September News – Between You and a Blog Post

Hello Good People!

Ever have an experience where what actually happened was painful, but you can picture exactly what you would have liked to happen and that just feels so delicious? I just had one. Telling this story is purely for fun, so skip ahead for the serious stuff like drought relief and conflict facilitation training!

What actually happened: My husband Sam and I took our kids out to eat at a family-style Japanese restaurant. Toward the end of the meal, a couple is seated in the booth behind us. The both sit on the same side, quietly sipping martinis. Our two kids, ages 3 and 1, are crawling all over the seat next to me, and making goofy faces at the new couple in an effort to elicit a smile or a laugh. To no avail. The couple sits quietly and glares at us. I hear something clatter behind me and turn, realizing Siobhan might have dropped something into their booth. I turn and ask the glaring woman if my daughter dropped a toy into their booth, and she says "I am pretty sure she did." She makes no move to help me find the item, but continues glaring as I check under their table for the toy (or chop stick, or whatever it is). Finally, she and her partner ask to be moved to another booth. Sam and I sit there, steaming.

What I wish had happened: Same as before, except as soon as I noticed the couple glaring at me and my children, I would have turned to them and said, "Oh my god, are you breaking up? You look so unhappy!" Undoubtedly this would have resulted in one of them making a cutting remark along the lines of, "No, in fact, our relationship is just fine and we are trying to enjoy a quiet date but your scrappy and freakishly loud kids are ruining it for us." At which point I would have stood up and proclaimed to the entire restaurant, "This woman called me a n**g*r."

Wow, I wish that is what had happened. Then the glaring couple would have been the ones to make a quick, humiliated exit. As it was, Sam and I were the ones who left as quickly as we could, with our children in tow. But that's not really fair, it it? I probably hold memories, somewhere deep down, of a time before I had children when I tried to eat a meal out with friends, or pre-father Sam, and was disturbed in my dining experience by someone else's child who clearly thought, or had been led to believe, that he was cuter than he was. There are two differences in my current experience: 1) My children actually ARE cuter than they realize, and even hateful, child-hating people can't deny that; 2) As a parent I have absolutely no sympathy for the distress of non-parent patrons who choose to have their weekly night out in a restaurant that plays the game on a large screen TV over the aquarium. In my humble opinion, if you don't have kids AND you can afford to eat out, you live with a type of luxury and access on par with cruises and shoe-shining. So, if a family comes in, be on your best behavior, offer assistance when necessary, and show friendly (if forced) smiles when their children act out to get your attention. It is these simple acts of kindness that stand between you and a blog-post.
 
In this Edition of Iambrown:
  • East Africa Relief (Everywhere)
  • Intuitive Spirituality Workshop (NYC)
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict Facilitation Training (Twin Cities)
  • Advanced Training of Trainers with Training for Change (Twin Cities)
  • Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op (Tivoli, NY)
  • Launching Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs (NYC)



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East Africa Relief
 
My friend Sophia Kizilbash forwarded this message about East Africa Relief Resources:
Nasra Giama and her colleaues compiled a list of recommended organizations to contribute to in response to the drought crisis in Somalia. Nasra is based in Rochester, Minnesota and pursuing her advanced degree in nursing in minneapolis.  She specializes in adolescent health and wants to begin community initiatives focusing on young refugee and immigrant women, obesity, self-esteem, health and wellness and civic engagement. She is well connected with somali youth nationally who are organizing around raising resources and awareness.  If you live and work in Minnesota, please feel free to introduce young people you work with to her as a mentor or as a connector to other active youth! Her email is nasra.gia@gmail.com.      

Below is a link with the information: 
http://eastafricarelief.tumblr.com/

We are a group of Minnesotans, most of us with East African roots, interested in navigating the famine and drought crisis. "What can we do?" we asked ourselves. This is the result: to encourage smart giving. As we look at short term aid to the famine-stricken regions it is imperative that we discuss the long term effects of climate change and its impact on global food security.
As you think about organizations to support financially toward humanitarian relief in the regions affected by famine and drought in East Africa, consider the following questions:
  • Is the organization grass-roots based; and are its administrators and staff local people?
  • Where is the organization based?
  • Does the organization have the operational capacity to distribute food and other resources in the impacted areas?
  • What percent of donations go to administrative and overhead costs?
  • What is the organization’s impact in the area? Is there a financial report available?
  • How long has the organization been working in the region, specific country? Who are its partners?
  • Does the organization’s aid model contribute or deter the growth of the local economy?
  • What are the organization’s long-term sustainable plans?

