CANCELLED due to speaker illness.
Major factors in the success of the land trust movement have been the development of legally rigorous and replicable best practices and a cooperative community of land trusts willing to share this knowledge. Written materials, trainings, and conferences within the field have emphasized technical skills for conservationists, enduring conservation outcomes (transactions), healthy, sustainable organizations, and healthy, sustainable lands. In spite of quantitative data and qualitative observations showing increasing levels of staff turnover, burnout, work-related stress, climate change related stress, politically-related stress, depression, and suicide within the nonprofit sector, the health and sustainability of conservation practitioners has received less emphasis. In recognition of these concerning trends, fellow conservationists and I have recently created the Center for Conservation Renewal, the mission of which is to build a more inspired, healthy, enduring, and just conservation movement and culture by supporting the WHY and wellness of conservationists. The services and experiences we are offering in support of this mission include: nature-based trainings, counseling and coaching, mentoring, retreats, mini-sabbaticals, ceremony and ritual, and health/spa treatments (e.g., massage, energy healing, etc.). Specific skill development for the workshop will include navigating life and work transitions, burnout, and founder syndrome. We seek input about our proposed approaches and offerings and conclude with an exercise in recognizing and coping with burnout.