The Spiral – Finding Your Way In Uncertain Times



Does the news on floods, hurricanes, forest fires, famines, wars, homelessness and climate change have you feeling overwhelmed? Are you feeling sorrow, grief, anger, powerlessness, anxiety or fear? Are you struggling to make sense of it all? Are you finding it hard express how you really feel to people? All of these feelings are valid as they show our deep connection to all life on earth. To be conscious today is to be aware of the vast suffering that is taking place and not turn away. Compassion is to ‘suffer with’ and it can be hard to channel these feelings into something that doesn’t feel like despair or powerlessness. Using ‘The Spiral’ by Joanna Macy we will channel these feelings to create a deeper connection to all life, find hope and resource ourselves to create the change our world so needs. In this workshop using both group and individual activities (outside if the weather permits) we will use the spiral practices below to: Express and share our responses and feelings Connect to our interbeing in the world Reframe our anxiety and grief so we can take action, finding our way to discovering our thread be sown into the tapestry of the change we need To embrace the uncertainty of things To find our power in a system that can make us feel powerless The spiral is a cycle of activities that uses system sciences, deep ecology and spiritual traditions and consists of 4 stages that support each other: Coming from Gratitude Honouring your pain for the world Seeing with new and ancient eyes Going forth What to bring: Something from nature that is special to you (biodegradable) Tutor: Elise Yarde Elise is a climate justice activist. She is trained in Nonviolent Communication, Co counselling and facilitation of Active Hope and ‘The Spiral’. Her own personal experience of climate grief, skills and training supports her to create a safely held and healing space for listening and connection. She has experience facilitating a wide range of circles, talks and workshops with the aim of connecting us all to our true nature, each other and creating change in the world. She also has a podcast called Awkward Talks. All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.

What's included in the price?

Please bring your lunch and snacks for the day.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Denmark Farm Conservation Centre is a 40 acre nature reserve managed by the charity The Shared Earth Trust. We host a range of craft, sustainable living, conservation and ecology courses with all profits ploughed back into caring for the nature and wildlife on site.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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Denmark Farm Eco Lodge and Conservation Centre, Bettws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PB