Course

Grateful Hope: Passion for the Possible

Join us this April for our brand new course exploring hope as a radical stance in a world both beautiful and broken.

Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act.

Rebecca Solnit

Grateful hope is a radical stance that empowers us to move beyond the limitations of our individual dreams and opens us to what is possible in the absence of despair. It is not the way out of life’s uncertainty. It is the way through.

Amidst life’s challenges, however, hope can feel elusive or even naive. What role can it possibly play in finding our way to ongoing peace, equity, and ecological health? Grateful hope offers a pathway firmly rooted in the realities of our lives while attuning us to the possibilities that exist in an unimaginable future. Br. David Steindl-Rast offers an important perspective. He writes: “There is a close connection between hope and hopes, but we must not confuse the two. We set our hopes on something we can imagine. But hope is open for the unimaginable.” 

A Grateful Hope awakens the inner perspective that opens us to all that is possible. It is “an attitude of the heart” that can be cultivated and strengthened. With it, we discover awe in courageous acts, remember the resilience of the earth and its beauty, find humility in our vulnerability, and take action after deep listening. 

By equipping ourselves with a capacity for openness, the resulting individual benefits are great: increased resilience, stronger relationships, and lower burnout among them. The collective benefits are even greater — empowering us to help create the equitable, just, and peaceful world for which we long.

In Grateful Hope, you’ll discover and explore:

The distinctions among hope, individual hopes, and optimism

The role of hope in the face of suffering, injustice, and despair

Strategies and practices for addressing barriers to hope 

The importance of welcoming uncertainty

Hope’s capacity to shape and inspire action on behalf of the greater good

The reciprocal relationship between hope and belonging

Key Details

Everything you need to know about our upcoming course!

Six live sessions (75 minutes): Tuesday, April 16 – May 21, weekly at  7:00 – 8:15 p.m., EDT; recordings available the following day

Weekly resource toolkits that deepen your learning journey

A hosted virtual community space for connecting with other course participants

Special guests; stay tuned for details

Ongoing access to all course materials

Meet the Hosts

Joe Primo - CEO, Grateful Living

Joe Primo, CEO

Sheryl Chard, Director of Education

Our Special Guests

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Stay tuned for our special guest announcements coming March 2024

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Stay tuned for our special guest announcements coming March 2024

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Stay tuned for our special guest announcements coming March 2024

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Stay tuned for our special guest announcements coming March 2024

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Stay tuned for our special guest announcements coming March 2024

Participant Feedback

I honestly think it’s the best course I have ever taken. So meaningful and I loved all the speakers.

Kari K.

I found all parts beneficial: the clear care and thought behind the whole course, the depth of the speakers, the practices, the compassionate leaders, the sense of community.

Gillian E.

Such a wonderful balance of information and collaboration benefiting our personal and collective transformation. Thank you!

Doug S.

This is one of the best online courses I have ever taken… I so appreciated being with people who understood who I am.

Lori G.

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This course is offered for a contribution of $100 ($300 value). If $100 is not possible, please email us at [email protected] so that we can ensure access to all who are interested.

Registration ends April 14, 2024