Song Circle | December
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | December

Dear Friends & Music Makers,

Join us for a Song Circle as we celebrate Life and share songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive, our movements vital, and we sing the songs of future ones.

WHEN: Sunday, December 16th from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: TBD in Oakland

CONTRIBUTION: We will pass a basket for donations to support our venue and basic costs. 

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK HERE


The ingredients are simple:

A Song Circle = You + _______
- An instrument (yes, your voice counts!)
- A song or two or zero to offer to the circle (ideally taught as a group song)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A snack, beverage, or dessert to share in community (please eat dinner before)
- A chair and/or blanket to sit on
- A warm layer as we'll be outside around a fire

We look forward to seeing you there!

~the Thrive East Bay team

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Science & Spirituality Circle | December
Dec
20
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle | December

We are living amidst the rise of Artificial Intelligence, and this brave new reality promises to radically reshape the future of being human.

Join us for an evening of meaningful conversation and community as we explore the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human spirituality. How is AI impacting us practically and spiritually today? Can machines be conscious, and what does ‘conscious’ even mean? How can spiritual & values-based people promote an inclusive, ethical approach to development of Artificial Intelligence?

As a way to spark some thoughts ahead of our time together, please check out the "The AI Revolution" blogs by Wait But Why.

Part One: https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

Part Two: https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-2.html

WHEN: Thursday, December 20th

TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: 1052 Annerley Rd, Oakland, CA 94610

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Duncan at duncanautrey@gmail.com.

Feel free to invite your friends on who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. (Invite folks on Facebook here.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay team

"The Science & Spirituality Circle is an open monthly circle hosted by Thrive East Bay exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about life, meaning, purpose, evolution, and human flourishing."

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Thrive Sunday | Medicine For The People
Jan
6
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Medicine For The People

Join us on Sunday, January 6th as we launch the new year with Medicine For The People featuring doctor & visionary activist Rupa Marya, her celebrated band Rupa & the April Fishes, the soul-stirring Thrive Choir, and the effervescence of community.

We live at a time calling for deep healing, when we need medicine for the people and the planet. How can we radically redefine the concept of medicine to include our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and to address the frontline health impacts of social and environmental injustices? How can we engage in the practices of decolonizing our lives and culture, as we work to bring about healing and liberation for all?

Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

WHEN: Sunday, January 6 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

LEARN MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK HERE.

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Explore Your Voice workshop
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Explore Your Voice workshop

Explore Your Voice

A Daylong Singing and Self Discovery Workshop

Join singer, music educator, and Thrive Choir member Stevie Greenwell for a day of exploring your voice and creativity in community.  

During this workshop, you will:

  • Connect to your voice and self

  • Connect with others through joy, release, and song

  • Lay down the Ego and cultivate a space of curiosity and acceptance

  • Peel back the layers of judgement we have put on ourselves

  • Begin re-writing the stories we hold about our voices

  • Listen to the whispers of your inner child

  • Tap into your creative expression

When: Sunday, January 13th from 10am - 4pm

          (there will be a lunch break from 12pm - 1pm with restaurants nearby)

Where: 1250 Addison Street, Room 202 (upstairs)

            Berkeley, CA 94702

Cost: Sliding scale $45 - $75

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to request to participate at a reduced amount, please contact the workshop facilitator at stevie.greenwell@gmail.com.  

Registration: Register online here.


Workshop Facilitator: Stevie Greenwell is a musician, educator, and mentor working around the bay area. She works to connect people to their voice both musically and emotionally. Stevie believes everyone has the right to sing and that the voice can be a tool of reflection and expression to help us learn who we are and what we want to express to the world. Stevie performs with the Thrive Choir, Jazz Mafia Choral Syndicate and with various artists and ensembles. She works with schools, community choirs and music camps around the Bay and was previously the Director of Vocal Studies at Marin School of the Arts.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

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White Allyship Circle
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

White Allyship Circle

Join an open monthly circle with white-identified people for shared learning, dialogue, and practice to strengthen your capacity to show up as an ally.

To engage more effectively in our work of collective liberation and dismantling white supremacy, we will reflect on different themes related to whiteness, privilege and allyship through readings, discussion and interactive activities. These circles are offered through Thrive East Bay in service to growing meaningful community and creating a just and flourishing world for all.

THEME: ALLYSHIP & ACCOUNTABILITY

RSVP REQUIRED: If you’re interested in being part of this circle, please email Jean Milam at jeanmilamlcsw@gmail.com.

DATE & TIME: Monday, December 10th from 7 - 9pm

COST: Donation of $10-$20 requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

LOCATION: near North Berkeley Bart (exact location will be shared when you RSVP)

FACILITATORS: Jean Milam and AddieRose Mayerl

Thank you!

