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Conversations on the Edge: How We Gather — The Rise of the Unaffiliated Community Weekend of August 10-12, 2018

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If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique container different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge. We have invited selective voices to speak to some of the most pressing issues of our time in a vibrant forum of lecture, Q&A, and idea sharing. In How We Gather: The Rise of the Unaffiliated Community, we will engage in short lightning talks by visiting teachers and skilled content experts who will share information about the changing way America is choosing to connect and create community.
Visiting teachers include Angie Thurston of Harvard Divinity School and co-author of How We Gather, who will lead a short but impactful lecturette that will end in Q&A and conversation among the audience. Also joining us is Jeronimo Calderon, who is building community through the living laboratory of Tierra Valiente and will be leading a two hour experiential activity demonstrating community building. Harley Dubois, a founding member of Black Rock City LLC who has over 25 years of project management, art and city planning experience, will share how Burning Man has inspired a new approach to community. And finally Vipin Thekk, a director at Ashoka who leads Changemaker School Districts in working to integrate empathy and change making skills will support participants in creating their own new communities.
A Friday welcome will kick off the weekend, and on Sunday participants will share a closing brunch for self-directed conversations and check-in. Scheduled gathering time will be significantly less than traditional workshops to allow for participation in movement and meditation classes, healing arts and hot springs, and the natural beauty of Esalen. Presenters are subject to change.


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