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New Culture Exploration of Connection and Freedom

How do we find the balance between cooperation and connection on the one hand, and self-determination and freedom on the other hand? We’ll be mixing conversation with dynamic activities that help bring out the wisdom and experiences of everyone in the group.

Read on for more details, or visit the event Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/112999992219396/.

7:30 PM: New Culture intro for newcomers

8-10 PM: Connection and Independence: finding the balance - discussion, whole-group activities, one-on-one conversations

10 PM and after: informal connection time

Led by Sarah Taub and Michael Rios 

Nearly everyone seems to have a deep need for connection – in intimate relationships, friendships, or community. It can feel wonderful to work, live, and play together. At the same time, nearly everyone seems to have a deep need for freedom and self-determination – making one’s own choices, acting independently from one’s desires. How do we balance these needs? Do we live together in a large group and make collective decisions? Do we live alone and visit friends when we want connection? What skills make these choices and other choices work well? How can the larger community and culture support both connection and freedom? 

At the evening, we’ll start with a short introduction to New Culture and its core perspective of radical acceptance. We’ll talk and discuss for a bit about connection and freedom. We’ll also have some short, fun exercises that will bring out the experiences and wisdom of the group, plus some time for one-on-one conversations. Everyone is always free to participate or not, as they desire. And we’ll also talk about how connection and independence can be supported by a bunch of attitudes (such as curiosity, transparency, compassion, good boundaries, non-attachment, being “at choice”, personal power and responsibility) to create a way of relating that many of us think is sustainable, healthy, and reasonably drama-free.  

The “New Culture” community (http://www.nfnc.org/) builds on that way of relating to ask questions about what a healthy, violence-free culture might look like – for example, how do we raise children? How do we care for elders? What might intimate relationships look like? What’s an ethical and sustainable way to grow our food? We have lots of questions and not too many answers. The fun part is looking at these issues together and trying out possible solutions while we practice being non-attached, curious, transparent, etc. and also being playful, creative, connected etc. We get to do this at New Culture events (evenings, weekends, our annual Summer Camps (http://www.nfnc.org/schttp://www.cfnc.us/), and also in the larger grassroots community that has grown out of the events. We have no gurus and no dogma – probably 80% of the people at New Culture events would agree with what has been said here, and a diversity of opinions is welcomed and appreciated. 

People are welcome to arrive for the Intro evening any time after 7:15 PM. We’re not including dinner this time, so please come fed! The evening's workshop will start at 7:30 and go for a couple of hours, and then folks are welcome to hang out, sing and make music, etc.  

There is no charge for this event; we’ll have a donation jar and people are welcome to contribute if they feel moved to do so. 

A number of folks in our community are sensitive to fragrances and other chemicals, so please don't wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products, including “natural” scents. The house is pet-free, so no worries for people with pet allergies. 

No RSVP is necessary, but if you know you're coming, we’d appreciate it if you would send us a note or RSVP on this Facebook page. If you need directions, email [masked] and we'll send them along. You can call [masked] for Sarah,[masked] for Michael) or email with any questions as well. 

We hope to see many of you at the Exploration! Feel free to forward this announcement to friends who might be interested. Also, drop us a line if you want to be on our announcement list for other New Culture and Chrysalis Community events! 

warmly, 
Sarah and Michael  
http://www.cfnc.us/

Other upcoming New Culture events include: 
May 10-12: New Culture Weekend, Mt. Storm, WV - https://www.facebook.com/events/579519872075978/
Mon May 20 – New Culture evening, Chrysalis Community, Arlington VA -https://www.facebook.com/events/165677613582813/
May 31-June 2 – New Culture Weekend, Chrysalis Community, Arlington VA -https://www.facebook.com/events/552042648151342/
Mon June 17 – Pelvic Heart Integration demo evening with Deborah Anapol, Chrysalis Community, Arlington VA – contact [masked] for details 
July 8-12: pre-camp, Mt. Storm, WV 
July 12-21: New Culture Summer Camp East, Mt. Storm, WV -https://www.facebook.com/events/463744407032213/http://www.cfnc.us/
July 21-24: post-camp, Mt. Storm, WV 
See http://www.cfnc.us/or http://facebook.com/newculturesummercampeast for the latest events and information!

 

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