Active Hope Course 

We have each been given the gift of life on this beautiful planet. Human actions have unintended consequences and we are facing the crises of climate change and environmental destruction.

People all over the world are taking action:-

  • School Children are striking and protesting in the streets.

  • Extinction Rebellion is an international network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

  • Greta Thurnberg, the 16 year old climate activist has addressed the UN, and MPs in parliament saying that “the basic problem is that nothing is being done to halt – or even slow – climate and ecological breakdown, despite all the beautiful words and promises……..And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses.”

  • Sir David Attenborough has issued his strongest statement yet on the threat posed to the world by climate change. Sir David said we face "irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies". But there is still hope, he said, if dramatic action to limit the effects is taken over the next decade.

  • The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has stated that climate change is a core financial and strategic risk.

How can we respond to these crises in a meaningful way?

Unless we have space to feel our responses to the destruction of our world, we can easily feel paralysed or numb – and not take the necessary action to prevent more harm.

We run Active Hope groups to enable people to come together to express their gratitude for life, our feelings in response to climate change and the environmental crisis, and to envisage how to move forwards with clarity, purpose and commitment. These workshops are a safe place to be with our feelings, helping us to stay grounded, connected and responsive to what’s happening in our lives, our communities and our world.

What does the word “Hope” mean when we talk about Active Hope? The word hope has two different meanings. The first involves hopefulness, believing our preferred outcome is reasonably likely to happen. It requires things outside ourselves to be in a certain way in order that we can feel hopeful.

The second meaning is about desire and conscious intention. Passive hope is about waiting for external agencies to bring about what we desire. Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for.

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.

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 in what we do.*

This course is based on the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. Jeannie has trained with Joanna Macy and is qualified to run groups exploring her work.

Spaces are limited (approx 16 places) so booking is essential. If you wish to make a booking or obtain more information could you please contact: Jeannie: coaching@jhodder.co.uk

*From Active Hope- How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy