May 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Online Via Zoom
Sami Aaron

The Resilient Activist’s

Climate Café

Tuesday evening, May 23, 2022

6:00-7:30 pm Central

Come connect with a Like-Minded Community! Register on Mighty Networks Here!

The Resilient Activist offers our own interpretation of these gatherings, based on training we have received through the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America, and other resilience practices we incorporate into our programs including short meditations, journaling, nature connection, and breakout rooms.

This is your best opportunity to connect with a community that gets you, with folks who are experiencing many of the emotions that climate change has brought out in your heart and mind.

There is nothing for you to commit to except to gather your favorite beverage, a journal, find a comfortable spot with your Zoom window open, and just be you.

Each session will include facilitators from The Resilient Activist as well as a Climate-Aware Therapist to guide the conversations in ways that are supportive and nurturing.

Here are some comments from our first gathering held on March 1st:

“I enjoyed this gathering and feel like this group is very welcoming & compassionate. “

“Community support is vital for dealing with anxiety around environmental issues. I’m so happy TRA has facilitated discussions like tonight’s Climate Cafe’ and look forward to future conversations. “

Want to know more about the Climate Café concept? Here’s the overview from the Climate Café’s website:

Meet your friends. Speak your #ClimateTruth.

The idea is simple

Meet with other people and take turns expressing how climate and ecological breakdown makes you feel.

What is a Climate Café?

  • A gathering of people meeting with facilitators to share their responses to the climate crisis – a thinking and feeling space
  • A confidential, warm, friendly, hospitable occasion – involving cake, hot drinks, maybe a glass of wine or beer
  • Talking about what our changing climate means for us, exploring whatever feelings we have
  • No guest speakers, no lectures, no advice, no commitment, an action-free space. Come to one Climate Café or several.
  • The focus is our thoughts and feelings about climate change, rather than what we’re doing about climate change

Guidelines for a good Climate Café

  • Take risks. Say what you really, actually feel. Whatever that is. This is the most important rule.
  • We take it in turns to speak – be mindful of how much space you are taking up, and try not to interrupt others.
  • Confidentiality.
  • We listen and are interested in each other’s views, and we don’t try to impose our own.
  • Silence is fine. So is rage, and tears also have a place.