“There are those who believe that the earth is dead. They are deceived. The earth is alive, and it is possessed of spirit.”

~ N. Scott Momaday, Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land

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!

Mondays, April 29, May 20, June 24, 2024 6-7:30 pm Central on Zoom


Hot Times in the Heartland: A New Documentary

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FREE Film Showing Wednesday, April 10, 2 pm, Johnson County Community College. Exploring a local response to climate change. Read more …


Join us for the Climate Council’s Earth Week Celebration!

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We will be presenting with Elaine Parke from 12 Habits 4 All of Us on 4/21 at 2 pm CT on Zoom: Build Climate-Conscious Habits One Month At A Time. Celebrate Earth Week with us!


Four Steps for a Resilient Life

Schedule a private Four Steps for a Resilient Life Workshop for your organization, association, or cause.


Three Important Research Studies

Four Steps for a Resilient Life: Research Results from a Novel 6-Hour Workshop

Mindfulness and Resilience Training for KS Dept. of Corrections Victim Services Staff: Research Results

Mindfulness and Resilience Training for Climate Activists: Pilot Data from a Novel 9-Week Curriculum


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Apr
15
Mon
“Take Care of Our Environment” with 12 Habits 4 All Of Us @ https://www.12habits4allofus.org/april-2024-zoom-party
Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join 12 Habits 4 All of Us for Our April Zoom Party

With The Resilient Activist’s Sami Aaron

No pre-registration – just join in on Zoom on April 15th at 6 pm CT.

More details here.

12 Habits logo for April 2024
Apr
16
Tue
April JEDI Book Club – Nomad Century by Gaia Vince @ Online Via Zoom
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Book cover for Nomad Century

For our April 2024 JEDI Book Club, we will be reading Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World, by Gaia Vince.  Below you will find the Goodreads Summary.

“We are facing a species emergency. We can survive, but to do so will require a planned and deliberate migration of a kind humanity has never before undertaken. This is the biggest human crisis you’ve never heard of.”

Drought-hit regions bleeding those for whom a rural life has become untenable. Coastlines diminishing year on year. Wildfires and hurricanes leaving widening swaths of destruction. The culprit, most of us accept, is climate change, but not enough of us are confronting one of its biggest, and most present, consequences: a total reshaping of the earth’s human geography. As Gaia Vince points out early in Nomad Century , global migration has doubled in the past decade, on track to see literal billions displaced in the coming decades. What exactly is happening, Vince asks? And how will this new great migration reshape us all?

In this deeply-reported clarion call, Vince draws on a career of environmental reporting and over two years of travel to the front lines of climate migration across the globe, to tell us how the changes already in play will transform our food, our cities, our politics, and much more. Her findings are answers we all need, now more than ever.”

Apr
20
Sat
Family Camp with the Second Presbyterian Church @ Heartland Retreat Center
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Family Camp with the Second Presbyterian Church @ Heartland Retreat Center
Join The Resilient Activist at the Second Presbyterian Church‘s Famly Camp in Parkville MO!
Sat. 4/20 9-10:30 am

Five Essentials for Nature Connection & Earth Care

Registration is required for the day or the entire event.
Apr
21
Sun
Build Climate-Conscious Habits One Month At A Time @ Online via Zoom
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at the Climate Council’s

Logo for Earth Festival 2024

Join Sami Aaron from The Resilient Activist and Elaine Parke with 12 Habits For All of Us to learn simple actions you can take for a more environmentally aware way of living – one month at a time!

This event is for all – grade school kids to adults – and is especially helpful for parents and teachers.

Come learn some Simple Steps for a Big Impact!

Logo for 12 Habits 4 All Of UsElaine Parke & wolf LoganMeet author  Elaine Parke, founder of 12 Habits for All Of Us, whose life’s motto is “Only together will we heal the country we all share.”

Apr
29
Mon
Climate Café Gathering @ Online via Zoom
Apr 29 @ 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

Climate Café Gatherings

2024 Climate Cafe Flier + MarchApril-May-June Dates

Monday, April 29, 2024, 6-7:30 pm CT on Zoom

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 part 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 healthy and sustainable ways 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

May
17
Fri
Climate Cafés: Exploring a Collaboration with Library Systems @ Online via Zoom
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2024 Climate Cafe Flier for Libraries
Join us for an informational meeting to explore how librarians could host Climate Café “Watch Parties” in collaboration with The Resilient Activist via Zoom in their local libraries.
Join us Friday, May 17th, 10:30 – 11:30 am Central
Register Here
Join The Resilient Activist’s Climate Café Team along with Jenny Garmon with the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable  to hear our thoughts on this collaboration and to gather librarians’ perspectives and concerns.
This gathering will be an inspiring brainstorming session so bring your best ideas and invite others who may be interested in resourcing their library systems to support those experiencing the emotional impact of climate change!
May
18
Sat
Nature Walk & Birding Along the Blue River @ Blue River Parkway Trailhead Minor Park near Tennis Courts
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Nature Walk & Birding Along the Blue River

Saturday, May 18, 9 – 10 am CT

Free Event    Ages 12+

Join The Resilient Activist and friends for a morning walk along this wooded trail at a portion of the Blue River Parkway Trail System. Listen for birds, including late migrants. No birding background is required. We’ll be guided by veteran birder, Don Arney.

You may wish to download the Merlin Bird ID app ahead of time. This simple app can help ID birds both by recording their sound and by visual traits.

