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Ten Steps Towards Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate (10 week course)
31 January 2022 £100.00
7:00 pm – 4 April 2022
The Good Grief Network has developed a 10-step programme for psycho-social resilience in the age of climate chaos.
“I heartily recommend this course to anyone who wants to get to grips with the state of the world. The group ground rules, and Jane’s skilful and gentle facilitation helped create a safe and nurturing space for open-hearted and mutually supportive exploration of the big issues – which for me previously felt too overwhelming and terrifying to properly look at. Through the relationships developed and the sharing of resources, I now feel plugged into local and global networks of inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment. It’s been life changing.” – R.J.
New language is being invented to describe the unprecedented psychological landscape of our times: eco-anxiety, climate grief, solastalgia*. These are terms used by climate psychologists to describe the emotional impacts of climate change which have become alarmingly obvious in recent times and especially so over this past year with snow storms, dust storms, heat domes and flash floods occurring worldwide. Climate chaos is now being acknowledged and discussed but often in terms of government policies, reduction targets or technological fixes so that there are few spaces dedicated to processing the emotional impacts of these events. Outrage, terror, grief and despair are perfectly sane responses yet are often left unspoken.
In times of loss, we need to grieve. Current and future extremes of human suffering, alongside the incineration of animal and plant life in forest fires, extinction of species, loss of habitat and entire ecosystems, and acidification of the ocean, are the most existential of all losses. We are called to witness these events while simultaneously creating a culture of reciprocity and regeneration. For this, new social norms are needed.
The Good Grief Network has developed a 10-step programme for psycho-social resilience in these chaotic times, with the aim of collectively processing climate-chaos related grief and anxiety while building community connections. It is comforting to gather together once a week for catharsis and comfort in community once a week as the nights draw in.
We will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Mondays, 7-9pm, in person at ONCA Barge, Brighton Marina. If government guidelines on in-person gatherings change and further restrictions are put in place, we will meet via Zoom instead. We will form a closed group to explore the ten steps in a supportive group facilitated by ecopsychologist and educator, Jane Glenzinska. There will be a maximum of 12 people in the group. ‘Good grievers’ need to be open to honest conversation, have a deep respect for all life on earth and be willing to tend to our own and each other’s strong emotions.
The cost of the course is £10 per session and advance tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. If it is not possible for you to pay the full fees in advance or you would like to attend at a concessionary rate then please do get in touch via so that we can try to find a way forward.
*term coined by Glenn Albrecht
“I think for most of us it was the opportunity to “offload” once a week about how we feel and to strengthen each other through our life’s journeys which gave the group its value – It is hard to put it in words but it kind of restored my faith in humanity and in my ability to be part of a community and that is really wonderful” – O.R.
“The space Jane held has been so important for me in understanding my feelings towards the climate crisis we are facing. I’ve learnt that feeling anxious and upset about this doesn’t have to be a negative thing, that addressing these emotions can help me move forward and channel my emotions into positive actions in my day-to-day life.” – H. L.
“The 10-week course was a powerful and deep journey of enquiry. The way the group was invited to think about and to feel into something that can feel so big and overwhelming somehow managed to contain it for me in a way that feels ongoing beyond the end of our sessions together. I think the magical chemistry of a much needed and broadly well thought through course, the presence, heart and knowledge of our mighty facilitator Jane, and the wonderful souls who made up the journey created a magical place of some healing and a level of coming to terms with things, that was exactly what I was looking for.” – S.M.
About Jane Glenzinska
Jane’s qualifications and experiences are widely varied and when viewed together, they just about make sense in the wide-angle lens of Ecopsychology. She holds a BA in psychology, a post-graduate diploma in Counselling Psychology and a Masters degree in Human Ecology which included what was the only academic offering in Ecopsychology at that time. She has developed and delivered holistic and experiential Ecopsychology courses for the Centre for Human Ecology and the Centre for Ecotherapy. She was carrying out eco-therapy long before she ever had a name for it. She has enjoyed further training with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects, Rosemary Randall in Carbon Conversations, Maeve Gavin and Sobonfu Some in Collective Grief Tending, Bayo Akomolafe in Making Sanctuary, Daniel Foor in Ancestral Medicine, and Neil Howard and Miki Kashtan in Non Violence.
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