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.)

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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.

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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)
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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.

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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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Members With Benefits: What's In It For You?
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Members With Benefits: What's In It For You?

Join us after the next Thrive Sunday for a short intro session about Thrive East Bay's new membership model exploring what membership entails, what its benefits are, and how you can become more fully engaged in this growing community.

When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 from 6:10pm - 7pm

Where: In the room adjacent to where we will gather for Thrive Sunday

Food & refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to team@thriveeastbay.org if you plan to join us!

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the Thrive East Bay team

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Thrive Sunday | Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, Dec 3rd for Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity with guest speaker & cultural strategist Ashara Ekundayo, guest artist Khafre Jay of Hip Hop For Change, and the soul-stirring Thrive Choir. Creativity is life, and we are a vital part of life's creativity. How can we each connect with our divine creativity as a source of freedom & joy and as a force of healing & transformation?

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, December 3rd from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Food, music, and connecting from 6 - 7pm

WHERE: Community Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Walkable from the 19th Street Bart Station
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

THEME: Spell Casting Our Divine Creativity

CO-HOSTS: Aryeh Shell & Cherine Badawi

MUSIC: the Thrive Choir (directed by Austin Willacy)

GUEST SPEAKER: Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, independent curator, serial entrepreneur, and connector of the urban landscape. She facilitates the creation of “collaboratory” spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested. Through her company AECreative, she consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for equitable community engagement through mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland and Owner of Omi Gallery, both creative enterprises committed to the social, cultural, economic and political liberation of people of color, women and girls, and the LGTBQ community. Her commitment to social transformation is informed by an intersectional framework that aims to expand the influence and impact of arts and culture on racial equity, gender+justice, and environmental literacy.

GUEST ARTIST: Khafre Jay is a hip hop artist and the founder & Executive Director of Hip Hop For Change. He has been a pillar of the Hip Hop community in San Francisco for over a decade, working with Frisco’s own B-Pos, and rocking the stage with legends in 38 states including Rakim, Method Man, Dead Prez, Krs1, Jean Grae, and Tone Loc He's worked actively in the nonprofit sector from small, local justice groups, to large, international environmental organizations. Khafre has spent years working with disadvantaged young people, using his hip hop roots to bridge social gaps, and helping kids find identity through their culture. His experience in merging activism and expressive cultural arts led him to found Hip Hop For Change, a nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socio-economic injustices and to advocate solutions through hip hop culture. In the last 3 years, Hip Hop For Change Inc. has worked with over 1000 students, teaching the history and practice of Hip Hop culture in over 20 schools and institutions, giving young people the tools for positive cultural expression.

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

RSVP on Eventbrite if plan to join us, and feel free to Invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Please keep in mind that we are building a diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite Friends on Facebook here.

FOOD: Please bring a vegan snack or treat to share with others for the social hour following the program. 

CHILDCARE: Childcare is offered for free during our main program. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. Please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org if you would like a spot for your child or children.

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 there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team

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Root Down | Reclaiming Our Ancestry
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

Root Down | Reclaiming Our Ancestry

  • 324 Coventry Road Kensington, CA, 94707 United States (map)
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Join Thrive East Bay for our monthly Root Down as we deepen in community, engage in embodied practice, and nourish ourselves with food and meaningful connections.

In a world filled with loneliness and grief, we will be reconnecting with the wisdom of our ancestors to nourish our bodies, hearts, and souls – strengthening our resilience to stay powerful and rooted in our truths during the social and ecological challenges of our time.

When: Sunday, Nov 12th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Community potluck and connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: 324 Coventry Road

             Kensington, CA 94707

             (a 20min walk from El Cerrito Plaza Bart station)


Co-Facilitators: Gabriela Garza & Joshua Gorman

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $5 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called and are able to. 

Food: Sharing food together is an essential part of community. Please bring a tasty vegan snack and/or beverage to share with others. 

Invite a Friend: Please feel free to invite a friend.

We look forward to rooting down in community!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team

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Thrive Sunday | Revering The Mystery, Healing Our Relations
Nov
5
4:00 PM16:00

Thrive Sunday | Revering The Mystery, Healing Our Relations

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
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Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, Nov 5th for "Revering the Mystery, Healing our Relations" with guest speaker & healer Carla M. Pérez, guest poet & elder Rafael Jesús González, guest artist & singer Far I Shields, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir. As we work to transform the root causes of rising social injustices and climate destabilization, how can we be guided by a deeper relationship with the Mystery and bring healing to the center of our movements for collective liberation?

