Category: Inner Transition

Effective Groups Training coming to LA October 5-6, 2013 (& special training Oct 7)


Remember to reserve your spot for the upcoming 2-Day EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING in L.A. This course is offered by Transition U.S. who are sending facilitator Nick Osbourne on a US tour. Nick will be passing along important skillsets (and mindsets!) to help us elegantly cross any stormy seas of group process that may arise! Valuable tools for anyone involved in working with groups.
Details in a previous TCC post >>

Nick has already embarked on his tour, and word is spreading about the value of this course! Here’s a report from Amherst, Massachusetts:

I just wanted you to know that Nick ‘s Effective Collaboration training and Train the Trainer were both ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.  We had MANY very skilled, seasoned trainers in the room — college professors, consultants and leaders who had studied and facilitated true consensus, sociocracy, conflict resolution, cohousing meetings, Quaker meetings, activist meetings, and different kinds of professional and business meetings for many years.  Every one of us was thoroughly impressed.

We told Nick it’s as if he’s done TWO PhD dissertations and is now on his third with holocracy.

Maybe we all liked it so much because we need it so badly over here!  Ha!!

—Tina, Transition Amherst

Effective Groups is a 2-day skills-building training for individuals and teams.  It started with Transition Town Groups in mind but this course is really for anyone involved in social change efforts. Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging training course which covers key skills for collaboration.

It will help you:

·  Create systems for teams to work effectively together

·  Develop an enjoyable and fair atmosphere to work within

·  Make order in the chaos to find freedom within a structure

·  Utilize diverse perspectives as an advantage not a problem

·  Balance achieving goals with keeping your team healthy

·  Manage conflicting needs and paradoxes, within & outside of the team

·  Develop the skills & mindset to cross any stormy seas of group process that arise!



Where & When:

2-Day Effective Groups Training
Sat-Sun, Oct 5-6, 2013
9:30am to 5:30pm

The Learning Garden @ Venice High
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(enter from Walgrove gate)

1-day Training of Trainers:
Monday October 7, 2013

Rediscover Center
12958 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Cost & Registration: 

2-day Effective Groups course:
$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)

1-day Train the Trainer: 9:00-5:00
$125 for the 1-day Training of Trainers (customized for up to 10 participants)

We have made the cost as low as possible and have several partial scholarships available. For scholarship info contact:      (707) 824-1554

For additional information, local info contact: Michelle   310-780-1051

Bring your own lunch, or money for going out together at the lunch break. A list of a variety of local restaurants will be available.


Transition Towns Founder ROB HOPKINS in L.A. October 13-14!

Rob Hopkins, founder of Transition Towns

Rob Hopkins, the UK founder of the Transition Movement, is coming to L.A. and you’ll have two opportunities to meet him in Southern California:  Sunday Oct 13 in West LA -or- Monday Oct 14 in Pasadena.

Rob is an inspiring speaker, an Akosha fellow, and the subject of a widely circulated TED talk.  His Transition Handbook was a worldwide bestseller, and his Transition Companion is a lovely photo-spread intro to global progress.  (There are now more than 1,100 Transition groups in 43 countries—and TCC is # 37!)

Rob’s latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff, and will be available for sale for $15/each at both the WLA and Pasadena events. More info about the book at the bottom of this post.

Locally on the Westside, you can join in for a fun afternoon at the “Just Doing Stuff” Festival in Westchester followed by a Panel Discussion in the early evening just across the street from the festival:

Sunday Oct 13, 2013
2:30 – 4:30pm
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
Emerson Avenue Community Garden
Emerson Ave @ 80th Place, LA 90045
FREE, Fun for all ages: Live music, food, Transition-related displays, crafts, & games.

Sunday Oct 13, 2013
“Just Doing Stuff” PANEL
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Ave., LA 90045
Tickets: $10pre-registration required >>
Rob in conversation with friends Andy Lipkis, founder and director of TreePeople,
D’Artagnan Scorza, executive director of Social Justice Learning Institute,
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor (and core member of TCC!),
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Changemakers.

If you can’t make Sunday, Rob will also be in Pasadena
Monday October 14 at the “Just Doing Stuff” TALK and FAIR,
10:30am-2:00pm. Throop Unitarian Universalist Church,
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101.
Tickets: $10 at the door, or pre-register with Transition US for $5 >>

 More info about the Pasadena event>>


 Download the PDF >>


The Power of Just Doing Stuff by Rob HopkinsThe Power of Just Doing Stuff

Excerpt: “Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you.

They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.

The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works.” More info >>

The book will be available for purchase ($15) at the WLA “Just Doing Stuff” Festival & Panel Discussion.

