Join some events with compassionate realists

Having founded the Deep Adaptation Forum in 2019 to help collapse-aware people to support each other and develop helpful practices and responses, this day two years ago I left, so that it would be an initiative shaped by its participants. It was heartening, therefore, to receive an update from them today, highlighting some of the participant-led activities that are coming up. In case you don’t know about what they do, here is that update. I recommend joining something, or even proposing something. As climate anxiety grows, yet experts denigrate us for compassionate realism, it is important we give ourselves opportunities to experience how brilliant human beings can be.

You can create and host an event the Deep Adaptation Forum on a DA-related topic of your choice. Contact Igor or Terry for more information.

Nurturing our community

Crewing Practice

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 4:00-5:00pm UTC (check your local time)

Next calls: October 13 2022November 10 2022, 4:00-5:00pm UTC (check your local time)How can we cultivate more trust and solidarity with more humans in our networks? How can we join forces to take regenerative action in the world? What if Love stands at the heart of all this? On these calls, we will get together to talk about – and practice – the art of forming and maintaining crews, in the Deep Adaptation Forum and elsewhere.

Compassionate Communication (NVC)  for Deep Adaptation

5:30-7:00pm UTC October 6, 2022 (check your local time), November 3 2022 (check your local time)
A 90-minute monthly drop-in learn/practice group for Compassionate Communication (NVC). No experience necessary. Each session we will have a nutshell new/review summary of Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC, spend a bit of time on one aspect of it, and then do exercises or role plays with your real-world situations. We will use humility, flexibility, and creativity to get the most out of this tool.

Deep Listening

9:00am-11:00am UTC (check your local time) on October 19 2022October 21 2022.

New dates will be added. Please click here to see the latest dates and times.

Deep Listening gatherings are a safe space in which to show up exactly as you are, share from the heart, and practice the sacred act of listening, deeply and without judgment.  Feel better resourced and practise being a resource for others.

Deep Live Gathering

Theme: Connecting broken hearts

Date & Time: October 12 2022, 8:00am UTC – October 19 2022, 1:00pm UTC

12-19 of October 2022 we will gather in different places around the globe in order to meet each other in physical, virtual and spiritual spaces. We will share our grief, fear, anger, love, joy, compassion and trust that we have in times of collapsing unsustainable civilization. We do not have false hopes, but we do have a community of each other. For full information, go here:

Conscious Learning Festival

The Conscious Learning Festival is back! The current phase of Wendy and Dorian’s action research project on radical collective change and social learning is drawing to an end. So this year, several webinars will be an occasion to discuss some results, and for comments and alternative views to be expressed! If you would like to host your own event on learning and collective change, please get in touch with Wendy or Dorian.

Social learning: A story of seeds, soil, and sowers

Date & time: October 6 2022, 4:00-5:30pm UTC (check your local time)

During this call, Wendy and Dorian will introduce certain findings from their research in DAF, and touch on: the seeds of change (what has been going on, for whom?); the soil (what is it that allows these seeds to grow?); and the sowers (who has been caring for these seeds, and disseminating them?).

Unlearning and Radical Collective Change

Date & time: October 20 2022, 9:00-10:30pm UTC (check your local time)

In this call, Wendy and Dorian will present some findings from a newly released research report, “Views on Unlearning and Radical Collective Change in DAF.” What kind of changes are being precipitated in various groups within DAF? Do we, in the network, pursue radical forms of change? And what does all of this have to do with the idea of unlearning?

What is the shape of radical change?

Date & time: November 5 2022, 7:00-8:30pm UTC (check your local time)

This call is an invitation to release our playfulness and creativity, and to explore together (as embodied beings) questions such as: What might be the shape of radical change? What stories do we want to dance with as we embark on the work of changing and being with change?

D&D Circle: Fostering deep mutual learning within a small group

Date & Time: November 17 2022, 12:00-1:30pm UTC (check your local time)

In this call, members of the DAF Diversity and Decolonising Circle will share some insights from the past year of their life as a group, with a focus on conflict transformation and nurturing relationships.

Diversity and Decolonising Circle Events

Diversity and Decolonising Monthly Open Meeting

Last Monday of the month

Next calls: at 12:00-1:30pm UTC October 31 2022November 28 2022

Are you keen to know more about the work of the Diversity and Decolonising Circle? Would you like to find ways to contribute actively to our efforts, or help shape the agenda?

On the last Monday of each month, meetings of the Diversity and Decolonising Circle are open to anyone in DAF. Please feel free to drop by, and connect with us!

Inner work

Falling into place

Date & time: October 8 2022, 4:30-6:00 

Falling into Place is an online gathering providing space for and giving attention to endings. It’s emerged from personal experience that “When I can no longer rise to the occasion, I find there’s an opportunity to fall into place.” Sarah-Jane Menato and Barbara Cecil will co-host these gatherings.

The Well at the End of the World

Next call: October 11 2022 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm UTC (check your local time here)

Beyond an absence of symptoms, what might a deeper sense of “Well Keeping” be in these times? Using myth, archetypes and somatic experience, this session explores what being at, and tending “The Well” might mean and why it matters in these times.

