I'm offering 10 free workshops on Consent and Boundaries to continue to share the skills that help build respectful and caring communities. Please connect with me here or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or want to get together for some workshops. Yip yip!
I, Paul, have just moved out to the Coast Salish Territories of the Lekwungen peoples (a.k.a. Victoria, BC), and am thinking on the following 5 things as I build a life working within community:
You know what can be hard to do? Commit. (*skip to last paragraph for new commitments/projects!) It can be hard to commit to things, to people, to places, nouns basically, and some verbs too. I’ve found that my life, especially during my university years, has been a unique game of subconsciously dodging and deflecting deep commitment. I was (and still can be) good at jumping at the initial challenge to commit to prove myself as a leader, as worthy, or as a friend, as understanding and caring. But, I realized that in my efforts to become someone that was “connected”, “knowledgeable”, “reliable”, I was actually stretching myself too thin. So thin that my depth of connection, of knowledge, of reliability, was coming off to me, and some others, as shallow commitments--I felt false. I didn’t feel like I was being effective, which didn’t feel good. For me to understanding why I was dodging deeper commitments took a whole lot of work in community and work in myself. Just being and observing helped a lot.
So, we're holding a workshop on how to do it... Click it ^^ “Imagine walking down the street and being surrounded by rhubarb plants, cherry trees, and raspberry bushes. Imagine all the jam!” We can make this happen! Come join us to gain a basic, and functional, understanding of Edible Forest Gardening. When: Saturday, Aug. … Continue reading So, we’re holding a workshop on how to do it…
Have you ever tried explaining a complex issue or idea using a dog? This is one of many fun models and tools that we learned about over the past two days during our Inner Transition Training with Sophie Banks from Totnes, UK, and Sally Ludwig from Guelph, ON. It wasn't all dogs and peanut butter jars, though. We discussed the different quadrants of a healthy system and how human psychology produces the outer, external environment; we broke down the components of a safe, welcoming space to encourage inclusion; we acted out scenarios of shifting states, for example: depleted --> resourced, alone --> community, powerless --> empowered, and picked out common themes. Have you ever thought about when you felt empowered and what and/or who you were surrounded by when it happened?
Come on out and join us for a movie. It's going to be OUTSIDE projected on a wall! Cool, eh. WHAT: We're watching Symphony of the Soil WHEN: Wednesday, June 26th. Gathering at 8:30pm and video starts at 9pm. WHERE: 47 Meadowview Ave., Guelph, ON COST: *Free* We are doing this OUTSIDE and would love … Continue reading Community Movie Night – Symphony of the Soil