Once upon a time it was tempting to mock the idea of a ‘Transition town’ or even transition itself. Rob Hopkins is a truly original thinker who has not only given that concept meaning but has put it into practice in a way that now influences individuals and communities in many parts of the world. The essential proposition is not only that we have to adapt our way of life to meet the enormous environmental challenges that we face but that it is quite possible – and no less practically to the point – a stimulating and enjoyable process as well. If ever there was an idea whose time has come, this is it. Rob Hopkins’ book is a truly unique piece of work that anyone who cares about our future in this densely populated and threatened world should read. It offers original thought and clear analysis. It also combines realism and hope.”
—Jonathan Dimbleby, UK writer and broadcaster

Transition & Permaculture Converge in Northern California — October 11-13, 2013

NorCal Permaculture & Transition Convergence 2013



Transition Northern California is hosting the 2013 Permaculture & Transition Convergence and everyone’s invited!

2013 Northern California
Permaculture & Transition Network Convergence
October 11-13, 2013
Solar Living Institute, Hopland CA

Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins is one of the Keynote Speakers… as is L.A.’s own Andy Lipkis, founder & president of TreePeople, plus other important voices in this growing movement to transform how we live upon this earth.

Check out the website for more info & to register >>

Early Bird registration available until September 30, 2013 >>

Effective Groups Training! Oct 5-6 2013 + Train the Trainer, Oct 7 2013

Effective Groups Training in Los Angeles

Effective Groups is a skills-building training for individuals and teams.  It started with Transition Town Groups in mind but this course is really for anyone involved in social change efforts. Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging training course which covers key skills for collaboration.

This two-day workshop is facilitated by one of Transition UK’s lead trainers, Nick Osborne. Over the last 19 years, Nick has worked in a variety of management, leadership, training, consultancy or activist roles with a range of organisations including Changemakers, Shell, Amnesty International, the Ecovillage Network and Transition Network. On his U.S. tour, Nick will also be offering Effective Groups Trainings  in Amherst, MA and San Francisco Bay area. TCC is honored to be assisting Transition U.S. Transition Network (UK) in bringing these important communication & collaboration skills to Southern California.

Keeping it Real — Nick’s blend of modern management theory married to his practical knowledge supported by his wealth of personal experience produced a thoroughly practical and yet profound course that provided a significant triple bottom line benefit for us. Whatever your need, Nick will weave magic for your organization.” — Phil Dunn, Sustainable Brampton (UK)

·  Create systems for teams to work effectively together
·  Develop an enjoyable and fair atmosphere to work within
·  Make order in the chaos to find freedom within a structure
·  Utilize diverse perspectives as an advantage not a problem
·  Balance achieving goals with keeping your team healthy
·  Manage conflicting needs and paradoxes, within & outside of the team
·  Develop the skills & mindset to cross any stormy seas of group process that arise!

The next 50 years is our chance to find out whether having a bigger brain actually is an evolutionary advantage or not.  — Bill McKibben


10/5 &10/6, 9:30am to 5:30pm
The Learning Garden @ Venice High School
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Monday 10/7, 9:00am-5:00pm
ReDiscover Center
12958 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066


$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)
TO REGISTER (application required) >>

1-day TRAIN the TRAINER:
$125 for the 1-day follow-up course  (customized for up to 10 participants)
ENROLLMENT PREREQUISITE:  The Monday course is intended for people who already have training and facilitation skills who want to deepen their understanding of the material and use it to train other Transition Initiatives and social change organizations. Participants in the Monday workshop must attend the weekend workshop and meet criteria which demonstrate they are already experienced group facilitators and trainers.

    (or follow the link on the Transition US’s Effective Groups L.A. page)

We have made the cost as low as possible, and there are several partial scholarships available.
For scholarship info contact:, or phone (707) 824-1554.
For more localized information, contact:
Michelle   or call 310-780-1051

Free Eco Movie: Ecological Consciousness, Sat Aug 10, 2013 — 7 pm


There are billions of years of collected wisdom in the fabric of our being.
How do we unlock our inner cosmic energy in the landscape?

TCC & our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice are co-hosting an inspiring video from one of NYC’s leading permaculturists, Andrew Faust of the Center for Bioregional Living . Join us in exploring what it means to begin to live in ways that intentionally participates with evolution.


Saturday, August 10, 7-9pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave Marina del Rey 90292

FREE event—donations always welcome.

Discussion follows film


Andrew Faust

ABOUT ANDREW: One of North America’s premier Permaculture teachers and designers with nearly two decades of experience in the field, Andrew Faust’s passionate and visionary presentation and curriculum has been inspiring and motivating students since his days as an alternative school teacher at Upattinas in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. Andrew lived off the grid in West Virginia for 8 years where he designed and built a Permaculture inspired homestead including a 1600 sq ft strawbale house. He moved to Brooklyn in 2007 and has been applying his knowledge to the urban landscape, culminating in a Permaculture Design Certification course many consider to be life changing.

Andrew is founder of The Center for Bioregional Living in Ellenville, NY with his partner Adriana Magana. The Center is a pilot campus for his students and clients to learn how to create diverse regional Infrastructures that are well adapted to LOCAL ecological, social and geological realities.  Being experienced in both rural & urban permaculture, Andrew’s curriculum teaches how to retrofit urban environments to be more ecologically sound and socially responsible as well as how to create positive relationships between cities and outlying rural communities.


