Intensives, Workshops, Retreat, and More

Workshop Circle

The entire Transition US National Gathering runs from Thursday, July 27 through Tuesday, August 1 and includes four main parts: two days of pre-conference intensive workshops, a screening of the documentary film “Tomorrow,” a two-day conference featuring workshops, keynote presentations, and other activities, and a two-day leadership retreat. You can find brief overviews for each of these elements below.

Before we go into the details, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge and honor the land and region which includes Macalester College, is of the Dakota in Mni Sota Makoce. We acknowledge the history of many tribal nations who call the Twin Cities metropolitan area home, such as the Ojibwe, Lakota, Daokta, Potawatomi, Oneida, Omaha.

Pre-Conference Intensives

The National Gathering kicks-off on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, with two days of intensive trainings: local economic development, effective collaboration, social permaculture to rebuild local economies and foodsheds, scaling-up existing Transition initiatives, community rights, and the "inner transition."  

Screening of "Tomorrow"

On Thursday evening, conference participants and the general public are invited to attend a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Tomorrow.” This film prominently features the Transition movement, along with many other creative solutions from the fields of agriculture, economics, energy, and education. It demonstrates how inspired action, taken on a local level, can make a big difference globally.

Main Conference

The main conference begins on Friday evening, with a keynote address by Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. Other keynotes by international Transition movement founder Rob Hopkins and Standing Rock elder and water protector Phyllis Young  will take place on Saturday morning and Saturday night, respectively.

Saturday and Sunday feature a powerful line-up of more than 40 workshops on for growing resilient people andhouseholds, building strong groups and effective partnerships, conducting successful projects and campaigns, and building an unstoppable movement.

Sunday includes morning bioregional breakouts and afternoon Open Space sessions to facilitate informal sharing, relationship-building, and self-organization.

Leadership Retreat

Following the main conference, Transition US will host a two-day leadership retreat and movement strategy session, Sunday evening, July 30 through Tuesday afternoon, August 1. The retreat is for Transition leaders who are committed to helping scale-up this national movement for building more resilient local communities everywhere.