Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - February 2018
Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities   
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February Events
Sunday the 4th * First Sunday Nature Hike at Bernheim Forest
Sunday the 4th * Winter Darkness Heart Council
Monday the 5th * KFTC's Grassroots Lobby Training
Monday the 5th * The Poor People's Campaign Goes to Frankfort
Tuesday the 6th * Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Meeting
Wednesday the 7th * Louisville Sustainability Forum presents Why Organic?
Thursday the 8th * Winter Spring Emergence Group with Jud Hendrix
Sunday the 11th * A Day of Forgiveness, A Life of Gratitude Workshop
Tuesday the 20th * Sierra Club presents Sandra Messner, of the Indiana Forest Alliance
Tuesday the 20th * Nonviolent Communication Practice Sessions
Spring Events
Beginning Monday March 5th * Becoming an Earth Advocate
March 10th * Kentucky Waterways Alliance 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Save the Date for the 2018 Louisville Earth Walk - April 21, 2018
Save the Date May 19th * The 2018 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Join the Poor People's Campaign
For Earth Day, Join Team Cultivating Connections at the Louisville EarthWalk

Sunday, February 4, 7 - 9 p.m. (Sundays through March 4)
Winter Darkness Heart Council
Supreme Peace Yoga Wellness, 343 West Kenwood Way, 40214

You are invited to nestle into a nurturing council/circle for wild and unruly folk. Bring your beautiful spirit and compassionate heart to this inspiring, loving, healing community... a safe, sacred ceremonial & respite space for those who care for others.

Facilitated by: Dustin Pickett, Nature-Based Human Development Guide

Sunday, February 4, 2 - 4 pm
First Sunday Nature Hike
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky, 40110

Walk west near turnaround at crest of entrance road of Big Level. Join a Volunteer Naturalist for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. Registration is not required. Just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes.  Hikes last approximately one hour.

All ages welcome. No pets allowed. FREE $5 car fee for non-members.

Monday, February 5, 6:30 -8:30 pm
KFTC's Grassroots Lobby Training
First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, 40203

Kentuckians agree. Our communities deserve clean air, first-rate schools, affordable health care, and good jobs that don't sacrifice our health or environment. KFTC members play an important role in issues that matter in the Kentucky General Assembly. We put the grassroots in grassroots lobbying! And we have a long track record of helping to pass important legislation, and stopping bad ideas before they become law.

Already, Kentuckians have been traveling to Frankfort from across the state to bring issues that matter and real people to the halls of our government. Come out to our training to learn lobbying and direct action skills. Food and childcare will be provided. Please register here so we can plan accordingly.

Participants will: Learn & role-play practices for effective lobbying; Build people power; Plug into upcoming events and actions; and Have fun!


Monday, February 5, 10 am
The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Room 129 of the Capitol Annex Building, Frankfort, KY

Poor people, clergy and activists will hold a news conference at the state capitol to serve notice on state legislative leaders that their failure to address the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and America's distorted national morality will be met this spring with six weeks of direct action - including one of the largest waves of nonviolent civil disobedience in U.S. history.

The Kentucky delegation of impacted people and moral leaders will deliver a letter to politicians highlighting dozens of racist voter suppression laws passed nationwide in recent years and a stark jump in the percentage of people living in poverty. They will vow to risk arrest beginning Mother's Day if politicians fail to adopt a moral and just agenda.

The news conference in Kentucky will be one of over 30 at state capitols and the U.S. Capitol Monday, marking the first nationwide action by the campaign since it launched on December 4th, 50 years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others called for the original Poor People's Campaign.

Participating organizations include Kentucky Council of Churches, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Black Lives Matter Louisville Stand Up Louisville, Mijente Louisville, and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, among others

Tuesday, February 6, 5:30 - 8 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Meeting
Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Road, 40205

This meeting will feature Liberatory Leadership: Strategies for Long Haul Social Justice, an interactive session with Jardana Peacock of the nationally acclaimed Liberatory Leadership School.  We will learn self care and collective care strategies to support our work to organize white people for racial justice.

"As a changemaker, you have a responsibility to your psyche, spirit and body. Your whole self must be cared for, not sidelined until "after the work is done". We want to keep you in great shape, making meaningful social change for the long haul." says Jardana Peacock
How we are working isn't matching up with what we're working for. Through decades of healing, movement and consulting work both in the U.S. and internationally, Jardana has tracked diverse solutions and found this:  It is possible to interrupt the way oppression sits in the body and goes on to weaken changemaking work, when changemakers match practice with action.

In a shorter session; Learn how to speak to the news, stay on message, and use your personal activism story to help re-shape the public narrative about racial justice. We'll give a 20 minute intro as a teaser for our LSURJ Communications Team training later in the year.

Please bring a dish to share (if you can) in the social time from 5:30pm to 6pm.

Wednesday, February 7, 12pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat, Undercroft, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Directions to the Undercroft 
The meeting will be held in the Undercroft located down an outside stairway between the Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat entrance, and St. Agnes Church, 1924 Newburg Road.  Parking is available in the Sacred Heart Retreat parking lot, just south of the Passionist Retreat House, or in the St. Agnes parking lot, north of the church

Featured Presentation:  
Why Organic? - Brooke Gentile, Executive Director
Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK)

The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to improving the health of the environment and the citizens of Kentucky. OAK provides resources and educates Kentucky farmers and consumers who are interested in driving change for a more sustainable and organic food system.

