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Allies for Life Spring 2017 Cycle

THE QUESTIONS:

What?

The Allies for Life community works to directly uproot the causes and effects of oppression in interpersonal relationships as the result of conscious or unconscious oppressive acts, beliefs & behaviors as a path to creating sustainable social justice.

 

The mission is threefold:

1) decreasing the capacity for acting out harmful patterns of oppression in our relationships;

2) increasing the capacity for successfully navigating situations of either witnessing, participating in, or experiencing oppression by interrupting it with discernment & compassion;

3) using these capacities to facilitate social justice action in the personal, interpersonal-community, and institutional-structural spheres of life.

    Who?

You. Yes, You. You have the power to interrupt oppression and change your world. You have the power to learn tools that can help you build bridges across pre-fabricated social divides. You have the power to dissolve relationships that do not nurture you and build healthy boundaries. You have the power to teach others what you know about empathy, compassion, and response-ability for self & others. You are who we need.

We are the Beloved Community. We do not exist without you. We do not exist in safety, health, or joy without your protection, advocacy, and gifts. We do not survive if you do not survive. Your well-being is in our best interest. Our well-being is in your best interest.

Allies for Life is a Beloved Community that actively seeks to represent itself by reflective of the world it inhabits. We seek to be inclusive by consideration, word, & action that is not limited to physical or physiological differences.

The cohorts are intentionally balanced to address inequitable balances of power that exist in the world and to foster the richest environment for learning & healing.

Why?

Human(e) beings need allies; it does not work to ally with a census box. This means that we must transform how we understand what it means to be an ally, what it means to do social justice work, and fundamentally, what it means to be human(e).

Social justice action & organizing can become disconnected from its core cause and too often we find ourselves seeking to build relationships for solidarity along the very same lines used to oppress us. This country is rooted in oppression and it requires each of us becoming conscious of these roots and pulling them out of ourselves, and calling them out with compassion in each other, one by one, to do the healing required for actual justice to occur. The bigotry, prejudice, bias, and hate that has recently been cascading into our lives is not new, merely uncovered.

Industrialized human(e) beings, especially those engaging in social justice struggles, are in critical need of specialized emotional & spiritual care. Allies for Life re-centers social justice work as an essentially spiritual practice, one found in all major spiritual traditions, by integrating community building, social analysis, trauma release, skill building, & healing into a model of practice that can be both easily followed and replicated.


When?

Now. All ways now.

Formally, the Allies for Life Initiation Cycle I runs from Feb – June 2017

(Feb 4-5, 11; March 18; April 29; May 20; June 17).

There will be another Cycle, dates TBD from Aug-Dec 2017.

 

Where?

Canticle Farm provides a platform for the Great Turning –the planetary shift from an industrial-growth society to a life-sustaining society– one heart, one home, and one block at a time. Canticle Farm manifests this commitment to living and working towards more sustainable alternatives through spiritual practice, integral nonviolence, gift economy, restorative practices, urban permaculture, education and other work necessary for regenerating community in the 21st Century.

We will be hosted by Sister Moon & Stars, the cooperative live-work house. Our work will involve being indoors, outdoors, and in the surrounding neighborhood.

How?  

The primary tool is our own awareness and willingness to engage with curiosity instead of fear, compassion instead of anger, and prioritize meeting human(e) needs above all else. Allies for Life is first and foremost a community of beings dedicated to ending oppression in their lives. The methods we use to facilitate that includes, but are not limited to, Nonviolent Communication, meditation, Tai Qi, song, Theater of the Oppressed, ritual, Capacitar, dance, The Work That Reconnects, and acupressure.

Value exchange:

This is a donation based offering. I am open to receiving money, goods & services in exchange.

A donation of $50 from 20 participants would cover my wages for each workshop. Please use this as a guide when considering how you will support the program.

Spiritual Director, Facilitator, Writer, Person