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Ecological Wellbeing and the Salisbury Centre – The next 50 years (14:00 – 17:00)


***Event part of the Salisbury Centre 50th Anniversary Celebration Celebration week June 19-25 (read more below) ***


Ecological well-being and the Salisbury Centre – The next 50 years

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us, 

and they are praying that we might see beyond our own time.”

-Terry Tempest Williams

On the final afternoon of the 50th anniversary weekend, we invite you to be part of envisioning what the next 50 years might look like: How can we support ourselves, each other and the wider community in connecting with hope and taking action together? What might the role of the Salisbury Centre and its community, as we – and those coming after us – navigate the challenges of our times? How can we become ancestors to a thriving future?

To explore our wishes and intentions for change, we will be drawing from “The Work That Reconnects”, a form of transformative group work developed by Joanna Macy. Over the course of the afternoon we will tap into awe, wonder and connection, give space to our emotional responses to the collective mess we’re in, and practice changing our perspective on what’s unfolding. We will imagine ourselves into the shoes of future generations to explore what new steps the Salisbury Centre community might take towards greater resilience and justice in our world.

Crafting this vision will be a longer-term journey. Join us in sowing the first seeds!


“Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. 

Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.”

– Rebecca Solnit

For whom

This workshop is open to anyone, whether you’re new to The Work That Reconnects or not and whether you’ve been part of the Salisbury Centre community for a while or are just finding your feet. We hope to bring together a diverse and intergenerational group to deepen our collective learning and visioning, including staff and Board members, former and current residents and other community members – all welcome!

We have 20 spaces available, so don’t wait too long with booking.




Please arrive from 1:30pm to settle and make yourself a cuppa. We’ll start promptly at 2pm.

You’re also welcome to join for a free community lunch provided by the Salisbury Centre at 12:30pm – 13:30

Also, don’t forget to bring warm layers and waterproofs for being outside in the garden just in case.

Despacho Fire Ceremony from 17:00 

After 5pm, you’re welcome to take part in a Despacho fire ceremony in the garden from 5-630pm.

This will be an opportunity to formally close the  Salisbury Centre 50th Anniversary Celebration by sowing the prayers and visions for the next 50th years of the Salisbury Centre.

Find out more about the Despacho fire ceremony  &  book here.



The workshop will take place in the Art Room of the Salisbury Centre and outside in the garden, weather allowing. The Art Room is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible, with a small step into the garden. The Salisbury Centre has disabled toilets. There will be quiet spaces available in the garden and the building if you need a breather.

The Work That Reconnects

You can find out more about the Work That Reconnects (WTR) here: https://workthatreconnects.org/

If you’d like to dive in sooner, on Tuesday evening 30 May The Salisbury Centre will also be running an introductory session exploring the philosophy behind Joanna Macy’s iconic climate action book ‘Active Hope’ and experiment and engage with some of her exercises and practice. You can sign up here.



This event is by suggested donation which will go to support the Salisbury Centre & the Facilitators

Suggested donation for this event is £5-20 (Nobody will be turned away for lack of funding

You can donate online via www.Salisburycentre.org/donate (using “EcoWellbeing”) as reference, or by cash and card on the day


More information

You can email Olga, one of the facilitators,  if you have any questions about the workshop: olga.bloemen@gmail.com.

Please email Francesco events@salisburycentre.org if you have any accessibility or practical questions.


About the Facilitators

Hannah Brazil 

Hannah has been part of the Salisbury Centre community since attending a Work that Reconnects workshop with Olga shortly after moving to Edinburgh in 2019. She is one of the Climate Champions at the Centre, has contributed to many community events and founded the Salisbury Centre Seed Library. Hannah is a passionate community gardener, facilitator, environmental anthropologist and gatherer of seeds and stories. Her research and work revolve around human-nature (dis)connection and more-than-human wellbeing, focussing on seed saving, nurturing regenerative culture, and exploring the stories we tell of who we are in relation to nature. She’s been involved in sustainable community food growing, permaculture and collaborative education for social change projects around the world.

Olga Bloemen

Olga is a former resident at the Salisbury Centre and previously helped to organise different community events at the Centre, such as the weekly soup suppers and the seasonal festivals. She was born in the Netherlands and moved to Scotland quite a few years ago to study Social Anthropology. Now, as a facilitator with Tripod, she supports groups and organisations working for social and ecological justice in Scotland and beyond. She’s interested in how we can tackle the root causes of the climate emergency and build collective forms of resistance. She’s been exploring the Work That Reconnects as a way of taking care of the inner dimension of activism. She tends to agree with Mary Oliver: “There is only one question: How to love this world.”


Salisbury Centre 50th Celebration Week June 19th-25th 

(Read more here : 50th Anniversary Programme & June Celebration!)

This events is part of the the 50th anniversary celebration of the Salisbury Centre!

Standing as one of the oldest holistic centres in Edinburgh, this currently thriving community Centre was founded with a robust spiritual community focus, which over time has expanded to embrace a strong foundation of inclusivity, as well as creative, psychological, and ecological wellbeing, making it a resilient and much loved community space in the heart of Edinburgh!

To celebrate the occasion we have been running a 6 month 50th anniversary theme programme of events which will culminate in this celebration week in June (19th – 25th). 

You can download a brochure which offers some context about the Centre’s history and its founding pillars HERE (https://shorturl.at/bix05 )

Expect gatherings of old friends and new, workshops, movie screenings, discussion panels, shared meals, ceremony, visioning & networking for the future. Come and learn how challenges were transformed to create new foundations to grow from. The programme has draws from the incredible richness of all people who have contributed, over 5 decades, to the evolution and resilience of this special Centre.