One of the core practices of our Courage community involves staying in touch with suffering while also sensing what else is possible. We work to stay in touch with the fear, the anger, the rage, the grief, the injustice, the loss, while also touching in on the beauty, joy and the possibility for radical transformation without spiritual bypassing. We see this as the heart of spiritual activism.
We sense tremendous possibility in this current moment—-even in the midst of deep suffering, ongoing oppression, and a global health crisis—-as new ways of knowing, being and doing are revealing themselves. Visions of a new world seem not only necessary but also within grasp. The ways in which we practice together over the next days, weeks and months will go a long way to opening those portals of potential.
While we do not know for certain how this all will unfold, we do know that the future is not fixed and therefore the ways in which we show up matter.
Love is a practice. Justice is a practice. The beloved community is a culture of practice. Our work is to continue building and embodying the world in which we wish to live.
This course is designed to help you understand the ways in which systems and patterns of oppression show up in your life and work and how you can develop and deepen practices that support collective liberation. Together we will explore the systems that perpetuate competition, inequity and injustice, and learn practices that help us recognize the ways in which those systems have affected and literally shaped us. We will learn tools to help us show up to the work with more groundedness and love, and learn practices to help us embodied more sustainable and responsive ways of being.
Each lesson includes a teaching, a guided contemplative practice and reflection. We offer suggestions for further reading wherever possible.
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This course is approved for 7 CE Credits by R. Cassidy Seminars. Please visit this link for more information and to register for CE credits: https://www.academeca.com/RCS/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=800800
Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating personal and social transformation through relational compassion training, anti-oppressive pedagogies and systems and community organizing tools.
Brooke holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and Cognitive Science from Emory University, an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on the diversity of contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness.
She is a consultant to the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies AMA Project in Potsdam, Germany and is co-developing curricula and pedagogy to support sustainable systemic transformation. She served as a lecturer at San Francisco State University for several years where she taught a contemplative-based course on compassion and social justice. She also served as a consultant to Teacher’s College, Columbia University's new initiative on Spirituality and Education and was the Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life's Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative.Brooke founded a compassion and equity learning community in the Bay Area and was a member of the Initiative for Contemplation, Equity and Action (ICEA). She previously consulted for the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley.
Through her work at Courage, Brooke regularly leads compassion-based, anti-oppressive trainings and consultations. In addition, Brooke co-developed a relational model for training compassion, called Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT). She is also trained in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has taught and adapted these programs in a variety of educational and clinical settings. Brooke now splits her time between Berlin, Brooklyn and the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead compassion-focused workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.
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