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Training for Transition


August 15th - 16th, 2009

Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland


Supporting the  important work of Gaia U associates and others in addressing solutions to global challenges of peak oil, climate change, uncertain global finances, and exponential population growth, the Thrivability Institute will offer the potent 2-day workshop, “Training 4 Transition,” as a public-accessible course ahead of the Gaia U Orientation program of August, 2009.

Focusing on developing local resilience, the course is based on the original Transition Town (TT) model which has moved from its embryonic stages in Totnes, UK to the global movement that is now spreading throughout the world. 

To learn more about the Transition movement, see the recent New York Times article.  See also the series of articles, Feb and April in the Sentient Times magazine.

At the end of this course participants can expect to:

·    have a clear understanding of the context for transition

      towns, the current global situation and the transformational

      possibilities that arise from climate change and peak oil and


·    know what the TT model is – Including an in depth look at

     the key 12 ingredients that lead from inspiration, setting up

     the initiating group, all the way to having active and effective

     working groups

·    have experienced a joint visioning process

·    understand how to organize effective meetings such as public

     talks, open space days and small theme working groups

·    understand the purpose and principles of an Energy Descent

     Action Plan

·    have the outline of an effective and inspiring talk on

     Transition Towns

·    have formed useful contacts with other Transition initiatives,

     and met some of those involved in the Transition Network

·    have a plan of action for themselves and their locality

This pilot offering will take place Aug 15-16th just prior to the Ashland, Oregon orientation.

To register, please contact Shaktari Belew: Shaktari at

To learn more about the training see .





  • $200 Early Bird Special, if registered prior to July 15, 2009
  • $250 if registered after July 15, 2009