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Blame + Accountability in the Times of Trump

Hating Trump all the time takes up a lot of energy! Kate Werning shows us how we can channel that energy into sustainable resistance. It’s been a tumultuous few months for those of us in the US and internationally who love peace, justice, and care about the future of our planet from a global perspective […]

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Tracing a path to spiritual healing

Plan To Thrive’s second Activist Wellbeing Workshop on Sunday 5 March brought activists together in nature for a guided walk along the Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail. Aboriginal elder Uncle Trevor Gallagher guided the group of 11 along the path, which traversed hills and crossed the Darebin creek. At times Uncle Trevor asked the group members […]

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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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Resolving inner conflict and asking for what we need

When we refuse to accept our emotions things can go a bit haywire! Laura Gilmartin suggests an expanded process of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that can help us tap into our emotions and take the sometimes difficult courses of action needed for our wellbeing. A long time ago I was taught Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to […]

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First Activist Wellbeing Workshop explores feelings in goal-setting

Plan To Thrive’s first Activist Wellbeing Workshop asked participants to set goals based not only things they wish to achieve in 2017, but how they wish to feel. The workshop, which took place on Sunday 5 February, was organised by Plan To Thrive events co-convenor Suse Scholem and facilitated by co-founder and convenor Holly Hammond. […]

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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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Activist Wellbeing Workshops

Activists and campaigners do what we do because we want to make the world a better place. But the energy and focus required to make that happen is a constant priority, which means self-care can get lost along the way. We want to help change that by providing monthly wellbeing workshops in Melbourne in 2017. […]

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Good things a happenin’ at Plan To Thrive

Plan To Thrive is gearing up for the New Year with some changes we’re excited to share with you. We welcome Laura Gilmartin, who will come on board as co-convenor of the PTT blog. Laura brings her experience and insight as a trade unionist and development professional to her contributions. We can’t wait to see […]

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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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