From Burnout to Balance, 2-4th March 2018, Bristol

Building on Rhizome’s personal resilience and burn-out work, developed together with Navigate and Ecodharma, our Grassroots Trainers’ Network colleagues at Navigate are organising a useful workshop in Bristol. 

From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care

2 – 4th March 2018, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Friday 6.30 – 9pm, Saturday 10.30 – 6.30pm, Sunday 10.30 – 4pm

Sliding scale £25 – £150

When we think of our escalating refugee/hospitality crisis, mounting inequalities, eco-systemic collapse and runaway climate change – the challenges we face can seem insurmountable. No matter what we do, it never seems to be enough. The transformations that we are looking for seem to require such immense and relentless effort that the self and mutual-care necessary to sustain ourselves and our groups long-term can feel like an unaffordable or self-indulgent luxury.

If this resonates with you, if you have felt or feel on the edge of burnout and want to develop insights and skills to avoid it, join us for a nourishing weekend reflecting on and exploring effective and regenerative activism and personal sustainability through the co-creation of cultures of collective- and self-care.


A space to reflect, rest and replenish

This introductory weekend draws on ecological/systems thinking, embodied holistic-participatory learning, nature connection, mindfulness, Process Work and the Work that Reconnects to explore the causes of, and tools for addressing and avoiding burnout and disillusionment within our movements for social/ecological justice and renewal. The workshop offers a space of reflection and rest as well as practical methods for engaging in the inner and interpersonal ‘work’ that underpins effective activism and social change. Content includes:

– Practices of of collective- and self-care

– Changing behavioural patterns that cause burnout

– Building group dynamics that support sustainable activism

– Avoiding disillusionment/staying inspired

– What is ‘enough’?

This non-residential weekend training has grown out of our experiences of facilitating ‘Sustaining Resistance: Empowering Renewal’ a 10 day residential training developed and delivered at Ecodharma in the Catalunyan Pyrenees.


Who is it for

If you are working for social or environmental justice, paid or unpaid, whether you call yourself an activist or campaigner or not, we would love you to join us!


Facilitation team

Claire Milne, Madelanne Rust-D’Eye and Kathryn Tulip will co-facilitate this weekend workshop.

 Claire has been working within the social and environmental justice movement for two decades. Within that time she has managed to get well and truly burned out – and reap the rich rewards entwined within learning how to recover from this dis-ease of our times. Claire is now the Inner Transition international Coordinator for Transition Network, which involves coordinating the integration of Inner Transition across the international Transition movement, along with creating collaborative relationships with allies and critical friends.

Madelanne is a Canadian body-based psychotherapist with a private practice based in Totnes, Devon, England She believes in the transformational potential that body- and movement-based psychological paradigms hold for global culture. She offers experiential educational programs and consulting for organizations, communities, and change-makers, teaching the latest insights from neuroscience and embodied psychology to build collaborative group cultures from the inside-out.

Kathryn is a trainer and facilitator with Navigate, a training collective dedicated to supporting individuals and groups working for social and ecological justice. She has been campaigning and taking direct action in various parts of the social and ecological justice movements for the past 30 years. Kathryn experienced burnout about 12 years ago and is passionate about supporting others to develop healthy practices to avoid burnout and to create resilient and effective groups and organisations.



Sliding scale from £25 – £150 including food.

We do not want money to prevent anyone from attending so please give what you can afford. We have set the lowest donation at £25 because we feel this is an amount everyone, even those working almost exclusively for free, is able to generate between now and the course. We hope and trust that participants will contribute generously to enable this workshop to be financially viable and so that we are able to continue to make this important work available for the growing number of activists in need of it.


Applying for a place

To apply for a place please complete a short application form: Application deadline: Friday 2nd February 2018

If you have any questions please contact Kathryn by email: or phone: 07795 171 652