Song Circle | July
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | July

Dear Friends & Music Makers,

Join us for a Song Circle under the stars & around a fire 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, July 21 from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: 3870 Patterson Ave

Oakland 94619


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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Science & Spirituality Circle | "The Age of Humans"
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle | "The Age of Humans"

Join us for a lively conversation & exploration of "The Age of Humans".

An international group of geologists recently voted to define the current geological time interval (epoch) as the Anthropocene (anthro = human). The Geological Time Scale is big (measured in millions of years), yet scientists are stating that the impact of humans on the Earth over the last 70 years is permanent and will be visible 100s of millions of years in the future.

At our last circle, we talked about time and human impermanence in an infinite universe, but the truth is that our footprint will still be here long after we're gone (either extraterrestrial or extinct). This month's Science & Spirituality Circle discussion will be about the following question:

- What does it mean for to be the bridge between the long past and the long future?
- Will this be an epoch of redemption or destruction?
- What is the record that we want to leave to mark this age of humans?


WHEN: Wednesday, July 24

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

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

ACCESS: There are stairs and one wobbly cat. Please contact Duncan if there are ways that (I) we can facilitate your comfort and access to the space.

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 duncanautrey@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

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

We'll see 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 | 4 Year Anniv Celebration!
Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | 4 Year Anniv Celebration!

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Join us for a special Thrive Sunday as we mark our 4 year anniversary as a community creating a world where all people and life can flourish.

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 25 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

STAY TUNED FOR THE FULL DETAILS!!

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Song Leader Meet Up
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Song Leader Meet Up

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If you're interested in song leading at actions, but you're feeling a bit shy, this is a safe space to try out your skills, learn songs, and trade tips with other song leaders! Bring a warm jacket or blanket, and feel free to bring some snacks to share.

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 7pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 1174 63rd Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

RSVP HERE


Let's skill up together so that we can bring powerful music to the revolution!

Hosted by the Thrive Street Choir team

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Weave: Threads of Connection, Fabric of Community
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Weave: Threads of Connection, Fabric of Community

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"Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual." ~Grace Lee Boggs

Join the hearts, minds, & souls of Thrive East Bay in weaving the threads of our connection and the fabric of community.

What

A half-day interactive gathering where we will:

  • Share our stories and deepen in connection

  • Identify the gifts, needs and resources between us

  • Explore ways we can collaborate & co-create together

  • Tighten the web of care & connection in our everyday lives

  • Laugh, play, move, sing & celebrate life!

When

Sunday, June 30th from 2pm - 6pm

Where

Oakland/Berkeley (exact location TBD)

Who’s Invited

  • Thrive East Bay members (who’ve formally signed up)

  • Thrive East Bay “members” (who still need to sign up)

  • Folks who are ready to become a member of the Thrive East Bay community

Thrive East Bay membership is a way to participate in and support the Thrive community through the meaningful contributions of your time, treasure, and talent. Like a community garden or shared living space, it takes all of us to create and care for its well-being. We hope you'll be part of helping us make this dream a reality. Learn more about Thrive East Bay membership and sign up online here.

Cost

This is a FREE event for all Thrive East Bay community members.

RSVP

RSVP here to confirm your participation.

This will be a seasonal community gathering If you're unable to make this first date, we look forward to having you join us for the next one.

Let's weave!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay team

“The work of community is the practice of care stitching the world together.” ~Mark Nepo

RSVP HERE

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Science & Spirituality Circle on "Time: Eternity & Impermanence"
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle on "Time: Eternity & Impermanence"

Join us for a lively conversation & exploration of "Time: Eternity & Impermanence".

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

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

ACCESS: There are stairs and one wobbly cat. Please contact Duncan if there are ways that (I) we can facilitate your comfort and access to the space.

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 duncanautrey@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

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

We'll see 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 | Fierce Vulnerability
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Fierce Vulnerability

Join Thrive on Sunday, June 2nd for Fierce Vulnerability: Radical Acts of Healing & Transformation with guest speaker & Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga, award-winning poet & teaching artist Darius Simpson, and the soulful, heart-lifting Thrive Choir

Our world is falling apart and we feel the despair and urgency in our lives.How do we boldly break down the structures of injustice and walls of separation, while we bravely break open our hearts to greater depths of love and connection? How can we create cultures of fierce vulnerability and courage that give rise to the radical acts of healing and transformation?

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, June 2 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

LEARN MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

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The Science of Synchronicity
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

The Science of Synchronicity

Join us for a lively conversation & exploration of "the Science of Synchronicity" with author & physics educator Sky Nelson-Isaacs who has developed a theory for synchronicity based in modern physics.