Donate nowMaking a financial contribution is the best way to help, as supplies can be purchased locally at a low cost. Food donations harm African businesses and the high shipping costs makes these contributions inefficient. After evaluating various relief agencies in East Africa based on services delivered, reach, administrative costs, and ability to fill critical gaps, we encourage people to donate to the following organizations. These organizations address a variety of needs efficiently and they each designate at least 89% of contributions to aid.

Volunteer
. Contact aid agencies working in East Africa to see how you can volunteer your time and skills.

  • Amoud Foundation | www.amoudfoundation.com
    Operating 12 feeding centers in the worse hit famine areas of Somalia, including: Bay, Bakol, Gedo and Afgoi areas.
  • ARAHA | www.araha.org
    Operating food distributions in the Horn of Africa, and delivering non-food items such as tarps for making shelters, cooking utensils, and other essentials to those displaced. Volunteers wanted
  • African Future | www.theafricanfuture.org
    Working with the Global Enrichment Foundation and Hope for Nations to distribute food to individuals and families that have been denied access across the Somali border. Volunteers wanted.
  • Doctors without Borders (MSF) | www.doctorswithoutborders.org
    Operating 3 medical-nutritional programs in Ethiopia and Kenya and 9 programs in south-central Somalia.
  • Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org/hornofafricahungercrisis
    Mercy Corps teams in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are responding to the hunger crisis by distributing food and water and expanding critical relief efforts in a way that builds local markets. Mercy Corps is on the ground helping more than one million people in the region survive. 
  • Oxfam | www.oxfam.org/eastafrica
    Has a reputation for supporting sustainable projects that look at long term solutions. Working in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
  • Save Somali Women and Children | http://bit.ly/SaveSomaliWomenChildren
    SSWC is a grantee of the Global Fund For Women, is distributing Nutrition Kits to help mothers fend against the malnutrition and Dignity Kits to provide essential women’s hygiene items, the lack of which poses serious health risks and compromises their dignity.

 

 
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Intuitive Spirituality Workshop with Victoria Libertore, a.k.a. Howlin' Vic!
 

Led by Lisa Karmen and Victoria Libertore

 

If you feel a yearning to open new dimensions within yourself, learn about your own intuitive abilities and deepen your spiritual knowledge, this six-week workshop is meant for you.  Lisa Karmen and Victoria Libertore are combining their years of experience as an astrologer and an intuitive to accompany you on this path.  Participants will learn about connecting with their guides, archetypal energy work, cycles of the planets and using astrology as a mirror of the self and a resource for self-knowledge.  This is an interactive workshop that will be delivered in a fun and safe environment.  Sessions will be tailored to the individual participants.  Developing your intuitive abilities encourages positive self awareness, health on all levels, and raises one's spiritual vibration, which benefits the collective and the planet at this time of great transition.  We intend for this workshop to be empowering and invite you to join us in this pioneering adventure.  Please see howlingvic.com and selketconsulting.com for more about  the teachers.

 

October 3rd - November 7th (Mondays), 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Studios 353, Studio 4

353 W. 48th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)

Fee:  $275 - $400 sliding scale

Workshop builds from week to week.  No drop-ins.

To sign up and for questions:  victorialibertore@gmail.com or lkarmen@yahoo.com

Register by 9/28

 

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Cross-Cultural Conflict Facilitation Training 


Based on Process-Work Arnold Mindell. Join us for a 3 module workshop, in which you will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen your skills in deep democracy as a way of being, and as an approach to transformative leadership for social change. You will learn the basics of process-oriented psychology, building skills for working through conflict at multiple levels and heats, the “meta-skills” fundamental for effective facilitation through conflict, and how to set the conditions for deeper and deeper democracy.

Our approach to process work incorporates a modality developed by members of our team and presented at the 2010 United States Social Forum - on social somatics – a modality that helps accelerate social change, using personal and group somatic tracking embodiment exercises and praxis. Cultural preservation and cross-cultural bridging is our complex frame that will be used to practice deep democracy skills within. The primary objective is to facilitate conflict forums on cross-cultural issues most pressing to the Midwest. 

Dates: Orientation / August 28, 2011. 
Module 1 Conflict in Communities / September 25, 2011. 
Module 2 Conflict in Organizations / October 30, 2011. 
Module 3 Conflict as an Organizing Tool / December 4, 2011.
Cost: The orientation is free of charge, and open to all community.

Workshop Registration: Cost: $400 for the series. Or $150 per module. The registration closes on September 19th. Space is limited. Contact: movetochange@gmail.com
www.ujimaconsulting.com

 
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Upcoming Advanced Training of Trainers from Training for Change

October 24-29, 2011
Minneapolis, MN

Deepen and broaden your facilitation skills in an advanced workshop open only to graduates of Training for Social Action Trainers. Together we'll tackle some of training's biggest challenges -- including doing cross-cultural work, handling conflict and strong emotions, and modifying workshop designs on the fly -- and experiment with new solutions.

AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL...

Receive in-depth, personal coaching on your goals
Prepare for cross-cultural work, including international training
Use more practice time to experiment with new approaches in a supportive setting
Learn about more training tools and how to use them effectively
Meet trainers with a range of life experiences

FORMAT

The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and ends at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday evening. Please be advised that this workshop is an experiential package and that partial attendance is not allowed. Except for the first day, when the workshop starts in the evening, the workshop begins at 9 a.m every day (8 a.m. if you would like to arrive early for breakfast) and runs into the evening. It usually closes between 9:00 or 10:00 pm, in some cases later. There are a number of breaks throughout the day. If you have any questions about the hours of the workshop, please contact us at info@trainingforchange.org.

PREREQUISITE

This workshop is open only to people who have taken our basic facilitators' workshop, Training for Social Action Trainers. You must take the TSAT before you take the advanced workshop.

FEE

This workshop costs $400-$1,150 US sliding scale based on income. The fee includes nearly 40 hours of training, all meals from dinner the first evening to lunch the last day, housing (available upon request -- please make sure to tell us at least two weeks ahead of time), and handouts and other training materials.

 

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Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op


Are you someone who… 

  • is committed to social justice and environmental sustainability? 
  • thrives on creative exchanges with similarly committed people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences?
  • feels motivated to ground your life and work in a peaceful setting and within a nurturing and inspirational community?

You may be interested in being the Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op and Certification Program in Sustainable Community Living.
 
The Tivoli Housing Co-op, a Common Fire intentional community, provides a powerful living education in some of the most critical areas of our time relating to sustainability, justice, and joy in our personal lives and the world.  The co-op has been certified as the highest scoring green building in the Eastern United States. The community is located on 37 beautiful acres 2 hours from NY City, 25 minutes from Kingston and Hudson and 5 minutes from Bard College.  (see photos and more information on the co-op atwww.commonfire.org/coop)
 
The co-op has been successfully operating for five years now and we are looking to revise the program based on what we’ve learned.  Simultaneously we are launching a Certification Program in Sustainable Community Living for future residents.  A cohort of 7-11 change makers living in the co-op will have the opportunity to engage in periodic trainings and to practice what they are learning in their day to day interactions. We are seeking a Program Coordinator to help us design and launch the certification program, recruit new residents/participants, and make the building and land available for workshops and trainings.
 
An ideal candidate would be interested in living in intentional community, have good communication and organizing skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity with growing our program, and resonate deeply with Common Fire’s philosophy and vision (read more:www.commonfire.org). 
 
The position is part-time, and in exchange for 15-20 hours/week of work, the coordinator will receive room and board in the beautiful Tivoli Housing Co-op.
 
Experience with three or more of the following is a plus:

  • Consensus or other egalitarian decision making
  • Conflict Resolution models
  • Organic Gardening and/or Permaculture
  • Event planning and organizing
  • Facilitation
  • Fundraising or Grant-writing
  • Intentional Communities
  • Nonprofits
  • Working with difference, identity, privilege
  • Networking/Outreach

If you are interested, please answer the following questions and send them, along with a resume to:  Kavitha Rao atkavitha@commonfire.org
 
1)      What most attracts you to this position?
2)      What are some of the issues in the world that you care most passionately about, and how is this reflected in your life?
3)      What experience do you have living with other people?  What have been some of the challenges and benefits of living with other people?
4)      What (if any) other employment, studies or other obligations or interests will you be spending time on?
5)      Please share with us some of the ways in which you believe you would bring a unique set of values, perspectives, skills and experiences to the co-op/program.
6)      Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?  
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Launching Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs 
A  message from my friend Rafael Mutis:
 

I’m excited to announce to y’all that I am officially officially starting my herbal practice!  
This means that if you are interested in working together, I will be working with you person-to-person, whether it is a 1-on-1 consultation or in a group setting for herbal or nutritional workshops.  I think that collective person-to-person human contact is very important in connecting about these issues and doing this work together.

