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Relational Wellbeing Series Kicks Off!

In our last blog post, we shared with you the values that we are trying to embody at CONNECT, through our model, our programming and our new membership program. The upcoming Relational Wellbeing Series is another way that we are embodying our values and contributing to community wellbeing in these times.


You can watch this 12 minute video sharing more about this series by clicking the image below.


Among the multiple intersecting crises we face as a species in these times, we are concerned with the decades long trends of declining social connection leading to what the Surgeon General is calling the Epidemic of Loneliness. The Relational Wellbeing series is meant to bring community together in relationship and learn theoretical and practice ways to strengthen our social fabric.


Values We Intend to Embody


Through this educational series, we intend to share the following values through educational experience, modeling and facilitation style.


Transforming a Culture of Domination &Oppression towards Healing Justice & Liberation


We acknowledge that systems of oppression have structured social power in our society, including government, economic systems, and social systems which all regulate and define our relationships. Capitalism co-arose alongside oppressive economic systems of extraction, such as the trans-atlantic slave trade and genocides perpetuated across the globe to secure resources meant for economic gain. An integral part of healing and creating justice in our relationships, towards collective liberation, is acknowledging the harm and working to undo oppressive norms personally, interpersonally and collectively.


Interdependence:

Connection, Community, Belonging, Cooperation, Mutuality, Solidarity, Reciprocity


We believe that embodying these values are important part of building a culture of healing justice and liberation.

Knowing what these words means is one thing. To embody them and navigate them in action in our relationships - especially within conflict across difference - is entirely another thing.

The Relational Wellbeing series will provide opportunities for us to understand the meaning of these values, wrestle with the challenges in embodying them in various ways, and practice skills for navigating them when things get real.


Organicity

Emergence, Dynamism


We acknowledge the organic nature of life, relationships and learning. We will not have a prescription to fix our epidemic of social isolation or have a one-size-fits-all solution for the challenges that we each face. We honor the vast diversity in our positionalities, cultural experiences, access to resources and current circumstances.

In an effort to shift dynamics of the all-knowing teacher with the empty vessel of the receiving student, what liberation psychologist Paulo Freire calls the "Banking System of Education," we will share the insights that we do have in the moment with an openness to being changed by the experience.

We honor the co-creative nature of learning. We will each come into the room with wisdom to share and we intend to make space for the emergent life energy, the ah-ha moments, moments of connection, authentic feelings and struggle,  to flow through our sessions.


Sovereignty, Self-determination, Choice


To transform a culture of domination and oppression and the trauma therein, we will strive to create an environment and teach principles that foster sovereignty, self-determination and choice.

One way we will embody this is through our curriculum and topics such as learning about feelings and needs, Polyamory 101 and Relationship Anarchy.

Another way is through our series design. Each session is a drop-in fee, or if you're at the Fascia or Community Level Membership, all sessions are included, so you can choose which sessions are most relevant to you and your learning.


Sessions will include*:

May 25th - Polyamory 101 (Andy)

June 1st - Rituals of Connection/Expressing Feelings and Needs (Liberty)

June 15th -  Relational Cooperation & Theories of Power or How to be Infatuated (Ripple)

June 29th - Relationship Anarchy (Andy)

July - Queer Allyship Beyond Pride (Yes, there will be pronouns) (Liberty)

July - Beyond Colonial Binaries of Gender - Towards Gender Co-Liberation (Liberty)

August - September: Other topics will include cross-cultural communication, tending to grief, ethical land relationships, conflict facilitation, and more.

*Dates and topics subject to change as we have a wealth of knowledge and conversation emerging in the community.





12pm 

  • Potluck, all are welcome, whether part of the ecstatic dance, open house or not!

  • Chill & Conversate

1pm 

  • Activities for Connection and Group Conversation

  • Learn About the Series Topics, Values & importance of Relational Wellbeing

  • Learn how members get access to the series and get registered for sessions


The Open House Kick-Off is free, but please RSVP so we know to expect you.


Want to automatically get access to the whole Relational Wellbeing Series?

 

 

In addition to the following, Fascia and Community level members get all sessions of the Relational Wellbeing Series included in their membership.

 

  • A discount on selected events, retail and private space rental fees

  • Free access to our CONNECTed Ecstatic Dance playlists and select event recordings

  • Special select perks from service providers

Fascia Level - $50/month: 20% discount

Community Level - $100/month: 25% discount



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