It’s 3:23am and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams;
What did you do while the planet was plundered?
What did you do when the earth was unraveling?
Surely you did something, when the seasons started failing?
As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
What did you do once you knew?
- Drew Dellinger
At this time, most people have acknowledged the reality that we are currently experiencing a climate emergency.
Perhaps like you, I am confronted by the distress, grief, rage and despair surrounding the lack of climate action by our global leaders on almost a daily basis.
We all need spaces to hold and be held in our emotional experience of the climate crisis. Listening to our own and others’ dynamic emotional experiences allows us to realise the adaptiveness and the transformational power of our fear, helplessness, frustration and hope, on this ever evolving journey. I have experienced this myself when held within climate community groups, including the Work that Reconnects and Deep Ecology immersions, as well as professionally in workshops with Melbourne-based Psychology for a Safe Climate.
I am a Certified Climate Aware Practitioner with Psychology for a Safe Climate (12 hours, 2022) and with my base training as a Clinical Psychologist, I am looking forward to sharing this important work with you. I will be both co-facilitating annual, 3 hour Climate Care and Community workshops with my friend Karina Donkers, as well as facilitating a three week workshop series to dive deeper into, move with and integrate some of the emotions of our time, living though a climate emergency.
I believe that moving and supporting the body is an integral but too commonly overlooked component of integrating our experiences of climate distress. Alongside the mental and emotional support of connecting verbally with others, I use various yoga practices in my Climate Care and Community workshop series.
Whether you are immobilised by the distress of the climate emergency, or completely burnt out by years on the frontline, I invite you to connect and be held by other people that care about our world and our collective future as much as you do.
To learn more about both of these workshops and to check when the next will be held, visit my Courses & Workshops page. If you are subscribed to my mailing list you will be the first to know when these are open for registration.