19 Ways Training Online – Thursday Group

 

 

Primarily for individuals who reside outside of the Pacific Time zone. 

One Thursday per month (the Thursday before Daré) 9:30 am to 2 pm Pacific Time, and a second Thursday per month (the second Thursday after Daré) 9:30 am to 11:30 am Pacific Time. See dates here. 

Recognizing the tragedy and anguish of these times and the threat to all life, we gather to do the work that is commensurate with the great need.  This is a rigorous training directed toward extracting oneself from the forms and values of EuroAmerican / Western / Imperial mind and culture. We offer ourselves to radically change our minds to attune with an earth based, spirit-based community consciousness that sincerely honors Indigenous wisdom and all beings in all ways. The fundamental practices of the 19 Ways call us to bear witness to these times, to engage in deep honesty and self-scrutiny of our conscious and unconscious participation, to divest from supporting those forms, institutions and values which act against all life, to restore the old, old values of community and to vision and enact new ways of living.

The work is based on  the 19 Ways to the 5th World.  Exploration and action. Translating ideas into life practices. Land and spirit-based instruction and guidance coupled with the study of various texts and books at the edge of the emerging consciousness.  We work through Story, dream telling, ceremony, Council, to build community with ourselves, each other, the animals, the spirits and the land.  This Training asks for commitment to the work. 

The work focuses on understanding and incorporating the 19 Ways so as to meet the crises of these times and to change our minds and ways of life so as to reverse extinction, climate dissolution and rampant, global, social and political chaos.  Together we find the courage and will to bear witness to the destructive aspect of our lives and so to discern what must be radically changed or discarded in our lives on behalf of integrity. The task is to change our minds and lives down to the cellular level focusing on the crucial practice of moving from understanding to action.

Though we will seek to become adept in the several Ways that call to us particularly, the ultimate goal of the training is the integration of all the Ways, so that each breath radiates the possibilities of new life, of cultural and social changes that promise a future for all beings. The training seeks to meet the various challenges and difficulties in our lives with new reflexes and responses that presume the presence of spirit, honor the wild, respect the lineages of different wisdom traditions and Indigenous mind. At the core, we seek to live according to the myriad ways of the intelligence of the heart and in concrete ways to honor and sustain the land where we can as sanctuaries for viable lives for all beings

If you are just joining, consider that it may well require at least three-years to integrate this work and so is a very serious commitment on behalf of one’s own development and the Earth.  Please write a letter of intention focusing on your current work and commitments, how you came to wanting to do this work and your willingness to devote yourself on behalf of a future for all beings. 

For further information please contact Cheryl Potts at 310 702 7313 or Sharon Simone. Send your letter of intention to Deena Metzger.

See the reading list at the bottom of this page.

See fees here.

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