In the past two years the number of certified organic farms has nearly doubled in Kentucky and OAK's programs are supporting farmers as they transition to organic production, providing technical assistance and connecting growers to viable markets.

OAK's flagship program, the 7th Annual Organic Farming Conference is on March 2-3 in Lexington, KY. OAK's also has a new workplace CSA voucher program. Brooke will discuss the published research on this wellness-oriented CSA program showing significant impacts on consumer health behaviors.
Shorter Presentations
Shift to Natural Gas
Don Hayden, president, M & M Cartage Co.

Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services
Erik Mohn, Manager, Sustainability  
Now in its eleventh year, the purposes of the Louisville Sustainability Forum are:
1. We hold and promote the intention of sustainability for Louisville.
2. We establish and nourish relationships that strengthen
community and create change.
3. We create a space for discussion that inspires, motivates and deepens
our ability to catalyze social change.

Weekly starting Thursday, February 8, 7 to 8:30 pm
Winter Spring Emergence with Jud Hendrix
Metro Louisville location to be announced

Emergence is a new community of practice forming in February that explores diverse practices for cultivating self awareness and personal growth.  
This semester we will focus on the challenges and opportunities of the "mid-life passage", utilizing the work of the Jungian analyst James Hollis. Each week we will explore different sources of wisdom for human growth.

    *    Enneagram work
    *    meditation techniques
    *    working with archetypes
    *    dream work and active imagination
    *    shadow integration
    *    body-centered therapies
    *    authentic movement and interplay
    *    art therapy techniques
    *    family systems and family constellations

A balance will be sought during our gatherings between learning, practice and group debriefing.  Optional outside readings and study suggestions will be provided to those who want to go further into a specific methodology or practices. Cost:  $20.00 a week For more information or to RSVP contact,Jud Hendrix  502.235.3250


Tuesday, February 20, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Sandra Messner of the Indiana Forest Alliance

Crescent Hill United Ministries building, 150 State Street, 40206

Please join us as we welcome Sandra Messner, Outreach Director of the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA). She will tell us about IFA, their work to protect Indiana's forests, and their scientific survey of Indiana forests, called the Ecoblitz. This multi-year inventory seeks to establish what animals and plants are thriving in deep forest but also, how well they are surviving.

Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is a non-profit, statewide organization of individuals dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of Indiana's native forests. Their mission is to protect and restore Indiana's native hardwood forests through science-based advocacy.  

Please consider attending and showing your support for Sandra and the good work of IFA. Our meetings are always free and open to the public.

Beginning Tuesday, February 20, 7 - 9 pm
Nonviolent Communication Practice Sessions
with Cory Lockhart

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, 411 N Hubbards Ln, 40207

How can we communicate from the heart, from a place of empathy for ourselves and others?  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developer Marshall Rosenberg notes that, "Through its emphasis on deep listening - to ourselves as well as others - NVC fosters respect, attentiveness, and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart."    

February 20: "Intentional Intentions", other topics on Mar 20, April 17, May 15, June 19.
Third Tuesday, Feb to June, 7-9pm; $20 per session or sign up for all five sessions by Feb 19 and pay $90.

Details and registration here.

Upcoming Spring Events

Meeting on Mondays beginning
March 5, 6 to  7:30 pm
Becoming an Earth Advocate: 
Practical Applications for Changing the World
Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

This 9-week program is designed for individuals who are  intrigued by the calling to care for the Earth and want intensive, practical information to become informed activists and advocates.

In this course you will:
·        Learn about Louisville's environmental issues.
·        Meet key players in Louisville's environmental advocacy community.
·        Gain the skills needed to be an activist.
·        Plan and implement environmental projects or events.
Dates:  Monday evenings:  March 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time:   6:00 to 7:30 Fee:  $175
Register here.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Coming March 10th
The Gheens Foundation Lodge in the Parklands of Floyds Fork.

2018 Louisville Earth Walk
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Iroquois Park

Coming Saturday May 19, 11 am - 7 pm
the 2018 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Brown - Forman Amphitheater, Waterfront Park

Join the Poor People's Campaign

Echoing the "dramatic non-violent action" of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, a new campaign has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end racial injustice, economic injustice, militarism, and - adding to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "triplet of evils" -- environmental destruction.
In May and June of this year, there will be highly publicized direct actions and civil disobedience over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia. In this way, the Poor Peoples' Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year.  More information about trainings and actions in Kentucky will be available soon.

Learn more and sign up at  Check out a multimedia storytelling project about the Poor People's Campaign here.

For Earth Day, Join Team Cultivating Connections
at the Louisville EarthWalk

Join the Cultivating Connections team for this spring's Louisville EarthWalk!  You can enjoy the walk in community, receive a discounted registration, and by participating in the EarthWalk pledge drive, have the opportunity to support the awesome organizations' that protect our environment all year long. Plus, team members who raise $50 or more receive a free Earth Walk T-Shirt.

The Louisville Earth Walk is a family-friendly 5K walk to be held in beautiful Iroquois Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event's goal is to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about the steps we can all take to promote a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable community.

Pre- and post-walk activities, hosted in the Iroquois Amphitheater, will include live music, information tables, brief inspirational talks and a nature-focused children's play area.

To register follow this link
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