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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.


Earlier Event: March 4
Thrive Sunday 3/4 | Radical Love
Later Event: April 1
Revival: A Spring Celebration