LAUNCH: Training for Transition, Ohio

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 4:00am


$90 – Early registration  ♦   $110– After February 3

Saturday 2/25/17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2/26/17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included.

If you can make an additional contribution, you will help us cover expenses and provide scholarship opportunities. Location: Bluffton Sportsmen’s Club 405 N. Spring St. Bluffton, Ohio 45817 Bluffton is located on I-75 near U.S. 30, making the workshop convenient for residents of northwest Ohio, and those in nearby parts of Michigan and Indiana.




Please join us for this 2-day Launch: Training for Transition!

As we face the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic contraction, the Transition movement (Transition initiatives) is a positive approach that focuses on local solutions and building community resilience. Training for Transition is the popular, in-depth experiential workshop created by the global Transition Network. The course describes how to set up, run, and maintain a successful Transition initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities around the world. It meets the training criteria recommended for local initiating groups to become an internationally recognized Transition initiative.

Join others seeking grassroots methods that build community resilience.

Through this course participants will:

  • Discuss the context for Transition Initiatives -- the current global situation that includes climate change, peak oil, resource depletion, and economic contraction;
  • Understand and be able to use the Transition model – including the ingredients of Transition, the seven principles, and the larger Transition process that engages many community members in addressing the critical issues affecting our communities to build local resilience;
  • Learn how to inspire positive action, facilitate collaboration, set up a successful initiating group, reach diverse sectors of your community, and unleash an exciting and inspired expansion of transformational work in your community;
  • Facilitate a visioning process;
  • Know how to organize effective Transition meetings and gatherings;
  • Learn tools for supporting both the outer work of transforming your community’s dependence on oil, coal and other fossil fuels, and the inner and interpersonal work that is essential to resilience and collaboration;
  • Understand the purpose and components of an Energy Descent Action Plan;
  • Be able to give an effective and inspiring description of the Transition movement;
  • Network with other people interested in Transition in your area;
  • Develop initial action steps for yourself and your locality; and
  • Connect to others in this rapidly growing, positive, global movement!

This training will be a mix of presentation and visual media, participatory discussions, small group work, and practical planning that you can take home and use. Participants are invited to share their experience and learn from others in the course.

Join us for a weekend to focus on ideas and opportunities, to build skills, and connect with others interested in the TransitionMovement.

Required Reading: Transition Primer: The Essential Guide to Doing Transition                                                                                           Recommended Reading:The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, by Rob Hopkins

Who can participate?  People interested in learning about the Transition movement in greater depth, leaders who are already creating a Transition Initiative in their community, and leaders of community groups who wish to be resources for the Transition movement in their locale. The training is open to anyone interested in learning about or developing a Transition initiative.  Just 30 places are available. Register early to hold your spot and get a discount!

Your workshop hosts: Transition Bluffton is sponsoring this Launch training. All are welcome—from Bluffton and beyond—to join us for this inspiring weekend. Please let us know if you need a scholarship, have specific food needs, or would like to be hosted in a home on Saturday night.

Have questions? Contact Peter Badertscher and Sally Weaver Sommer at

This workshop is offered by Transition Network, the global facilitator of the Transition Towns movement. The workshop has been offered in hundreds of communities and dozens of countries worldwide. Certified Transition Trainers, including Tina Clarke, will share experiences from the U.S. and around the world. For more information, see and

Peter Badertscher and Sally Weaver Somm

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