Deep Adaptations: How to live in a world governed by Climate Change and Ecological Catastrophe


Heron on Slitrig

Heron on Slitrig Water, Hawick


Saturday February 29th

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Unit Four, The Cornucopia Room,

4 Towerdykeside, Hawick TD9 9EA

Entry is free.

Donations welcome on the door.


Deep Adaptation offers a framework for living in a time of climate catastrophe which starts from the understanding that societal collapse due to climate change and ecological derangement is inevitable and already happening in some places. How then might we choose to live in a time of uncertain futures? Jem Bendell, Professor of Sustainability Leadership at Cumbria University who proposed the term Deep Adaptation, offers four starting points known as the 4R’s – Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration and Reconciliation. This one- day workshop will use a mixture of movement practice, meditation and group discussion to reflect on these themes.

The day will be co-facilitated by Claire Pençak, Jim Griffin and Tim Rubidge all of whom will bring their individual professional practices and experience to working with the group. This event is open to anyone curious about Deep Adaptation. Absolutely no experience or proficiency is required in movement, meditation or Deep Adaptation. All of these are simply starting places for reflection, conversation, understanding and perhaps collective and individual action.

The morning session will begin with some preparatory breath and movement practice to bring us into awareness followed by an introduction to Deep Adaptation and a period of reflection and meditation before breaking for lunch where conversations can continue over food.

The afternoon session will be devoted to an Open Space process led by Tim Rubidge. Open Space is a self -organizing process for collective activity and shared leadership where the group creates the agenda or discussion questions for the afternoon.

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that you can move in, warm socks or comfortable flat footwear. Bring food to share for lunch and we will provide a table to gather round.

Should you wish to read about Deep Adaptation in advance you will find the original paper by Jem Bendell here.

It is useful for us to know numbers so please reserve a place through Eventbrite or email


Claire Pençak, dancer and choreographer living in the Scottish Borders, currently doing a research studentship at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Jim Griffin, psychotherapist and educator, teacher of meditation and tai chi, living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Tim Rubidge is a dancer and choreographer whose work has been presented in a wide range of diverse situations and settings. In December he contributed to the 3-day symposium Dance does…what? at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.


Bus X95 (From Edinburgh/Galashiels heading South towards Carlisle) stops at the bottom of the High Street; X95 (From Carlisle heading North towards Galashiels/Edinburgh) stops next to the High School.

Free parking at the Common Haugh Car Park. Disabled parking available beside the Heart of Hawick and the Heritage Hub.

Venue Directions

Unit 4, The Cornucopia Room is diagonally across from the Heart of Hawick and behind the Borders Textile Towerhouse.


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