Learn more & RSVP here.

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Queer Women of Color Healing Circle
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Women of Color Healing Circle

  • 324 Coventry Road Kensington, CA, 94707 United States (map)
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“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important that I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

Join us as we gather for connection, growth, and healing. Through sharing, deep listening, and discussion, we will explore ways that we can live into our full selves throughout the transitions in our lives. Come build sacred and beloved community.

This circle is for Queer and Queer-Friendly Women of Color.

Date: Monday, October 30

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Location: 324 Coventry Road, Kensington CA

Co-facilitators: Devani Santos and Amanda Weatherspoon, MDiv 

Contact: aweatherspoon85@gmail.com

 

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Song Circle
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Song Circle

Join us for a Thrive East Bay Song Circle!

Come gather in community to share and sing songs of all kinds in the oral tradition. In this way, we keep the ancients alive and sing the songs of future ones.

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 (can be taught as a group song, or offered solo as an original)
- A friend who has been longing to sing & make music
- A desert or snack to share with community (please eat dinner before)
- A blanket or chair to sit on (if possible)

Location: 324 Coventry Road
Kensington, CA 94707
(El Cerrito Plaza Bart Station is a 20 minute walk)

We are building something beautiful. We'd love to have you in the mix!

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Community Leaders Circle
Oct
26
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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Thrive Street Choir Training
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Thrive Street Choir Training

Hello fellow activists, singers, and people of this wild moment in history,

It’s been a busy and wonderful year for us organizers, but The Street Choir is finally launching - to act as a vocal blockade at marches, direct actions and other gathering spaces in the Bay Area and beyond. 

If you have not already, sign up on this form and join our Facebook group for updates. And tell your sangin' friends! Now more than ever, the world needs people like us to bring our voices, energy and full selves/souls to support the intersectional movements for social and environmental justice.

We are kicking things off this Tuesday evening 10/24 with a meet-up and Thrive Street Choir De-escalation training. We will eat, we will sing and we will learn from some expert trainers how to show up on the street in a good way.

Here are deets:

Tuesday, the 24th

Kyle’s House in the Trees

5845 Scarborough dr, Oakland 94611

6:30 to 8 - potluck dinner and discussion of our Street Choir mobilization Plans!

8 - 9ish - our trainers will arrive to skill us up with De-escalation tactics.

Please RSVP if you’re thinking of coming Tuesday ! - kyle@thriveeastbay.org

There will also be a Thrive song circle happening October 29th, stay tuned for more details on that if you just wanna sing :)

See you Soon!

Masumi, Kyle, Eva, Jeremy & the Thrive Street Choir Organizing team

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Root Down | Connect. Practice. Nourish.
Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Root Down | Connect. Practice. Nourish.

  • 1250 Addison Street Berkeley, CA, 94702 United States (map)
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Join Thrive East Bay for our monthly Root Down as we deepen in community, engage in embodied practice, and nourish ourselves with delicious food and meaningful connections.

When: Sunday, Oct 15th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Community potluck and connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: Strawberry Creek Design Center

            1250 Addison Street

            Berkeley, CA 94702

            (a 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart)

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $5 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called and are able to. 

Potluck: Sharing food together is an essential part of community. Please bring a tasty dish and/or beverage to share with others for the community potluck. 

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, let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

Invite a Friend: Please feel free to invite a friend.

We look forward to rooting down in community!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team

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Science & Spirituality Circle
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us Wednesday, October 4th for our monthly Science & Spirituality Circle as we explore the topic of "Evolutionary Spirituality."

Our conversation this month will look at the topic of evolution in relationship to spirituality, inspired by the work of the author and integral theorist Steve McIntosh. McIntosh points to an idea of evolutionary spirituality that aims to integrate the wisdom of traditional religion, science, and progressive spirituality. Whether one agrees with McIntosh's conclusions or not, they prompt a lively conversation.

In preparation for the circle you're invited to listen to or watch Steve McIntosh's talk about his book The Presence of the Infinite.

