We live in difficult times and many people feel anxious, helpless, overwhelmed, and even afraid and angry at being in an Anthropocene climate change. But concern is also rooted in our connection and empathy for nature and people. So it is more than about anxiety, it is also about care and compassion. Living with the realities of climate change and nature depletion is often difficult to do alone. Taking time to express and listen to the experiences of others may help bring new perspective, and foster a sense of solidarity.
Climate Cafés are informal social gatherings where groups sit with tea, coffee, and cake and talk about our thoughts and feelings in response to the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity. This is one way of coping with the challenges facing us all. While cafés are bounded by confidentiality, these are not therapy. Rather, these are warm, friendly and hospitable conversations.
As a member and partner of Climate Psychology Alliance I am trained to facilitate Climate Cafés. I also draw upon nearly thirty-years of working with groups, and consultancy work in a range of settings.
Duration: 1.5 hours without a break.
Fee: There is no charge.
Participation: Maximum 8 places per group.
Setting: In-person at various venues in Northumberland and Scottish Borders.
Schedule: Announcements of the next public Climate Café will be posted below. Invitations are also welcome from organisations or businesses wishing to host a Climate Café.
Venue: Northern Soul Kitchen, 19 West Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1NG. Sunday 10th October 2021 10.45am for 11.00am start. Finishes at 12.30pm. Everyone aged 18 years and over is warmly welcome.
Venue: Northern Soul Kitchen, 19 West Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1NG. Sunday 28th November, 11.30am to 1.00pm. Everyone aged 18 years and over is warmly welcome.
Venue: Northern Soul Kitchen, 19 West Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1NG. Sunday 19th December, 11.30am to 1.00pm. Everyone aged 18 years and over is warmly welcome.
Venue: Group invitation, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Tuesday 21st December, 6.30pm to 8.00pm