INVITE FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK HERE

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Thrive Sunday | December
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | December

Join us for our monthly Thrive Sunday - an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

WHEN: Sunday, December 2 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

Stay tuned for the full details!!

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A New Story For Climate
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

A New Story For Climate

A New Story for Climate Change

As wildfires rage in California, as the harmful smoke hangs thick in the Bay area, and as the world prepares to gather in Poland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, it's more apparent than ever that we need a deeper human response to this existential threat shared by all. 

Join members & friends of the Thrive East Bay community for a continued conversation about how we can write a new story about climate change, our role in it, pathways forward, and even engage in a re-consideration of who we even are (Humanity? Political Tribes? Gaia? Nature? the Universe looking back at itself?) 

In our last conversation, we unpacked a wide range of perspectives on the climate crisis, and we carefully approached the topic through various modes of knowing (intuitive, linear, data-driven, socio-historical, etc.).

In part two of this conversation, we'll be consolidating our thoughts into a number of coherent new stories. Yes, stories. Often the best way to get closer to the "truth" of something is to look at it from ever more perspectives. We'll be creating a compendium of new stories about our role at this time of climate change, each pointing to a version of truth and pathways for action. 

To get the conversation started, please check out this video of Charles Eisentein's talk on "A New Story of Climate Change" and also follow the link to a powerful and well-researched essay by investment strategist Jeremy Grantham titled "The Race of our Lives Revisited."


WHEN: Thursday, November 29th

TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: 1052 Annerley Rd, Piedmont, CA 94610

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

Feel free to invite your friends who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. 

See you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay team

The Science & Spirituality Circle an open monthly circle hosted by Thrive East Bay exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about Life, meaning, purpose, evolution, wonder, and mystery.

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The Art of Community
Nov
10
to Nov 12

The Art of Community

We are living in times calling for the power of community - to heal and transform ourselves; to learn and grow together; to laugh and celebrate life with one another; and to collaborate as we create the just and flourishing world we know is possible.

The Art of Community is a 3-day workshop that provides foundational skills and practices for thriving in community at multiple levels - within our daily relationships, families, workplaces, social groups, and society at large. Our curriculum is informed by a wide range of disciplines and research including social and humanistic psychology, anti-oppression and liberation movements, community organizing, emotional & social intelligence, nonviolent communication, leadership development, social permaculture, somatics, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and youth & community development. Our unique synthesis offers a solution set addressing the heart of multiple interconnected challenges we face in society today.

Through experiential activities, group dialogue, personal reflection, embodiment practices, and creative expression, you will:

  • Deepen your sense of belonging and community
  • Increase your capacity for connection and caring through deep listening, empathy, and vulnerability
  • Cultivate emotional intelligence and learn how to navigate difficult feelings, work with our triggers and response patterns, and create greater self-love and compassion
  • Identify and transform obstacles to healthy community - systems of power & privilege, stereotypes & biases, microaggressions, and a lack of intercultural awareness
  • Learn how to be a powerful ally/accomplice and agent of collective liberation
  • Develop communication skills for giving & receiving feedback, calling in vs. calling out, and engaging in conflict resolution
  • Expand your ability to collaborate in groups and co-create solutions, art, and projects together
  • Explore creative practices for community-care including check-ins, peer counseling, appreciations, acknowledgments, and acts of kindness
  • Grow meaningful relationships, lasting partnerships, and beloved community
  • Be inspired, uplifted, & rejuvenated

Participants will leave this workshop with a clear set of tools and practices for deepening community in daily life, work, and relationships. 

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

           Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

           Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

Cost: $249 - $499 sliding scale for contributing Thrive East Bay members

         $349 - $599 sliding scale for general community members

Cost includes training materials, snacks, and refreshments. Participants will need to bring their lunch each day or purchase lunch at a location nearby.

Work Trade & Scholarships: Limited work trade & scholarship opportunities are available. If you are interested, please fill out that section of the registration form.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

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Thrive Sunday | A Politics of Love & Belonging
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | A Politics of Love & Belonging

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Join us for a speical mid-term elections get-out-the-vote & upgrade-our-democrcy Thrive Sunday - A Politics of Love & Belonging - with guest speaker, elected official & political visionary J. Manuel Herrera, guest artist, poet & producer of 'The North Pole' series Josh Healey, the celebrated & soul-stirring Thrive Choir, and beloved co-hosts Cherine Badawi & Ann-Ellice Parker.

In a time of deep political crisis and division, how do we give birth to a politics of love & belonging that brings us all together to create a world that works for all? As a New American Majority rises, what is the hope and healing our democracy can look to as we welcome in a new era of political leadership & civic renewal?