Dealing with fundamental questions about space and time, Sky's work paints a picture for getting into the groove with synchronicity and experiencing that all-immersive state called “flow.” Synchronicity is a window into our own inner world and living in flow is a courageous path of inner growth.

In this discussion, Sky will give a brief overview of the science he proposes to underlie synchronicities, and then we will open the floor to the thorny questions, such as:

*How does fate, destiny and free will fit into this picture?
*Why can it be difficult to see obstacles as synchronicities?
*How can we distinguish New Age spiritual bypassing from the authentic growth experience that "flow" provides?

Join us for a deep dive into "synchronicity" and a lively, intimate, and meaningful conversation about its implications for our own lived experience.

Excerpts from Sky's book "Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World" are available for you to read in preparation for our conversation. They will be sent to you when you RSVP at the email listed below.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

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

ACCESS: There are stairs and one wobbly cat. Please contact Duncan if there are ways that (I) we can facilitate your comfort and access to the space.

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 duncanautrey@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

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

We'll see 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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Song Circle | May
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | May

Dear Friends & Music Makers,

Join us for a Song Circle under the stars & around a fire 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, May 19 from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: Oakland (exact address will be shared soon)


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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Take Heart: Songs of Love, Resilience & Community
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Take Heart: Songs of Love, Resilience & Community

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Join the Thrive Community Choir for our 2019 Spring Performance Take Heart: Songs of Love, Resilience & Community featuring soul-stirring songs by our 60-person choir, special guest performances, and an evening of inspiration and collective upliftment. Let's take heart and remember that we were born for these times.

The Thrive Community Choir launched this Spring as a choir creating a world of love and belonging through the power of singing. Directed by Stevie Greenwell, it is connected to the Thrive Choir and Thrive East Bay community

When: Thursday, May 9 from 7 - 9pm (please arrive on time!)

Where: First Church of Christ, Scientist
2619 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Cost: Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will go to supporting upcoming seasons of the Thrive Community Choir. 

Tickets: Purchase a ticket here on Eventbrite.

Invite A Friend: Please feel free to invite your family and friends, and invite folks on Facebook here.

This will be a song-filled night of healing and hope for our times. Please join us!

In partnership,

the Thrive Community Choir Team

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Thrive Sunday | We Are One
May
5
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | We Are One

Join Thrive on Sunday, May 5 for We Are One: Decolonizing Our Minds, Reclaiming Our Wholeness featuring guest speaker & social justice visionary Mutima Imani, celebrated artist & activist Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree, the heart-lifting Thrive Choir and debut performances by the Thrive Community Choir.

We live at a time when it's a radical act to remember our oneness and live from a place of interconnectedness. What are the internalized beliefs we hold that keep us disconnected from ourselves, each other, and nature? How do we make the shift from a culture of division and separation to a world of healing, wholeness, and connection?

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, May 5 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

LEARN MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE HERE

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Science & Spirituality Circle
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join Thrive for our monthly exploration of Life's big questions, meaning, and purpose.

Our theme this month focuses on "Integral Philosophy" and the connection between everything.

  • Is it possible that everyone is right? Is there space for all worldviews, paradigms, and perspectives on life's great questions and challenges?

  • Can we integrate science & spirituality into one unified and harmonious meta-theory?

  • How do we foster an ongoing pursuit of beauty, truth and goodness in these evolving times?


Integral philosophy is an effort by author & thought leader Ken Wilber to connect the sum of all human knowledge and experience. It's rooted in a comprehensive framework that holds that there is an internal (subjective) reality and an external (objective) reality, and these realities manifest through individuals and collectives. Human understanding evolves along levels of development, and by mapping the world through these categories, one can begin to find space for integrating all of existence in clear and connected ways.

To spark our conversations, please check out the resources below.

It will be a lively & intimate night of meaningful conversation as we explore our collective longing for ever greater truth, perspective, and wisdom.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

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

ACCESS: There are stairs and one wobbly cat. Please contact Duncan if there are ways that (I) we can facilitate your comfort and access to the space.

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 duncanautrey@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

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

We'll see 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."

This interview between Ken Wilber and Steve Paulson will be the ground of our conversation.

Here it is online: https://integrallife.com/integral-understanding-science-and-religion/.

Here it is in podcast form: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/everyone-is-right/id1378476230?mt=2&i=1000411786559

Want an intro to integral theory?

Listen to this podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/everyone-is-right/id1378476230?i=1000410325182&mt=2

Or visit this page:  https://integrallife.com/what-is-integral-approach/

Here's a brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP3e5MVOVfw

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Song Circle | April
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | April

Dear Friends & Music Makers,

Join us for a Song Circle under the stars & around a fire 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, February 17 from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: 324 Coventry Road

Berkeley, CA 94707

(El Cerrito Plaza Bart station is the closest stop.)


