now is the time.
for those committed to love and justice, we are being called upon to unlearn old, harmful patterns and practice life-affirming ways of being so that we might act wisely.
“Without inner change, there can be no outer change, without collective change, no change matters.”
—rev angel kyodo williams
in these increasingly uncertain times, we are called to tune into our inner wisdom and creative impulses. while this calls for inner soul work, opportunities for group and communal practice builds power–both individually and collectively–just what the world needs now.
as a companion in your journey, i draw on my training + experience in ecological counseling, trauma-informed healing, body-centered practices, rooted in my faith and ancestral traditions of Celtic spirituality and Christian mysticism.
individual coaching + spiritual companioning
the health of the self determines the health of our actions.–Meg Wheatley
so much of what it means to be a human being calls us to forget who we are– forget and betray the essence of our selves for the sake of “belonging” in the world. white-body supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism have seeded both external conditions and those we internalize that result in an illusion of separation and disconnectedness. to notice these blocks and bring awareness to them is the first step in liberating ourselves and our worlds.
by listening for what Howard Thurman calls “the sound of the geniune” deep within ourselves, we begin to remember who we are. we build self-trust through an awakening of our relationship with nature, remembering the gifts and wounds of our ancestors, and aligning mind/body/spirit through both movement and stillness.
creating new ways of being together that cultivate wholeness, belonging, and creativity, we must practice together. there are both internal and external conditions that actively undermine and work against healthy, living systems. by slowing down, practicing, and reflecting, these conditions can be revealed. only then can we be free to create a world that now lives only in our wildest dreams.
my experience with groups spans various contexts from higher education, to the social sector, to faith-based organizations. many of the groups i’ve hosted have been organizationally driven–invited in to lead a group through a change process or to develop + sustain new ways of being/operating.
communities of practice
why communities of practice?
communities of practice cultivate transformative growth, rooted in the belief that wholeness and justice calls for honoring our inherent interconnectedness. communities that share commitment to life-affirming practices—including body-centered work; deep listening + presencing; participatory dialogue—amplify possibilities of both unlearning harmful patterns and remembering humane ways of being and doing.
these times call for close attention to what new possibilities are emerging in our dying systems and increased capacity for being in uncertainty. with constantly changing circumstances, ever-changing roles and shifting boundaries between life/work, wise action calls for trust, courage, and community.
developing communities of practice offer practitioners and organizational leaders an opportunity to come together to bravely develop and strengthen practices that decolonize minds, hearts, and bodies and invite them into right relationship and wise action. together, there is opportunity to practice embodying emergence and growing our capacities to be the world we imagine.
my experience with communities of practice go back to my action research dissertation, “Reform from Within: An Ecological Analysis of Institutional Feminism at our University” (2011). drawing on Gloria Anzaldua’s concept of “third space” and Paulo Freire’s “critical consciousness”, to explore the possibilities that the model might offer as a change strategy. since then, my faith in their potential for growing a radical and sustained alternative to dominant forms of leadership and activism have only deepened. this faith is based on my experience as participant, facilitator, and evaluator in a variety of CoPs within diverse contexts.
this is really no surprise as this is how living systems grow and evolve. pando, an aspen colony of trees, serves as a commonly referenced example. the colony’s interconnected and complex root system has supported the growth of individual trees within a living system of other aspens for over 80,000 years! as conditions change in their specific context, their roots spread and adapt.
as it is within, so it is without.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin