To the Moon and Back

Fifty years ago, humanity did the impossible and flew to the moon and back. Today, we collectively face the greatest challenge in our history – manmade climate change and environmental degradation.

Solving this problem – as with flying to the moon – is going to take each and every one of us, and new ways of thinking and working that we haven’t even begun to imagine yet.

This workshop is designed to support and empower you to join with others to forge a network of people making change happen on the ground. How do we turn policy into practice? How do we turn challenges into opportunities? And how do we take everyone with us on this journey?

To the Moon and Back is a dive into these questions with a unique, 1 or 2 day workshop experience into listening, risk-taking, experimentation, play, learning to fail (and to fail better!), and the joy of not knowing all the answers. Accessing each other’s deep wisdom, learning from natural processes and cycles, bringing the power of imagination and improvisation together with individual and group work, we will co-create new ways of listening to and learning from each other, finding the fledgling future in the inconvenient now.

The methodology which underpins this workshop is Theory U developed from the Massachusits Institute for Technology and The Presencing Institute.

In his work as a screenwriter for film and TV, Phil wrote the acclaimed and multiple award-nominated BBC/PBS documentary, 8 Days: To the Moon and Back’, which aired in July 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon. His work on the show directly inspired the content of these workshops.

To the Moon and Back workshops were originally commissioned by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales and presented at Gregynog Hall in 2019.

To the Moon and Back Endorsements

“What I loved about the workshop…”

Fern and Phil created safety in the group so we could go deep e.g the spiral exercise

The trust that you garnered from a group of cynical and over-worked environmentalists

Being comfortable with not knowing

Loads of reflection (very much needed)

Interesting points on how to change – the need for pain and discomfort

Encouraging deeper thinking and being able to be in the moment – no distractions – time to think more clearly and feel more grounded

Taking a question for a walk

Learning more about listening techniques

Time to go deep – nothing felt too rushed – helps drop down into reflective place

Taking time out connecting with others

The sense of shared journey

I loved the facilitation