What: Thrive East Bay is a community that brings people together at the intersections of belonging, meaning, the arts, and social change. Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

When: Sunday, November 4 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

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Indigenous Soul, Imaginal Wisdom
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Indigenous Soul, Imaginal Wisdom

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Join us for the next Thrive Sunday - Indigenous Soul, Imaginal Wisdom - with guest speaker & wisdom teacher Isoke Femi, guest artist & native activist Lyla June Johnston, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir

We are living in times calling us home to our souls, to deeper places of strength, joy, and resilience. How can we remember and reclaim the wisdom of our indigneous soul no matter what lineage we come from? How can we restore our life force - our soul force - as we reimagine and transform the world together?

What: Thrive East Bay is a community that brings people together at the intersections of belonging, meaning, the arts, and social change. Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS on Facebook here.

LEARN MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS on Eventbrite here.

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A New Story For Climate
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

A New Story For Climate

Join us for a lively and meaningful conversation on the topic "A New Story for Climate Change: Urgency, Agency, and Interdependence."

It's critical that we learn to work 'with' nature, as 'part' of nature, if we hope to transform the climate crisis. 

When we understand who we really are - living organisms part of a greater living organism - and become more aware of the urgency of the crisis we face, then we also see how our actions are integral to our survival and success. This timely conversation will focus on how we can take leadership "with & as nature" to address the climate crisis.

To get the conversation started, please check out this video of Charles Eisentein's talk on "A New Story of Climate Change" and also follow the link to a powerful and well-researched essay by investment strategist Jeremy Grantham titled "The Race of our Lives Revisited."


WHEN: Thursday, October 25th

TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: 330A 49th Street, Oakland 94609 (Duncan's home)
Enter through the gate on the left and then head upstairs. 
Equally close to Macarthur and Rockridge.

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

Feel free to invite your friends who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. 

See you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay team

The Science & Spirituality Circle an open monthly circle hosted by Thrive East Bay exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about Life, meaning, purpose, evolution, wonder, and mystery.

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Song Leading & Street Choir Training
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Song Leading & Street Choir Training

Join the Thrive Street Choir (Oakland) and the Peace Poets (Brooklyn) for a dynamic song leading workshop, a week before RISE for Climate Jobs & Justice 9/8. 

The Peace Poets are LEGENDS, coming to Oakland for a short time and will grace us with a performance and workshop.

We will gearing up for a 50k person Choral Flashmob, the largest singing climate mobilization in history! Come learn and practice the movement songs that we will be singing together in the streets of San Francisco (in harmony!).

We will be teaching techniques for being an effective song leader for this mobilization and beyond, and teaching some legendary and fresh new funky songs for (climate) justice - our present day movements need more songs!

When: Thursday, Aug 30th from 6:30pm - 9pm

Where: 1300 Broadway, Suite 300  Oakland, CA 94612 (walkable from 14th Street Bart Station)

LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE

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Together We Rise: Awakening, Justice, the Arts & Community
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

Together We Rise: Awakening, Justice, the Arts & Community

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Join us for Thrive East Bay's 3 Year Anniversary Celebration Together We Rise: Awakening, Justice, the Arts & Community with beloved teacher & author Larry Yang, cherished singer-songwriter Sparlha Swa, award-winning poet Janae Johnson, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir.

We are awakening. We are rising up. Together. Honoring our grief and pain. Healing our separation. Making art, music, and revolution. As our movements grow and the stakes rise higher, how can we realize the full potential of awakening in community and create a stronger sense of togetherness for the liberation of all?

What: Thrive East Bay is a community that brings people together at the intersections of belonging, meaning, the arts, and social change. Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

                                        Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: The Sanctuary @ First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Invite your friends on Facebook here.

Learn more and get your tickets on Eventbrite here!

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Song Circle | Summer Nights
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | Summer Nights

Dear Friends & Music Makers,

Let's bring the summer night alive. Join us for a Song Circle as we gather under the stars, around a fire, to sing and celebrate life. We will share songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive, our movements vital, and we sing the songs of future ones.

WHEN: Sunday, August 19th from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: Queen Farm (in the backyard)
3118 King Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(walkable from the Ashby Bart station)

CONTRIBUTION: We will pass a basket for donations to support our venue and basic costs. 

The ingredients are simple:

A Song Circle = You + _______
- An instrument (yes, your voice counts!)
- A song or two or zero to offer to the circle (ideally taught as a group song)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A snack, beverage, or dessert to share in community (please eat dinner before)
- A chair and/or blanket to sit on
- A warm layer as we'll be outside around a fire

We look forward to seeing you there!

