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GAIA Workshops http://www.gaiaworkshops.net Growing Awareness Into Action Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:56:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Active Hope Webinar http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-webinar/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-webinar/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:56:35 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1031

Active-Hope-cover1This six week distance-learning course is based on the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: it is designed to help you read the book at a deeper level, to more thoroughly absorb its teachings and to strengthen your ability to engage in Active Hope as a practice for the healing of our world. Over the course you will:

• join a group of up to 10 other people (plus facilitator) in reading the book
• participate in weekly webinars to draw out key points and deepen your understanding
• engage in group and partnered exercises to move us round the spiral of the Work That Reconnects
• support each other in finding and offering our gift of Active Hope, which is our best response to the crisis unfolding in our world.

The course is facilitated by experienced Work That Reconnects facilitator Barbara Ford. Barbara has facilitated this course several times with Active Hope co-author Chris Johnstone, and now offers it for US-based evening time zones.

The course takes place over six Mondays, with sessions of 90 minutes starting at 6 pm US Pacific time, 7 pm US MT, 8 pm US CT, 9pm US Eastern. Previous participants included those in Australia and New Zealand, time zones in various daytime hours.

We begin on April 7, 2014

REGISTRATION INFORMATION-

This course is offered on a Gift Economy Basis. This means that I ask participants to offer their payment with three things in mind:

 

What you think is a fair payment for this course.

What you can afford.

What you can offer with joy.

 

Register here

 

 

“Just the simple fact of reading, preparing and doing the exercises with real live people – knowing that these people care as I do and are taking action – and doing this for weeks allowed an energy to build for me that I found transforming and deepening at so many levels.” -Webinar Participant

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Active Hope Workshop in Cleveland, Ohio http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-in-cleveland-ohio/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-in-cleveland-ohio/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:33:29 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1057

 

Feeling discouraged about the state of the world?  Join skilled facilitator Barbara Ford to explore how we can stay present, emotionally and spiritually, in order to participate effectively and joyfully in the healing of our world. Based on the revolutionary work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, called The Work That Reconnects, the workshop will help participants move through disempowering despair and numbness to a sense of connectedness and capacity to use their gifts in service to all.

 

The workshop is open to all and is co-sponsored by First Unitarian Church of Cleveland and West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church.

 

Workshop fee (includes lunch): $25 per person ($15 for members of sponsoring churches)

 

Reservations required by March 5: (216) 751-2320 or church@firstunitariancleveland.org

 

“As an inspiring guide in the Work That Reconnects, Barbara Ford combines a contagious vitality and a firm faith in the power of the human spirit. It is a joy for me to watch how she enlivens groups with her humor, intellect, and creativity. I rejoice that she is bringing this life-changing work to our world.”

 

   Joanna Macy

 

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Active Hope Workshop at Oregon State University Symposium-Transformation Without Apocalypse http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-at-oregon-state-university-symposium-transformation-without-apocalypse/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-at-oregon-state-university-symposium-transformation-without-apocalypse/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:08:56 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1049

Information about schedule TBA

About the Symposium-

Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet,

featuring Joanna Macy, Ursula K. LeGuin, Tim DeChristopher, Kim Stanley Robinson, Rob Nixon and other speakers

 

Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 AM – Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:59 PM

Humans will be living differently in the very near future, perhaps occasioned by catastrophes brought on by overpowering forces of greed and climatic disintegration. But it’s also conceivable that we will choose, by acts of imagination and collective will, to create new narratives of how to inhabit the planet. This will require a radical re-imagining of who we are in relation to the world and how we ought to live. We have to be doing everything possible to end dependence on fossil fuels, stop the privatization of water, seeds, and the very atmosphere, and arrest climate chaos. But that work will fare better if we have tangible visions of new / old ways to live that promise thriving without exhausting the Earth. This symposium will engage the essential experiment, testing a different sets of ideas about how to live on Earth.

http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/centers-and-initiatives/spring-creek-project/

