Training for Transition - Northampton, MA

First Churches Northampton
129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 2:00am - 10:00pm


Contact Info (if different from Organizer)

Catherine Ratte

Online and/or email?

Checks payable to ...

Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center

Phone number to call

413-781-6045 x311

Mail checks to:

Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center

60 Congress Street, First Floor, Springfield, MA 01104-3419


Cost of Training

$165 (donations above this amount will help provide others with scholarships!)  If you live in western MA, see below.

Will there be a sliding scale?

Yes for Western MA residents: $85-$165.  After June 30th, sliding scale starts at $100. (Western Mass counties: Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden or Berkshire county)

Does cost include food?

Yes – two lunches, coffee & snacks

Does cost include lodging?


Are scholarships available?

Yes – for people supported by their communities, and some possible work exchange


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

  • The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, by Rob Hopkins
  • Transition Primer (free)

- Viewing

Alastair Lough
Bethany Webster
(401) 330-6288

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