Groups and Projects

Get involved in a Transition group

Interested in connecting with one of the groups active in Transition Palo Alto? Just sign up for the Yahoo group to get news of meetings, events, and discussions. To join a Yahoo! Group:

  • Send an e-mail request (to: transitionpaloalto at gmail dotcom) We can add you directly to the group. OR
  • If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign up by sending an email message to (where tpa_XXX is the name of the group).


General Membership (transitionpaloalto)
General membership list for the newsletters and occasional Transition-related posts of general interest. Open.  If you sign up for one of the sub-groups, we automatically sign you up for the General List.

We try to keep traffic on the General List to a minimum. For discussion and special-interest posts, we encourage you to use the sub-groups.

Chat (tpa_chat)
To cope with all the ideas and events, we’ve set up a group for announcements, news items and discussion … whatever is on your mind. Open.

Project groups

Food (tpa_food)
Interested in where your food comes from? Finding out how to get local, organic, **delicious** food? Getting connected with local food activists? Peter Ruddock, who has been a leading activist in Slow Food, is facilitating this group. Open.

Gardening (tpa_garden):

Learn about local resources and opportunities for gardening. Open. Facilitator is long-time Master Gardener Romola Georgia. Read archived Garden Tips Newsletters here.

Share fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, and all the bounty of the garden at the Garden Share, monthly on the second Saturday at the Common Ground Garden.

Low Carbon Diet

Low Carbon Diet

TPA members are often involved in leading Low Carbon Diet groups.

Reskilling  (tpa_reskilling)

Developing skills for self-reliance and community resilience, so we can do things for ourselves that are currently done by petroleum power.   Workshops, discussions.  Open

Local Garden Share

Local Garden Share group organizes events to share homegrown produce.

Neighborhood garden circles provide on-going education about growing food in our own yards.

Craft Swaps
Help plan swaps and socials (clothing exchange, tool exchange, craft exchange, potlucks and more).

Film Series group

Help plan the film series, “Films of Vision and Hope”

Website/newsletter team

Discussion and support groups

tpa_conversation Conversation and community discussion group. Deals with group process. Open.

Occupy (tpa_occupy): Discusses the #Occupy movement, and investigates what sort of co-operation may be possible with it.

tpa_sharing Sharing-related topics.

Book Groups

Transition Handbook group.

Transition Book Group 2 (tpa_book2)
Read the Transition Handbook   and has continued to meet for discussion.  Now reading the Transition Companion with Book Group 6 .

Transition Book Group 4    (tpa_book4)
Sponsored the Resilience Circle (tpa_resilience). Currently dormant.

Transition Book Group 6 (tpa_book6)
Now reading the Transition Companion  with Book Group 2.

Transition Book Group 7  (tpa_book7)
Read the Transition Companion in November- January. Meets in the daytime. Currently dormant.

Dormant Groups Ready for a Revival

Resilience Circle (tpa_resilience) .
We had one Resilience Circle class and may have others.

Support (tpa_support)
Several people in the recent Resilience Circle wanted to explore ways to provide mutual support to each other. Bette K. writes: “If you need a ride, plant watering, pet or child care, prescription pick up, or connection during a transition-please do join our group. ”
Exploring ways to provide mutual support.

Theology tpa_theology