|Cohort B (Americas, Online Intensive)
|1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?
My work is to create conditions that will allow the forested community I am a part of, to thrive.
|2. What role do you see as yours to play?
I originate dialogues with performers that lead to seasonal performances which I also participate in. We created a container for the Forest Theater performances that is valued in my community, and I want to carry this forward. Much as street theater can be brought to different places so may this be brought to other communities. The neighborhood prosperity projects came from carrying forward interest from my neighbors. I want to facilitate elucidating and carrying forward other ideas we come up with.
|3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?
How to engage with others in my community to these ends. Improve my skills at creating dialogue and at carrying through with initiatives. I'm fairly soft spoken and reserved and want to move through that.
|4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?
I need to develop better interpersonal skills. To speak a language that invites people in. Co creating with others rather than coming up with pretty good ideas on my own.
|5. And for professional growth?
At this stage in my life, I have no professional goals. But this is more my lifework, and it evolves. To grow for me means to become more a part of community dynamics.
|6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?
My self-designed undergraduate major was on spirit of place, a transpersonal approach to community. Since then (almost thirty years ago!) I continued to participate in workshops and course studies that further that focus: non-violent communication, co-counseling, deep ecologic practices are amongst the avenues I have explored. And I have developed a daily contemplative practice with forest and river, which centers me in place and in awe. I also owned and ran a CSA farm for a number of years having already worked at other farms helped to define my relationship with others.
|7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?
The lineage of activists who refined the idea of The Beloved Community, from Josiah Royce through MLK and Thich Nhat Hanh. The rabbinic lineage and Jewish lay people who carried forward a panentheistic spiritual cosmology, which deeply informs my own perspective. Activists from the Catholic Worker Movement on the personal being political and speaking with a voice of authenticity out of a spiritual centering. Arne Naess, Joanna Macy, Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Peace Pilgrim, and so many others have helped form my thinking.
|8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?
I really like these questions. My cosmology evolves and shifts and is an unstated or partially stated part of performance, so I relate through this form.
|January 26, 2023