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Transition Town Training in Montague

May 1516, 2010
Western Massachusetts

Transition United States (www.transitionus.org) is offering the two-day Training for Transition course as developed by the Transition Network in England (www.transitiontowns.org, www.transitionnetwork.org). The 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 instability, and economic deterioration 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!

Curriculum: 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

Instructors: Tina Clarke and Alastair Lough, certified Transition Towns Trainers

Cost: $155 per person by May 7, and $175 after May 7. A $100 deposit holds your place. Lunch, refreshments and materials included.  (Lodging not included.)  If you can give extra money for scholarships, your generosity will help those with low incomes to attend.  Some partial scholarships may be available for people with low incomes or for work exchange. For scholarship information, please contact Judy Phillips before April 30 (978-544-2653, judy-dharma@crocker.com). After April 30, contact Catherine Ratte (cratte@pvpc.org).

Registration: Send a note and your registration fee ($155 by May 7) or deposit ($100—with the remaining $55/75 due on the first day of the workshop), plus scholarship donations (if you can) to: Catherine Ratte, c/o PVPC 60 Congress Street First Floor, Springfield, MA 01104-3419, with a check made out to Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center.  OR:  Contact Catherine Ratte, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, to reserve a space and then send your check (cratte@pvpc.org, 413-781-6045 x311). 

Location:  May 15:  The First Congregational Church of Montague, Montague, Massachusetts www.montaguechurch.org

May 16:  Montague Grange, 34 Main Street, Montague (across the Common from the church)

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