It’s been ages since I last posted – August 2011, I’m ashamed to say. And why the sudden interest again? Well, last weekend I [finally] went to Totnes where the Transition movement pretty much began, for the ‘How to get a Transition initiative going’ training.
This involved an early, early journey down the M5 on Saturday morning with my friend, and fellow Transitioner, Jennie. And when we arrived through the door, we met 11 other like-minded souls from across the country. We all got the low down on peak oil and climate change and how they create the need to transition. Then we learnt practical and easy ways to run meetings, structuring ourselves, answering or finding answers to the difficult questions people undoubtedly ask us Transitioners and creative ways to raise awareness and work with people in our local community. Never forgetting the golden principles of retaining a positive vision and having F.U.N.
The weekend would’ve been worth every penny at the end of day one. But after an evening of delicious Indian food, an earlyish child-free night (yay – how sad am I now) and breakfast in our B&B, Sunday arrived.
Day two was an entirely different kettle of fish. An amazing kettle of fish that looked into something called ‘inner transition’ – the process of journey people go through when they realise that our modern lifestyle is unsustainable. I won’t go into what else we did here. But, trust me, it was amazing and deep.
Jennie and I left Totnes with a genuine sense of pride that ‘we are some of the ones bringing Transition to our community’. We also got some really good ideas and the perfect structure to really get things going where we live and to inspire more people to get involved.
One thing we learnt this weekend is that we need to focus on getting our initiating group formed. Ploughing on with just a few of us will undoubtedly lead to stress and almost certainly burn someone out.
Burn-out happens easily when you’re intent on ‘saving the planet’. But the finishing mantra from Sophy and Hamid, our trainers, was the total importance of looking after ourselves.
So, when I left the weekend, I left not only wanting to care for my community, but wanting to take care of me too.
If you’re thinking of getting a Transition group off the ground where you live or your struggling a bit – and you haven’t been to Totnes for the training I can’t recommend it enough. Go on, be kind to yourself.
I don’t know exactly what happened down there in magical Totnes. But from the moment I returned home and walked through my own front door up until right now (a week later) I’ve felt so peaceful. I think Jennie has too.
I know everything is going to be OK now.
Right now, there’s a group of people out there – living their lives – who will soon meet and complete Transition Cam & Dursley’s initiating group. And, thanks to my training weekend in Totnes, I won’t be too jaded, tired or stressed out to thoroughly enjoy meeting them.
Looking forward to meeting you guys 😉