DateSaturday, November 4 2017 (2 to 5:30 pm followed by potluck)

Location: Kritee & Imtiaz’s house in South Boulder (Please RSVP for address)

Speaker/Facilitator: Ann Morrow and Kritee (Kanko)

Cost:  None.  Donations (dana) will be appreciated.

RSVP: Please email ecodharma@protonmail.com!

Most of us are deeply embedded and enmeshed in the status-quo economic systems that have led to our current socio-ecological predicament. While collectively training ourselves to say NO to powerful institutionalized forces that are destructive is crucial, we also need to say YES to building cultures, economies & lifestyles that will regenerate our ecosystems and heal our relationships with ourselves, our neighbors and all species on the planet. How should we begin this journey in Boulder beyond what is already being done? How can we build an “Eco-village” in the Front Range that provides for our inner (psycho-spiritual) and outer (institutional) healing, empowerment and resilience, especially for those of us on the frontlines of activism? Let’s start this exploration with Ann Morrow and Kritee (Kanko)!

Our enmeshment with systems that cause harm (Chilean artist Otto Shade)

Seven years ago, when Ann’s family moved to a new city, she happened upon a small group of like-minded neighbors who were interested in building local resilience. Not waiting for funding or government or expert support, they just started learning and doing stuff together. Ann will introduce “Transition movement” and tell the story of how the group used small and slow solutions to create collaborative & informal initiatives like community gardens, skill-sharing workshops, pop-up cafes, films nights and more. The Cooperative Transition NDG is still going strong in developing a more equitable, participatory and resilient locale. To showcase diversity of ways different communities are transitioning away from status-quo, Kritee will share her experiences of Lama Foundation, an ecumenical “eco-village” community in New Mexico where she teaches every year. We will then open up for small-group/visualization exercises and discussion as a community.

Ann Morrow is a longtime student of permaculture and an environmental Buddhist chaplain. She has had the privilege of participating in several vibrant, skills-rich communities that grow resilience starting from the locale and land she has lived on. She spent two decades learning from and working with Southeast Asian refugee groups in Denver and Seattle, first as a teacher and then helping preserve traditional arts and create culturally appropriate social services. In the past decade, she has participated in neighborhood resilience building that makes common sense in a world where living locally not only saves carbon but also enhances our sense of well being and connectedness.

Kritee (Kanko) is a Zen priest/teacher, scientist and founding member of Ecodharma Sangha. Her full bio can be access here.