Do you ever feel scared, hopeless, or overwhelmed by the climate crisis?
Does the challenge we’re up against seem so vast, so complicated, that it’s almost too much to comprehend – and at the same time, impossible to ignore?
Welcome. Me too.
It’s hard, sometimes, this having-a-heart.
What if there was a different way to respond?
A place where the imperative to change our collective course met the longing within all of us to return to a more nourishing, sane, connected way of life?
Facing reality doesn’t have to mean feeling helpless
The Turn challenge is a 10-day introduction to a creative, disruptive way to approach the climate crisis.
It’s inner transformation as a path to global resistance. Tiny steps that could alter big trajectories.
Growing our connection to the earth awakens us to reality. The cycle of the seasons opens the door to profound change.
The Turn is the place where these strands intertwine.
This is an invitation to acknowledge the messy, complicated, and frankly heartbreaking place we’ve found ourselves in – and explore a brand new personal response.
To find the middle way between rushing to take action that feels busy, but doesn’t move the needle – and giving up.
You’ll discover a framework for simple, meaningful change, without fear, panic or depriving yourself of pleasure.
It’s free to take part. To find out when the challenge will next run, please join the mailing list by leaving your name and email address in the boxes below.
This might even feel… good
I’m pragmatic about the warnings. The evidence tells us there will be hard times ahead. For many, many people in the world those times have already started. If we’re still wondering what to do, it’s because we’re privileged enough to have been able to ignore the consequences of our actions for so long.
But we can’t ignore them forever. And the change we must make will be a lot harder if we refuse to acknowledge the need for things to be different.
What’s more, I believe that some of the shifts might actually be the key to lives which are a whole lot more fulfilling, enjoyable, and real.
Yes, letting go of some of your habits might be uncomfortable at first.
Change always is, after all.
But we might just find that the metamorphosis isn’t half as painful as we think it’s going to be.
The earth teaches us that change is both constant and necessary.
Day to night. Winter to spring. River to sea.
It’s time to disrupt the narrative of how much we have to lose. That clinging, grasping obsession is a big part of the thinking that’s got us into this mess.
What if we allowed ourselves to embrace our turbulent times with love, openness, and a willingness to step up?
Every great journey starts with one tiny step.
So, come with me on this ten-day journey and I’ll guide you to:
- Tune into what’s happening to our earth – and what the future might hold
- Discern the right next step for you, starting where you are right now
- Explore how micro-actions can impact the course we take as a global collective
- Learn how to make meaningful change in a way that’s sustainable and feels good
- Connect with like-minded souls (who don’t think you’re crazy for thinking about this stuff) and take mindful, steady action together
Why The Turn?
As I’ve witnessed the effects of climate change on my own life – and grown increasingly alarmed at the warnings being sounded by scientists around the world – I’ve begun to see the changes we need to make run so much deeper than giving up plastic or remembering to recycle. (Those things are important, though. Keep recycling! Stop buying plastic!)
But we’re standing at a point where the imperative to rethink our whole relationship to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves could not be louder or clearer.
It’s time we stopped measuring our worth in how much we produce, exploiting each other in the name of profit, and destroying the earth to maintain an illusion of prosperity.
And if we want to make this transformation, we need to begin to explore what real change might look like in practice.
To prepare the ground for big shifts, by having the courage to start with small ones.
Curious? A little confused? Wondering what this is all about? Join in!
It’s totally free. You’ll receive an email every day for ten days, starting Monday 22nd April, with full instructions on how to participate. You’ll also be invited to a free Facebook Group where we’ll gather as a collective and you’ll have the chance to ask questions, share insights, and meet likeminded people.
All you need is an email address and an open heart. Enter your details below to find out when the challenge will next open for registration.
Meet your host
I’m Madeleine, founder of The Seasoned Year and instigator of The Turn. I grew up in London, and moved to an off-grid farm in the hills of Portugal in 2014. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to do anything so drastic!) That’s where I started connecting to the seasons in earnest, paying attention to the cycle of the year and growing increasingly aware of how much my alignment with the earth’s cycles nourished, enriched and replenished my life and work.
Three years after I moved to the hills, whilst we were on a two-week trip to see family, the house we’d been living in was burned to the ground. The worst wildfires in this region’s history, fuelled by an 8-month drought and failed autumn rains, destroyed vast tracts of forest and claimed 49 lives.
That year, the US Forest Service spent over $2 billion dollars, a record, fighting fires. In Canada, 7.4 million acres burned. In July, Italy saw 23 wildfires in one day; the slopes of Mount Vesuvius blazed. Melted peat bogs in Greenland began to burn. The climate change I’d worried about abstractly for years had destroyed not only my stuff (oh, the precious things…) but the hills I’d grown to love and, as it turned out, much of the rest of the planet too.
It triggered a furious few years of reading, questioning, and asking myself again and again what possible response we could have that would recognise the destruction we’d wreaked on this planet, without sinking into an abyss of doom. (I still hang out in the abyss sometimes, and despair of what’s to come – but these days it leads inexorably to the path of rage, and hope, and Right Action).
Right now I think the most important thing any of us can do is open our eyes to what’s going on around us, and starting working out how we can live more resilient, sustainable, and simple lives as we adapt to the new normal. This is how I want to do that. So I’m calling together folk who feel the same to join me in exploring this landscape – through this free challenge, and the bigger course that’s opening soon, which you can read about here.