The Art of Perseverance

The danger of burnout

In the months ahead, many good people will step away from civic engagement due to overwhelm and fatigue.

We can’t afford to lose a single voice, but a lot of people will give up because they don’t know there’s another way.

It isn’t what you do

When you are engaged in creating change…

    • Is it depleting or exhausting?
    • Does it increase cynical feelings or hopelessness?
    • Do your stress levels rise more than a few hours?

If any of your answers are yes, this is a sign that you’re approaching a breaking point.

The solution isn’t to abandon the project of justice and equality.

It’s how you do it

Some people have stayed engaged in social change for decades without giving up or burning out.

What do they know that you don’t? It’s time to find out.

If you’re feeling brittle these days, I’m bringing back an uplifting class (offered earlier this year) as we move into the election push and the uncertain road ahead.

The Art of Perseverance:
Staying on the Path of Change

A 4-part virtual class to sustain your civic engagement through November and beyond.

You can sustain action without burnout. This class is strength training for your activist heart to give you hope, courage, and perseverance.

In four 45-minute calls, we’ll explore tools and strategies that help you find inspiration and get back on the path when things are overwhelming. Including:

    • How (and why) to focus your activism efforts.
    • What activities create stress, overwhelm, exhaustion, and hopelessness.
    • Which practices increase feelings of hope, courage, and resilience.
    • The one thing you’re probably missing (and need).

The Art of Perseverance is offered virtually, so you can join from anywhere in the world via cell, phone, or internet. All sessions will be recorded and available for later listening.

A note: If you’ve attended this program before, there is new material that deepens your learning from previous iterations.

Who is Jen?

I’m Jen Hofmann. You might know me from the clear, empowering Americans of Conscience Checklist. For me, this intense work went from exhausting in 2016 to sustainable—even joyful, despite worsening circumstances. I’m eager to share the many tools that help me be passionately engaged in change without depleting myself.

Activism isn’t just about what we do, it’s about who we choose to be in the face of difficulty.

As an educator by training, I’ve designed this class to be engaging and interactive—with worksheets, assignments, and new tools for you to try. Learning to work with challenges—political, personal, spiritual—is a skill anyone can develop.

In a supportive environment, you’ll go beyond the “what to do” and deeper into “how to do it” to discover what moves you and what feeds you enough to engage you for the long run.

The reason for offering this program.

In case you haven’t noticed, our nation has an upcoming election during a pandemic with concurrent (much-needed) social transformation and multiple threats to democracy.

No other generation alive has seen our nation through so much chaos. One of these challenges alone would be enough to wilt a determined citizen’s commitment, much less four.

Our democracy needs resilient citizens both now and after the election.

In The Art of Perseverance, you develop strategies to support your commitment to the long-term journey of creating a healthy democracy. With these tools, you will persevere, no matter what lies ahead.

Want to stay on the path of change?

Join me—and other Americans of conscience—in The Art of Perseverance.

All four live classes are held at 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific for 45(ish) minutes. If you can’t attend live, recordings are posted the next day for listening at your convenience.

    • (postponed start) Monday, September 14, 2020 class postponed
    • Part 1: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    • Part 2: Monday, September 21, 2020
    • Part 3: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    • Part 4: Monday, September 28, 2020


Pay what you can.

Yes, really.

Check your heart about the value of 180 minutes of live instruction from an experienced guide and activist, plus worksheets, assignments, recordings—and the intangible benefit of renewed courage.

Your answer is the amount you’ll pay—your choice. Donations average $50-125, but anyone can take part at any amount. If your finances are precarious, please accept this class as a gift from me.

Next steps

  1. Complete the form below. (If you’ve been in previous Art of Perseverance class, you do need to register again.)
  2. Check your email for a confirmation message and details.
  3. Follow the link in the email to pay (you choose the amount).

I hope you’ll join me for this class so we can persevere together!

Click here to sign up:

After completing the form at the link above, look for a welcome email with all the details. If you have any questions, please be in touch!

Jen Hofmann