~the Thrive East Bay team

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MaMuse featuring Thrive Choir, Lyla June, and Desirae Harp
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

MaMuse featuring Thrive Choir, Lyla June, and Desirae Harp

MaMuse "Prayers For Freedom" Cd Release Concert Featuring Thrive Choir, Lyla June and Desirae Harp

MaMuse, Thrive Choir, Lyla June and Desirae Harp live, breathe, sing and create beauty to support the health and well being for all life on Earth. This evening will be a potent coming together of our shared hearts for the upliftment of all and the health of our local watersheds. We shall harmonize! We shall Poecize! We shall Realize! and TOGETHER we shall THRIVE! Be prepared for Heart Healing Harmony, Soul Salve Serenades, Mind-Widening Wordplay and Powerful Presence to Pierce through the Media Madness!

Come and support our collective artistry while BEING the REAL news!! Want to change the world? Let us Sing together! Let us dance together! Let us weep together! Let us focus our intentions for the health of our waters, TOGETHER. YES.

A generous portion of the proceeds from this evening will go to Run 4 Salmon. http://www.run4salmon.org/

Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door
https://www.thefreight.org/event/1701206-mamuse-berkeley/

Doors open at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm

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Song Circle
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle

Dear Music Makers & Lovers of Life,

Join us for a summer night Song Circle as we gather around a fire, under the stars, to sing and celebrate life. We will share songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive, our movements vital, and we sing the songs of future ones.

WHEN: Sunday, June 17th from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: TBA (Oakland venue)

CONTRIBUTION: We will pass a basket for donations to support our venue and basic costs. 

The ingredients are simple:

A Song Circle = You + _______
- An instrument (yes, your voice counts!)
- A song or two or zero to offer to the circle (ideally taught as a group song)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A snack, beverage, or dessert to share in community (please eat dinner before)
- A chair and/or blanket to sit on
- A warm layer as we'll be outside around a fire

We look forward to seeing you there!

~the Thrive East Bay team

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Thrive Sunday | Tightening the Weave of Community
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Tightening the Weave of Community

"It's all about tightening the weave of community. Everybody's got a place at the table. If you're breathing, you're part of it. Right now, especially in these times, we need more opportunities to be together with each other." ~Melanie DeMore

Join us for a lively, music-filled Thrive Sunday on June 3rd - Tightening the Weave of Community - with noted song leader, activist, and educator Melanie DeMore and the celebrated, soul-moving Thrive Choir.

How can the power of music, singing, and community heal our hearts in these troubled times? How can raising our voices together be the source of greater connectedness and a force for political and social change?

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world for all.

When: Sunday, June 3 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

                                        Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Thrive Choir: The Thrive Choir was born to sing music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay area musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk.

Guest Speaker & Artist: Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer, conductor, and vocal activist who believes in the power of voices raised together. She is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. Melanie was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound' which showcases this tradition. She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing, and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor, and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada and Chorus America. She is sought after as a song / prayer facilitator, creating spontaneous choirs for The Trinity Institute, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the Powell Foundation as well as many varied spiritual and faith based organizations. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, lead teaching artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change, and the Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz. She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus, and many others.

RSVP here on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here.

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Song Circle | Spring Awakening
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | Spring Awakening

Dear Music Makers & Lovers of Life,

Join us for a spring awakening Song Circle as we gather around a fire, under the stars, to sing and celebrate life. We will share songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive, our movements vital, and we sing the songs of future ones.

WHEN: Sunday, May 20th from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: 324 Coventry Road
               Berkeley/Kensington, CA 94707
               (El Cerrito Plaza is the closest Bart station)

CONTRIBUTION: We will pass a basket for donations to support our venue and basic costs. 

CO-FACILITATORS: Kele Nitoto & Jen Myzel

The ingredients are simple:

A Song Circle = You + _______
- An instrument (yes, your voice counts!)
- A song or two or zero to offer to the circle (ideally taught as a group song)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A snack, beverage, or dessert to share in community (please eat dinner before)
- A chair and/or blanket to sit on
- A warm layer as we'll be outside around a fire

Invite your Friends on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

~the Thrive East Bay team

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Science & Spirituality Circle
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us this Thursday, May 17th for our monthly Science & Spirituality Circle as we explore the big questions of Life, meaning, purpose, wonder, and mystery.

Our conversation will be led & sparked by Manuel Manga, an elder thought leader in the field "conscious evolution" and a co-founder of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership. Our theme Conscious Evolution for Individuals and Society will explore the science of systems theory and its application to actively evolving as individuals and institutions in these changing times.

Check out the following link to Robert Kegan's talk The Self-Transforming Mind in preparation for our time together. 

WHEN: Thursday, May 17th

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

WHERE: 330A 49th Street, Oakland 94609 (Duncan's home)
Enter through the gate on the left and then head upstairs. 
Equally close to Macarthur and Rockridge.

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

Feel free to invite your friends who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. You can invite friends on Facebook here.

We'll see you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay team

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Thrive Sunday | Living In The Both-And
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Living In The Both-And

Join us on Sunday, May 6th for Living in the Both-And: Despair and Possibility in Perilous Times featuring guest speaker, scholar, and spiritual activist Liza Rankow, guest artist & 'harpist from the hood' Destiny Muhammad, and the heart-lifting Thrive Choir.

