“I feel one with plants and animals, the sun and the moon. Atoms of my body were once part of a bird, a lava rock, water, before I got to use them. My spirit is fed by Tiger, by a tree, an orange-violet sunrise over the Pacific, the power of a storm…I know it as a given.”

Robert Wolff, “Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing”


“Activism is the art of taking action to support, nurture, and protect what we hold dear.” ~The Resilient Activist


What’s New?

  • Tuesday 9/14 7-8:30 pm CDT Kanza Group Sierra Club – introduction to The Resilient Activist.
  • Sept. 22-24 Plan It Native online conference presented by Deep Roots KC
  • 10/3-10/8 Courageous Heart Silent Retreat: Engaging Mindfully with a Troubled World overnight, commuter, and online options available.
  • Saturday 10/30 10 am – noon Our Human Relationship with Nature: A Joyful Conversation with Biomimcry Fellow, Margo Farnsworth.
  • Sundays 9-10 am CDT Resilience and Morning Meditation on Zoom Free and open to any level of meditation experience. Come join our intimate community as we explore the profound nurturing benefits of meditation.
  • Our next TerraCycle recycling drive for dental, personal, shaving waste, & empty RX bottles will end 9/18-9/19. If you’re in the KC area, save your items for drop off on that date.

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Kansas City Conservation Equity Network

The Resilient Activist is honored to be on the Coordinating Committee of the Kansas City Conservation Equity Network (KCCEN).

  • KCCEN Purpose Statement:  We are a network that offers ways to connect, inspire, share knowledge, and empower the conservation community in the Kansas City region to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our work.
  • KCCEN Vision:  Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings.  The Kansas City regional conservation community represents and reflects that human diversity, embracing it in all communities where we work, and our work to benefit communities and achieve conservation goals. 

The Resilient Activist’s full Diversity Policy.

Participate!

We’d love to have you join us at our upcoming events.

Sep
22
Wed
Plan It Native Conference @ Zoom
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm
Welcome back to Plan It Native, brought to you by Deep Roots KC! This year’s conference features the best of both worlds: online content you can access from anywhere, plus field trip options for those local to Kansas City. Registration includes three half-days of conference content and access to session recordings for one year. The full 2021 session lineup is available at this link. (Watch for the presentation “Transformation of a Superfund Site to a Suburban Demonstration Garden” on 9/23 by The Resilient Activist’s Sami Aaron, along with Jennifer Kingston from Haley & Aldrich, and Patti Ragsdale from Happy Apple’s Farm!)

 
Sep
26
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Oct
3
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Courageous Heart Retreat: Engaging Mindfully with a Troubled World @ Kings Conference Center
Oct 3 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 10:00 am

Each year the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness offers a secular mindfulness retreat to the general public that also meets requirements for teachers of mindfulness-based programs.

Join Mindfulness and Somatic Self-Compassion Teacher Kristy Arbon for 5-days of companionate silence, guided practice, and self-care. This unique retreat will offer skills and wisdom in service of resourcing ourselves for being the beneficial change we’d like to see in the world, such that our journey is sustainable, fulfilling, and meaningful.

A team of supporting teachers, including Sami Aaron, with The Resilient Activist, will offer a variety of practices including mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, mindful eating, yoga nidra, nature connection, etc.

Previous experience with retreat practice is recommended. This retreat is intended for the general public but is also designed to meet requirements for ongoing practice for mindfulness teachers and 7.0 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health providers who attend the entire retreat.

Where: King’s Conference Center 1700 E. Meyer Blvd Kansas City, MO 64131. On-site attendance includes three daily vegetarian and vegan meals catered by Kansas City Black-owned business, Urban Cafe (dinner only on Sunday, breakfast only on Friday).
  • Residential Passes include hotel-style accommodations with private bath, coffee maker, microwave, and mini-fridge in each room + meals  (only 6 rooms remainingview walk-through video)
  • Commuter passes include meals – check-in Sunday between 3-4 pm, plan to arrive Mon – Fri before 10 am and leave Sun – Thu after 8 pm
  • Online via Zoom pass includes live participation in all retreat activities that are accessible via Zoom.

Click here for more details, options, and pricing.

Oct
10
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Oct
17
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Oct
24
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Oct
30
Sat
Our Human Relationship with Nature: A Joyful Conversation @ Anita B Gorman Discovery Center hybrid On Zoom
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Sami Aaron

in an informal conversation with

Biomimicry fellow

Margo Farnsworth

Our Human Relationship with Nature: A Joyful Conversation

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021 10-noon

On Zoom and In-Person

Register here:

“Really, my connection morphs with the landscape and its related cast of characters.  I’m most at home on rivers but feel comfortable wherever one can escape the crowding of too many buildings.”   ~ Margo Farnsworth

At The Resilient Activist, we think about how, why, and when we feel a deep connection to the natural world. We’ve been wondering what our felt nature sense is based on. How much comes from our culture and education vs. what our intuition and gut feelings inform us through our own experiences?

In this special Climate Conversations program, Margo and Sami will explore their own moments of awe in the natural world, as well as the concept of man (vs. woman) vs. nature vs. reciprocity. And we may just touch on how centuries of witch-hunts and witch burnings, in Europe as well as the United States, have stymied our innate abilities to learn from and interact with plants, wildlife, water, and soil – our non-human kin.

Join us to share your own powerful experiences with nature and gather with a community that gets you!

Margo Farnsworth

Our guest, Margo Farnsworth, is a nature writer, educator, Biomimicry Fellow, and author of “Biomimicry and Business: How Companies Are Using Nature’s Strategies to Succeed”.

Margo can be reached at www.margofarnsworth.com.

 

Image by analogicus from Pixabay 

Oct
31
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay

Nov
7
Sun
Resilience and Morning Meditation @ Zoom
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Image by Angela C from Pixabay

Join The Resilient Activist for

Morning Meditation

Sundays 9 – 10 am CDT

NOTE: There will be NO meditation class on Sunday, June 6, 2021!

On Zoom

These weekly practices are suitable for anyone – from new meditators to those with a deep and long-standing practice.

They will follow the format of daily meditations we offered during the COVID-19 shut-ins. This article will give you an idea of what to expect.

Support The Resilient Activist

Classes are offered at no charge. If you’re financially secure, a suggested donation of $15 per session will help us continue to provide programs like this one!


Register here for Zoom Meeting ID:

“I come every week because it’s the only place I can go to receive a breathing practice, and I come for the community that I really value.” TH

“I like the idea of community also. Especially with the virus and having to stay at home, I realize I’ve felt the need to connect with people. I love the idea of the consciousness, the awareness, and the emphasis on nature. That’s important to me.” DP

“I always wanted to learn more about meditation and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and learn. I’m getting a lot out of it. I can tell that my ability to deal with circumstances is getting better about certain things.” AM

“There are not many places I can go and have this type of conversation and feel comfortable.” JG

“I come to meditation because it’s like my weekly reset. Even when things get busy and flustered and whatever, if I come here and I do it, it’s like a brand new start to my week and I feel better. It’s my must.” CJ

“I feel like I have friends here even though I’ve never met most of the others in person.” JB

“I’m here because this is such a perfect little sangha that we have going on Sunday mornings. I meditate a couple of times a day, but this is something special because every week it’s something different and very rewarding to do.” DB

Image by silviarita from Pixabay


“The best way to take care of the environment

is to take care of the environmentalist.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, The Sun My Heart