The talk is pretty long (45 minutes of talk and 45 minutes of Q&A). If you want to only hear an excerpt, listen to the part about the five spiritual teachings of evolution (beginning at 20:08).  You can read about the book and find excerpts here


When: Wednesday, October 4th


Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm


Where: At a home in Oakland

             Please RSVP to team@thriveeastbay.org for the address & directions.


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.

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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Sunday Gathering | The Fierce Urgency Of Now
Oct
1
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday Gathering | The Fierce Urgency Of Now

"We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join Thrive East Bay on Sunday, Oct 1st for a timely gathering The Fierce Urgency of Now with renowned activist, scholar, and poet Drew Dellinger, guest artists Signature Soul, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir (debuting new songs by Kyle Lemle and Dine Erie). In a moment when the rising politics of hate, injustice, and white supremacy threaten our lives and democracy, how do we act boldly with love and courage as we work to build movements of peace, ecology, and racial justice? Let's gather as we rise together and respond to the call of our time.

RSVP on Eventbrite here.

Share and invite others on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Community Leaders Circle
Sep
20
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
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us for our monthly Science & Spirituality Circle! 

This is an open circle exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about Life, meaning, purpose, evolution, wonder, and mystery.

RSVP to team (at) thriveeastbay.org if you're able to join us and we'll share further details. You're welcome to invite friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

the Thrive East Bay team

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Sunday Gathering | The Soul Of Community
Aug
27
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday Gathering | The Soul Of Community

Join Thrive East Bay for our two-year anniversary "The Soul Of Community" with guest speaker and visionary Orland Bishop, guest performing artist Jasmine Fuego, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir. How do our individual journeys and gifts intersect with the relationships we form in the soul of community, and give rise to a just and flourishing world for all? 

WHAT: Thrive East Bay Sunday events 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, August 27th 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 on Eventbrite here.

Invite your friends on Facebook here.

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Root Down | Connect. Practice. Nourish.
Aug
13
4:00 PM16:00

Root Down | Connect. Practice. Nourish.

Join Thrive East Bay for our monthly Root Down as we deepen in community, engage in embodied practice, and explore the power of Conflict Transformation Through Effective Communication.

Thrive East Bay is a community of people committed to personal and social transformation. We stand together for a world of love, justice, and belonging. Our monthly 'Root Down' events build upon our larger monthly gatherings by providing an opportunity to connect more deeply with inspiring people; to engage in transformative practices that we can carry into our everyday lives; and to share in the power of community in service to a world that works for all.

Theme: Conflict Transformation through Effective Communication

In this Root Down we will engage in dialogue and skills-learning about deepening relationships and community through effective communication and conflict engagement in our increasingly divided world. Given that conflict is a natural part of life, we will explore transforming its role into an opportunity to deepen our understanding of other's experiences and perspectives, and to develop practices that you can employ in all aspects of your life.

When: Sunday, August 13th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Community potluck and connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: Strawberry Creek Design Center

            1250 Addison Street

            Berkeley, CA 94702

            (a 10 min walk from North Berkeley Bart)

Co-Hosts: AddieRose Mayer, Duncan Autrey, & Elli Nagai-Rothe

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $5 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called and are able to. 

Potluck: Sharing food together is an essential part of community. Please bring a tasty dish and/or beverage to share with others for the community potluck. 

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, let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org. 

Invite a Friend: Please feel free to invite a friend. (Facebook event is here.)

We look forward to rooting down in community!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team

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Community Leaders Circle
Jul
26
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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Thrive Summer Picnic & Celebration
Jul
23
1:00 PM13:00

Thrive Summer Picnic & Celebration

Join Thrive East Bay for a summer picnic & celebration in the beautiful Redwood Regional Park!

We will gather for the afternoon to play, rest, eat, laugh, sing, and connect in the fullness of summer. We'll be getting our outdoor games on with frisbees, kickball, badminton (whatever we feel inspired to co-create!) and you can just bring your blankets and tents/umbrellas to talk, read and lounge in the sun & shade together. There is a children's playground nearby for the little ones, beautiful hiking trails to adventure on, and if you haven't yet been to a rehearsal for the Thrive Street Choir and want to learn some movement songs, there will be singing and music-making from 3 - 4pm.

