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Climate Cafés … reimagined!

In collaboration with the American Library Association and its Sustainability Roundtable, The Resilient Activist is delighted to invite you to join a pilot session of our newly re-imagined Climate Café Gatherings!

Monday, February 26, 2024, 6-7:30 pm Central on Zoom


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Feb
26
Mon
Climate Café Gathering @ Online via Zoom
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In collaboration with the

American Library Association

and its

Sustainability Roundtable,

The Resilient Activist

is delighted to invite you to join our newly re-imagined

Climate Café Gatherings

Climate Café Invitation - pathway into a lush garden

The Resilient Activist is excited to announce our collaboration with the American Library Association and its Sustainability Roundtable to offer our unique interpretation of Climate Café Gatherings! This is your best opportunity to connect with a community that gets you, with folks who are experiencing many of the emotions that climate change has brought out in your heart and mind.

Register at this link!

Climate Café Gatherings are community-based supportive gatherings to nurture and enhance the emotional well-being of those who are experiencing the negative emotional impacts of climate change, severe weather events, drought, wildfires, environmental destruction, and more. Each session will include facilitators from The Resilient Activist as well as a Climate-Aware Therapist to guide the conversations in ways that are supportive and nurturing.

Who should attend?

This pilot event is for two audiences:
  • Anyone who would appreciate being in a supportive space to explore how climate change and ecological destruction make you feel.
  • Librarians who would like to experience a Climate Café to learn what it is all about. This event is the first of a pilot project to introduce librarians around the U.S. to our Climate Café gatherings via Zoom to envision hosting future in-person “watch party” Cafés in their local libraries.
So gather your favorite beverage and a journal, settle into a comfortable spot with your Zoom window open, and just be yourself. This is your invitation to join others as they express their fears, learn coping skills, be inspired to increase their environmental activism in ways that are healthy and sustainable, and build a community of others – locally and online – who are experiencing many of the same concerns.

Register at this link!

Past participants’ reflections

I really value a space where we can feel all the intensity of feelings around where we are in the climate and extinction crisis: dread, rage & grief are allowed, and nobody thinks you’re overreacting by focusing on activism.    ~Michelle M. This community is special to me because it is a place where I can share my concerns and strong emotions about climate change knowing I will be understood and accepted.   ~Anne M. Community to me means connection to others and fostering a sense of belonging with my fellow beings. It also means holding space with others… to “allow” them to speak their truth and to “understand” their perspectives. And I love the guided meditation!   ~Vic P. As a woman, I feel more empowered to take better care of my emotional, spiritual, mental, & physical well-being.  That way I can be more centered and present for myself and for others.   ~Maria P. Coffee cup with Climate Cafés
Mar
9
Sat
Seeding and Potting Event: KC Farm School at Gibbs Road @ KC Farm School at Gibbs Road
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Resilient Activist is excited to join up with the

KC Farm School at Gibbs Road for an afternoon with our

HANDS IN THE DIRT!

At The Resilient Activist, one of our basic philosophies is that getting back to nature can offer a powerful boost to our emotional well-being. And giving back to nature by nurturing and supporting the Farm School’s mission is a welcome bonus.

Come Join our Growing Community! (Pun intended!)

Register at this link.

About the KC Farm School

The KC Farm School is a nonprofit organization operating 14 urban acres in Kansas City, Kansas. They are a working production and education farm with a mission to empower individuals of all ages, ancestries, and abilities through on-farm, hands-on experiences and vocational education connecting them to the land and soil, food, community, and opportunity. They serve over 10,000 people annually through their food outreach (on-farm farmers market, food donations, and CSA program) and their educational programs which include a community food sovereignty program, field trips, youth apprenticeships, summer camps, volunteer opportunities, community workshops, and events. They work with, rather than for, their community to create a space at the center of the community where people can learn, grow, and connect to each other.

Greenhouse full of seedlings
Greenhouse at the KC Farm School

Event Description

We will be working in the Farm School’s heated greenhouse, so conditions will be generally warm and dry. We will be planting seeds and/or repotting plants for planting on their farm and for their spring plant sales. Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty and bring gardening gloves if you prefer to work with gloves on. Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. 

