a 10-week group program for coaches, healers + leaders* who want to bring their commitment to healing, justice and liberation (for all) into their work and life.
*Leaders meaning: you don't have to be a coach or healer. If your work is service-based and provides any kind of transformation for people, businesses or communities, this is for you!
"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
– an Aboriginal activist group in the 1970s
Hearing this for the first time changed me.
If you're reading this, you probably chose the work you do because you want to make an impact on your community and the world around you. Me too. We want to help and alleviate the suffering we see and feel everywhere we go. We wish for happiness, freedom and peace.
I absolutely believe that these dreams are possible •and• I've seen that there's something vital missing in the mainstream conversation about what it takes to heal and grow and step into our potential as human beings.
there's been a disconnect in our approach.
We've taken our complex humanity and our interconnectedness and simplified it. We've chosen to believe and teach that the only obstacle in our way is the person we see in the mirror. In some cases this is true – in many others, it's not and sometimes it's both.
As leaders – who work directly with the mind, body and soul of a diverse group of people – we've denied, for far too long, the role that our culture(s) and the institutional systems we live within play in our ability to heal, grow and be free.
I've spent the last few years really digging into where personal growth and social justice intersect – trying to find a bridge.
Instead of finding a bridge, I've realized that they're actually deeply intertwined. That's easy to miss when we choose to only focus on the individual and not the cultures and systems that the individual both affects and is affected by.
Here's what i've come to believe:
Our capacities to listen, hold space, guide, support, envision, heal and acknowledge the greatness in others are profoundly needed in our world.
Because we've chosen to use those capacities to transform the lives of those we serve, we also have a responsibility to transform the systems we live within that do not serve the whole.
The potential of humanity lies within the systems that we navigate every single day. Our belief systems, our family systems, our educational systems, economic, cultural, institutional, etc.
We, humans, created and sustain those systems and we're way past due for some wide-scale transformation.
The sadness, rage and grief we feel when watching the news is valid and should be expressed and harnessed for change rather than avoided.
"Justice is what love looks like in public." – Cornel West
Our individual wellbeing is directly tied to the wellbeing of us all.
Social change cannot happen without healing and healing cannot happen without justice.
Activism is not only about protests and petitions, it's also about how you show up in your everyday life.
If you went "YESSS" to any of these, stick around. You're in the right place.
Do you see yourself in any of these statements?
- "These problems are so big! I feel so overwhelmed and exhausted. Does my work even matter?"
"I'm trying to figure out how my work side of me fits into my activist side."
"I don't want to say the wrong thing or offend anyone, but I don't want to stay silent in times of injustice."
"Every time someone says something racist/sexist/...ist, they shut me down and I can never get anywhere with them."
"Our world needs change and I want to be a part of it."
if this feels like you, i'd love to invite you into this program.
But before I give you all the details, I want to share my intention with you: I hope to influence you and support the impact you wish to make in your communities. I also expect to learn from you – to be influenced by you. My goal is for you to sign up for this experience and conversation – only if it feels aligned with your vision. My overall intention is to infuse my commitment to justice and liberation for all into everything that I do. I want to support you in doing the same!
THE VISION + intended outcomes from this group*:
Connect + cultivate relationships with other socially responsible coaches, healers and leaders.
Get a better understanding of how systems of injustice play out in your own life and in the lives of the people you serve so that you can actively take steps toward developing a practice and business that is available to all regardless of their social identities.
Add more tools to your metaphorical toolbox for your work and life, i.e. activities, resources, strategies, questions, etc.
Strengthen your capacity to lead and confront these issues within your community + with your clients and hold space for those who are also learning and unlearning.
Develop non-icky, ethical practices for marketing, selling, copywriting, legal contracts, etc.
- Create a true ripple effect by using your work as a tool for social change.
*This is all a process and it's truly lifelong work. You won't reach enlightenment through this program, but you will receive a framework to draw from that you can continue to integrate into your work and life way after this program is over.
here are the details:
Who is hosting this program?
I'm also bringing in a few guest teachers including: Desiree Adaway (one of the most honest and supportive people I know around the topics of race, oppression and leadership), Adisa Stewart (magical healer and somatics practitioner focusing on trauma in the black body), Cate Cole (goddess of boundaries in life/biz + doing legal ethically) and more!
Where will we meet?
We'll gather live online on Zoom (an online conferencing service). Cameron and I will be on video and encourage you to be too, but if that's not possible for you, accessing the call via phone call or computer audio will always be an option!
When will we meet?
You have the option of joining one of two groups on Mondays or Wednesday:
Cohort 3 (Wed. 7:30 - 9pm est)
We'll start April 12th, 2017 and continue to meet on:
April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th,
May 24th and May 31st, June 7th, June 14th
cohort 2 (mon. 1-2:30pm est)
We'll start April 10th, 2017 and continue to meet on:
April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th,
May 22nd and May 29th, June 5th, June 12th
How will it work?
Each week you'll receive a short, curated list of resources based on that week's topic (pdfs, articles, videos, audio) and you'll be encouraged to dig into at least 2 or 3 of those resources before we hop on the call.
Once on the call we'll do individual check-ins and then get into the content for the week. This could look like: discussion/dialogue on the implications of the content on your work/life, storytelling of personal experiences or practicing an exercise related to the content. Small groups and paired-shares will be used often (because building community is one of the most important takeaways of this program). And you'll also be encouraged to check in and share about what you're learning or new resources you're coming across in our private Facebook group.
Each call will also include a 10(ish) minute nourishment break because we'll be talk about some tough subjects and self/collective care is part of what makes this work sustainable.
The time commitment could be anywhere between 3-6 hrs per week (including the 1.5 hr long call each week). And we expect that you show up for a majority of the calls because your presence or lack thereof makes a difference not only for you but for the group itself (aka you matter!) Obviously life happens, so just communicate clearly with Cameron and I about what's possible for you and we'll be good!
If you miss a call or want to listen back on one of them, all calls will be recorded and will only be available to your specific cohort.
You'll also be able to take advantage of a 1:1 45min Integration Call with Cameron or I where you'll be able to dig deeper into how the content is showing up in your life and work and get some specific support around that!
What does it cost?
The cost is $397.**
This includes the 10-week program, (one) 45min integration call with Cameron or I (Andréa) and (two) 20min check-in calls (one at the beginning and one at the end of the program).
Payment plans are available if this a stretch right now (just indicate in the form below what you need to make this happen).
And if you'd like to contribute another $100 (making it $497 in total) – which would allow us to support those who have less expendable resources at hand – please indicate that on the form below!
* The Integration calls can be held anytime within the 10 weeks or up to 3 months after our last call.
** 10% of the total proceeds from this program will go directly to the Trans Women of Color Collective. If you'd like to find out more about the work being done through this organization, visit: http://www.twocc.us/about/
How do I get in on this?
Fill out the form below (this is just a few questions so that I know who you are, what you're up to and what your needs are – no pressure)!
Within the next day, you should receive a confirmation email with details on how to pay and how to set up your initial call with us. The primary purpose of this call is for us to connect and answer any questions you might have.
This program is capped at 20 wonderful peeps because I don't want you to get lost in the mix, so make sure to get this form in soon!
The last day we'll be enrolling folks is Sunday, April 2nd.
Are you in? sign up below!
Share a bit of yourself with us below and we'll get in touch as soon as possible!
Thank you for jumping in and we're so excited to be in community with you!