Through the Seeds Program we’re aiming to support our local community members in reclaiming their identity; learning and reflecting on what it means to have reciprocity in our families, communities and in our leadership; and developing our relationship to Mother Earth. It will be a free way for participants to dig deeper into what our Memory Program is really about – it’s our way of watering the seeds of memory and reciprocity that is already inside us.
With this training we hope to accomplish the following outcomes:
- To get participants to reclaim their personal identities and their relationship with their families and ancestors.
- To learn the ways of Ayni (Reciprocity), Minka (Collective Work), and Ayllu (Community).
- To understand the historical breaking of reciprocity.
- To reclaim our relationship to Mother Earth.
- To identify how global crises and problems are framed today.
- To grow our relationship with Mother Earth in Boston.
- To provide a foundation and community around Reciprocal Leadership.
Participants will engage in 9 weekly in-person meetings from September 22 – November 17. Six of those meetings will be around 3 hours long and the remaining three meetings will be full-day training sessions. Participants will be expected to attend every meeting date and engage in the assignments and readings for those sessions.
First we’ll go through a communal process of reclaiming our relationships with ourselves and our communities as we think critically and analyze the historical processes that have led to societal and individual issues that are present today. Then, we’ll develop practices rooted in indigenous wisdom that will connect us to the living world around us. Finally, we will emerge as a new community and proceed towards developing our personal and communal practices of Reciprocal Leadership.
|September 22, 2018 (Daylong)||1) Who are you? (The Fire Circle)
Our Identity and Stories that have defined us.
|September 25, 2018||2) Our Relationship to Mother Earth (The Water Circle)
Ourselves in relationship to Mother Earth, and understanding our Ecological Legacy.
|October 2, 2018||3) Our Ancestral Memory
Who are your People? Where do you come from? Understanding the relationship with your ancestors and finding stories of your people.
|October 9, 2018||4) Sacred Code of Reciprocity
Understanding how reciprocity exists in nature and what reciprocity means to you.
|October 13, 2018 (Daylong)||5) Historical Breaking of Reciprocity
How social formations and communities have been affected by Modes of Exchange (Reciprocity, State, & Capital).
|October 13, 2018 (Daylong)||6) The Global Crisis & Response – What are we facing today? The Global Reciprocity Response.|
Practices of Shared Leadership with Mother Earth
|October 16, 2018||7) Reciprocal Leadership
Analyzing “Minka” or Collective Work and how it exists in indigenous communities.
|October 23, 2018||8) Sacred Rituals
How to engage in rituals and practices that bring you closer to mother earth.
|November 7, 2018||9) Mother Earth connection in the city
Seeing our world through new eyes and mapping sacred spaces in Boston (Apus in Boston).
|November 17 (Daylong)||10) The Birth of a New Community
Making a Commitment to Mother Earth and each other. Forming teams and creating a new community.
Location: 2 Chelsea St. in East Boston, MA (near Maverick Square).
Start & Finish: Starts on Saturday, September 22nd and ends on Saturday, November 17th. The daylong sessions will be from 9:30am-7:00pm. The evening sessions will be from 5:30pm-8:30pm.