with Tim Beasley, Nathalie Griffin
This workshop is about how we can look after ourselves and each other as activists and within our communities. We’ll collectively define ‘burnout’; seek to identify the signs someone is approaching ‘burnout’; and discuss what we can do to avoid ‘burning out’.
The aim is to help ourselves build resilience and sustain ourselves & our communities in the long-term campaigns & struggles we are a part of. As this can be a difficult topic, we try to do much of the workshop in small groups and then give appropriate feedback to the larger group.
I have no formal qualifications/training, but plenty of lived experience. I’ve been politically conscious & active since the late 1970’s thanks to anarko-punk and the anti-fascist struggles of those times. My focus has been on extra-parliamentary action & activities and I’ve been involved in numerous projects, campaigns & protest groups. Since moving to Bristol 15 years ago, I’ve been a long-term supporter of the Kebele social centre (now BASE), and the activities that emerge from groups who use it, and for the last 10 years have volunteered at a permaculture based community orchard project in east Bristol.
Since moving to England from Canada in 2001, I’ve been involved primarily with activist legal support and prisoner solidarity and, since 2007, I’ve been involved with a permaculture allotment project in Bristol. After re-training as a qualified counselling therapist, I volunteered for Counselling for Social Change for two years, providing counselling support for many people managing the stress that comes with trying to build a more socially just world. I have also worked primarily in the fields of addiction and trauma. I have co-facilitated similar workshops at various Anarchist Bookfairs & other events and I am always humbled by the resiliency and honesty of the participants.