Workshop: Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises

*Final programme and important update on the event schedule*

Feasta event, Saturday, Dec 7th 2019, 10.30am-1.15pm (followed by lunch); Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, The Liberties, Dublin 8 (just around the corner from Christchurch).

We recently found out that there is another, related, event hosted by Friends of the Earth starting at 2pm on the same day.

It looks to be a good one too! So as to avoid overlap and to enable anyone who wants to attend both we have decided to compress our event a little and bring the finishing time to 1.15pm.

“Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises”

Through a combination of interview-style conversation, presentation and small-group discussion, this event will explore the mental and emotional toll of our increasing awareness of climate change and environmental destruction with a view to building up resilience, both personal and community.

We really hope you will be able to join us for this timely and necessary event.

Tickets are available for order below via Paypal. You don’t need to have a Paypal account to do this (just scroll down the page to find the order button). Or if you’d prefer to pay by bank transfer email Morag via [email protected] and she can give you details.

Cost, including a sandwich-lunch, is €15 – with a reduced fee of €10 for those who need it. There are a number of free places and although we’d particularly like to invite younger activists to apply for these anybody of any age is welcome to apply via [email protected]

Photo: view over Dingle Bay from Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry, by Morag Friel

“Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises”


10:30 am – Arrive, registration, tea and coffee

10.45 am – Positive mental health – an introduction by John Sharry

11.00 am – Family-life in this time of eco-activism and anxiety; an interview with mother and daughter – Morag Friel and Leontien Friel Darrell

11:30 am – Enough is Plenty – How a philosophy and practice of enough can help us cope, critique, resist and create – Anne B. Ryan;

12pm – Stories from the Frontline – Two activists at the forefront of the environmental movement discuss practical approaches to building personal and community resilience – Theresa O’Donohoe and John Gibbons

12.30pm – Break out and Discussion

1:15pm – 2pm Lunch and networking

During the programme we will also provide a brief introduction to the Active Hope workshop by Oana Marian and Aaron Jewell that Feasta hope to run in the new year.


Morag Friel has been working for Feasta in an administrative role since 2007 and has lived in the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan since 2009. She has been an environmental activist for even longer but has only recently begun to fully realise the implications of activism and climate-realism for mental-health and overall well-being. She feels strongly that Feasta and other groups need to join forces to open up a conversation on these issues.

Leontien Friel Darrell grew up in Cloughjordan Ecovillage having moved there from Dublin at the age of 10. Heavily influenced by her experience there she is now a full time volunteer activist with Extinction Rebellion. She has always believed in the need for mental health awareness and ending the stigma around these discussions, and feels that the climate/environmental crisis is on the way to becoming one of the biggest causes of anxiety in the lives of many people – both young and old.

John Gibbons is an environmental journalist and campaigner and the founder of the and websites. He is a regular contributor to the national media has published articles widely in several newspapers including the Irish Times and the Guardian.

Theresa O’Donohoe is coordinator of Clare Environmental Network and PPN representative on Clare County Councils Economic Strategic Policy Committee from 2014-2019. She has been involved in Transition Ireland and sustainable community development since 2007. She lives in Lisdoonvarna with her five children and her blog is

Anne B. Ryan is an active Feasta member, writer, learner, educator and activist on basic income, democratic money systems, fair taxes, and the philosophy and practice of enough.

John Sharry is a trustee of Feasta, a founder of the Parents Plus Charity a weekly columnist for The Irish Times, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Psychology in University College Dublin. He has trained as a social worker and family psychotherapist and has over 28 years experience as a mental health professional.

Reserve a ticket

If you have a Paypal account, please use the form below to make your payment.

If you don’t have a Paypal account, please email us at [email protected] to let us know how many tickets you’d like and whether they’re full price or concessionary, and we’ll email you an invoice.

Paypal account payment:

Normal rate entry for Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises15.00 EURIncludes midday meal
Concessionary rate entry for Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises10.00 EURIncludes midday meal
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

We will publish the finalised programme shortly.

Photo: view over Dingle bay from Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry by Morag Friel

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