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Artistry as Training for the Revolution- at First Unitarian Church of Portland Seminary for a Day http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/artistry-as-training-for-the-revolution-at-first-unitarian-church-of-portland-seminary-for-a-day/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/artistry-as-training-for-the-revolution-at-first-unitarian-church-of-portland-seminary-for-a-day/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:18:48 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1053

About Seminary for a Day-

http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/our-programs/adult-programs/news/844-seminary-for-a-day

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Active Hope Workshop at First Unitarian Church of Portland- Seminary for a Day http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-at-first-unitarian-church-of-portland-seminary-for-a-day/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-at-first-unitarian-church-of-portland-seminary-for-a-day/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:15:20 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1051

About Seminary for a Day-

http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/our-programs/adult-programs/news/844-seminary-for-a-day

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Active Hope Webinar with Chris Johnstone http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-webinar-with-chris-johnstone/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-webinar-with-chris-johnstone/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:24:53 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-webinar-with-chris-johnstone/

This six week distance-learning course is based on the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: it is designed to help you read the book at a deeper level, to more thoroughly absorb its teachings and to strengthen your ability to engage in Active Hope as a practice for the healing of our world. Over the course you will:

• join a group of up to 12 other people (plus two facilitators) in reading the book
• participate in weekly webinars to draw out key points and deepen your understanding
• engage in group and partnered exercises to move us round the spiral of the Work That Reconnects
• support each other in finding and offering our gift of Active Hope, which is our best response to the crisis unfolding in our world.

The course is facilitated by Active Hope’s co-author Chris Johnstone and experienced Work That Reconnects facilitator Barbara Ford. More information is available at this link.

The course takes place over six Wednesdays, with sessions of 90 minutes starting at 7.30pm UK time, 2.30pm US ET, 1.30pm US CT, 11.30am US PT and 8.30pm Europe CET.

We begin on September 4, 2013

“Just the simple fact of reading, preparing and doing the exercises with real live people – knowing that these people care as I do and are taking action – and doing this for weeks allowed an energy to build for me that I found transforming and deepening at so many levels.” -Webinar Participant

Cost and payment

$200 (approx £130 or €153) full fee
$150 (approx £96 or €115) early booking discount
$100 (approx £65 or €77) concession rate if on low income

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Chris to inquire.
Registration is available at this link. We can also take cheques (in the UK and US) or direct bank transfers. Please email us to arrange this- Contact Chris here or Barbara here.

 

‘We live at a time when the living body of our Earth is under attack and when the attacker is not an alien force but our own industrial-growth society. At the same time, an extraordinary recovery process is under way, a vital creative response we call the Great Turning. What helps us face the mess we’re in is the knowledge that each of us has something significant to offer, a contribution to make. In rising to the challenge of playing our best role, we discover something precious that both enriches our lives and adds to the healing of the world. An oyster, in response to trauma, grows a pearl. We grow, and offer, our gift of Active Hope.’
From Active Hope, p.238.

 

 

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Vocal Improv and Circlesinging Night http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/vocal-improv-and-circlesinging-night/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/vocal-improv-and-circlesinging-night/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:42:10 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=1002

Join Barbara Ford and Seattle’s Rebekka Goldsmith (www.rebekkagoldsmith.com) for a fun and inspiring couple of hours exploring our individual and collective voices. We’ll be playing, singing, inspiring, laughing, and coming together in community through Circlesinging- a vocal jam session process created by Bobby McFerrin and friends. $10-$15 requested at the door, no one turned away.

About Circlesinging:

CircleSinging can be described lots of ways: vocal improvisation, vocal “jamming”, add-a-part/change-a-part, vocal orchestra, “voicestra”, a “drum circle” for singers, or just plain “make it up” singing. It’s done all over the world in countless different ways and it dates back to the earliest forms of human singing. It is a “mistake-free” zone, for all levels of singers. The circlesong leader creates parts on the spot, and leads groups in fun, poly-rhythmic, resonant, and harmonic wordless song which can move, amuse, inspire, and strengthen community. Circlesong leader Barbara Ford has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Seattle’s Rebekka Goldsmith, and others to learn how to facilitate this joyful singing experience.