¡Hay vamos!
¡Estoy bien entusiasmado dejartes saber que estoy lanzando mi practica de hierbas!  
Eso significa que sí te interesa hacer este trabajo junt@s, trabajaré contigo persona a persona, entre los dos o con un grupo en por medio de talleres de nutrición o de hierbas.  Creo que el contacto humano colectivo persona a persona es clave en conectar con estos asuntos e en hacer este trabajo junt@s.
I am working out the final details, but here is what Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs entails so far/Todavia estoy finalizando los detalles, pero por el momento, Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs significa lo siguente -
1. Consulting with you on the use of herbs as nutrition and medicine to improve the health of your whole being: your body, spirit/heart and mind.  I’m not a chemical doctor and given the American Medical Association’s war on herbalism, I don’t want to be nor do I do diagnosis. I share my years of learning in community & school and our communities’ collective knowledge about herbs as a way to connect to our communities’ wisdom, to reclaim our wisdom of caring for each other & support our wholistic health, and to continue to support & develop self determination for ourselves through the use of plants and nature as we have all done throughout our evolution together across millions of years.
Consultas contigo sobre el uso de hierbas como nutrición y medicina para mejorar la salud de todo tu ser – de tu cuerpo, espiritu/corazon y mente.  No soy medico químico y dado la guerra desatada contra las hierbas/l@s herbolist@s por el American Medical Association, no lo voy a hacer ni hago trabajo diagnóstico.
2. I’m happy to work with you on nutrition and to cook some tasty meals for you!  I have a good knowledge of food addictions and how we can work together through the knowledge and enjoyment of nutritious food
to end capitalism’s drive to kill our communities.
¡Me gustaria trabajar contigo con respeto a la nutrición y en concinarte comida rica! Conozco bien información sobre adicciones de comida y como las podemos trabajar junt@s por medio del conocimiento y disfrutar la comida nutritiva para acabar con la mania capitalista para matar a nuestras comunidades.
3. I’m happy to share body work techniques with you.  I have learned many things in my years of dealing with and preventing pain for myself and in sharing with friends what works for me and for them.  I have been told I am a good sobador.
Me gustaria compartir technicas de trabajar al cuerpo contigo.  Tras los años, aprendí muchas cosas como manejar y prevenir el dolor en mi y en el proceso de compartir con amig@s lo que me sirve y lo que les sirve.  Me dicen que soy un sobador bueno.
I take this healing work very seriously, and I’m happy to share what I learned and know.  I commit myself to the highest standards of doing no harm, something the medical industrial complex has forgotten about in its iatrogenic mania and tragic results through its ever increasing complex use of interventions which treat only disease symptoms.
Tomo este trabajo de sanación de una manera muy seria, y me pone muy contento compartir lo que aprendi.  Te hago el compromiso de mantener los niveles más altos de no hacer daño, algo que el complejo industrial de medicina se les olvido mientras mantienen su mania dañina y sus resultados trajícos por medio de sus intervenciones más y más complejas que solo lidian con los síntomas de la enfermedad.
I’m interested in working with you around your life, and we can see together what we can do to strengthen your body, mind, and spirit to heal itself. There is so much wisdom to share and use!
Estoy interesado en trabajar contigo sobre tu vida, y podemos ver junt@s como podemos fortalecer a tu cuerpo, tu mente, tu espiritu para que se sane así mismo. Hay mucha sabiduría para compartir y para usar.
My rates are $60 a session (bartering is welcome, and discounts are available!), with the initial consultation of $30.  This will include herbal medicines which I make.  Other herbal medicines or other nutrients that might be helpful, you will need to buy if you want to.  I am open to bartering and working with you within your budget constraints.  My main purpose with this herbal practice is to help you improve your life, and to make our healing traditions – African, Asian, Native American/Indigenous, Latin@, Wimmin/Compañeras, European as accessible as possible and to help them live on through our lives & our community work in constructing a sustainable world.
Cobro $60 por consulta (el trueque esta bienvenido y ¡hay descuentos!), con la consulta inicial de $30.  Estoy incluirá las medicinas de hierbas que yo preparo.  Otras medicinas de hierbas o respaldo nutritivo que puede servirle, usted lo compra si quiere.  Estoy dispuesto a trocar y trabajar contigo entre lo posible de tu presupuesto.  Mi proposito con esta practica de hierbas es para mejorar tu vida, y hacer a las tradiciones de sanación – Africanas, Asiaticas, Indígenas, Latinas, Mujeres, Europeas tan acesibles que se pueda y para que vivan en nuestras vidas y en nuestro trabajo comunitario en construir un mundo sostenible.
Please let me know if you have any questions and how we can work together! I'm happy to work with you and your budget.  ¡Por fa, dejame saber si tienen preguntas y como podemos trabajar junt@s.  ¡Estoy muy dispuesto trabajar contigo y su presupuesto!  

 

A tu salud/to your health,

Rafael A. Mutis Garcia
Herbalist, Popular Educator, Facilitator
Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs
http://fincadelpueblo.wordpress.com/
 

 

Hello Good People!

