June 5, August 6, October 23 In-Person at Movement Ground Farm
1.5 hour zoom reconnection in between and to close the cohort.
As things “restart” after this pandemic year, educators and organizers (and all of us) are slowly returning to (or remaking) the everyday actions, habits, and patterns that define our days. How we interact with young people, our colleagues, and ourselves as we emerge from one kind of storm to the work of what’s next and see that ‘returning to normal’ is not what we want.
Knowing we want to do things differently requires exploring what that looks like in action.
In order to use this opportunity towards a new future for ourselves and the next generation, we need a constant source of inspiration and group support to form new habits, new frames, and new practices that bring us home to ourselves. These are necessary not just as a yearly respite from the grind, but everyday - in small interactions, our own mental chatter, our rituals and our responses to the continued injustices that our systems are bearing on young people and families. Holding onto our own humanity, and the humanity of the people around us in moments of pain and difficulty, requires an ongoing practice of healing and imagination, which can look different for every individual.
We can gather to help each other determine: what does a fully whole version of myself look like? What everyday practices will maintain my ability to imagine and co-create during this time of transition?
As we lead our schools & organizations in a shift toward community-led anti-racism, transformative justice, and healing-centered education, future generations depend on our answer to this question, and our ability to collectively hold our own healing while we care for others.
We are seeking 15 people committed to all 6 times together with the group while we all figure out our steps toward wholeness and shaping the liberatory changes in our education contexts in the next 6 months, and beyond.
Sliding scale contribution or sponsorship
Come to this wooded, sloping, hand-to-soil farm in the woods just off of Diamond Hill Reservoir in Cumberland, RI. Enjoy a gorgeous setting and guidance to learn about the plants and how human connection to nature can revive our mind, body, and soul.
Invest in yourself, learn from plants, breath, and move, while supporting the spring work needed to make help this farm grow.
Open Farms Retreat is a black-owned farm that specializes in food as medicine. Andraly Horn is a Licensed Massage Therapist and black farmer who stewards 2 acres on Diamond Hill Reservoir in Cumberland, RI. He has been farming for over 40 years and engaged in embodied healing for almost 30 years, hoping to create a space for social justice workers to rest, rejuvenate, and revive in the natural world. Learn more at openfarmsretreat.com
Any contribution level (no per person fee, suggested range $1-$120)
Limited space filled on a rolling basis, until this page says "Full" in the title.
Each person register separately
18+ years old or teens who can fully participate accompanied by parent/guardian
Register by Tuesday, May 4.
Directions and more details provided upon confirmation of participation.
We hope these retreats can be a part of developing a culture-shifting, healing-centered community response to COVID-19 in education, justice, organizing, pushing, nourishing, and cultivating ground-up change.
"If ever there were a time to hold nuance, to be in the kaleidoscope of experiences present, to consider other bodies and the intersection of our response on other bodies. it is time for compassion, care and consideration. it's an opportunity to put radical love to practice."
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