a 10-week program for coaches, healers + leaders* who want to bring their commitment to healing, justice and liberation (for all) into their work & life.
*Leaders meaning: you don't have to be a coach or healer. If your work is service-based and facilitates 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/business side of me fits into my activist side."
"I've been involved in activism or organizing work for a while and I want to bridge those concepts with my business."
"I want to work with people who have specific marginalized identities but I'm unsure of how to make my work relevant to them."
"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 I approach someone who's said something racist/sexist/...ist, they shut me down and I can never get anywhere with them."
"I don't see myself as an activist, but our world needs change and I want to be a part of it."
if any of 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 for this program*:
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.
Who's leading this program?
Hey! I'm Andréa (she/her pronouns).
I created this program because I love the work we do. And if we're setting out to change lives and change the world, I don't want anything to be left on the table.
I'm a coach, facilitator and writer who holds a B.A. degree concentrating on just this: the connections between personal growth, social justice and entrepreneurship. I wrote a blog post last year that tells the story of what led me to this point (you can check that out here).
You might be coming to the program looking for clear answers – I don't have those. What I do have, is an intention to facilitate the kind of experience where you can find your own answers to your questions (or maybe find more questions) and we can do so together. So join us!
I currently live in Chicago, IL, I'm a Leo, an E/INFJ and lovelovelove: Beyoncé, sunsets, mint tea, elephants and my trusty water bottle.
To find out more about me visit my about page!
What will this program look like in practice?
You have two options for engaging with this program: Self Study and Community Study.
Self study //
This option allows you to dig in to the program at your own pace.
There are 5 Modules (paced 2 weeks apart) where we'll go over topics like: how racism shows up in our work, privilege as power, self help and colonialism, taking liberatory action, self-care vs. collective care, and so much more!
Each Module will include:
- writings and videos from me related to the topic of the module
- a short, curated list of resources (pdfs, articles, videos, audio from other educators)
- reflection prompts and experiential assignments – ways for you to bring the questions and ideas we're considering in this program into your work and everyday life
You'll also have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded coaches and healers who have participated in or are currently taking part in Coaching as Activism through a private Facebook group where you'll also be encouraged to check in and share about what you're learning or new resources you're coming across *and* I'll pop in every other week for FB Live Office Hours!
Sprinkled throughout, there will also be a couple opportunities for us to get together 1:1 for an integration session! (Some incentive to keep moving through the content because I know life happens!)
The first module goes out September 14th and I'll be stopping enrollment until 2018!
The cost: $340 in full or 2 payments of $180*
are you ready to join in?
* I'm holding a handful of "pay-what-you-choose" scholarship spots specifically for people who are committed to this work, but are low on expendable resources. Those who hold marginalized identities (black/POC, disabled, indigenous, low-income, LGBTQIA+, etc.) will be prioritized. If you're interested in this option, email me at email@example.com with "CAA Scholarship" in the subject line!
community study //
This option offers a more structured, supportive and immersive experience as you move through the program. This is especially for you if you'd like to take deep dive into this work OR if you know that you integrate knowledge best through talking with and being with others. We can do so much by ourselves, but when we're connected to our community, the possibilities are endless and the work we're doing becomes more sustainable.
You'll have access to everything within the Self Study option, PLUS:
- weekly live group calls (about 2-hours long with a Nourishment Break) – these are part mastermind, part group dialogue, part group coaching
- (1) 60min 1:1 Integration Session – can be used anytime during or up to 2 months after the program
Live group calls
The Community Study option starts Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 (via Zoom) from 7-9pm ET and we'll continue to meet at the same time on:
- September 20th
- September 27th
- October 4th
- October 11th
- October 18th
- October 25th
- November 1st
- November 8th
- November 15th
This program is capped at 10 wonderful peeps (3 spots left) because I don't want you to get lost in the mix, so make sure to sign up soon!
The last day I'll be enrolling folks into the Community Study option is Sunday, September 10th (extending this until the 12th!).
The cost: $900 (or $940 with a payment plan)
Ready to make your work your activism?
* If you'd like to support me in keeping this program accessible by contributing $50 or more (on top of the program price), you can do so here (thank you!!)
one on one //
Are you interested in the focus of this program, but you'd like more individualized attention as you dig into these questions? Together we can take a deeper look at your work, your leadership and your life, unpack where your power resides and discover opportunities for you to influence your communities in service of collective transformation.
This would look like two 60-90min sessions per month, and include:
An initial visioning session to get clear on where you're currently at and how you wish to grow
Bi-weekly challenges and experiential assignments in support of your vision and leadership (remember when I mentioned action?)
Fierce and loving accountability (aka if you tell me what you want, I will hold you to it)
Occasional email support, coaching and affirmation from me
Private, confidential recordings of each session
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "CAA One on One" in the subject line if you're interested in this option. My pricing for this is sliding scale.
Frequently Asked Questions //
Is this like Activism 101? I have some knowledge of racism, sexism and other injustices in our world, but I'm not up to date on the lingo...
Is this like Activism 101? I already understand a lot about oppression and social justice...
This program is open to all no matter what level of understanding you have on these topics. This program takes a different approach to "activism" than what is often shown in popular culture. In this we're taking an approach of seeing your work and life as your activism and your contribution to our collective liberation (whatever that may look like). This program will not teach you how to protest or organize your community effectively but this program will provide support, insight and resources to help you not only change lives, but change cultures and systems as well through the way you show up.
So yes and no. The content of this program does contain some basic social justice education AND the purpose of the program is to not only get a better grasp of those topics but to also be able to take it deeper by connecting the dots between oppression, liberation and your work. It's one this to know; it's another to live out and embody what you know.
Can I get a refund?
I have a flexible "no" for this depending on your situation.
If, after signing up for this program and/or while engaging with it, a serious personal or family emergency arises, I'm open to a partial refund. Please reach out to me and let me know if this is the case. (The opportunity for a refund ends 10 weeks after your sign up).
If you'd like a refund for any other reason, (for example: "I just realized I needed that money for something else," "Something came up that will keep me from being able to put time into this program," "My intuition is telling me this isn't a good fit," "I thought this would be something it wasn't," "I'm offended by the content of this program and would like my money back," "The cow jumped over the moon and took my wallet with it," etc.) I'm sorry, you won't be getting a refund.
FAQs Specifically for community study:
What will our calls be like?
At the beginning of each new module, you'll receive the content that you'll be digging into for the next 2 weeks and we'll be discussion on our weekly group calls.
Once on the call, we'll do individual check-ins with the group and then get into the rest of the call (which is largely led by the questions, challenges and experiences your bring to the call and wish to unpack). 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 may be used often (because building community is one of the most important takeaways of this program). Each call will also include a 5-10 minute Nourishment Break because we'll be talking about some tough subjects and self/collective care is part of what makes this work sustainable.
In-between calls you'll be encouraged to connect with other group members 1:1 and share about what's coming up for you as you move through the content in our private Coaching as Activism Community Facebook group.
Is it required to be on every call during the 10 weeks?
I do expect that you show up live for at least 7 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, but please communicate clearly with me about any calls you might miss!
If you miss a call or want to listen back on one of them, all calls will be recorded and will only be made available to your group.
If you know you won't be able to make it to at least 7 calls, the Self Study option may be better for you! At the moment, I'm unsure of when the next *live call* run of this program will be (possibly February/March 2018). So if you'd really love to get into this program, make sure to take all of this into account!
What's the time commitment per week?
The time commitment for the Community Study option will be anywhere between 3-6 hrs per week (including the 2 hr long call each week). This is the kind of experience where what you put in is what you get out of it.