Ever have an experience where what actually happened was painful, but you can picture exactly what you would have liked to happen and that just feels so delicious? I just had one. Telling this story is purely for fun, so skip ahead for the serious stuff like drought relief and conflict facilitation training!

What actually happened: My husband Sam and I took our kids out to eat at a family-style Japanese restaurant. Toward the end of the meal, a couple is seated in the booth behind us. The both sit on the same side, quietly sipping martinis. Our two kids, ages 3 and 1, are crawling all over the seat next to me, and making goofy faces at the new couple in an effort to elicit a smile or a laugh. To no avail. The couple sits quietly and glares at us. I hear something clatter behind me and turn, realizing Siobhan might have dropped something into their booth. I turn and ask the glaring woman if my daughter dropped a toy into their booth, and she says "I am pretty sure she did." She makes no move to help me find the item, but continues glaring as I check under their table for the toy (or chop stick, or whatever it is). Finally, she and her partner ask to be moved to another booth. Sam and I sit there, steaming.

What I wish had happened: Same as before, except as soon as I noticed the couple glaring at me and my children, I would have turned to them and said, "Oh my god, are you breaking up? You look so unhappy!" Undoubtedly this would have resulted in one of them making a cutting remark along the lines of, "No, in fact, our relationship is just fine and we are trying to enjoy a quiet date but your scrappy and freakishly loud kids are ruining it for us." At which point I would have stood up and proclaimed to the entire restaurant, "This woman called me a n**g*r."

Wow, I wish that is what had happened. Then the glaring couple would have been the ones to make a quick, humiliated exit. As it was, Sam and I were the ones who left as quickly as we could, with our children in tow. But that's not really fair, it it? I probably hold memories, somewhere deep down, of a time before I had children when I tried to eat a meal out with friends, or pre-father Sam, and was disturbed in my dining experience by someone else's child who clearly thought, or had been led to believe, that he was cuter than he was. There are two differences in my current experience: 1) My children actually ARE cuter than they realize, and even hateful, child-hating people can't deny that; 2) As a parent I have absolutely no sympathy for the distress of non-parent patrons who choose to have their weekly night out in a restaurant that plays the game on a large screen TV over the aquarium. In my humble opinion, if you don't have kids AND you can afford to eat out, you live with a type of luxury and access on par with cruises and shoe-shining. So, if a family comes in, be on your best behavior, offer assistance when necessary, and show friendly (if forced) smiles when their children act out to get your attention. It is these simple acts of kindness that stand between you and a blog-post.
 
In this Edition of Iambrown:
  • East Africa Relief (Everywhere)
  • Intuitive Spirituality Workshop (NYC)
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict Facilitation Training (Twin Cities)
  • Advanced Training of Trainers with Training for Change (Twin Cities)
  • Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op (Tivoli, NY)
  • Launching Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs (NYC)



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East Africa Relief
 
My friend Sophia Kizilbash forwarded this message about East Africa Relief Resources:
Nasra Giama and her colleaues compiled a list of recommended organizations to contribute to in response to the drought crisis in Somalia. Nasra is based in Rochester, Minnesota and pursuing her advanced degree in nursing in minneapolis.  She specializes in adolescent health and wants to begin community initiatives focusing on young refugee and immigrant women, obesity, self-esteem, health and wellness and civic engagement. She is well connected with somali youth nationally who are organizing around raising resources and awareness.  If you live and work in Minnesota, please feel free to introduce young people you work with to her as a mentor or as a connector to other active youth! Her email is nasra.gia@gmail.com.      

Below is a link with the information: 
http://eastafricarelief.tumblr.com/

We are a group of Minnesotans, most of us with East African roots, interested in navigating the famine and drought crisis. "What can we do?" we asked ourselves. This is the result: to encourage smart giving. As we look at short term aid to the famine-stricken regions it is imperative that we discuss the long term effects of climate change and its impact on global food security.
As you think about organizations to support financially toward humanitarian relief in the regions affected by famine and drought in East Africa, consider the following questions:
  • Is the organization grass-roots based; and are its administrators and staff local people?
  • Where is the organization based?
  • Does the organization have the operational capacity to distribute food and other resources in the impacted areas?
  • What percent of donations go to administrative and overhead costs?
  • What is the organization’s impact in the area? Is there a financial report available?
  • How long has the organization been working in the region, specific country? Who are its partners?
  • Does the organization’s aid model contribute or deter the growth of the local economy?
  • What are the organization’s long-term sustainable plans?

