwr7ackms34z5
GSDR Friendly: we welcome gender, sex and relationship diversity at our events.