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Ideas for Embodied Activism

Sage Hayes recently presented a workshop on Embodied Activism hosted by Plan to Thrive. It was a powerful session that connected us with our own bodily wisdom and deep resources. Sage provided these notes, a work in progress. Practicing presence is key. Cultivate ability to make contact with your inner experience. Interoception is defined as […]

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Fighting for my body

Tess Corkish shares her experience living with a chronic health condition. It’s hard enough fighting for a safe climate without having to fight your own body at the same time! I’ve been involved in climate activism since 2009 but I’ve had a longer battle with endometriosis. I wanted to share what that has involved, in […]

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How to build a resilient culture of resistance in hard times

US activist and educator Daniel Hunter shares important tips for sustaining ourselves and our movements in the face of challenging times. Many of our responses to Trump have us caught in a whirlwind that goes like this: Trump does awful thing, we spring into defense, emotional turmoil ensues, and repeat. It’s our own rinse-wash-repeat cycle. […]

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Self-care means making space for suffering

What do we really mean when we talk about ‘self-care’? Liz Scarfe shares her exploration of the topic.  Earlier this year I was facilitating a workshop about inner criticism and a fellow in the workshop asked me “What is self care?” He had recently broken up from a long term relationship and was being told […]

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Confronting apathy and finding a way forward

Coming across apathetic people can really push our buttons! Laura Gilmartin explores what’s behind apathy and options for healthy and productive responses. One of the most troubling aspects of being an activist in my experience, is offering information to someone about a pressing issue and an opportunity to act on it, and being met with […]

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Beyond self-care: what we find when we go deeper

Michael Apáthy explores what lies beneath stress – and how it can be addressed without creating yet another self care to-do list. I sat in front of my clinical supervisor for my fortnightly meeting in which I was supposed to talk about how I was coping, and how my work helping others was going. “I’m […]

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PTT Research Trip Reportback – Perth

Earlier this year Plan to Thrive convenor Holly Hammond undertook a research trip in Europe. Readers in Perth are welcomed to attend a reportback on Monday 17 October. A relaxing session to share new ideas and tools for activist wellbeing. Holly Hammond (Plan to Win and Plan to Thrive) travelled to the UK and Spain […]

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The Three Dimensions of Integral Activist Training

As part of her recent European research trip Holly Hammond was fortunate to meet Guhyapati, founder of the Ecodharma Centre, and to be trained in England by alumni from the Sustaining Resistance program. It is truly inspiring to see the impact Ecodharma has had on European social movements. Here Guhyapati outlines the underpinning of Integral […]

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Now the Election is Over…

Whoa, the Australian federal election is over. I woke up this morning feeling worried that there was something I had to do. Then I realised that it was done and whatever I do next was going to have to wait for the fog (in my brain and the country) to clear. It’s hard to feel […]

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Election Recovery Afternoon

1:30-5:00pm, Saturday 9th July 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester St, Carlton (Victoria – Australia) $15-30 depending on means Elections can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding for campaigners. After the election you might find you ‘hit the wall’ and feel incredibly depleted. You may also feel compelled to keep going, to throw yourself into whatever […]

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