WHEN: Sunday, July 23 from 1pm - 4pm (you are welcome to come earlier if you'd like to spend the whole day!)

WHERE: Quail Meadow picnic site at Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619

(The Quail Meadow picnic site is the first meadow with tables that you will see by the parking lot. There will be clear signs. Please note that there is a $5 parking fee so carpool if you can.)

WHAT TO BRING:
* A side dish or dessert to share
* An entree/dish for yourself (if you want to have a full meal while you're there)
* Water/drinks (no alcohol please) 
* Blankets, chairs, outdoor gear
* Sunscreen & shade needs
* Outdoor games
* Hiking boots (if you plan to hike)
* Music instruments

We are also looking for help to coordinate this event. If you are interested in volunteering to support, or if you have any questions, contact team@thriveeastbay.org. 

Please feel free to invite your friends, family, and loved ones (the Facebook Event is here). We look forward to sharing in community and summer fun!

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Science & Spirituality Circle
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us for the next Science & Spirituality Circle on Wednesday, July 12th. 

This is an open monthly circle exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about Life, meaning, purpose, evolution, wonder, and mystery.

RSVP to team (at) thriveeastbay.org if you're able to join us. You're welcome to invite friends.

Looking forward to another inspiring circle!

the Thrive East Bay team

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Community Leaders Circle
Jun
28
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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Street Choir at Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Street Choir at Oscar Grant Plaza

The Thrive Street Choir is being born to sing the music of the revolution. We just had an epic first gathering where hella folks sang into the night. We are unstoppable when we sing together!

We are gathering this month at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland to learn our repertoire of movement songs before hitting the streets together at direct actions, marches, and wherever we are needed to show up in these decisive times. 

If you're interested in being part of the Thrive Street Choir, we invite you to join us to learn the songs we will be taking to the streets. Invite your people! (Facebook event here)

WHEN: Friday June 23rd from 7 - 9:30pm

WHERE: Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland

BRING:
Drums, Tamborines, Shakers, Instruments
A Water Bottle
Layers
Blankets / Chairs to sit on
Snacks to share!

ABOUT THE THRIVE STREET CHOIR:

These times are asking us to show up in solidarity, and resistance, in the streets, at the Federal Building, at the airport. There are too many threats to list here, our leaders are wielding the fires of hate, greed and delusion. And so we are responding in love and in song.

Have you noticed how important music is in supporting our resistance work? Have you, like so many of us, gravitated towards the music playing when at the Women's March, the People's Climate March? Have you ever wanted to start a chant to get the crowd going, but could not think of the perfect one, or felt intimidated to start it yourself?

Good. Come join us!

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Sunday Gathering | Dreaming the Next Economy
Jun
4
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday Gathering | Dreaming the Next Economy

Join us for our next Sunday gathering on June 4th at 4pm as we explore the theme Dreaming the Next Economy with guest speaker & new economy visionary Nwamaka Agbo, guest artist I.M.1 (a.k.a. Gino Pastori-Ng) and the Root Work Crew, and the soul-stirring Thrive East Bay Choir.

As our current economic system continues to break down, how do we make a just transition to the next economy, one that is based on the principles of interconnectedness, abundance, and regeneration? Gather with us as we dream into the next economy and build its foundation in our lives and communities today.

Learn more & RSVP on Eventbrite here.

Share and invite your Friends on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Science & Spirituality Circle
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

Science & Spirituality Circle

Join us for the next Science & Spirituality Circle on Thursday, May 11th

This is an open monthly circle exploring the relationship between science & spirituality and the big questions about Life, meaning, purpose, evolution, wonder, and mystery.

We will be attending a special public event together this month that is being hosted in San Francisco by the California Institute of Integral Studies. The event is titled Participatory Spirituality featuring professor Jorge Ferrer. "With the dwindling of organized religion, there is a growing movement for personal spirituality to come to the forefront and enrich old structures. Ferrer will examine the relationship between science and transpersonal psychology, the import of shared entheogenic visions, the nature of a fully embodied spirituality, and the features of integral education." The public talk is from 6:30 - 8pm. We will gather at the door, and then we will go out somewhere local afterward to talk further about what sparked from the talk.

RSVP to team (at) thriveeastbay.org if you're able to join us and we will send you further details.

Thanks so much!

the Thrive East Bay team

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