Long Talks in the Woods

monthly speaker and conversation series
January (no meeting)
February (no meeting)
March 20, 10am-12noon
April 17, 10am-12noon
May tbd, 10am-12noon
June tbd, 10am-12noon
July (no meeting)
August tbd- but outdoors!
September tbd...

On the internet while we manage the risks of covid-19, but in non-covid times, at the

Hastings Highlands Public Library

Maynooth, Ontario

Saturday sessions from 10 am to 12 noon

recorded and posted on the website for convenient viewing if you can't make this time.

Long talks in the woods.


In 2020, we envisioned this as a set of diverse conversations through which we could explore topics of interest and relevance to us as individuals and community members. We held five sessions in person before the pandemic changed the way we socialize and gather with others, and we got used to having our conversations on Zoom, with many folks watching through our YouTube channel as well. While we never anticipated digital communications technology to be as large a part of the conversations as they have become, we are grateful for the discussions, shared learning, and ideas we could consider with other folks online. The topics of interest that we started with soon evolved into themes of well-being, justice, climate action, and how to participate meaningfully so that our local communities and practices are part of the broader economic, ecological, and social transformations required of societies around the world.

In 2021, we are more focused in our conversations as the themes that emerged from last year guide our discussions this year. We will begin by discussing theories of change, which we imagine will include discussions of narratives of change, governance, political engagement or disengagement, ways of knowing, clarifying our motivations for change and our roles, and seeing solidarity in the diversity of approaches to change. We look forward to figuring this all out with you :)

Our upcoming session:

Thinking about 2021, the future, and change

We’re back for more Long Talks in the Woods and also on the internet. For this first session of 2021, after a winter hiatus we want to have a shared conversation about the direction of Long Talks. We have some plans in the making and are lining up some speakers for the spring, but we also want your feedback and what you would like to see, hear, learn, build and share in 2021. We think the theme in 2021 for Long Talks will be about theories of change, and learning about where and how we fit into the stories we tell about the future, want to tell, and want to bring into being.

Making visible the usually invisible theories of change we work with, allows us to not only consider our beliefs about the world and our relationship to each other, but it enables us to see the broad diversity of local climate, justice, or ecological actions we might be engaged in as part of a greater whole. It also enables us to see where we might be contradicting ourselves, or even wasting time, and hopefully avoid this. There are a lot of challenges from the personal to the global when trying to contribute to a better future, to heed the calls for transformation made by scientists, scholars, land defenders, activists, and even ourselves.

In our first session, we will talk about how and why we think this a meaningful theme to explore together in 2021, and will share some of our reflections on the last year. We will also invite YOU to share your own reflections of the last year of Long Talks, and what you’d like to do this year together. This session is meant to ground the upcoming year as we think about the year we’ve been through. We look forward to seeing you there.

upcoming talks

thinking about 2021,

the future, and change

Speaker: Barb Lindenberg and Shaun Sellers 

Dates: March 20, 2021

theories of change

Speaker: Jen Gobby

Dates: April 17, 2021

narratives of change

Speaker: TBA

Dates: May 2021

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2020 sessions and participated in the first year of Long Talks in the Woods! There were some really interesting discussions in each session and we are currently planning and looking forward to 2021. If you have any feedback or an idea of a topic you'd like to hear about, or if you want to suggest someone in the community that would be a great speaker, please fill in the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

past  talks


an introduction to ecological economics

Speaker: Shaun Sellers

Dates: January 23 + 24, 2020

what do we mean by sustainability?

Speaker: Shaun Sellers

Dates: February  28 + March 5,  2020

a just transition to a right-sized economy

Speaker: Shaun Sellers

Dates: April 24, 2020   12pm- 2pm

bringing big ideas into a local economy

Speaker: James Magnus-Johnston

Dates: May 22, 2020

home is where we are

Speaker: Shaun Sellers

Dates: July 24, 2020

imagining anti-colonial futures

Speaker: Krista D'Amour Flute

Dates: June 26, 2020

capitalism, climate, democracy, and demands

Speaker: Jon Erickson

Dates: August 28, 2020


who is Long Talks in the Woods?

Long Talks in the Woods emerged out of a conversation at a dinner party. Curious friends were asking about Shaun Sellers' PhD studies and many compelling topics and questions emerged. These topics felt relevant to our current times, intriguing, and revealing. Very quickly a pilot lecture was planned and Shaun shared a presentation that touched on the origins of capitalism. This pilot lecture generated a lot of excitement. Learning and talking about the history and context for our current times felt illuminating and empowering, and this led to envisioning a more organized and intentional series of conversations. Shaun worked with Barbara Lindenberg to plan and coordinate Long Talks in the Woods. We have found a home at our beloved Hastings Highlands Public Library and a partnership with Transition Town Maynooth. Our first four talks will feature Shaun as our speaker and will cover some of her areas of interest/expertise. Although most of us would be happy to hear Shaun talk until the cows come home, we know there are a lot of people in the community with stories to tell, and a diversity of conversations to be had. As the series goes on we have plans to invite speakers both local and from away and will be gathering feedback from the community regarding topics of interest. 

Shaun Sellers is a PhD candidate in the Leadership for the Ecozoic program (L4E) at McGill University. She has a MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds, and a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Antioch University. Her research interests are in the foundational philosophies of institutions, the policy applications of social ecological perspectives, and the history of economic thought. (Learn more about Shaun here - click through to Session 1 info)

Barb Lindenberg is a dance artist, parent and administrator living in Maynooth. She holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University and a BFA from York University. She lends her administrative and communication skills to Long Talks in the Woods.


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