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Empowered Activism - Andy Raingold Sat 13 Oct - Sat 03 Nov

  • Sustainability

Empowered Activism runs over 3 modules - the dates for these are Saturday 13, Saturday 27 October and Saturday 3 November. 10am - 5pm.

This course seeks to foster deeper connections with ourselves, community and nature as a source of inspiration, nourishment and potency. By combining the inner path of self-development with the outer path of action, it aims to strengthen our capacity and motivation to act for our world and deepen our personal resilience and resourcefulness.

For those seeking to drive positive change, we can often feel overwhelmed and undermined. This course provides a space to honour our fears and frustrations with a like minded community in a way that empowers our activism. Drawing on Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects, mindfulness, deep ecology, systems thinking and nature connection practices, it explores deepening our sense of gratitude, honouring our feelings, seeing with different perspectives and going forth with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

The course takes a broad view of "activism" to refer to bringing about change in the way relationships are structured. It is therefore relevant for anyone who seeks to drive change in the world and aims to:

  • Provide tools and techniques to help you refresh, renew and reconnect.
  • Explore and manage your emotional responses to the challenges that you face, such as fears, frustrations, despair and cynicism.
  • Provide support and guidance from a like minded community.
  • Widen your sense of perspective to a more conscious sense of creating change in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • Explore leadership inspired by nature and open yourself up to deep learning, fresh thinking and new perspectives.
  • Identify and drawn upon sources of nourishment that help you realise your potential to drive change.

Cost: £150. Bring and share lunch. 

Andy Raingold is a coach, speaker and facilitator. He hosts nature awareness, leadership, sustainability and mindfulness retreats and workshops, to bring about transformative change. He has trained extensively in these areas with Cambridge University, Schumacher College, The Living Leader Programme and Sussex Wildlife Trust. He works with professionals, businesses, charities, colleges, private clients and children. He also offers his skills internationally, and in 2017 ran a 2 month programme with indigenous communities in Namibia and a 2 week retreat for a "nomadic classroom" in the wilds of Sweden. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, working with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive action for a more sustainable world.This course is also available on Sunday 28 October

Andy Raingold is founder of Change in Nature (www.changeinnature.org) which run enriching experiences in the wild. Collaborators include Jonathon Porritt, Jamie Catto, Giles Hutchins and Dr Stephan Harding. 

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