Developing eco-resilience and transitioning eco-anxiety and grief
SOS sessions may be stand alone events, either online self-guided or in-person
Together in sessions, we aim to:
use the given space and time to process, witness, acknowledge, share and transition our uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and sensations with compassion.
reconnect and strengthen our innate relationships with nature, as part of nature, through learning and incorporating ecopsychology (deep or sacred ecology) methods and/or eco-art creative expression.
learn and share techniques to create a personal tool-box of methods to maintain a foundation of good health to maintain our capacity to play our role as part of a collective in response to the climate and ecological crisis.
build our sense of community with a local network system to increase our options of peer-to-peer support, connectedness, personal, and community resilience.
promote and foster meaningful community engagement, environmental and political actions to go forth feeling supported and re-energized to mitigate uncomfortable sensations and engage in the creation of attempting to maintain and restore ecosystems.
share reflections, dreams and stories to envision transitioning into living within a regenerative culture.
build local support networks to remain functional to adapt, reorganize and prepare ourselves, our community and environment for the predicted challenges.
Locations: As noted on events or requested
Suitability: Adults and adolescents 16+
Group size: As noted in events (usually 6-12)
Book: See events to register or contact to book a tailored session for yourself or group.
Fees: Most sessions are sliding scale and fees support other not-for-profit organisations. Our lives and experiences are enriched by the diversity of participants. Everyone is welcome regardless of their financial situation, therefore we offer a tiered pricing structure. Please see the specific event or contact for more info about fees, donations or skill share options.
“It's going to be beautiful to see what we dare to do. Facing our fears, and letting go of and getting over our knee-jerk reactions to what we think we don't like or are afraid of. To see our capacity to walk into the fire. To discover how much we really love being alive. To give ourselves a taste of what that passion is. To let us fall really in love with our planet, and its beauty, and to see that in ourselves, as well as in each other.”
- Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Eco-philosopher, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology
“I really enjoyed the SOS Eco-Art session today. Deb created a fantastic open and supportive environment where we all felt very comfortable stating our thoughts and feelings without judgement. I loved the quiet and contemplative art and mindfulness activities, which allowed us to express ourselves clearly and directly from the heart.” - Malcolm, June 2019
Are you feeling uncomfortable sensations related to climate and ecological breakdown?
You are not alone...
Our emotional reactions are understandable given the state of our climate and ecological crisis, and societal dysfunction.
You are invited to be supported as together we explore, learn, and share methods for maintaining our wellbeing and building our resilience.
"I am grieving about the state of our environment. I have deep sorrow inside me that began to emerge as I spoke. And I feel a responsibility to keep myself strong and keep working to change things for the better... The session confirmed to me the importance of connection – connection to one’s feelings and to other like-minded people...The importance of being connected to our body and mind, to our own nature and our connection to nature. After all we share the same elements as nature. Much as we love our individuality and independence, we are inter-dependent. And we need to feel supported and to be able to support others so we can work together towards shared goals... The session also made it clear to me how different we each are and the beauty and strength in this. We each need to step up and do more but in a way that we are comfortable with... Some of us like to speak out and organise, others quietly work and influence through their art, for example, or in maintaining their emotional health to support others. Some of us will engage with politicians, others
might do the necessary background research. And it’s vitally important to be able to sustain each step we take, to know when and how best we can step up, otherwise we risk falling... - Louise, SOS workshop 2019
SOS sessions are not a substitute for any medical care, regular treatments, and medications.
If you are feeling the need for professional help please contact:
Kids Helpline (13-25 yr olds): 1800 551 800
Many other Australian helplines - www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/about/get-help
Australia: Psychology for a Safe Climate with climate-focused psychologists, education, and advice
Melbourne, Australia and online