How do we hold both the beauty and the terror of the times we inhabit? How do we stay open to fury and tenderness, present to the traumas without becoming overwhelmed by them? Where do we find hope, resilience, and a vision of possibility for ourselves and our world? 

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world for all.

When: Sunday, May 6 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

                                        Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Living in the Both-And: Despair and Possibility in Perilous Times

Thrive Choir: The Thrive Choir was born to sing music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay area musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister, educator, and activist. She is the founding director of OneLife Institute, a POC-centered organization serving at the intersection of spirituality and social action. The mission of OneLife mirrors her own: to nurture, inspire, and sustain people committed to healing and justice. Liza has provided counseling and offered classes and workshops in spiritual development for over 25 years. She is known for bringing compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and collective healing and transformation. As a scholar, her main interest is exploring the powerful synergy between mysticism and social change. She maintains a special emphasis in the life and work of Dr. Howard Thurman, teaching a variety of classes on Thurman in both academic and community settings. Liza is co-editor and producer of the six-CD audio collection, “The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman,” published by Sounds True in 2010.

Guest Artist: Destiny Muhammad is a recording & performing artist, band leader, composer, producer, and celebrated soundstress. Her genre "Celtic to Coltrane™" is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony and Smooth Jazz Artist Gerald Albright, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire, and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined for 'Women in Jazz' Concert series, the AfroSolo/ Yerba Buena Gardens Concert Festival, Sunday’s in the Redwoods Concert, Fest Sundiata and SFJAZZ Tribute to Alice Coltrane's epic album Impulse Release 'Journey in Satchitdananda'. Destiny is the Principal Harpist for the Eddie Gale Inner Peace Orchestra, the Oakland Community Orchestra and performs with The AWESOME Orchestra.

RSVP here on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here.

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Enlightenment Now | Science & Spirituality Circle
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Enlightenment Now | Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us on Thursday, April 26th for our monthly Science & Spirituality Circle as we explore the big questions of Life, meaning, purpose, wonder, and mystery.

Our theme this month is "Enlightenment Now" sparked by Steven Pinker's new book. Pinker argues that human life is becoming, not worse as many seem to feel, but globally safer, healthier, longer, less violent, more prosperous, better educated, more tolerant and more fulfilling. His book is premised on four big ideas: progress, reason, science, and humanism — the last being defined not mainly in terms of non-theism, but as “the goal of maximizing human flourishing — life, health, happiness, freedom, knowledge, love, richness of experience.” Join us in community for a lively, intimate, and meaningful conversation into the paradox and promise of our time.

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

WHERE: 330A 49th Street, Oakland 94609 (Duncan's home)
Enter through the gate on the left and then head upstairs. 
Equally close to Macarthur and Rockridge.

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

Feel free to invite your friends who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. You can invite friends on Facebook here.

We'll see you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay team

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Song Circle | Earth Our Body
Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Song Circle | Earth Our Body

Dear Music Makers & Lovers of Life,

Join us for a special Song Circle this Earth Day. Let's gather around a fire and sing under the stars as we celebrate this sacred earthly life. We will share & sing songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive, our movements vital, and we sing the songs of future ones. 

WHEN: Sunday, April 22nd from 6:30 - 9:30pm

WHERE: PLACE for Sustainable Living and Makerspace
1121 64th St, Oakland, CA 94608

CONTRIBUTION: We will pass a basket for donations to support our venue and basic costs. 

CO-FACILITATORS: Kyle Lemle & Dina Erie

The ingredients are simple:

A Song Circle = You + _______
- An instrument (yes, your voice counts!)
- A song or two or zero to offer to the circle (ideally taught as a group song)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A snack, beverage, or dessert to share in community (please eat dinner before)
- A chair and/or blanket to sit on
- A warm layer as we'll be outside around a fire

Invite your Friends on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

~the Thrive East Bay team

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Revival: A Spring Celebration
Apr
1
4:00 PM16:00

Revival: A Spring Celebration

Join us on Sunday, April 1st for Revival: A Spring Celebration featuring soul-nourishing upliftment with the Thrive Choir, inspiration from guest speaker & theologian Amanda Weatherspoon, heart-moving musical performance from the celebrated duo MaMuse, and a special collective ritual shared in the power of community.

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative gift of community.

When: Sunday, April 1 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

             Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Revival

Co-Hosts: Cherine Badawi & Aryeh Shell

Music: The Thrive Choir was born to sing music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay area musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk.

