is an experimental, online learning community that explores activist philosophy through creativity, lifestyle, and personal practices. Every year we determine a new course of study to pursue together through research, writing, art-making, storytelling, community building, and direct activism.
through engagement, curiosity & creativity
Our mission is to provide structure and inspiration for practices which can enrich lives and relationships while supporting individuals to take action in the world as activists for peace and equity. Reading and watch lists, monthly online meet-ups, frequent participatory events, and local study groups provide spaces for expansive reflection. Social media channels and our website collect responses and function as a forum for those in the course to share their experiences, connect, and support each other. Registered participants receive regular newsletters with prompts for art projects, calls-to-action, relationship experiments, guided yoga and mindfulness meditations.
We know that life is full and it can be overwhelming to figure out how, where, and when we as individuals can make choices for a better world. Doing Theory aims to provide concrete, task-based practices that are easily integrated into our daily lives and through our cumulative impact become social change.
learning to love more
From October 1st, 2016 – October 1st, 2017 our course is called Learning To Love More. Learning To Love More focuses on expanding a contemporary understanding of the yamas and niyamas – the relational and personal practices described as the ten living principles for those on the path of yoga.
These are some challenging times on Earth. We are confronted daily with hatred, fear, corruption and violence. So many of our kin and community are facing unjust persecution, intolerance, environmental devastation, and social unrest. So many of us personally experience mental and emotional dis-ease, disconnect with our bodies, alienation in our families, and fear of our neighbors. In times such as this it is important that we have practices which provide support, community, and guidance.
Yoga has developed over thousands of years as a practice that is primarily concerned with helping humans live skillfully through peaceful means and to remember their place in the organization of nature. The yamas and niyamas are the foundation of yogic practice in that they address the principal causes of human-created suffering. They are:
The purpose of this course is to provide a lens for viewing this ancient philosophy that is contemporary, relevant, non-binary, culturally respectful and non-appropriative. Many of these principles are similar to ethical codes found in religious practices, which in some cases have become cause for prejudice and persecution based on judgmental moralistic readings. Together we will work to create a non-denominational understanding of what it means to practice nonviolence in a world that is inherently and increasingly violent; nonlying in the age of litigation and digital representation, non-stealing in countries that are wound up in exploitative trade agreements; responsible sexual conduct under patriarchal rule that has mutated human sexuality; and non-grasping in greedy and death-phobic cultures.
The end result of this course will be a web archive and physical book that we create together.
Cost: sliding-scale by donation
Who can participate: anyone, anywhere
A final note...
Doing Theory is NOT ABOUT HOMEWORK. It's about personal reflection, practicing new habits, and building community that supports all of us everywhere to advocate for equity, health and happiness. It's 100% up to you how much you want to engage the group or share your process or material. This is a safe space for respectful dialogue and potentially hard conversations, all views are welcome AND any hateful speech, derogatory terms, aggression or violence will not be tolerated.
Please contact me if you have questions about the course.