Means of Exchange: Weekend 3


Means of Exchange: Weekend 3

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Means of Exchange is a series of relational experiences and experiments. These workshops provide safe spaces where we can practice being vulnerable together and support each other’s personal healing. This series’ focus is on means of exchange that often imply deeply held attachments and can provoke or build upon emotional entanglements.

Sex (physical intimacy, desire and vulnerability), death (endings, attachments, inheritances) and money (resources, sustenance, security and power) are all areas of life which are regularly treated as taboo. Culturally and personally it’s common to avoid open conversations about our deepest feelings. Many of us carry intense embarrassment, shame, fear or confusion. The weight of our own personal histories and the cultures of avoidance many of us live in or come from, leave us with a lack of resources for dealing compassionately and effectively with the complex mix of emotion and trauma that often infuses these topics.

The aim of this series is to illuminate these shadow areas of our lives. Meditation, movement, creative practices, self-reflection and facilitated conversations provide opportunities for healing and transformative integration. We find that in our work together the ways that we previously felt isolated and damaged instead become sites of radical empowerment, vibrant aliveness and truly satisfying intimacy.

Each session is unique and tailored towards the community and environment it is presented in.

Register from this page for the entire weekend. Descriptions and links for individual sessions are below. Each weekend includes different approaches to all three workshops.

Friday, January 12th, 2018 - 6-9PM

Matter - 811 E. Burnside, Suite 124

Our bodies and their instincts are constantly being manipulated for marketing purposes and control tactics. Many of us have suffered extremely for, and in, our sexual desires and identities. Still more of us carry heavy burdens of shame and fear in our bodies that have simply been inherited from religious and cultural norms which seek to divorce our humanness from our “goodness.” Patriarchy and oppression function in large part by controlling our desires and repressing our empowerment.

This panel discussion features educators, artists and activists who will share about their personal experiences, current work and future goals. There will be time for audience Q&A.

Panelists include: Eva Blake (Liberating Desire,) Kel Dae (artist/performer,) Ngozi Olegmbe (Planned Parenthood and sex educator) More info and bios coming soon!

This event has limited attendance and will sell out. (Pre-register for only this event here)

Saturday, January 13th - 4-7PM
Private Residence - 5503 NE Killingsworth

Financial independence and stability is something that most of us desire. We are taught to pursue accumulation of wealth and for many of us, if we don’t succeed in this, we feel devalued as humans. Almost all of us are consistently faced with financial stress of some kind, yet the answers we are given by our culture often amplify the stress by giving us more apps, more strategies, more pressure to compete, acquire and consume.

With 8 billion people on the planet and finite resources we simply cannot continue under the auspice of individual gains and capitalist expansion. What are our other options though? Could it be that secrets to a sustainable economy have been right under our noses and here on Earth this whole time?

This experimental workshop and session for experiential research takes the form of a potluck happy hour. Participants will be asked to bring specific items to share with the group and together we'll create a feast. As you eat you'll enjoy a presentation that explores how microbes, bacteria, fungi and forest ecologies function at their most basic levels. After our bellies are full, we'll draw inspiration from natural networks of exchange to ideate and plan easy and pleasurable means for giving and receiving such as sharing circles and support networks.

*Attendance is by pre-registration (PLEASE NOTE: All participants will be asked to bring an item to share.)
*A portion of proceeds for attendance will go to the Oregon Food Bank
*Registration is open until the event (dependant on space available) but refunds will only be given up to week before the event to account for menu planning.

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Sunday, January 14th - 2-5PM
North Portland Yoga - 55 N. Farragut

The only sure bets in life are beginnings and endings. And try as we might, we can’t have one without the other. It’s certain that we will all experience the processes of aging, illness and transition for ourselves, family and friends. It’s also certain that for as many happy beginnings as we will have, there will be just as many “small deaths” of ending relationships, aborted or completed projects, and shifting circumstances that require letting go.

For most of us endings are hard. When we face their mystery and completeness we also face the ephemerality of our lives and a plethora of existential questions. At the same time though, endings and change can create exquisite openings and access to profound joy or the “cosmic jokes” of change and non-attachment.

In this session we’ll work with releasing layers of identity. Race, gender, relational roles, "status," and many other identity boxes that chafe and confine will be examined and offered burial (at least as a personal ritual.) The evening's schedule may include some or all of the following: construction of a collaborative altar, reading of eulogies, writing break-up letters, preparing living wills, crying, consoling, burning things and laughing about the bitter-sweet ends. (Click here to register for this event ONLY)