Guest Speaker: Amanda Weatherspoon, M.Div is a poet, activist, writer, scholar, queer, womanist, hedonist, revolutionary, and theologian who's down with the revolution. She currently serves as a Unitarian Universalist Minister based in the East Bay. As a Womanist Theologian and Spiritual Humanist, Amanda believes in the power of the collective human spirit and that it is within this spirit that the gifts of grace, creativity, human understanding, healing, and justice are given fully and received.

Guest Artist: MaMuse - With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, and backed by inspired drummer (Mike Wofchuck) these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness. With nine delicious years of co-creation and four full length albums under their belts, MaMuse keep their hearts tuned to the creation of music for the health of ALL BEINGS.

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.

RSVP here on Eventbrite here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here

Food: Please bring a vegan dish or snack to share with others during the social hour following the program.

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org.

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org.

We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay Team

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The Art of Community
Mar
16
to Mar 18

The Art of Community

We are living in times calling for the power of community - to heal and transform ourselves; to learn and grow together; to laugh and celebrate life with one another; and to collaborate as we create the just and flourishing world we know is possible.

The Art of Community is a 3-day intensive that provides foundational skills and practices for thriving in community at multiple levels - within our daily relationships, families, workplaces, social groups, and society at large. Our curriculum is informed by a wide range of disciplines and research including social and humanistic psychology, anti-oppression and liberation movements, community organizing, emotional & social intelligence, nonviolent communication, leadership development, social permaculture, somatics, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and youth & community development. Our unique synthesis offers a solution set addressing the heart of multiple interconnected challenges we face in society today.

Through experiential activities, group dialogue, personal reflection, embodiment practices, and creative expression, you will:

  • Deepen your sense of belonging and community
  • Increase your capacity for connection and caring through deep listening, empathy, vulnerability, and authentic relating
  • Cultivate emotional intelligence and learn how to navigate difficult feelings, work with our triggers and response patterns, and create greater self-love and compassion
  • Identify and transform obstacles to healthy community - systems of power & privilege, stereotypes & biases, microaggressions, and a lack of intercultural awareness
  • Learn how to be a powerful ally and agent of collective liberation
  • Develop communication skills for giving & receiving feedback, calling in vs. calling out, and engaging in conflict resolution and restorative practices
  • Expand your ability to collaborate in teams and small groups, generate collective wisdom, and co-create solutions, art, and projects together
  • Explore creative practices for community-care including check-ins, peer counseling, appreciations, acknowledgments, and acts of kindness
  • Grow meaningful relationships, lasting partnerships, and beloved community
  • Be inspired, uplifted, & rejuvenated

Participants will leave this course with a clear set of tools and practices for deepening community in daily life, work, and relationships. To support the application of all that is learned, participants will be invited to join a small group in the month following the course.

When: Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

           Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

           Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9am - 6pm

Cost: $249 - $499 sliding scale for contributing Thrive East Bay members

         $349 - $599 sliding scale for general community members

Cost includes training materials, snacks, and refreshments. Participants will need to bring their lunch each day or purchase lunch at a location nearby.

Work Trade & Scholarships: Limited work trade & scholarship opportunities are available. If you are interested, please fill out that section of the registration form.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

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Thrive Sunday 3/4 | Radical Love
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday 3/4 | Radical Love

Join us on Sunday, March 4th for Radical Love: In Our Souls & On The Streets with guest speaker & legendary community-builder Lynice Pinkard, guest artist & singer/songwriter Dina Erie, and the soulful, uplifting Thrive Choir. Love is a force that binds us all together. It is the source of connection, community, and positive change. How can we cultivate radical love in our souls, in the heart of community, and on the streets as we give life to a just and flourishing world for all?

Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community.

When: Sunday, March 4th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
            Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)
             2501 Harrison Street
             Oakland, CA 94612
             (This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Learn More & RSVP Here!!

Invite your Friends on Facebook Here!

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Free Your Freestyle workshop
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Free Your Freestyle workshop

On Monday, February 5th, Adam Rosendahl and Gino Pastori-Ng are back in partnership with Thrive East Bay for another Free Your Freestyle Workshop to keep your flow Tight.  

This is the second part of a two-part series of workshops. New folks are welcome. Previous experience or comfort in freestyling is suggested but not expected.  

Join us for a fun, judgement-free, exploration into the art of freestyle rap as a tool for healing and self-awareness.
* Beginners are totally welcome here - no experience necessary
* Experience a deeper connection to your intuition through improvisation
* Liberate your creativity AND your voice

Tickets: $10-$20 suggested donation for each session. NO ONE turned away for lack of funds. 

About the facilitators:
Adam is the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of LATE NITE ART(www.lateniteart.com), a creative experience lab that helps companies, universities, and communities break through their social and creative walls. He's been spitting beats and freestyling since he was 13 years old. 

Gino (AKA 1M1) is the Co-Founder of Youth Impact HUB Oakland. He has been freestyling and creating music for over 20 years.