Deep Adaptation Death Café

Next call: November 15 2022, 6:00-7:30pm UTC (check your local time)

Following a warm welcome from the facilitators and introductions from the group, the facilitator will open up the space for people to share how they are experiencing the challenges and changes that are taking place, and the impact this is having on their relationship with mortality. 

Weekly and monthly calls

Deep Relating Circles

Australia-Asia-Europe time zones: 

October: 9:00-11:00am UTC (check your local time): October 13 2022October 27 2022,

November: 10:00-12:00pm UTC (check your local time): November 10 2022November 24 2022

Europe-Americas time zones:

October: 4:00-6:00pm UTC (check your local time): October 5 2022October 19 2022

November: 5:00-7:00pm UTC (check your local time): November 2 2022November 16 2022November 30 2022

Deep Relating is a core practice of the Deep Adaptation Forum, a ‘relational meditation’ practice that allows us to become aware of our sensations, emotions, thoughts and intuitions as they arise in our communication with one another. Please register in advance.

Songs of One Breath

Weekly on Fridays 

October: 1:30pm to 2:00pm UTC (check your local timeOctober 7 2022October 14 2022October 21 2022October 28 2022

November: 2:30-3:00 UTC, November 4 2022 (local time), November 11 2022November 18 2022November 25 2022 (check your local time for the rest of November)

Every Friday Jilani will be online, sharing chants, body prayers and breath practices from different traditions. She encourages you to join this journey, the path of the heart, of spiritual freedom, leading to more vibrant life and awakening, and dedicated to the alleviation of suffering.

Earth Listening Circle

Weekly on Fridays 

October: 4:30pm to 6:00pm UTC (check your local timeOctober 7 2022October 14 2022October 21 2022October 28 2022

November: 5:30-7:00pm UTC, November 4 2022 (check your local time), November 11 2022November 18 2022November 25 2022 (check your local time for the rest of November)

Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 9:00am to 10:30am UTC October 12 2022October 26 2022 (check your local time for October), November 9 2022November 23 2022 (check your local time for November) 

There is a glow, an irrepressible joy that spontaneously arises within us when we really listen to the Earth, or any of Her myriad forms of life. From this life changing deep connection we then become able to listen and hear what is the next step we need to take, in our unique capacity as the individual we are right now, to become “the change we want to see in the world”.

Wider Embraces for Deep Adaptation

Weekly on Sundays, at alternating times:

October8:00am-9:30am UTC (check your local timeOctober 2 2022October 16 2022October 30 2022

5:30-7:00pm UTC (check your local timeOctober 9 2022October 23 2022

November: 9:00-10:30am UTC (check your local timeNovember 13 2022November 27 2022

6:30pm-7:00pm UTC (check your local timeNovember 6 2022November 20 2022

Wider Embraces is a collective, guided meditation, which allows us to experience, explore, align and reflect upon different aspects of our being. We evoke and explore the physical, the biological, the cultural, the collective and planetary perspectives, which facilitates a greater sense of belonging and alignment between them, and then we share the insights that arise from exploring these perspectives, in a Deep Listening format.

Mutual Care Circles

Asia-Australia-Americas: First Thursday/Friday of the month from 1:30am to 3.30am UTC (check your local time)

Next calls: October 7 2022 (check your local time), November 4 2022 (check your local time)

The first hour of the gathering will be dedicated to connecting/reconnecting with one another around our journeys of Deep Adaptation . The second hour will be for participants to share if they have any issues/dilemmas/challenges, or just listen and provide feedback.

Volunteer Community calls

Every 4th Thursday of the month, 5pm-7pm UTC

Next calls: October 27 2022 (check your local time), November 24 2022

Are you involved in a Deep Adaptation group, circle, or initiative? Or are you keen to get involved? Please join us. Connection and reconnection, information sharing, and breakouts on topics chosen by participants.

2 thoughts on “Join some events with compassionate realists”

  1. Thanks for this nice shout-out, Jem – it’s much appreciated!
    Cat ( – Communications Coordinator)

  2. Dear Professor Bendell,

    With the support of Javier Manzanares, former GCF-CEO, I am promoting the integration between the world of the locally-led climate adaptation & resilience with the Web3 world (we could call it UN-DAO for now).

    Last week I attended Devcon, the biggest event of the blockchain community in the world and I have a speech about this, mentioning that this year a group leaded by yourself presented the UN a letter suggesting to replace the SDGs for a more sincere agenda focused on locally-led climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

    You can see my speech here: (Hour 1:22).

    Probably my framing of “1.5 degrees means 1.5 disasters a day”, including electricity infrastructure loss and so the internet, caught the attention of the Devcon audience.

    Before and after my talk at Devcon I held bilateral conversations with Web3 experts and ImpactDAO designers, in order to set the stage and think together how could your proposed agenda could become true and implemented under the web3, considering blockchain was originally created to support locally-led decentralized actions like this one.

    In this regard, I would love to explore the possibility of facilitating an event with your vision´s support and bring together relevant actors into an ecosystem of players to design together a Charter of the new “UN-DAO” and even launch some pilots over the examples shown in my presentation.

    Maybe then we could have tangible results aligned with the science and so tackle the absence of time to adapt to climate change and avoid civilization collapse.

    Looking forward to your feedback,

    Best regards.

    Agustin Matteri
    Former UNEP Officer, now committed to deep adaptation.

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