Donate nowMaking a financial contribution is the best way to help, as supplies can be purchased locally at a low cost. Food donations harm African businesses and the high shipping costs makes these contributions inefficient. After evaluating various relief agencies in East Africa based on services delivered, reach, administrative costs, and ability to fill critical gaps, we encourage people to donate to the following organizations. These organizations address a variety of needs efficiently and they each designate at least 89% of contributions to aid.

Volunteer
. Contact aid agencies working in East Africa to see how you can volunteer your time and skills.

  • Amoud Foundation | www.amoudfoundation.com
    Operating 12 feeding centers in the worse hit famine areas of Somalia, including: Bay, Bakol, Gedo and Afgoi areas.
  • ARAHA | www.araha.org
    Operating food distributions in the Horn of Africa, and delivering non-food items such as tarps for making shelters, cooking utensils, and other essentials to those displaced. Volunteers wanted
  • African Future | www.theafricanfuture.org
    Working with the Global Enrichment Foundation and Hope for Nations to distribute food to individuals and families that have been denied access across the Somali border. Volunteers wanted.
  • Doctors without Borders (MSF) | www.doctorswithoutborders.org
    Operating 3 medical-nutritional programs in Ethiopia and Kenya and 9 programs in south-central Somalia.
  • Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org/hornofafricahungercrisis
    Mercy Corps teams in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are responding to the hunger crisis by distributing food and water and expanding critical relief efforts in a way that builds local markets. Mercy Corps is on the ground helping more than one million people in the region survive. 
  • Oxfam | www.oxfam.org/eastafrica
    Has a reputation for supporting sustainable projects that look at long term solutions. Working in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
  • Save Somali Women and Children | http://bit.ly/SaveSomaliWomenChildren
    SSWC is a grantee of the Global Fund For Women, is distributing Nutrition Kits to help mothers fend against the malnutrition and Dignity Kits to provide essential women’s hygiene items, the lack of which poses serious health risks and compromises their dignity.

 

 
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Intuitive Spirituality Workshop with Victoria Libertore, a.k.a. Howlin' Vic!
 

Led by Lisa Karmen and Victoria Libertore

 

If you feel a yearning to open new dimensions within yourself, learn about your own intuitive abilities and deepen your spiritual knowledge, this six-week workshop is meant for you.  Lisa Karmen and Victoria Libertore are combining their years of experience as an astrologer and an intuitive to accompany you on this path.  Participants will learn about connecting with their guides, archetypal energy work, cycles of the planets and using astrology as a mirror of the self and a resource for self-knowledge.  This is an interactive workshop that will be delivered in a fun and safe environment.  Sessions will be tailored to the individual participants.  Developing your intuitive abilities encourages positive self awareness, health on all levels, and raises one's spiritual vibration, which benefits the collective and the planet at this time of great transition.  We intend for this workshop to be empowering and invite you to join us in this pioneering adventure.  Please see howlingvic.com and selketconsulting.com for more about  the teachers.

 

October 3rd - November 7th (Mondays), 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Studios 353, Studio 4

353 W. 48th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)

Fee:  $275 - $400 sliding scale

Workshop builds from week to week.  No drop-ins.

To sign up and for questions:  victorialibertore@gmail.com or lkarmen@yahoo.com

Register by 9/28

 

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Cross-Cultural Conflict Facilitation Training 


Based on Process-Work Arnold Mindell. Join us for a 3 module workshop, in which you will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen your skills in deep democracy as a way of being, and as an approach to transformative leadership for social change. You will learn the basics of process-oriented psychology, building skills for working through conflict at multiple levels and heats, the “meta-skills” fundamental for effective facilitation through conflict, and how to set the conditions for deeper and deeper democracy.

Our approach to process work incorporates a modality developed by members of our team and presented at the 2010 United States Social Forum - on social somatics – a modality that helps accelerate social change, using personal and group somatic tracking embodiment exercises and praxis. Cultural preservation and cross-cultural bridging is our complex frame that will be used to practice deep democracy skills within. The primary objective is to facilitate conflict forums on cross-cultural issues most pressing to the Midwest. 

Dates: Orientation / August 28, 2011. 
Module 1 Conflict in Communities / September 25, 2011. 
Module 2 Conflict in Organizations / October 30, 2011. 
Module 3 Conflict as an Organizing Tool / December 4, 2011.
Cost: The orientation is free of charge, and open to all community.

Workshop Registration: Cost: $400 for the series. Or $150 per module. The registration closes on September 19th. Space is limited. Contact: movetochange@gmail.com
www.ujimaconsulting.com

 
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Upcoming Advanced Training of Trainers from Training for Change

October 24-29, 2011
Minneapolis, MN

Deepen and broaden your facilitation skills in an advanced workshop open only to graduates of Training for Social Action Trainers. Together we'll tackle some of training's biggest challenges -- including doing cross-cultural work, handling conflict and strong emotions, and modifying workshop designs on the fly -- and experiment with new solutions.

AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL...

Receive in-depth, personal coaching on your goals
Prepare for cross-cultural work, including international training
Use more practice time to experiment with new approaches in a supportive setting
Learn about more training tools and how to use them effectively
Meet trainers with a range of life experiences

FORMAT

The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and ends at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday evening. Please be advised that this workshop is an experiential package and that partial attendance is not allowed. Except for the first day, when the workshop starts in the evening, the workshop begins at 9 a.m every day (8 a.m. if you would like to arrive early for breakfast) and runs into the evening. It usually closes between 9:00 or 10:00 pm, in some cases later. There are a number of breaks throughout the day. If you have any questions about the hours of the workshop, please contact us at info@trainingforchange.org.

PREREQUISITE

This workshop is open only to people who have taken our basic facilitators' workshop, Training for Social Action Trainers. You must take the TSAT before you take the advanced workshop.

FEE

This workshop costs $400-$1,150 US sliding scale based on income. The fee includes nearly 40 hours of training, all meals from dinner the first evening to lunch the last day, housing (available upon request -- please make sure to tell us at least two weeks ahead of time), and handouts and other training materials.

 

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Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op


Are you someone who… 

  • is committed to social justice and environmental sustainability? 
  • thrives on creative exchanges with similarly committed people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences?
  • feels motivated to ground your life and work in a peaceful setting and within a nurturing and inspirational community?

You may be interested in being the Program Coordinator for Common Fire’s Tivoli Housing Co-op and Certification Program in Sustainable Community Living.
 
The Tivoli Housing Co-op, a Common Fire intentional community, provides a powerful living education in some of the most critical areas of our time relating to sustainability, justice, and joy in our personal lives and the world.  The co-op has been certified as the highest scoring green building in the Eastern United States. The community is located on 37 beautiful acres 2 hours from NY City, 25 minutes from Kingston and Hudson and 5 minutes from Bard College.  (see photos and more information on the co-op atwww.commonfire.org/coop)
 
The co-op has been successfully operating for five years now and we are looking to revise the program based on what we’ve learned.  Simultaneously we are launching a Certification Program in Sustainable Community Living for future residents.  A cohort of 7-11 change makers living in the co-op will have the opportunity to engage in periodic trainings and to practice what they are learning in their day to day interactions. We are seeking a Program Coordinator to help us design and launch the certification program, recruit new residents/participants, and make the building and land available for workshops and trainings.
 
An ideal candidate would be interested in living in intentional community, have good communication and organizing skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity with growing our program, and resonate deeply with Common Fire’s philosophy and vision (read more:www.commonfire.org). 
 
The position is part-time, and in exchange for 15-20 hours/week of work, the coordinator will receive room and board in the beautiful Tivoli Housing Co-op.
 
Experience with three or more of the following is a plus:

  • Consensus or other egalitarian decision making
  • Conflict Resolution models
  • Organic Gardening and/or Permaculture
  • Event planning and organizing
  • Facilitation
  • Fundraising or Grant-writing
  • Intentional Communities
  • Nonprofits
  • Working with difference, identity, privilege
  • Networking/Outreach

If you are interested, please answer the following questions and send them, along with a resume to:  Kavitha Rao atkavitha@commonfire.org
 
1)      What most attracts you to this position?
2)      What are some of the issues in the world that you care most passionately about, and how is this reflected in your life?
3)      What experience do you have living with other people?  What have been some of the challenges and benefits of living with other people?
4)      What (if any) other employment, studies or other obligations or interests will you be spending time on?
5)      Please share with us some of the ways in which you believe you would bring a unique set of values, perspectives, skills and experiences to the co-op/program.
6)      Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?  
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Launching Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs 
A  message from my friend Rafael Mutis:
 

I’m excited to announce to y’all that I am officially officially starting my herbal practice!  
This means that if you are interested in working together, I will be working with you person-to-person, whether it is a 1-on-1 consultation or in a group setting for herbal or nutritional workshops.  I think that collective person-to-person human contact is very important in connecting about these issues and doing this work together.