In partnership with:
THRIVE EAST BAY is a community that brings people together at the intersections of meaning, belonging, creative expression, and social change. We host monthly Sunday gatherings, transformative workshops, small group circles, and creative actions. Learn more at www.thriveeastbay.org.

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Thrive Sunday | Music As Medicine
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Music As Medicine

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on Sunday, Feb 4th as we explore and experience Music As Medicine with guest speaker & award-winning singer Amikaeyla Gaston, and the soul-stirring Thrive Choir. Music is a healing force that holds the power to uplift and transform us all. How can we invite the medicine of sound into our lives to heal our spirits, unleash our purpose, and create new stories that bring forth a just and flourishing world?

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community.

When: Sunday, February 4th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

           Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

             2501 Harrison Street

             Oakland, CA 94612

             (This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Music As Medicine

Co-Hosts: Jasmine Fuego & Jesse Sachs

Music: The Thrive Choir was born to sing music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay area musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk.

Guest Speaker Amikaeyla GastonProclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by NPR, powerhouse Amikaeyla embraces the best of many types of music. Her sultry sound is “like listening to velvet waterfalls” (MTV) and her soulful flavor captures the listener with dynamic passion and sincerity. Winner of Eight Washington Area Music Association Awards for Best Jazz, World and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, Amikaeyla was named DC’s best female composer; won the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts, and was recently honored with first prize for Best World Music Composition from the Maryland State Arts Council. She has studied, recorded with, and shared the stage with many award winning artists, including Take 6, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Pete Seeger, Shiela E and Esperanza Spalding to name a few. Her strong academic interest in Sacred Ethnomusicology led her to study with many spiritual and musical masters from many different cultures, and she was invited to perform in India at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing for the commemoration of the Golden Buddha at the request and invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

Currently, Amikaeyla serves as a Cultural Arts Ambassador for the US State Department and for over the past 15 years she has travelled the world extensively as a liaison between communities and fostering relationships amidst artists, healers and the general populace by designing strategy platforms which allow different cultures and nationalities to gather together and address issues concerning our communities at large. As the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), she has appeared internationally on numerous radio and television programs performing and speaking about her “Music As Medicine - Healing with an Artful Purpose” programming - a multi-faceted therapeutic approach through music, movement, & theater modalities. This program has been implemented around the world to at-risk women and children hoping to aid in alleviating pain and trauma caused by war. She is the proud recipient of the Voss Foundation Emerging Leaders Women Helping Women Award, Global Woman Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy Award, and the Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award.

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.

RSVP here on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here

Food: Please bring a vegan dish or snack to share with others during the social hour following the program.

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay Team

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Free Your Freestyle workshop
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Free Your Freestyle workshop

On January 25th, Adam Rosendahl and Gino Pastori-Ng are back in partnership with Thrive East Bay for another Free Your Freestyle Workshop to keep your flow Tight.  

On Feb 5th, we are hosting Part Two, an opportunity to take your freestyle journey one step deeper. Previous experience or comfort in freestyling is suggested.  

Join us for a fun, judgement-free, exploration into the art of freestyle rap as a tool for healing and self-awareness.
* Beginners are totally welcome here - no experience necessary
* Experience a deeper connection to your intuition through improvisation
* Liberate your creativity AND your voice

Tickets: $10-$20 suggested donation for each session. NO ONE turned away for lack of funds. Secure your spot at www.eventbrite.com/e/free-your-freestyle-vol-5-tickets-41221839632

About the facilitators:
Adam is the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of LATE NITE ART(www.lateniteart.com), a creative experience lab that helps companies, universities, and communities break through their social and creative walls. He's been spitting beats and freestyling since he was 13 years old. 

Gino (AKA 1M1) is the Co-Founder of Youth Impact HUB Oakland. He has been freestyling and creating music for over 20 years.

In partnership with:
THRIVE EAST BAY is a community that brings people together at the intersections of meaning, belonging, creative expression, and social change. We host monthly Sunday gatherings, transformative workshops, small group circles, and creative actions. Learn more at www.thriveeastbay.org.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.

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Thrive Sunday | At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community
Jan
7
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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Join us on January 7th as we kick off a new year of Thrive Sundays with At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community featuring guest speaker & social entrepreneur Brahm Ahmadi, guest artist, educator, & Lyft Rapper Ashel SeasunZ, and the uplifting Thrive Choir.

Food is the heart and soul of community. It is a pathway for healing our culture, and a transformative force that brings our many issues to the table - restoring health, growing a new economy, building community, and creating a just and flourishing world for all.

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community.

