ACTIVE HOPE - Strength and Resilience in Turbulent Times

SWACC Workshop

Sunday 26th January

10am - 5pm

*Do you worry about the state of our world but don’t know what to do about it?


*Would you like to ignite your inner-strength and purpose to face these challenges and play your unique role in the coming times?

Come and explore these challenges together, in this one-day workshop, based on Joanna Macy’s the Work that Reconnects. There will be space to share both our gratitude and concerns and pain for the world. Through this process, we can discover new perspectives, resources and purpose that help us effectively respond to what we’re facing.

In my therapy practice, a worry I often hear is that if we let in the pain we feel then it will never stop and we won’t be able to function. We have learnt as a culture to see our pain as a personal failing or weakness and seek to avoid it. Or if we do feel it, we often don’t have the support and framework to be able to be with our feelings without succumbing to paralysis or burnout.

We need to know that this pain is actually a sane response to a deeply troubled world and that when we share and hear from each other we can learn to be strengthened rather than scared by it.

The Work that Reconnects offers a series of experiential, transformative practices, which can help us to fully face the enormity of the ecological and social crisis we are in. It gives us an experience of coming together in solidarity as a community; helping to grow our courage, resilience and fierce compassion for our world. This can empower and inspire us to take new action for change.

The workshop is facilitated by Dr Nickee Stopler; a counselling psychologist, ecopsychologist, activist, and facilitator trained in The Work That Reconnects. Nickee has 20 years experience working with experiential group practices for personal and social transformation and has a private psychology practice. She is also mum to two young boys and is involved in activism in various forms.

What to expect

The day is held like a mini-retreat in Nickee’s home and in the spirit of community we will have a shared vegetarian lunch. Please bring something to add if you can.

The workshop will aim to start promptly at 10am so please arrive from 9.30am for teas and coffees.

We will finish at 5pm and, given this is an experiential workshop, you are strongly encouraged to make sure you can stay until the end and the closing circle.

Please note – although these workshops are often healing and transformative, this is not group therapy. As such we ask that you self-select on the basis that you are not currently experiencing an acute mental health crisis.


This workshop is open and welcoming to all. As such, it is offered in the gift economy with each participant paying what they can afford.


For more information and to book your place please contact Nickee on or call 07708861535

There are limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment.

(Active Hope is taken from the book 'Active Hope - How to face the mess we're in without going crazy' by C. Johnstone & J. Macy)

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