What we're about
We are a non-profit based in Boulder and Fort Collins that aims to educate and support people in building safe, informed, and empowering relationships with self, others, and the drugs and medicines we interact with.
Relationship with self is the most important, primary relationship in our lives. We focus first and foremost on opening up to ourselves, finding our source of creative power, passion, inspiration, and enjoyment. In our experience, relationship to self is most supported when in community with others who are also desiring authenticity and connection. That's essentially what brought us together and what Nowak Society is about! From our work original work in festival harm reduction and in mental health, we found that so many people have confused and disempowered relationships with drugs and medicines --- from antidepressants, stimulants and other drugs taken under the umbrella of psychiatry, to alcohol, marijuana, MDMA, LSD, and other drugs taken under the umbrella of recreation. We aim to re-frame how and why we use drugs and medicines of all kinds, and support people and communities in re-claiming what "medicine" is for them. How can we relate to any of these substances in ways that open us up to expand and empower our relationship with self, rather than in ways that shut us down or represses pieces of ourselves?
We offer trainings and workshops to community members and various professional groups on harm reduction, de-escalation skills, right relationship with medicines, among a variety of other topics. We also host and support various local events and parties by showing up with our team of volunteers to help set intentional spaces. If you're interested in being part of a grassroots community of people living intentionally, thinking independently, and showing up for each other, then check us out!
Our work is guided by our beliefs and commitment to the following values:
1. Relationship: Good relationships are the cornerstone of a good life. We are in relationship to all people and things around us. Understanding this, we value building and maintaining expansive relationships with all things we interact with internal and external to our organization.
2. Empowerment: Authentic empowerment happens when we are aligned with our internal sources of power or knowing, enabling us to make choices that most reflect our true desires and preferences for a fulfilling life. We value authentic empowerment of ourselves and others, and support one another in our individual and collective efforts to achieving it.
3. Showing up: Community can only exist when we show up for each other. We value witnessing each other with compassion, empathy, and respect, and showing up in support of community.
4. Autonomy and Consent: We honor interactions based on consent and shared agreement. We value and respect the autonomy of individuals to have their own experiences and to decided what is best for them at any given time. With this, we hold one another accountable for following through on consent-based interactions and shared agreements.
5. Anti-oppression: We acknowledge that our liberation is tied to others' individual and collective liberation from the myriad forms of obvious and hidden oppression that exist. We aspire to identify and dissolve oppression towards ourselves, our community, and beyond, beginning with our personal interactions and extending to public action and alliances with other anti-oppression movements.