Circles of Active Hope

Cercles d'Espérance en Mouvement

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Based on the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

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Circles of Active Hope are an invitation to come on an adventure! They are an opportunity to traverse a spiral of the Work That Reconnects over a period of 4 months. This gives the time to integrate the practices that are helpful to you into your daily life and to deepen links with people that you share affinities with, supporting each other in your projects, to empower your participation in the Great Turning, the transformation of our society from one that destroys Life to one that helps Life thrive.

When faced with the problems created by the industrial growth society, how can we reconnect with ourselves, those around us and the natural world? How can we cultivate a flow state to navigate as serenely as possible the troubled waters of the current crises and give the best of ourselves to contribute to the Great Turning that is so necessary?

With my co-facilitator, Aneth Wijbrans, we propose a journey propelled by Active Hope and based on the training created by Chris Johnstone to resonate with the book of this name, which he wrote with Joanna Macy.

Here is an 8-minute video of the authors introducing the book.
Active Hope presented by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

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I would like to express my deep gratitude to Chris Johnstone, Madeleine Young and Rita Tojal, the guides I had in my facilitator training. Their extraordinary inspiration and support left indelible traces in me.


Where: online, on Zoom
Rhythm: 2 sessions (duration 2hrs) per month over 4 months (total 8 sessions)
Facilitators: Zsanna Sebesteny and Aneth Wijbrans(trained by Roseaux Dansants and the Circles of Active Hope Facilitator Training)
Commitment: 1 practice in pairs and individual work between the sessions (approx 2 hours total outside of the sessions online)
Language : hybrid! (the sessions will be in French; the pair practices in the language that best suits the pair, the individual work includes texts & videos in English)

Dates & times of current session : 10:00-12:00 (French time) 09:00-11:00 (English time)
on the following dates (all Tuesdays) --
04/10/22, 18/10/22, break
15/11/22, 29/11/22, 13/12/22, break
10/01/23, 24/01/23, 07/02/23

Spring session from 19:00-21:00 on Tuesday evenings, on these dates in 2023: 14/3, 4/4, 18/4, 2/5, 16/5, 30/5, 13/6, 27/6
Co-facilitated by Aneth Wijbrans and Zsanna Sebesteny

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Aneth saule-sister!

Autumn session from 10:00-12:00 on Tuesday mornings, dates in 2023-2024: 3/10, 17/10,31/10, 14/11, 28/11, 12/12, 9/1, 23/1 Co-facilitated by Marjorie Lumet and Zsanna Sebesteny

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Marjorie saule-sister

Participation : Registration €100 for the full cycle (but if money is a constraint for you, feel free to let us know), optional supplementary contribution in Pay-it-Forward style at the end of the training, which will be forwarded to a collective caring directly for the healing of the Earth.

Future sessions could be organized at different times on different days, so feel free to express your preferences for a future session if these dates and times do not suit you.

Questions : or +33 6 24 30 74 87

If this adventure interests you, please contact us.

Other Circles of Active Hope

If the timing, dates or language of the above Circle don't suit you, you can also contact:

Florence Gosson Lusetti, who is also setting up Circles of Active Hope for French speakers.
For German speakers, contact Luna ( or Jan (
And Marjorie in Amsterdam proposes Circles in English.

Thank you and see you soon! Zsanna and Aneth