Transition Towns Training

April 16, 2010 - 3:00pm to April 17, 2010 - 11:00pm

What are Transition Towns?

Transition Towns (TT) are communities that seek out methods for reducing energy usage as well as increasing their own self reliance in positive response to climate change and ever-escalating prices in fossil fuels. They’re places that are more economically independent, ecologically sound, and socially connected. As a globally-connected marketplace, we are coming to realize that unbridled growth is not sustainable, and that reliance on imports from afar may become an impossibility within just a few years. Far from being in a hopeless situation, we have the ability to respond with con dence and optimism as active and engaged citizens — by starting down the ‘transition’ path.

TT are a response that is sweeping the globe and helping communities to start planning now for tomorrow’s challenges. They embrace the opportunity to become more self-reliant by supporting citizens in a variety of working groups based on their interests. Some groups have focused on increasing local food production, encouraging alternative transportation, engaging youth in stories about their future, energy retro tting of houses, and education related to building skills; skills we’ve stored away up on the highest shelf. But they’re still within reach!

Neighbourhoods, villages, and larger communities are embracing the challenge with gusto, as they begin to place people above profits, discover the limits of consumerism, and undertake a local ‘energy descent plan’: weaning themselves from reliance on fossil fuels and other scarce resources. The results are more independent places, with deeper relationships with the land and each other.

Join us for a two-day workshop delivered by two North American instructors who have been trained directly by the founders of Transition in the UK. The session will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills to move your community to Transition thinking… and doing!

Course Overview

This 2-day, 12-hour course delivered by international level trainers will cover the basics of Transition Towns and how to:

  • Understand the context for Transition and how the model has evolved – from inspiration to working groups
  • Gain knowledge of the main steps of Transition to work out a plan of action for yourself and your community
  • Understand the inner and outer aspects of Transition in order to hold an inspiring talk on TT in your community

The event will include lunch and light snacks with coffee/tea breaks. The course is limited to 35 participants.

$220 + GST - RDC Students (valid ID req'd)
$250 + GST before and including March 26
$300 + GST after March 26
NOTE: all proceeds will go towards land stewardship and economic localization projects in Red Deer & District, led by TT-trained members of ReThink Red Deer.

To Register

Contact Ron Besuijen at 403-392-8758 or [email protected] - payable by Visa, MC, cheque, cash, or money order. More info at OR



Cafeteria Board Room (1007A)
Red Deer College
Red Deer , AB