This workshop is titled, Abrupt Climate Change: How Will You Show Up During Humanity's Final Chapter? It requires about eight hours of time in a group of humans numbering between two and twenty (inclusive). We offer it online and in person, as described below.
A 90-minute session on a weekday evening is followed by a 6.5-hour session the following weekend. We ask that at least one full day pass between the workshop days (e.g., Wednesday and Sunday or Thursday and Saturday, but not Friday and Saturday).
A local host will assume responsibility for securing and filling a venue (which may be a personal home). S/he also will be charged with local marketing and finances.
We are strongly committed to offering a workshop that is valuable and valued. As such, we expect participants to be familiar with McPherson's message. A short video clip and other germane information will be sent sufficiently far in advance for all participants to study the evidence before the workshop commences.
Goal: Help participants identify what they love as they pursue excellence in their lives
- Identify how civilization impacts the living planet
- Acquire skills to deal with anticipatory grief at scale
- Recognize the modern cultural perspective with respect to the sanity of civilization
- Recognize who benefits from civilization
- Discover how to break the shackles of culture
- Identify ethical responses to cultural norms
Participants are encouraged to acknowledge and understand the cultural milieu in which we are embedded, and then discover how to change our story. Bearing in mind the words of Adyashanti, we call this process enlightenment: “Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing through the façade of pretense. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”
0:00-0:15 Housekeeping; rules and guidelines
0:45-1:15 Making it Personal: Assign, describe, and complete the Loss-History Graph.
1:15-1:30 Assign and describe Relationship Graph and Letter to be Written.
1:30-1:45 (morning of second day) Welcome
1:45-2:15 Discuss results of Loss-History Graph in small groups and then in large group
2:15-2:45 Discuss results of Relationship Graph in small groups, and then in large group (as above)
3:00-3:30 Discuss results of Letter in small groups, and then in large group (as above)
4:30-4:40 Describe and assign statements modified from Joanna Macy:
- My worst-case scenario is:
- The elements of the world I love include:
- I am inspired by:
- I want my legacy to be:
4:40-4:50 Complete statements, individually
4:50-5:30 Pair-Share; discuss in large group
5:30-5:45 Ask two questions, write-pair-share:
- What do I love?
- What does "pursuing excellence" mean to me?
6:00-7:00 Large-group discussion of two previous questions, transitioning into the following four questions:
- How do I act?
- How do I move, or not?
- Who have I become?
- Who will I become?