Unify Toronto Dialogues invites you to series that will inform, empower, and help equip you to play your part in bringing the next society into being.
This moment in history is unique. We're the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, mass species extinction, peak oil, and global economic crisis, not to mention the nuclear age. And we're the last generation that can do something about the mess the industrial age has left us in.
Here's an alternative to denial, overwhelm or despair: join us for this series. In supportive community, let's admit we've never been here before and don't know what to do. From that fertile place of humility, let's listen together for practical and collaborative ways forward.
6:30 - 9:00 pm on these Monday evenings:
- Sept. 29 (College & Spadina), Oct 27 & Nov 17 (St. George & Bloor)
Suggested donation $10-20/session.
Foundation (Sept. 29)
What is this unprecedented moment in history?
What are its challenges and opportunities?
Whether you made it to our session or not, you can watch the Symposium online on your own time or buy the DVD. If you feel inspired you can help host a WakeUp or Awakening the Dreamer Symposium for your friends, organization or community. GenUp and the Pachamama Alliance give you everything you need. You can contact us to bring us in, or facilitate it yourself!
If you want to go deeper into these questions, sign up for the Game Changer Intensive. This seven-week online course by the Pachamama Alliance educates, inspires and equips you to be a pro-activist leader and a game changer in your community. The next one starts in January.
And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the times we’re in, you might enjoy this 2.5-minute video of Joanna Macy.
Facilitators: David Burman, Natalie Zend, Rebecca Dehmassi and Mickey Juranka
Snacks provided by Manjit Dali Mann and Rebecca Dehmassi, support with set up by Bethany Zack.
Deepening (Oct. 27)
What are our inner responses to this global crisis?
How can they empower and enliven us to be the change?
In the realm of this work, there is much more available for you to explore if you're curious. Joanna's latest book (co-authored with Chris Johnstone), Active Hope, guides you through the process, with exercises you can do on your own or in a group. Her book, Coming Back to Life, which has just been republished in an updated edition, empowers you to share the work with groups.
If you want to live (or relive) the Spiral of the Work as a 10-minute daily practice, here's how you can do it.
If you're looking for a simple way to continually open to your dark and light feelings about the times we're in, you might enjoy the simple practice of "Breathing Through," which you can do in the midst of your daily life. In this 10-minute video, Joanna guides you through the practice.
And if you want to explore this work more deeply, set up an "Active Hope" reading group with your friends. This can become a shared process to deepen community, support each other and become more resourced in addressing concerns about the world. This online guide will give you all the resources you need. Contact us if you'd like support in this.
Facilitation by Natalie Zend; snacks and flower arrangements by Zora Ignjatovic; welcoming and space holding by Jessica Vogt and David Burman; facilitation support by Susana Ochi. Sponsored by the Transformative Learning Centre or TLC (with thanks to Edmund O'Sullivan, Blake Poland and Natalie Abdou).
Moving Forward (Nov. 17)
What would a sustainable, fulfilling future look like?
What can we actually do to bring it about?
Facilitator: Kaia Nightingale
Testimonials about similar events with series facilitators:
"I finally know I could make those changes in my life that I have wanted to do for so long."
"Inspirational. Transformational. Meaningful and so supportive. I feel empowered."