The purpose of the Seeds Program is to support 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. We built community with the first cohort of Seeders last fall, and we’re excited to welcome our second cohort this spring.
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 March 2 – May 4, 2019. Five of those meetings will be around 3 hours long and the remaining four 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.
Reclaiming Identity & Community
|March 2 (Daylong)||1) Who are you? (The Fire Circle)
Our Identity and Stories that have defined us.
|March 5||2) Sacred Code of Reciprocity
Understanding how reciprocity exists in nature and what reciprocity means to you.
|March 12||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.
|March 19||4) Our Relationship to Mother Earth (The Water Circle)
Ourselves in relationship to Mother Earth, and understanding our Ecological Legacy.
Practices of Reciprocity
|March 30 (Daylong)||5) Cultures of Reciprocity and Reciprocal Lifestyle
Reciprocity on local and global levels. Generating reciprocity in your life with your family and community.
|April 2||6) Sacred Rituals: Personal and Communal
How to engage in rituals and practices that bring you closer to community.
|April 16||7) Sacred Rituals: Mother Earth
How to engage in rituals and practices that bring you closer to Mother Earth.
|April 30||8) Sacred Rituals: Ancestors
The work of the ancestors: how to engage in rituals and practices that bring you closer to your ancestors.
|May 5 (Daylong)||9) 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, March 2nd and ends on Saturday, May 4th. The daylong sessions will be from 9:30am-7:00pm. The evening sessions will be from 5:30pm-8:30pm.