“Active Hope involves identifying the outcomes we hope for and then playing an active role in bringing them about. We can rise to the occasion with wisdom, courage, and care or we can shrink from the challenge…. Can we train ourselves to become more courageous, inspired, and connected?“ 

Nov 4, 11, 18 & Dec 2 ,9 ,16. ( NEW DATES !!) 

Monday Evenings – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT 

Course Fee: $135, for 6 interactive sessions.

  Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (required reading)
(Purchase from Amazon here)

by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

This course will use the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone as a guide to exploring what it means to be an Evolving Human in the world today.  What does it mean for each of us to step up and out as our fullest selves and respond to crises facing our world.

The concepts and philosophy introduced will lay the foundation for further explorations in out Multi-Generational Learning for Life Programs.

Join this interactive series of webinars which use the practices of the Spiral of the The Work That Reconnects as outlined in Active Hope,; centering, deep listening, dialogue, and other interactive activities to explore our roles in the Great Turning and find inspiration and courage for the times ahead.

Core Resource Texts –

Active Hope – How to face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

 Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Program Overview

Session 1 – Introduction plus Chapters 1 & 2

What are the stories of our time?  To build the future we want for our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations of all species we need to change the stories we tell ourselves as a society and as individuals.  Introduction to the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects a key to transformational learning.

Session 2 – Chapter 3 on Coming from Gratitude

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Can we find the gratitude for being alive on this beautiful earth particularly at this time of uncertainty and social and environmental upheaval?  There is power in gratitude.

Session 3 – Chapter 4 on Honouring our Pain for the World

As we face the possible extinction of life as we know it our love of life, earth, and humans deepens.  By Honoring our grief, rage, fear, and despair both personal and planetary we open our hearts to our deep interconnectedness and our passion for justice and then we can heed the call to act on behalf of life?

Session 4 – Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 on Seeing With New Eyes

We must come out of the illusion of separation and see with New Eyes/ Ancient Eyes that we are deeply interconnected with all Earth systems, with all humans and indeed the whole Universe.  The current Euro-centric world view and economic system (Business as Usual) is killing the planet so we must shift to New Structures and world views that are in alinement with living systems.

Session 5 – Chapters 9 & 10, Going Forth part 1

We each have important roles to play in creating a sustainable and thriving planet for all. What is the vision of the future that is calling to you and what roles will you play to make it a reality. How do we make space for our imaginations, creativity, and true power to emerge? What are the steps to make our visions happen?

Session 6 – Chapters 11, 12 & 13 on Going Forth  part 2

How do we live? Who do we engage with? What choices can we make that will support a life-sustaining society? How do we develop the gifts that are ours as Youngers, Olders or Elders that are so needed in the world at this time? How can we go hand in hand with each other to build the more beautiful world we know is possible?


Join this interactive series of webinars which use the practices of The Spiral of The Work That Reconnects as outlined in Active Hope: centering, deep listening, dialogue, and other interactive activities to explore our roles in the Great Turning and find inspiration and courage for the times ahead.

The concepts and philosophy introduced will lay the foundation for further explorations in our Multi-Generational Learning for Life Programs.

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Constance Washburn MA

Constance Washburn MA a facilitator, educator, community organizer and program designer she brings together diverse groups to experience their depths and their interconnection to the web of life, to generate vision and facilitate collaborative efforts to meet the needs of participants and Earth. Her first career was in theatre so she brings improvisation and creativity into all her programs.

She is currently co-leader and facilitator of the Spiral Journey- a Facilitator Development Program in the Work That Reconnects and on the core Weavers Team of the Work That Reconnects Network. She is a founding member of the Elders Action Network and designed and leads their foundation Course, the Empowered Elder Workshop.

She served as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and Marin Organic for almost 20 years and co-founded and directed, the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance which brought together county wide agricultural and educational organizations.

She has a MA in Education and Theater, certificates in the Ecology of Leadership, Permaculture Design and Transforming Business, Society, and Self from U.Lab MITx. She is long time student of the Work That Reconnects as well as a mindfulness/ meditation instructor in the Vajrayana Tradition and a yoga practitioner and teacher.

Constance Washburn