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A Call to Evolutionary Catalysts
  • Date: September 20 -23, 2012 (Thursday to Sunday)
  • Time: Thursday, 7 pm - Sunday, 4 pm
  • Cost: $285. Meals: $65 (3 lunches, 2 dinners). Limited lodging available; $55/night, includes breakfast. Scholarships available

Deep Transition is an intensive workshop for those who understand that Peak Everything is already upon us, who possess a fierce and determined kind of optimism, and who feel called by this situation to some sort of service. In other words, Deep Transition is for those who recognize that our collective predicament is very serious and urgent but also have an abiding sense of what is possible, a vision of a future that flies in the face of civilization’s apparent entropic collapse—and a burning sense that somehow we bear within us the very seeds of that future.

Not merely an introduction to the Transition movement but advanced work, Deep Transition is designed to empower and support individuals who now find themselves called to an extraordinary level of service and contribution in response to humanity’s collective predicament and to the profound vulnerabilities of our communities. Presented by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn, co-founders of Transition Colorado.

We all find ourselves in an excruciating position. We have awakened in a magnificent and unimaginably beautiful world that is now undergoing its most devastating crisis since the dinosaurs became extinct. Worse, we learn that the source of this global devastation is the manner and magnitude in which our kind has been living on the planet.

Meanwhile, human civilization itself seems to be beginning to unravel. We can see that humanity is on the brink of collapse, possibly of extinction, possibly of even undermining the prospects for all future life on the Earth. Charting the ever-worsening trajectory of these trends can be disheartening. It’s an unfathomable situation we face, and it sometimes drives us to our knees weeping. Mysteriously, though, we seem somehow incapable of succumbing to acquiescence or despair, for we know we are seeing all this and feeling all this for a reason. Purpose lurks behind the scenes.

Surely each one of us has been implicated and culpable in the situation, but there is more that blooms in our awareness these days, something far more unsettling. It is as if each of us grappling with these realizations has been sent here at precisely this moment in history because we bear some gift, something unique and necessary. Whether this will remain an unopened package remains to be seen—and the world awaits the outcome.

Meanwhile, we are caught between two worlds—a cloying and dysfunctional world that perhaps most of us never truly felt a part of, and a new world looming on the horizon that is by turns threatening and exhilarating. Somehow we find ourselves drawn to simultaneously hospice the old and midwife the new. This is often terribly disorienting.

Ironically, in the face of all this, we find ourselves called to be leaders or organizers or catalysts or communicators or facilitators. Others seem to look to us because they sense we see something, perhaps know something—when mostly we just feel. We respond to this calling reluctantly, hesitatingly, often incredulous that it might just somehow come down to us after all.

But there is little choice. We know unequivocally we have much work to do, and time is growing short. Never mind that we do not know if it is already too late. In these dark moments of a waning era, much depends on our response and our ability to find and co-create with others who are similarly called in whatever arena has drawn us together.

For there is a future that longs to be born in us and through us, a future that began in the initial Flaring Forth some 13.7 billion years ago, a future that has been steadily unfolding and accelerating right through to this day. We bear the seeds of that future within us. Where will we plant ourselves?

Perhaps, as Peter Senge suggests, if we can find our place we will find our purpose. Deep Transition is about finding our place, and delivering our as yet unnamed gift in our place—hopefully in time.


What the Deep Transition workshop is about:

Awakening to the full extent of our collective predicament

Understanding the underlying causes of our predicament

Grasping the larger evolutionary context of our time, our planet, and our species

Exploring the emergent process by which evolution unfolds

Discovering our role as evolutionary catalysts, with a focus on healing and regeneration

Connecting with tools and processes that empower us as evolutionary catalysts

Incorporating a profound sense of the sacred into our work

Engaging with a learning community of fellow evolutionary catalysts

Supporting each other in our particular calling

The workshop will include ample time for discussion, self-reflection, contemplation, and connection with nature.

Program Staff:

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Lynette Marie Hanthorn

Lynette Marie Hanthorn co-founded and is now executive director of Transition Boulder County (CO), a non-profit that embraces the ethics and principles of the global Transition Movement to localize and regenerate community. With over 20 years’ experience in justice and mediation work, Lynette Marie is a certified Transition trainer and also holds a Permaculture design certification.

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Michael Brownlee

Michael Brownlee is co-founder of Transition Colorado, the first officially recognized Transition initiative in North America (now a regional Transition Hub). He is a certified trainer for the international Transition Network, a founding initiator and board member of Transition U.S., and a frequent speaker on issues of community resilience. Michael is also publisher of Transition Times and the Boulder County EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide. Locally, he is a founding member of the Boulder County Food & Agriculture Policy Council.

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Miriam MacGillis

Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. In 2005 she received the Thomas Berry Award, and in 2007 was named among the planet's top 15 green religious leaders by Grist magazine. She lectures extensively and has conducted workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.