Common Ground field at the KC Farm School
Common Ground field at the KC Farm School

If the weather allows, we will take a tour of their 11-acre Common Ground property located just east of their current farm site. The Master Plan for this property is for gathering and growing space with wild and shared places, and room for orchards, animals, composting, and more. The Farm School recently received a USDA grant to support the implementation of their Master Plan.

Ironweed up close
Ironweed in Bloom – a fantastic pollinator plant!

Our Vision

It is the KC Farm School‘s goal for this event to provide a nature-connected experience for The Resilient Activist community by offering participants a hands-on activity planting seeds and nurturing young seedlings. It is also an opportunity for The Resilient Activist’s participants to gain valuable insights and hope from the KC Farm School’s amazing work in the community.

Through collaborating with like-minded organizations, we further our vision for current and future generations to live in a healthy, diverse, and regenerative environment.

Event Requirements 

Ages: 7+ with continual parental supervision. Staff and volunteers are not able to assist children at this event and will rely on parents to work with their own children.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the attached KC Farm School Volunteer Orientation Handbook and sign the photo release and liability waiver. 

Mar
19
Tue
March JEDI Book Club – Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig @ Online Via Zoom
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

For our March book club we will be reading Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig.

From her website:

“Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), inspirational (Helen Keller), or angelic (Forrest Gump). None of this felt right; and as she got older, she longed for more stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling.

Writing about the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn’t fit, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life.

Disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another. By exploring this truth in poignant and lyrical essays, Taussig illustrates the need for more stories and more voices to understand the diversity of humanity. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.”

https://rebekahtaussig.com/portfolio/sitting-pretty/

Mar
23
Sat
Hot Times in the Heartland: A New Documentary @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

HOT TIMES IN THE HEARTLAND

A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATE IN THE MIDWEST

Hot Times in the Heartland documentary image from the Nelson Atkins Museum

a Full-LengthDocumentary from

Prairie Hollow Productions Logo

FREE Showing

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 2 pm Central

There are no tickets or reservations – just grab a friend and join us there!

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street, Kansas City MO 64111

Sami Aaron, Founder of The Resilient Activist is delighted to have been selected to contribute to this important documentary – watch a short snippet of her interview below.

MEET OTHERS FEATURED IN THIS PRODUCTION

Additional showings:

  • Sunday, February 25, 2  pm, All Saints Hall, Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave, Topeka, KS
  • Sunday, March 24, 1 pm KCPT, Kansas City PBS
  • Thursday, April 4, 7 pm, Liberty Hall, KU Climate Teach-In, Lawrence, KS
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2 pm, Craig Community Auditorium, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  • Monday, April 22, 7 pm, Forum Hall, K-State Union, Manhattan, KS
Apr
10
Wed
Hot Times in the Heartland: A New Documentary @ Craig Community Auditorium, Johnson County Community College
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

HOT TIMES IN THE HEARTLAND

A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATE IN THE MIDWEST

Hot Times in the Heartland Title Still

a Full-LengthDocumentary fromPrairie Hollow Productions Logo

FREE Showing

Tuesday, April 10, 2024, 2 pm Central

There are no tickets or reservations – just grab a friend and join us there!

Johnson County Community College

Craig Auditorium, GEB 212,233

12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

Sami Aaron, Founder of The Resilient Activist is delighted to have been selected to contribute to this important documentary – watch a short snippet of her interview below.

MEET OTHERS FEATURED IN THIS PRODUCTION

Additional showings:

  • Sunday, February 25, 2  pm, All Saints Hall, Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave, Topeka, KS
  • Saturday, March 23, 2 pm, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • Sunday, March 24, 1 pm KCPT, Kansas City PBS
  • Thursday, April 4, 7 pm, Liberty Hall, KU Climate Teach-In, Lawrence, KS
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2 pm, Craig Community Auditorium, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  • Monday, April 22, 7 pm, Forum Hall, K-State Union, Manhattan, KS

Speakers Bureau Presentations

The Resilient Activist’s Speakers Bureau offers educational and inspiring presentations and workshops designed to help audiences better understand how they can be a part of creating a healthier planet in ways that also support our well-being.  Check out our Speakers Bureau Presentations page for a detailed list of topics.

Speaker Sami Aaron: Reconnecting to nature

The best way to take care of the environment is to take care of the environmentalist.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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