Park at the Blue River Parkway Trailhead near the Tennis Courts. See map here.

More details to come … Register now to save the date!

Walk Leader: Don Arney

Photo of Don Arney at a little libraryDon Arney is a Kansas City native with a lifelong love of and curiosity about the natural world.  He is an active Missouri Master Naturalist, a past president of the Burroughs Audubon Society, a native plant experimental gardener, and a Little Lending Library proprietor.

Don has degrees in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, but more importantly, he has been a birder for more than four decades.  Don is a supporter of sustaining and enhancing our remnant natural environment. He participates in the events of several organizations: The Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Kansas City Wildlands, Deep Roots, Lutherans Restoring Creation, and others.

 

If the stars align, maybe we’ll spot a Great Blue Heron!!

Great Blue Heron Photo Credit: Emmett Dove.
Great Blue Heron  [Photo Credit: Emmett Dove]

May
20
Mon
Climate Café Gathering @ Online via Zoom
May 20 @ 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

Climate Café Gatherings

2024 Climate Cafe Flier + MarchApril-May-June Dates

Monday, May 20, 2024, 6-7:30 pm CT on Zoom

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 part 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 healthy and sustainable ways 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

May
21
Tue
May JEDI Book Club – Cassandra Speaks, by Elizabeth Lessor @ Online Via Zoom
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Book cover: Cassandra Speaks

For our May 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lessor. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

“What story would Eve have told about picking the apple? Why is Pandora blamed for opening the box? And what about the fate of Cassandra who was blessed with knowing the future but cursed so that no one believed her? What if women had been the storytellers?

Elizabeth Lesser believes that if women’s voices had been equally heard and respected throughout history, humankind would have followed different hero myths and guiding stories—stories that value caretaking, champion compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence.

Cassandra Speaks is about the stories we tell and how those stories become the culture. It’s about the stories we still blindly cling to, and the ones that cling to us: the origin tales, the guiding myths, the religious parables, the literature and films and fairy tales passed down through the centuries about women and men, power and war, sex and love, and the values we live by. Stories written mostly by men with lessons and laws for all of humanity. We have outgrown so many of them, and still they endure. This book is about what happens when women are the storytellers too—when we speak from our authentic voices, when we flex our values, when we become protagonists in the tales we tell about what it means to be human.

Lesser has walked two main paths in her life—the spiritual path and the feminist one—paths that sometimes cross but sometimes feel at cross-purposes. Cassandra Speaks is her extraordinary merging of the two. The bestselling author of Broken Open and Marrow, Lesser is a beloved spiritual writer, as well as a leading feminist thinker. In this book she gives equal voice to the cool water of her meditative self and the fire of her feminist self. With her trademark gifts of both humor and insight, she offers a vision that transcends the either/or ideologies on both sides of the gender debate.

Brilliantly structured into three distinct parts, Part One explores how history is carried forward through the stories a culture tells and values, and what we can do to balance the scales. Part Two looks at women and power and expands what it means to be courageous, daring, and strong. And Part Three offers “A Toolbox for Inner Strength.” Lesser argues that change in the culture starts with inner change, and that no one—woman or man—is immune to the corrupting influence of power. She provides inner tools to help us be both strong-willed and kind-hearted.

Cassandra Speaks is a beautifully balanced synthesis of storytelling, memoir, and cultural observation. Women, men and all people will find themselves in the pages of this book, and will come away strengthened, opened, and ready to work together to create a better world for all people.”

Jun
6
Thu
Restored Prairie & Wildflower Walk @ Shawnee Mission Park Dam (trailhead at the north end of the dam)
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Restored Prairie & Wildflower Walk

Shawnee Mission Park / Gary L Haller Trail

Thursday, June 6th, 6 – 7 pm

Free Event    Ages 12+

Let’s get social! Optional visit to a nearby brewery afterward!

Penstemon Digitalis (foxglove beardtongue)
Penstemon Digitalis (foxglove beardtongue)

Join The Resilient Activist to see what the Johnson County Parks Department has been up to in restoring sections of the prairie areas along the Gary L Haller Trail. There should be a nice bloom of Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue), Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower), and Monarda fistulosa (bee balm or wild bergamot) this time of year.

Park on 79th Street near the dam or in the Marina parking lot. Meet at the trailhead at the dam. Shawnee Mission Park Marina – Google Maps

After the walk, participants are invited to gather together for an optional visit to Pathlight Brewing or Friction Beer Co.

 

Walk Leader: Ginger Werp

Photo of Ginger WerpGinger Werp is the Project Coordinator for Kansas City WildLands. Her main role is to manage the native seed collection project. Ginger leads a team of core volunteers and hundreds of seed team members to survey, collect, process, and disperse seeds from over 200 species of prairie, woodland, forest, and glade plants.

She learned native plant ID while assisting in field research on deer herbivory in the tallgrass prairie at the University of Kansas. Ginger advocates for native plants at every opportunity she gets and enjoys exploring the native landscapes of Kansas City including the one planted in her front yard.

Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)

Monarda fistulosa (bee balm)
Monarda fistulosa (bee balm)

Image credits:

Penstemon: PaulineLeverett from Pixabay

Echinacea Pallida & Monarda fistulosa: Missouri Botanical Garden 

 

 

 

 

SM Park Dam & Trailheal


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, The Sun, My Heart

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