Community is my favorite thing to create.
It's a weird time in the world, but we can still gather in meaningful ways. I hope you'll join me!
Emergent Strategy Reading Group
“The crisis is everywhere, massive massive massive.
“And we are small.
“But emergence notices the way small actions and connections create complex systems, patterns that become ecosystems and societies…. Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.”
I try not to look away from the world’s troubles, and I try not to become too grief-stricken to take meaningful action. But … it’s hard not to be overwhelmed.
When I started reading Emergent Strategy, I thought, “Wait. Maybe this is the way I can stay engaged without looking away, work for lasting change without being exhausted just by the thought of it all."
I’m excited and encouraged at reading the first chapters of this book — but I need people to read it with, to engage with it together, to help each other try things out in the real world. A slow and thoughtful 10-month-long group read is ongoing, but if you'd like to catch up and read alongside us, let me know. I'd love to loop you into the discussion one way or another.
The Magic of Seasons
When you start to think about it, the “four seasons” we all learned in preschool probably don’t really match the cycle of the natural world where you live. And having them as a default framework can keep us from observing what’s actually happening around us.
We'll spend some time contemplating our current season, reflecting on the natural and personal events that characterize this time in your life where you live. We'll share our observations with each other (one of my favorite parts), and we'll go home with fresh ideas on how to celebrate and fully live into this season.
You may wish to download and print the worksheet we'll be using. If this isn't possible, don't worry! But please do bring a blank sheet of paper or two. All participants will benefit from having a pencil and eraser, along with their favorite writing utensils, and some scrap paper to jot down notes and ideas.
This session is based on Rachel's workbook, The Magic of Seasons, available for purchase here.
Spiritual Journey Mapping
Reflect on your spiritual journey through making a creative “map,” noting highs and lows, turning points, landmarks, paths not taken, and the roads branching out in front of you now. Clear some space, grab some markers, and let’s discover new treasures in the twists and turns.
Anti-Racism Work Group
Max 6 participants per eight-week session
3-5 hours a week of homework (self-assigned)
Cost: $52 -- All proceeds (less Eventbrite fees) will be donated to an anti-racist cause chosen collectively by the participants at the end of the course.
Let's turn our attention at least a little bit away from post-election chaos and re-focus on what we can do.
This anti-racism work group is a highly interactive support and accountability group for White folks looking to Do the Work. We’ll dive into those lists of “things white people can do”; we’ll compare notes on what we’re learning in our reading and our podcasts; and we’ll individually set homework for ourselves each week so we can put our learning into practice at our own level of ability.
Explore emotions, illuminate favorite quotes, or just make something satisfyingly pleasing to the eye. No artistic skill needed. Grab a stash of magazines (preferably with colorful ads), damaged children's books that need new life, and/or a fun selection of colored paper, and let's get going! (Also, scissors and a glue stick. Those are less fun to talk about, but very necessary.)