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 | Amplify Her
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Amplify Her

Join Thrive on Sunday, April 7 for a special Spring celebration - Amplify Her: Women Rising for the Earthwith guest speaker & filmmaker Rucha Chitnis, singer-songwriter & activist Jen Myzel, the heart-opening Thrive Choir, and a community ritual for this season of renewal.

Women are on the frontlines leading critical intersectional movements to protect humans rights and dignity and to care for the Earth. What are the stories and culture-changing narratives we can look to for hope, resilience, and wisdom? How can we face the ecological and economic challenges of our time while we restore and give life to cultures of healing, reverence, and connection?

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, April 7 from 4 - 6pm

WHERE: the Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

LEARN MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE HERE

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Thrive Sunday | Generosity For Troubled Times
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Generosity For Troubled Times

Join us on Sunday, March 3rd as we explore Generosity For Troubled Times with the wise & beloved Akaya Windwood, celebrated artist & percussionist Kele Nitoto, and the heart-opening, soul-singing Thrive Choir.

As we navigate troubled times and a culture that is breaking down, how do we cultivate a spirit of generosity in the face of it all? As we seek resilience and a deeper way to respond, what are the transformative practices that can lead us to a more joyful, loving and liberated world?

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.

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, March 3 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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Song Circle | February
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | February

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, February 17 from 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: Canticle Farm

1972 36th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

Parking might be tight, so we encourage carpooling! We ask that people leave their shoes on the porch, so please be prepared with slippers or an extra pair of socks if you will need them. Also, the gathering space is up 12 stairs, so it is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible this month.


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 Community Choir | Welcome Gathering
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Thrive Community Choir | Welcome Gathering

We’re excited to be launching a Thrive Community Choir!

If you love to sing, if you’ve been inspired by the Thrive Choir and want to sing in an ensemble, if you want more Thrive songs in your life...join the Thrive Community Choir for its first season.

A Welcome Gathering for interested participants is taking place this Tuesday, Feb 5th where you can learn more.

WHAT

The Thrive Community Choir is an opportunity to:

- Be in deeper community with Thrive members & kindred folk
- Explore your singing voice as a reflection and expression of yourself
- Connect and contribute to an accepting and non-judgemental space
- Improve your vocal technique and musical knowledge
- Learn and improve your singing in harmony
- Give voice to the songs and messages our world is craving
- Keep the vocal traditions alive
- Offer songs in service of our community and your wellbeing

We’ll be singing a collection of songs in 3 and 4 part harmony. Some will be community songs you may remember from Thrive Sundays, some will be new arrangements made specifically for our choir, and some will come from songs you suggest and love. We will likely start with a song full of magic that many people love & know - MaMuse’s We Shall Be Known :)

The Thrive Community Choir will collaborate with the Thrive Choir but is a separate ensemble. The only audition is passion and commitment. All are welcome.

WHO

We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about singing and who can commit to attending at least 8 of the following rehearsal dates.

WHEN

We are having a welcome gathering on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:30pm. (You can still join the choir even if you can't make this event.)

Rehearsals will take place on Thursday from 7:30-9:30 on the following dates:

2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, (no April 4th) 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2

There will be a culminating performance at the May 5th Thrive Sunday from 4 - 6pm. (We will also be exploring the possibility of hosting a house concert.)

WHERE

The Fireplace Room @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
2619 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

HOW MUCH

To help cover the costs of this group, there is a sliding scale fee of $150- 225 for all 10 weeks plus the performance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to participate at a reduced amount or monthly installments, please email stevie.greenwell@gmail.com.

LEADERSHIP

The Thrive Community Choir is being directed by Stevie Greenwell with occasional guest teaching by other members of the Thrive Choir and community song leaders.

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.

RSVP & SIGN UP

Please RSVP for the Feb 5th welcome gathering if you can make it. If you can’t make the welcome gathering but would like to join the Thrive Community Choir, please email stevie.greenwell@gmail.com to sign up.

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Thrive Sunday | The Song Of Who You Are
Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | The Song Of Who You Are

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Join us on Sunday, February 3rd for The Song Of Who You Are: Self-Expression & Community with guest speaker Sunshine Michelle Coleman, guest artist Band Together Creative Liberation Network, and the soul-lifting Thrive Choir.

We live between a world that is trying to contain us to our smallest selves, and another world that is calling for our fullest freedom and self-expression. How can we share the gift of our most authentic selves, shining our light in ways that liberate and make our collective brighter?How do we build beautiful and beloved communities that call forth the truth and creativity of us 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.

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Song Circle | January
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Song Circle | January

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, January 20th from 7pm - 9pm

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

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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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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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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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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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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