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Facing Climate Change with Active Hope

1 day

Workshop | Facing Climate Change with Active Hope

Brisbane | Free

S.P.A.C.E, Kenmore Hills | 8 December, 2019 | With Astrid de Ruiter and Heather Albrecht
11am - 4 pm

Have you been feeling worried about climate change, and wondering what you can do about it? Or have you perhaps been trying to avoid hearing or reading about climate change because it all just feels too scary, too big and too overwhelming? Maybe you have been wondering why people have been marching in the streets (and sometimes blocking them) demanding climate action, because it’s likely not that bad and our government is probably on top of it? Are you perhaps a bit confused about what is actually the truth about climate change? Have you been feeling helpless, despairing and not knowing what to do? Thinking you’d like to do ‘something’ to help fight climate change, but you just don’t know what or how? Have you been feeling like you’re all alone in this and can’t really talk to anyone about it?

If you felt yourself saying ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then do come to our free Workshop “Facing Climate Change with Active Hope”!

Please register below (at no cost) so that we know who is coming. Numbers are capped, to maintain intimacy and connection within the group.

Feel free to let your friends, family and colleagues know about this workshop, and get them to register if they are interested. Please do NOT invite solid climate deniers; we will probably (unfortunately) not be able to convince anyone, and debating would take up way too much of everyone’s valuable time and energy.

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Are you worried about climate change?

Are you concerned about the lack of effective action?


Confused about the truth?

Are you confused about what is actually the truth about climate change?


Thinking you’d like to do ‘something’?

Do you want to help fight climate change but you just don’t know what or how?

Register Here


During this workshop we will:

  • Look at the scientific facts about climate change, and at the solutions that are already available.
  • We will spend time exploring the various difficult emotions climate change can bring up for us. We will help you find ways to cope better with these feelings, and utilise their message and energy in a constructive way.
  • One of the best antidotes to helplessness and despair is meaningful action. We will therefore spend ample time exploring the different things each of us can do to help create a sustainable future for all life on our beautiful planet earth.

Our aim is for you to leave the workshop with a sense of Active Hope, a term coined by Joanna Macey. Active Hope is not some vague hope that somehow things are going to be okay and we just need to wait and see (that is the kind of hope Greta Thunberg does not want us to have!). Active Hope is about being active in support of the future we hope for.

Why are we offering this workshop?

As mindfulness teachers and psychotherapists, our passion is to help reduce suffering in the world, and to help make this world a better place for all beings. We agree with many that climate change is the greatest threat to humanity of our time. We feel grief at the destruction of the natural world that is already happening, and the human suffering already being felt. We also feel that climate change is one of those issues where acceptance and just being present with our feelings is just not enough, and where wise, conscious action is needed. Facing the reality of climate change can be emotionally and psychologically challenging at times, and supporting people in this process is one of the ways we feel we can help.

About Astrid de Ruiter

MSc (Physics), Grad Dip Counseling, Dip Holistic Counseling

Astrid de Ruiter - Mindfulness Teacher - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, QldAstrid is a certified MBSR teacher, with the Centre of Mindfulness, UMass having trained extensively with them and Openground.  She is a counsellor/ psychotherapist and has a background in science (physics). She has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006, to both clinical and non-clinical populations. Astrid's personal practice of mindfulness spans a period of over 15 years within various Insight meditation traditions. Astrid teaches MBSR courses in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. She brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness. She is strongly committed to helping participants develop their own relationship to mindfulness and mindfulness practice, so that it is personally and professionally relevant. She is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one.




About Heather Albrecht

Grad Dip Holistic Psychotherapy; Honours Bachelor Business; Cert. Holistic Health Couns; Cert. Yoga Teacher, Associate of Openground

Heather Albrecht - mindfulness teacher - sunshine coast

Heather works in private practice as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, as well as teaching MBSR in the community and organisations.

She has always had a deep interest in Self-Knowledge, which has taken her to ashrams in India, meditation retreats in Asia and the transpersonal schools of North America.

She has an established mindfulness practice, which has developed and deepened over many years. She is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and freedom that mindfulness offers.