Where:Friends-Multnomah Meeting, 4312 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 7-9 pm

Cost: $10-$15, no one turned away.

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Vocal Jam/Circlesinging In NE Portland http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/vocal-jamcirclesinging-in-ne-portland/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/vocal-jamcirclesinging-in-ne-portland/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:34:06 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=999

CircleSinging can be described lots of ways: vocal improvisation, vocal “jamming”, add-a-part/change-a-part, vocal orchestra, “voicestra”, a “drum circle” for singers, or just plain “make it up” singing. It’s done all over the world in countless different ways and it dates back to the earliest forms of human singing. It is a “mistake-free” zone, for all levels of singers. The circlesong leader creates parts on the spot, and leads groups in fun, poly-rhythmic, resonant, and harmonic wordless song which can move, amuse, inspire, and strengthen community. Circlesong leader Barbara Ford has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Seattle’s Rebekka Goldsmith, and others to learn how to facilitate this joyful singing experience.

Join in to share your voice with others in a led improvisational hourlong circlesinging experience! Created by singer Bobby McFerrin, circlesinging is a wonderful way to come together in community to share our voices, learn more about rhythm, harmony, and improvisation. We’ll start with fun warmups and vocal games, then connect our voices in 2, 3, 4, or more parts to create resonance and connection. A donation of $5-$10 is requested, no one turned away.

Where: Regents Center- 3185 Northeast Regents Drive, Portland, OR

When: February 5, 2013, 7 pm

Cost: $5-$10 donation requested, no one turned away

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Active Hope Workshop-Portland, OR http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-portland-or/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/active-hope-workshop-portland-or/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:46:46 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=994

With our planet and economies in crisis, our political process in chaos, and our cultural story in transition, many people feel hopeless, cynical, or despairing. Active Hope is an empowering, creative stance for meeting these challenges. This workshop, based largely on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, explores new ways in which we can face these issues, find inspiration, and embody our gifts for the healing of our world. Through the use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music, and our own wild imaginings, we will explore together the ground of gratitude, honor our pain for the world, and grow our deepened sense of interconnectedness and empowerment as we face, together, the peril and beauty of our changing world.

 

Date: Saturday March 23, 2013

Time: 9:30am- 4pm

Place: Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall,
4312 SE Stark St.
Portland,OR 97215

Cost: Please note that this workshop is being offered on a gift economy basis. I ask participants to offer an amount that feels good and right and fair to them, that they can afford, and that they can give joyfully. This is an experiment to see how we might come together to collectively increase accessibility to this important work, so that all who wish to can come. When you register, you will be asked to name a donation amount for your payment.

Registration for this event is available at this link

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Radical Gratitude Retreat on May 18 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/radical-gratitude-retreat/ http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/radical-gratitude-retreat/#comments Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:50:41 +0000 http://www.gaiaworkshops.net/?p=980

What is Radical Gratitude?

Radical Gratitude is an active, not passive, experience-
an active receiving and offering of the blessing of presence.
Radical Gratitude is available no matter what circumstances surround us.
Radical Gratitude depends on us choosing to be awake and mindful.
Radical Gratitude is an embodied experience, not just a cognitive one.
Radical Gratitude is a primary way of knowing deeply our interconnectedness to all, and thus is self-supporting.

 

 

 

 

Join with folks in this daylong retreat to explore practices, impediments, and new ways of working with Gratitude as a tool for grounding and offering your gifts to the world. How do we maintain a grateful heart in the midst of an unjust and troubled world? What would a life steeped in gratitude feel like? How does the active practice of gratitude affect our relationships with each other and the world?

Registration is through the Adult Education Program at First Unitarian Church of Portland. Contact Katie Radditz here for details, or call 503-228-6389, x17

Event time is 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please bring your own lunch.

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