Training for Transition - Greenfield, MA

Home of Russ and Sandy Thomas Greenfield, MA
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 4:00pm - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 4:00pm

$170 before January 31; $180 after January 31.  A $100 deposit holds your place.  Lunch, refreshments and materials included.  (Lodging not included.)  If you can donateextra money for scholarships,your generosity will help those with low incomes to attend!  Bring a friend and both of you receive 10% off!  

Send a note and your registration fee ($170 before January 31; $180 after January 31) or deposit ($100), plus scholarship donations (if you can) to: Catherine Ratte, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA, 01104-3419.  Make your check out to: Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center.  Catherine can be reached at (413) 781-6045 or via email at

This two-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community.  It is recommended for local communities wishing to become an internationally-recognized Transition Initiative.

At the Training for Transition course, you will:

  • Explore how the Transition process increases community resilience
  • Receive tools for community outreach, education and engagement
  • Learn how to summarize the Triple Challenge of Peak Oil, Climate, and Economic Instability in ways that move people to positive action
  • Understand and know how to work with obstacles that have prevented our communities from recognizing and positively responding to the challenge of energy transition
  • Experience ways that local social and economic community can be created and strengthened
  • Learn ways of creating a positive, shared vision for your community’s future
  • Receive support for becoming a Transition catalyst in your community
  • Connect with others who are helping your region transition to greater stability and security
  • Become a part of a rapidly growing positive, inspirational, global movement!

The course describes how to catalyze, build and facilitate a successful Transition Initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities in the U.K. and around the world.

Who should attend: 
People interested in learning about Transition Towns in greater depth and leaders already creating a Transition Initiative in their community

Participants are encouraged to do advance preparation as listed below:  

- Reading

- Viewing

Alastair Lough
(978) 544-2190

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