We at The Lia Fund believe that activists on the ground are precious resources for movement building. And we know how difficult it is to take the time to rest, reflect, and enjoy the natural world around us. The immediacy of the issues that face us and our constituencies are so pressing and all-consuming that we often do not notice the opportunity for deep contemplation that winter brings, the first buds of spring, the summer breeze, or autumn’s brisk arrival. Embracing opportunities for rest and renewal are essential to building a sustainable movement. We hope the following list of resources will encourage creating a culture of self-care.
It is our intention that this collection of resources be interactive. If you know of an organization or a foundation scholarship program that supports the rest and renewal of activists please send the contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the list. And check back in to see what your colleagues are adding.
Respite and Renewal Programs
Changing Course: Burnout Solutions and the Process of Renewal
By Patricia Thompson, The Metcalf Foundation, May 2009
By Deborah S. Linnell, Third Sector New England and Tim Wolfred, PsyD, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, 2009
BTW Informing Change, by Regina Sheridan and Kim Ammann Howard
by Denise Gershein