¡Hay vamos!
¡Estoy bien entusiasmado dejartes saber que estoy lanzando mi practica de hierbas!  
Eso significa que sí te interesa hacer este trabajo junt@s, trabajaré contigo persona a persona, entre los dos o con un grupo en por medio de talleres de nutrición o de hierbas.  Creo que el contacto humano colectivo persona a persona es clave en conectar con estos asuntos e en hacer este trabajo junt@s.
I am working out the final details, but here is what Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs entails so far/Todavia estoy finalizando los detalles, pero por el momento, Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs significa lo siguente -
1. Consulting with you on the use of herbs as nutrition and medicine to improve the health of your whole being: your body, spirit/heart and mind.  I’m not a chemical doctor and given the American Medical Association’s war on herbalism, I don’t want to be nor do I do diagnosis. I share my years of learning in community & school and our communities’ collective knowledge about herbs as a way to connect to our communities’ wisdom, to reclaim our wisdom of caring for each other & support our wholistic health, and to continue to support & develop self determination for ourselves through the use of plants and nature as we have all done throughout our evolution together across millions of years.
Consultas contigo sobre el uso de hierbas como nutrición y medicina para mejorar la salud de todo tu ser – de tu cuerpo, espiritu/corazon y mente.  No soy medico químico y dado la guerra desatada contra las hierbas/l@s herbolist@s por el American Medical Association, no lo voy a hacer ni hago trabajo diagnóstico.
2. I’m happy to work with you on nutrition and to cook some tasty meals for you!  I have a good knowledge of food addictions and how we can work together through the knowledge and enjoyment of nutritious food
to end capitalism’s drive to kill our communities.
¡Me gustaria trabajar contigo con respeto a la nutrición y en concinarte comida rica! Conozco bien información sobre adicciones de comida y como las podemos trabajar junt@s por medio del conocimiento y disfrutar la comida nutritiva para acabar con la mania capitalista para matar a nuestras comunidades.
3. I’m happy to share body work techniques with you.  I have learned many things in my years of dealing with and preventing pain for myself and in sharing with friends what works for me and for them.  I have been told I am a good sobador.
Me gustaria compartir technicas de trabajar al cuerpo contigo.  Tras los años, aprendí muchas cosas como manejar y prevenir el dolor en mi y en el proceso de compartir con amig@s lo que me sirve y lo que les sirve.  Me dicen que soy un sobador bueno.
I take this healing work very seriously, and I’m happy to share what I learned and know.  I commit myself to the highest standards of doing no harm, something the medical industrial complex has forgotten about in its iatrogenic mania and tragic results through its ever increasing complex use of interventions which treat only disease symptoms.
Tomo este trabajo de sanación de una manera muy seria, y me pone muy contento compartir lo que aprendi.  Te hago el compromiso de mantener los niveles más altos de no hacer daño, algo que el complejo industrial de medicina se les olvido mientras mantienen su mania dañina y sus resultados trajícos por medio de sus intervenciones más y más complejas que solo lidian con los síntomas de la enfermedad.
I’m interested in working with you around your life, and we can see together what we can do to strengthen your body, mind, and spirit to heal itself. There is so much wisdom to share and use!
Estoy interesado en trabajar contigo sobre tu vida, y podemos ver junt@s como podemos fortalecer a tu cuerpo, tu mente, tu espiritu para que se sane así mismo. Hay mucha sabiduría para compartir y para usar.
My rates are $60 a session (bartering is welcome, and discounts are available!), with the initial consultation of $30.  This will include herbal medicines which I make.  Other herbal medicines or other nutrients that might be helpful, you will need to buy if you want to.  I am open to bartering and working with you within your budget constraints.  My main purpose with this herbal practice is to help you improve your life, and to make our healing traditions – African, Asian, Native American/Indigenous, Latin@, Wimmin/Compañeras, European as accessible as possible and to help them live on through our lives & our community work in constructing a sustainable world.
Cobro $60 por consulta (el trueque esta bienvenido y ¡hay descuentos!), con la consulta inicial de $30.  Estoy incluirá las medicinas de hierbas que yo preparo.  Otras medicinas de hierbas o respaldo nutritivo que puede servirle, usted lo compra si quiere.  Estoy dispuesto a trocar y trabajar contigo entre lo posible de tu presupuesto.  Mi proposito con esta practica de hierbas es para mejorar tu vida, y hacer a las tradiciones de sanación – Africanas, Asiaticas, Indígenas, Latinas, Mujeres, Europeas tan acesibles que se pueda y para que vivan en nuestras vidas y en nuestro trabajo comunitario en construir un mundo sostenible.
Please let me know if you have any questions and how we can work together! I'm happy to work with you and your budget.  ¡Por fa, dejame saber si tienen preguntas y como podemos trabajar junt@s.  ¡Estoy muy dispuesto trabajar contigo y su presupuesto!  

 

A tu salud/to your health,

Rafael A. Mutis Garcia
Herbalist, Popular Educator, Facilitator
Hierbas Madre Tierra Herbs
http://fincadelpueblo.wordpress.com/
 

 

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