A Climate Café is an opportunity to give ourselves time to sit, perhaps with a hot drink and a slice of cake, and describe our thoughts and feelings about the crises of our ecology.
Climate Cafés are bounded by confidentiality although they are not therapy sessions. We invite you to take part in a warm, hospitable, facilitated conversation where you can reflect on your and others’ feelings without being bounced into action. This is one way of coping with the challenges facing us all.
This Climate Café will be held at the Salisbury Centre, an inclusive community space just east of the Meadows in Edinburgh. Tea and hot drinks will be available from the Salisbury Centre’s kitchen (small donation suggested), and the facilitators will provide some biscuits and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own too!
The concept of a Climate Café as an advice-free space for discussion is promoted by the Climate Psychology Alliance among other groups. You can read CPA member Rebecca Nestor’s description of the format here: https://rebeccanestor.co.uk/2020/08/10/what-exactly-is-a-climate-cafe/
This event is free and anyone aged 18 years and over, from any background, is warmly welcome. Please feel free to share the event with your friends and family.
There is a limit on numbers to ensure space for discussion. If all the spaces are full please do join the waitlist or register your interest in future sessions by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of organising multiple Climate Cafés in Edinburgh, but they are not designed as a series or programme and you are welcome to attend one or more events as you wish.
If you can no longer attend an event please let us know by email or by going to the ‘Tickets’ section of your Eventbrite account.
When attending this in-person event, please follow The Salisbury Centre’s safe access guidelines to care for yourself and others in the Centre’s community.
Most importantly, if you are experiencing any symptoms which might indicate Covid-19, if you have been in contact with somebody with actual or suspected Covid-19, or if you are in a period of quarantine please do not attend.
Please click on this link to read the Salisbury Centre’s safe access guidelines: https://www.salisburycentre.org//wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SAFE-ACCESS-Guidelines-for-attendees.pdf
Susana, Tom and Elspeth have received training from the Climate Psychology Alliance to facilitate Climate Cafés. The three of us have broad-ranging, varied experiences of group facilitation.
[Cover image: White flowers blossoming from a tree in Edinburgh, taken by one of the facilitators in May 2021]