Beyond Against: Activism from the Eye of the Storm

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Canyonland Field Institute's Field Camp (outside of Moab, Utah)

Do you feel fearful for our future, frustrated about protecting our land, air and water, angry about the discord between polarized factions, and at a loss about where solutions might be found?

 We are calling all those who are committed to finding new and creative solutions, to accelerating social change in these challenging times.

Join us for a weekend of exploring the soul of activism . . . a workshop retreat for activists and blossoming activists from many areas and perspectives. Come make new connections — to self, to community, and to the power & wisdom found in the natural world.

We seek to create environments that are of welcoming, safe spaces for folks of all: races, ethnicities, cultures, genders and non-binary people, religions and faiths, backgrounds and perspectives, sexual orientations, nationalities, and legal status. We have made sure this program is as inexpensive as possible, and hope for opportunities to provide scholarships. If you have an ability concern and would like to be part of this retreat, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will see what we can do. We include a land acknowledgement during the program – that we are gathering on land that is the ancestral home of the Ute and Paiute people. We have made invitations to indigenous people, so that their voice and concerns may be included during this gathering of activists.
— Beyond Against Inclusion Statement

Beyond Against is time to rest, regroup, re-imagine and empower your work with a diverse group of equally passionate folks in deeply shared community; to prevent burnout and tend to feelings of overwhelm or despair. 

Beyond Against is an opportunity for members of organizations to connect with one another in the space of the desert and with the support of skilled facilitation and connection to nature.  Learn more.

Beyond Against is for individuals who are looking for inspiration and direction around “what to do” to and to connect with groups at this gathering that are doing the work on the front lines. Learn more.

In this workshop retreat, you will have the opportunity to be transformed and renewed, find a new sense of ground, open to fresh perspectives, hear & share tools for building bridges between people who hold opposing positions, and gather joyous momentum for the long haul — to stand tall in the Eye of the Storm. 


COST* (exclusive of meals — bring your own)

$165–$225 sliding scale;

$150 per person for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.

* A note on cost: We have done our absolute best to keep the cost of this gathering reasonable. If you or your organization have the means to contribute more, it will help us to possibly offer partial scholarships.

Canyonland Field Institute's Field Camp, in Professor Valley, east of Moab.

Canyonland Field Institute's Field Camp, in Professor Valley, east of Moab.

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If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this movement, please contact Christi Strickland at christi@thestonepile.com or Kinde Nebeker at  kinde@newmoonrightsofpassage.com


YOUR FACILITATORS

Kinde Nebeker comes from a background of design and design education, transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology. Her greatest love is to mentor and support people to be the most powerful change agents they can be through radical self-knowing and deep connection to nature. Kinde offers workshops and programs designed around a variety of topics such as ecopsychology, evolutionary leadership, nature-based rites of passage, and integral theory — all topics concerned with the evolution of personal and collective consciousness.  As creator of New Moon Rites of Passage, Kinde is committed to the work of deepening and transforming our relationships to the natural world, to self, and to the world of spirit — creating the conditions for the shift in consciousness that we humans must make in order to become a sustainable species on the planet.

 
Sacred Activism for me is a new way of being and of acting in a world filled with diverse viewpoints and agendas. It is a stance that has the capacity to see all sides without losing sight of a truth that ultimately works for everyone, even if it appears in the form of resistance. To practice Sacred Activism, one must be strongly grounded in one’s own authentic individualism, while holding a larger, wider perspective. It requires that we are deeply connected to something that is much bigger than our personality, our politics, and our ideas of what’s best. That connection enables us to listen deeply and act from a free, unconditioned, and visionary place. It is wildly creative, evolutionary, and it feels fantastic.
— Kinde Nebeker
 
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Christi Strickland is a group coach and organizational trainer living in the Uncompahgre Valley of Colorado.  Her life-long question has been: "what, truly, helps groups and organizations to thrive?" She is guided by the earth and the magic created in community, as well as her 20 years experience as an educator, facilitator, grief counselor, and wilderness rites of passage guide. She is also dedicated to anti-oppression through examining her own privilege as white, able bodied, US born, cisgender, along with combating oppression on interpersonal, internal, and institutional levels. Christi's facilitation style is oriented towards health, potential, and possibility, while not by-passing the shadowy and painful parts of it all. She loves the San Juan Mountains, seeds, flowers, waterfalls, good salsa, well placed lawn chairs, poetic run-on sentences, and is a student of dreams. christi@thestonepile.com

 
Sacred activism seems to me to be all activism in the sense that it is choosing to act on behalf of life, justice, and human decency. There is something that compels us to act beyond our own self-interest. What is it? It feels bigger than empathy. It is that ineffable part of us that can be moved by a tree growing along the side of a vast canyon, or a flower blossoming in spite of it all; That part of us that knows, when we slow down and touch the earth what we must do, how we are being called, now. Sacred activism as we are talking about it here is intentionally tapping into that magical whole of life through connection with earth and with kindred spirits to act both powerfully and wisely, and to sustain for the long haul.
— Christi Strickland