Climate change workshop to be held April 13

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Interfaith Climate Action Network will be hosting the 3rd annual Active Hope Workshop on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct., Middlebury.
Following a week after the Next Steps Climate Solutions Walk, the workshop follows the format of the 30-year legacy of environmental activist, author and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy’s and her Work That Reconnects. Just as the walk embraces the themes of Reunion, Resistance, Reimagine, Recreate and Reform, the Work That Reconnects embraces a paradigm of the interdependence, uncertainty and creativity of all life.
The workshop centers on the idea that embodying and embracing both thoughts and feelings can help result in clearer thinking and empowered activism in the face of the many changes we currently face. The Work That Reconnects offers group and individual activities — some quietly contemplative, some full of movement, and some rich in conversation — that help empower people to nourish their inner wisdom and bring their gifts more fully to the world.
Developed over the past 30 years by Joanna Macy and colleagues, practices experienced in the workshop help participants experience the connections with their whole selves, their communities, and the entire fully interdependent, living Earth, so that each may be nourished and motivated to play their unique parts in co-creating life-sustaining cultures.
Facilitators Marc Lapin and Kristen Andrews collaborate to lead participants through the flow of gratitude, honoring pain, seeing with fresh eyes and going forth. A half-day option is available. The workshop is free and open to all. For more information, contact Marc lapin345@gmail.com. To register email or call Heidi Willis redsprings@myfairpoint.net, 802-352-4327.

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