Coming events

Deep Adaptation: Loving Through Collapse


These four sessions will explore ways to face collapse with a loving heart. Participants will be curious about what is in our emotional and spiritual emergency kits and what we can learn from each other about what is possible during an existential threat. 

Our facilitator, Lisa Gordon, is a 40-year veteran of environmental campaigns. She is an accredited facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal and an active volunteer with Deep Adaptation. She facilitates in a structured way, supporting private reflection and voluntary sharing, but not debate.

This program is not suitable for people who want to argue about collapse or promote technological or political solutions. There are other places for those important discussions. It is also not suitable for people likely to be traumatized by this topic.

Contact me for a custom workshop on themes of earthly and political courage, love and other forms of adaptation

Past events

Living Through Collapse: How do we show up as life goes on?

Dates: Saturday Oct. 23, 30 & Nov. 6 & 13, 2021
Cost: $60 Please do not let cost deter you from attending. Ask about scholarships at the registration link below

January 21, 2021 by Zoom 4-5:30 pm
Courage Circle Sampler for Victoria Facilitators

Listening skills webinar
March 30, 2020

Earth-Centred Habits of the Heart
Nov 4, 11, 18, 26 Dec 3, 2019 10 a.m. to noon
Quaker Friends House, Victoria, BC

During five weekly 2-hour sessions, we will explore five Habits of the Heart developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal ( to strengthen the connection between our inner lives and our roles in human and ecological communities.

Earth-Centred Habits of the Heart
Aug 24-25 2019 Tlell, Haida Gwaii

Earth-Centred Habits of the Heart
Cultivating Courage and Integrity in Self and Community
at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, May 25-26, 2019
During this two-day Circle of Trust® retreat, we used the practices developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal ( to explore and strengthen the relationship between our inner lives and our roles in human and ecological communities.

Courage Earth – Where personal meets political
Event poster
Sept. 19 to Oct. 24, 2018 – 6 weekly circles, including Clearness Committees
Description:  Using practices designed by the Center for Courage and Renewal, this four-part series will explore what encourages and discourages your commitment to support local and global, social and ecological justice. The final two evenings are optional for those who wish to engage in a Clearness Committee, a 300-year old Quaker tradition for hearing what your inner wisdom has to say about your most troubling questions. By the end of the series, you will be more fluent with your courage and more clear on where your courage is needed. Our sessions will help you find, replenish and draw from your personal well of courage to engage in political arenas.

Courage Earth
April 2018 – 4 weekly circles
Description: It takes courage to face unthinkable facts, courage to work towards a better world, courage to respond to the suffering of fellow beings and even more courage to become the change we want to see. This four-part series will explore the role of courage in your relationship with Earth. Lisa Gordon will weave practices from Parker Palmer and other visionaries to help you reconnect with your innate courage.

For The Love of Earth
Nov 2017 – 4 weekly circles
For love of Earth poster

Earth Advocacy from the Heart
October 2017 – 3 day retreat

See the resources tab for materials used at past events

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