Societal Transition Training at Genesis Farm

Subject: Transition Training at Genesis Farm

Hi Friends,

Shelley Morhaim, director and producer of the stunning video, The Next Industrial Revolution, just sent this to me.

Very exciting oppty and quite visionary. “We are the change we are waiting for…”

Thanks, Shelley!
-m
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Genesis Farm  E-news
February 2009

Dear friends of the farm,

Greetings to you, as we continue to navigate the waters of transition through the many challenges of our time. Together these challenges suggest that we are moving into new phases of an ecozoic era. Signs are increasingly apparent: Peak oil, climate unpredictability, and ecological and economic instability. Author and economist David Korten observed recently that “We’re in for enormous disruption, no matter what. The question is how we deal with it and ameliorate its worst effects.” How are we to live into such a moment with intention and hope? How can we act on our commitment to life and the common good? These are the burning questions that challenge our work at Genesis Farm and which we share with all of you.

Out of Kinsale, Ireland, comes extraordinary possibility. Four years ago, permaculture teacher Rob Hopkins challenged his students with this question: How might we plan for moving from oil dependence to local resilience and community self-reliance? Kinsale town leaders ultimately adopted the students’ Energy Descent Plan, and since 2006, with Rob’s leadership, a community-based process for any locality to create such a plan has been spreading around the world. Over 130 officially designated Transition initiatives now exist – cities, towns, districts, villages, islands. The first in North America was designated last year in Colorado – Transition  Boulder County, co-founded by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn.

We are fortunate that Michael and Lynette Marie will be leading the first Transition training weekend here at Genesis Farm on March 27-29. Their re-localization experience in Boulder and knowledge of transition work in the U.K., as well as their deep understanding of personal and social transformation, provide an energizing and hopeful learning experience.

A frequent speaker on sustainability issues, Michael is a founding member of the Boulder County Food and Agricultural Policy Council and a certified trainer for Transition US. Lynette Marie is executive director of Transition Boulder County and has experience in organizational and community development, conflict resolution and mediation, and psychospiritual processes. For more information about their work, visit http://www.TransitionColorado.ning.com <http://www.transitioncolorado.ning.com/&gt; and http://www.TransitionUS.org <http://www.transitionus.org/&gt; .

Michael says the Transition movement “may be the most important, most inspirational movement in the world.” Theologian and professor Timothy Gorrindge from the U.K. affirmed this view recently in New York City, stating that “The Transition movement is the most hopeful and practical possibility” he sees. It “puts faith in ordinary people,” he said. “It’s about people shaping their world through conversation and action. Things happen without the local government doing anything. It’s a profound and tremendously hopeful reinvention of democracy.”

On Friday evening, I will speak on the cosmological context for transition, and Michael and Lynette will respond to further connect this context to key transition concepts. Saturday’s focus includes working with information about peak oil and climate change, visioning a future world, raising awareness, and understanding stages of transition. The inner world of transition and the psychology of change are addressed on Sunday, along with using group ‘technologies’ such as open space. Throughout the two days, I will be connecting our learning to the cosmological perspective.

There are still a few openings in this weekend workshop, which starts Friday, March 27 at 7 pm and continues until Sunday at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lori in our office, at 908.362.6735 or lori@genesisfarm.org <mailto:lori@genesisfarm.org> . The cost is $225 for the workshop; meals and lodging are additional. For those of you living in the area, Michael will be speaking on Wednesday night, March 25, in Philadelphia and on Thursday night, March 26, in Basking   Ridge, NJ. He may also be speaking in NYC on Monday following the workshop. Contact Lori if you want more information about these talks.

The Transition movement makes “no claim to have all the answers,” states Lynette Marie, “but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills, and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge.” Friends of Genesis Farm have been doing transition work for the last quarter century, so in collaboration with the NYC Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Community and the Sustainable Ridge and Valley Alliance, we take this next step on the journey.

With blessings of hope for the future,

Miriam MacGillis

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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