When: Sunday, January 7th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

            Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

             2501 Harrison Street

             Oakland, CA 94612

             (This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community

Music: the Thrive Choir, directed by Austin Willacy

Guest Speaker: Brahm Ahmadi is an organizer and social entrepreneur working to build healther and more equitable inner city communities by creating meanginful change within the food system. In 2003, Brahm co-founded People's Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted local and national attention for its effort to transform inner city food systems through a suite of projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture, nutrition education, and youth development that include the nation's first Mobile Market. In 2010, Brahm founded People's Community Market to create a food retail business model that is designed for and dedicated to the health of well-being of low-income communities. Brahm speaks nationally and has been featured in prominent national media. He is a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a Fellow at Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy. Having worked in West Oakland for over 10 years on issues of food access, Brahm has both a strong relationship with the community and an understanding of the social, historical, and political context. He combines a wealth of knowledge about social enterprise, cooperative economics, urban agriculture, public education, and youth development to build healthy and stable inner city communities.

Guest Artist: AshEL SeaSunZ aka The Lyft Rapper is the CEO of Earth Amplified Consulting, offering Creative Strategy for various conscious entrepreneurs, startups, and non-profits. He is an adjunct professor of Climate Justice, Race, and Activism at SF State University, founder and performer with roots, rap, and reggae collective, Earth Amplified, and a vocalist with West African/West Oakland band Dogon Lights. He is a shamanic & plant based health coach and also teaches meditation, creativity, and manifestation principles for activists, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.

RSVP on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here

Food: Please bring a vegan dish or snack to share with others during the social hour following the program.

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay Team

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Bring In The Light | Winter Solstice Party
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bring In The Light | Winter Solstice Party

Join us on Dec 21st in Oakland for a night of musicdancing, and community as we celebrate the winter solstice. It's that season...a time to release, renew, connect, and turn up the holiday cheer. Let's embrace the darkness and bring in the light

The evening will feature live performances from the band Prosperity Movement, songs from the soul-stirring Thrive Choir, a special candlelight ritualand we'll take the night to the heights with DJ Mai Girl

When: Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 7:30pm - 11pm

Where: Humanist Hall

             390 27th Street

             Oakland, CA 94612

             (a 10 minute walk from 19th Street Bart station)

Food & Drinks: Light refreshments, water, and tea will be provided. Wine, beer, kombucha, hot cider, and homemade Mexican food from Lulu's will be available for purchase.

Cost: No one turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested $20 - $40 sliding scale contribution (one drink coupon is included with $20 tickets or above). Proceeds benefit Thrive East Bay.

Tickets: Get your tickets on Eventbrite here. 

Prosperity Movement is a glimpse of African culture in the urban world. Travel through the lens of Oakland, CA artists WolfHawkJaguar, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri, and Kele Nitoto as they sonically and visually showcase the beauty, love, and prosperity of Orisa Urban World African Culture. 

DJ Mai Girl started her love affair with soul music the first time her mother played her Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star”. Life would never be the same. In years to come, she familiarized herself with more genres of music, including underground hip hop, house, samba and afrobeat. While spinning these genres for ten years on public radio (on and off), she finessed her way into spinning live. She consistently plays one MJ, Stevie, or Prince song every set to remind herself of why she started DJing in the first place. Her unique blend of genres and hand-picked selections keep people moving all night.

The Thrive Choir is a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk. As part of Thrive East Bay, the Choir's music illuminates the joy, pain, and beauty of what it means to be human in this time of systemic transformation.

Thrive East Bay is a community of people committed to transforming our lives, the places we live, and our world. We are a new kind of community informed by modern science and ancient wisdom, infused with a deep sense of purpose and interconnectedness, and focused on social change. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds as we engage in personal growth, shared learning, and collective action.

Get your Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bring-in-the-light-winter-solstice-party-tickets-41145365897

Invite your Friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2072929612935547/

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Community Leaders Circle
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Community Leaders Circle

Join us for our monthly Community Leaders Circle, an opportunity to connect more deeply with active members of Thrive and to help co-create the Thrive East Bay community.

Please RSVP by emailing team (at) thriveeastbay.org and we will send you further details.

Thanks so much!

the Thrive East Bay team

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Science & Spirituality Circle | the Perennial Philosophy
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle | the Perennial Philosophy

Join us Wednesday, Dec 13th for our monthly Science & Spirituality Circle as we the explore the big questions of Life, meaning, purpose, wonder, and mystery.

Our conversation this month will look at "the Perennial Philosophy" (also referred to as the Perennial Wisdom). We will explore its unique perspective of seeing a fundamental unity amongst the world's religions, wisdom traditions, and modern science, and reflect on its potential impact for our lives and changing society.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13th

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

WHERE: 324 Coventry Road

               Berkeley, 94707

POTLUCK: We'll be sharing in a potluck so please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish/side to share with others if you're able to.

Please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org and feel free to invite your friends who love to dive deep into the meaningful questions of our time. We'll see you then!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay team

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