Eco-Film: TRASHED, Sat. Mar 9, 7 pm @ reDiscover Center

“This film is a wake-up call about global waste.”
—Cannes Film Festival

This month’s eco-movie is the groundbreaking docu-feature Trashed starring Jeremy Irons who goes on a journey of discovery, disbelief, and hope as he witnesses the extent and effects of the global waste problem around the world and seeks out solutions. We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. What happens to all the trash we produce? Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste, and e-waste. But there are people and movements making a difference.

This meticulous, brave investigative film takes the viewer on a ride with Irons from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Official film website & trailer: Music by Vangelis.

We’re co-hosting this event with our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice at   The reDiscover Center.What better place to screen a movie about trash than our local community art center/re-use warehouse/event space? An excerpt of their mission statement:

reDiscover promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. Our Vision is for all Angelenos to have an outlet for acquiring and donating reusable material. As reDiscover meets this need, we move closer to a community where all waste materials can be rediscovered for their educational and creative value.

reDiscover is a nexus for environmental sustainability and crea using recycled materials. We achieve our mission and vision through strategic initiatives at our center with the reuse warehouse, gallery and event space, at schools and in the community. More about reDISCOVER >>

EVENT DATE: Saturday, March 9, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm for networking and snacks.  Join in a brainstorming session after the screening!

VENUE: reDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles 90066   MAP >> 

FREE admission, donations welcome.

RSVP: Facebook users RSVP via reDiscover Center’s event page or email TCC.

Jeremy Irons in TRASHED


Eco-Movie Night—Sat, Jan 12 2013, 7 pm: HAPPY

Don’t miss our first eco-movie of the New Year, specially selected to lift the spirits and illuminate the way to positive solutions!
 This deeply moving documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Roko Belic explores the keys to human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries—from leading happiness researchers to a rickshaw driver in Kolkatta, from a family living in a Danish co-housing community to a Cajun fisherman, and many more. HAPPY combines real-life human drama and cutting-edge science to provide insights into the mysteries of happiness. The formula is not the same for everyone, but research shows that almost everyone can become happier. A community discussion will follow the film.

Official film website >> 

Co-hosted with our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Eco-Movie Screening: HAPPY

Saturday, January 12, 2013
7 pm – 9 pm

but donations always welcome to help support future film nights

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Simplify The Holidays! EVENT: Sun., Nov 18, 1-4:30 pm



SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAYS… and have more fun with less stuff this holiday season.

Simplify Holidays craft

Join us for this creative and experiential workshop and explore ways to make the holidays more meaningful. Enjoy inspiring conversation combined with an “idea table” including templates for craft projects to do at home, and hands-on paper and fabric projects. Learn to make simple gifts such as sachets, homemade moisturizer, and decorated containers. We’ll also show how to make your own giftwrap and holiday decorations from recyclables—fun to create, lovely to receive. Children welcome with supervising adult. Hosted by reDiscover Center, Transition Mar Vista/Venice and TCC.

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1-4:30 pm

reDiscover Center, 12958 Washington Blvd, LA 90066
(Use back alley entrance – look for big green sliding gate)

FREE, donations welcome
RSVP helpful:

Check these links for more information about simplifying the holidays:

>> The Center for a New American Dream

>> Bill McKibben’s article, Are You Brave Enough to Say No to a High-Stress Holiday? 

>> Your Money or Your Life

>> Voluntary Simplicity



Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream SYMPOSIUM Sat., Sep 29th, 2-6pm

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

We’re teaming up with Transition Mar Vista to present this awesome afternoon of inspiration!


Saturday, September 29 from 2:00–6:00pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave. Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Calling all citizens of Planet Earth!
Our world needs us to be
awake and active now more than ever.

This half-day symposium provides dynamic group interactions, leading-edge information, and inspiring multimedia to empower participants to respond to humanity’s current situation with informed, grounded optimism and clear-headed action plans for the future.

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to feel connected with other change-makers in local and global community and be empowered to help accelerate the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

Followed by a community potluck meal — bring a dish to share.


Questions/RSVP appreciated:
e-mail or call 310-822-9642

See trailer at (Pachamama Alliance)


Eco-Movie Night: The Economics of Happiness – and – Simon Says “Let’s Stop Climate Change!”


This family-friendly evening will include a screening of the documentary The Economics of Happiness while children are invited to make art out of recycled materials and/or watch the animated short film, Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change!

Refreshments will be served, $5 suggested donation (to pay for the screening rights)
Co-sponsored by Transition Mar Vista and Transition Culver City

The Economics of Happiness features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
By by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page

Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change! is a 28 minute animated film recommended for children ages 4 and up. With humor and song, the film teaches kids about global warming, the food chain, carbon footprints, composting, carbon offsetting and eco habits like the “three r’s” (reducing, reusing and recycling).
By Denis Thomopoulos

About the space:
ReDiscover promotes creativity in early childhood and elementary education while encouraging environmental responsibility. ReDiscover recycles everyday discards donated by business and gives them new purpose as hands-on learning materials. ReDiscover is a community art center, reuse warehouse, gallery and event space.