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Patricia Britton
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  • Rohnert Park, CA
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"Nice studio! I shall now whip myself for the sin of envy :)"
Dec 6, 2011
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"thanks patricia for being my friend. i am working in the field of solar energ in nepal and hope your experiences and innovative ideas lead me toeards building a better solar environment in nepal. Suman !"
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The Solar Garden concept allows people with shaded roofs or who rent to own their own solar panels in a Community Solar Garden supplying their homes through the existing power grid.
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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am a member of Transition Cotati and Sustainable Sonoma County. I live in the community of Rohnert Park/Cotati and I have been a psychotherapist in the communities of Rohnert Park and Cotati for the last 25 years. I am also an addictions specialist and I am lecturer at Sonoma State University.
That said...I have been dealing with the fallout of the three "E's" (Energy, Environment and Economy) for several years in my practice. I have coined it "Transitional Stress Disorder" just so I can keep a clear picture of what is behind the rise in anxiety complaints.
With the immense changes ahead, my clients have been easily overwhelmed with "what to do?" questions. Usually the simplest goal becomes maintaining resilience...Resilience becomes the recovery goal and the "treatment strategy" becomes helping the client build skills to endure hardship.
It is a simple pragmatic mantra...resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks.
There is much controversy around this and it is often over-simplified as having "common sense". But I believe we are just entering the "shock and awe" stage for many fellow citizens who are just about to have denial blown up for them through job loss, financial loss and the other symptoms of the current "emergency". This is trauma big time and we need to help each other get through this ASAP and recover to the transition that is long overdue.
This is my focus of service for my local community. I am limited and by no means, do I have answers...I am simply trying to frame the questions so the ideas can evolve so I can add to the community movement that is birthing before my gives me hope
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I identify with the peak oil movement (Kunstler, Heinberg, Ruppert, Orlov, etc) and locally I am involved with the CSA farming projects. I participate in the Rohnert Park Bicycle Advisory Board. I have built, with the help of local business Thunderstruck Motors, an EV recumbent bicycle as my local commuter vehicle.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
Paying attention...staying tuned in...than doing my part of the action plan in my community
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Transition Movement
1. Kunstler's very thoughtful blog
2. Kathy McMahon's blog on the emotional impact of the transition
3. Mike Ruppert's blog on the underpinnings and political implications of Peak everything
4. Sharon's blog on preps and practice on living more simply as we make transitional change at home
5. Dimtri Orlov's blog on comparing the current collapse to that in the former Soviet Union
6. Our local University and the slow food movement
7. Great site on producing food instead of lawns on our urban homesteads
8. Permaculture discussions
9. Great observations on the current collapse of the financial, environment and political systems
10. The best blog on peak oil and its implications
11. Great local business that build small footprint houses
12. The title says it all
13. Editor: Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, M.A., M.F.T. Founder, The International Association for Ecotherapy
14. Sarah Anne Edwards, PhD, LCSW great blog on ecotherapy. She is a member of Transition United States
15. Great site on bike commuting resources
16. local CSA for Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove
17. local EV conversion vehicle company
18. Great source for bicycle safety too!
Your Personal Website (if you have one)
Official Voice Communication: Skype from Add LSquiresSkype to your Contacts.

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Transition Network’s ‘Who We Are and What We Do’ Document Available

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

From Rob Hopkins at Transition Culture

I am delighted to share, in pdf. format, Version 1.0 of the Transition Network’s ‘Who We Are and What We Do’ document, lovingly designed by the good folks at MooreBlackett. It was produced through several rounds of public meetings, the online forum, and with the input of many of you. We are rather pleased with it as a document that captures what Transition Network is all about. You can download a… Continue

Going the extra green mile: No refrigerator

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 8:19am 1 Comment

By Jordan Lite in 60-Second Science Blog

How green is your kitchen? If you’re part of what today’s New York Times describes as a “small segment” of the eco-conscious, you don’t have a fridge.

