A Call to Evolutionary Catalysts

August 22-25, 2013
Thursday 7 pm – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

Mercy Knowles Center
2304 Campanile Rd, Waterloo, NE
Cost: $275, includes 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Retreat Center overnight accommodations arranged separately
402-359-4288 www.kmscenter.org kmscenter@mercywmw.org

Planning to attend? Click here for a list of suggested readings

Deep Transition is an intensive workshop for those who understand that Peak Everything is already upon us, who possess a fierce and determined kind of optimism, and who feel called by this situation to some sort of service. In other words, Deep Transition is for those who recognize that our collective predicament is very serious and urgent but also have an abiding sense of what is possible, a vision of a future that flies in the face of civilization’s apparent entropic collapse—and a burning sense that somehow we bear within us the very seeds of that future. Not merely an introduction to the Transition movement but advanced work, Deep Transition is advanced work, designed to empower and support individuals who now find themselves called to an extraordinary level of service and contribution in response to humanity’s collective predicament and to the profound vulnerabilities of our communities. Presented by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn, co-founders of Transition Colorado.


We all find ourselves in an excruciating position. We have awakened in a magnificent and unimaginably beautiful world that is now undergoing its most devastating crisis since the dinosaurs became extinct. Worse, we learn that the source of this global devastation is the manner and magnitude in which our kind has been living on the planet.

Meanwhile, human civilization itself seems to be beginning to unravel. We can see that humanity is on the brink of collapse, possibly of extinction, possibly of even undermining the prospects for all future life on the Earth. Charting the ever-worsening trajectory of these trends can be disheartening. It’s an unfathomable situation we face, and it sometimes drives us to our knees weeping. Mysteriously, though, we seem somehow incapable of succumbing to acquiescence or despair, for we know we are seeing all this and feeling all this for a reason. Purpose lurks behind the scenes.

Surely each one of us has been implicated and culpable in the situation, but there is more that blooms in our awareness these days, something far more unsettling. It is as if each of us grappling with these realizations has been sent here at precisely this moment in history because we bear some gift, something unique and necessary. Whether this will remain an unopened package remains to be seen—and the world awaits the outcome.

Meanwhile, we are caught between two worlds—a cloying and dysfunctional world that perhaps most of us never truly felt a part of, and a new world looming on the horizon that is by turns threatening and exhilarating. Somehow we find ourselves drawn to simultaneously hospice the old and midwife the new. This is often terribly disorienting.

Ironically, in the face of all this, we find ourselves called to be leaders or organizers or catalysts or communicators or facilitators. Others seem to look to us because they sense we see something, perhaps know something—when mostly we just feel. We respond to this calling reluctantly, hesitatingly, often incredulous that it might just somehow come down to us after all.

But there is little choice. We know unequivocally we have much work to do, and time is growing short. Never mind that we do not know if it is already too late. In these dark moments of a waning era, much depends on our response and our ability to find and co-create with others who are similarly called in whatever arena has drawn us together.

For there is a future that longs to be born in us and through us, a future that began in the initial Flaring Forth some 13.7 billion years ago, a future that has been steadily unfolding and accelerating right through to this day. We bear the seeds of that future within us. Where will we plant ourselves?

Perhaps, as Peter Senge suggests, if we can find our place we will find our purpose. Deep Transition is about finding our place, and delivering our as yet unnamed gift in our place—hopefully in time.


What the Deep Transition workshop is about

  • Awakening to the full extent of our collective predicament
  • Understanding the underlying causes of our predicament
  • Grasping the larger evolutionary context of our time, our planet, and our species
  • Exploring the emergent process by which evolution unfolds
  • Discovering our role as evolutionary catalysts, with a focus on healing and regeneration
  • Connecting with tools and processes that empower us as evolutionary catalysts
  • Incorporating a profound sense of the sacred into our work
  • Engaging with a learning community of fellow evolutionary catalysts
  • Supporting each other in our particular calling

The workshop will include ample time for discussion, self-reflection, contemplation, and connection with nature.

Planning to attend? Click here for a list of suggested readings


Michael Brownlee

A relocalization advocate and organizer since mid-2005, Michael Brownlee is co-founder of Transition Colorado, the first officially recognized Transition Initiative in North America. Michael was among the original initiators of Transition U.S., and subsequently served as a director of that organization. He is also publisher of Boulder County’s EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide & Directory, was a founding member of the Boulder County Food & Agriculture Policy Council, and is now spearheading efforts in food localization in Colorado. He and fellow co-founder Lynette Marie Hanthorn also work closely with Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey, where they offer workshops on “Deep Transition.”

Lynette Marie Hanthorn

Lynette Marie Hanthorn co-founded and is executive director of Transition Colorado, a Boulder-based non-profit that embraces the ethics and principles of the global Transition movement to localize and regenerate community. With a background in mediation and restorative justice, Lynette Marie holds certifications in Permaculture design, Holacracy, and as a Transition Trainer. She and fellow co-founder Michael Brownlee work closely with Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey, where they offer workshops on “Deep Transition,” integrating New Cosmology, Pattern Language, Co-Creation, and Heart & Soul into the evolving Transition model.