Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Saturday, March 27, 2010 (All day)Sunday, March 28, 2010 (All day)

This is a transition town training to better educate people about how to ease through the challenges facing communities today such as peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis. It is a positive approach of focusing on solutions that lead to a more satisfying life.

This training will follow the transition model in paying attention to both the outer work and the inner work necessary for a successful transition process. This will be a participatory process, with participants invited to share their own experience and learn from the many different transition initiatives represented at the course.

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the context for Transition Initiatives, the current global situation and the transformational possibilities that arise from climate change, peak oil prices and the economic crisis.
  • Know what the Transition model is–including an in-depth look at the 12 steps, 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 the Transition movement.
  • Have formed useful contacts with other Transition initiatives and individuals interested in the Transition model.
  • Have a plan of action for themselves and their locality.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Transition initiative leaders, steering group members, working group members and those considering Transition in their communities.

Required Reading: Transition Primer, free here.
Recommended Reading: The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins

Saturday, March 27, 8:30AM registration; workshop runs 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM with a 1-hour lunch break
Sunday, March, 28, workshop runs 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with a 1-hour lunch break

Alastair Lough (Transition USA)
Michele Durand (Transition Canada)

Ellsworth, ME
(near Acadia National Park)
United States
Brenda Cartwright
Cost:$150 per person by March 15, refreshments and materials included. Lodging not included (see below for options). Some partial scholarships may be available for people with low incomes. If you can give extra money for scholarships, your generosity will enable those with low incomes to attend.

Send a note and your registration fee ($150) or deposit ($50—with the remaining $100 due on the first day of the workshop), plus scholarship donations (if you can) to: Brenda Cartwright, 330 Bayside Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605 Email: Phone: 207-667-9062

Location: Bryant E Moore Community Center, State Street, Ellsworth, Maine. Ellsworth is the gateway to Acadia National Park. In our opinion this is the best time to visit...there are NO crowds!

Sleeping Accommodations:
Some overnight accommodations are available. Local hotel information available by contacting Brenda Cartwright below.

Please contact Brenda Cartwright at to request a monthly email calendar with local events concerning peak oil, our changing climate, building community, and sustainability and to learn more about how you can get involved with the amazing work of Transition Towns.


People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. A leader's job is to help people have vision of their potential.

John Porter quotes

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

"We're happy to announce that we have partnered with to let you know about the programs they offer. They have a growing list of online courses taught by some of the leading instructors in the Transition movement. Their courses range from Chickens 101 to Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods to their six-week, in-depth individual and family preparation program, The UnCrash Course.
As their partner, we receive a portion of your registration fee to help fund our operations. If you intend to take a Post Peak Living course, we would greatly appreciate it if you were to click through the link above or the Post Peak Living image on this site."


alastair said...

Absolutely terrific work, Brenda!!

Thanks for all you are doing!


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Thank you,


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