In New York, it’s not uncommon to help the environment by burning less natural gas; you eat out and use your oven as it was meant to be used in tiny apartments – to store sweaters. But some folks – apparently, ones who give up readily cold beer and live in chilly climes where they can… Continue

California drought...again!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:35am 1 Comment

California is facing a major drought this year. There will be mandatory conservation this summer. For those of you outside California who may not be familiar with what "mandatory conservation" means, let me explain.

Depending on where you live, it can mean that the water company will look at your usage within a given period of time the prior year, and expect you to cut it by half. If you go over that amount, they will charge you an exorbitant fee for any water used over your allotted… Continue

Foraging, if Chez Panisse can do it, why can't we?

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:01am 1 Comment

Changing how we live and eat, one fig at a time

Emma Brown, Special to The Chronicle

Monday, February 2, 2009

More... At 2 o'clock in the morning, most people in this college town are holed up studying, headed home from a bar or curled up in bed.

Asiya Wadud, however, is reaching for the weeping branches of a tree on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus, picking olives. A handful of her friends are helping. There is a little beer, a little wine; it's… Continue

Local Ecotherapist Sheperd Bliss discusses "Agrotherapy"

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 10:30am 1 Comment

Don't underestimate agrotherapy's curative powers

By Shepherd Bliss

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 4:20 a.m.

After farming in Sonoma County for more than a dozen years and having been raised partly on our family farm in Iowa, I have come to see that agriculture can serve many functions, in addition to producing food, fibers and beverages. Some farms -- especially family farms -- are places where working the earth can be good for the body, mind and soul.… Continue

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At 11:25pm on September 20, 2011, suman Thapa said…
thanks patricia for being my friend. i am working in the field of solar energ in nepal and hope your experiences and innovative ideas lead me toeards building a better solar environment in nepal. Suman !
At 1:14pm on October 12, 2010, valantine amadi said…
just try more in your music protucduction i will love to join you
At 1:13pm on October 12, 2010, valantine amadi said…
hi i love your pix i have just aded you as a friend i love you
At 4:22am on February 4, 2009, lane said…
Dear Patricia: Thanks for responding. I don't know if you have attended Transition Training, but in our course, half was lead by an ecopsycologist
from England, who had been an engineer. That being said, I think one of
the factors slowing our reaction to all the dire consequences of so many
variables is paralysing fear and then escape from it. My wife and I both
read Heinberg and more several years ago and were extremely worried for our children and their generations future.

The only action we could see taking was proactive. Just do something.
So we swerved our Arts non-profit toward farming and permaculture,
which we had been doing for 20 years or so, except we knew it as
Edible Gardening.

Here is our result about a week ago:

Frog Hollow Farm

Certainly, not everyone can have the healing qualities of nature aroun d
them, but we are willing to share what we have up here. Especially at
Madrona Center, then old farm where I took care of my Mom:

Madrona Center

Somehow we must prepare each other for the challenges which may be comin g soomer than we think. Reaching out is the only way. Perhaps even writing a
little book on "coping with the future" is in order. Think of the trama young children must be going through at this time. Especially ones who have lost their homes or their parents their homes and jobs.

Ah, well, we must continue to celebrate life. And it is said we will need fifty
million farmers as oil becomes scarce. And we were not an unhappy nation
when most of us were farmers.

Take Care. Let me hear from you. Let's write a childrens book together!

At 6:29am on February 1, 2009, Jed Diamond said…

Thanks for reaching out. Sounds like we have some similar background and interests. My enjoying writing a new book that I think will be helpful to all. The working title is Post-Petroleum Stress Disorder: Healing Ourselves, Saving Humanity.

If you're ever up towards Willits, give me a call.
At 10:04pm on January 31, 2009, Lawrence of Sebastopol said…
Welcome, I am looking forward to working with you here in Sonoma County. I really identify with what you said about your clients. i do workers comp and I see a lot of the same and very little resiliency. Your bike is very inspiring. We just moved into Sebastopol for five miles out so we could stop driving so much and have had great success.

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