Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - October 2017

Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities

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Sunday the 1st * Emergent Strategy with adrienne maree brown
Sunday the 1st * The Big Table: Community Potluck
Wednesday the 4th * Louisville Sustainability Forum
Saturday the 7th * Tenth Annual Louisville Solar Tour
Thursday the 12 * Play Worker Training 102 at Bernheim Forest
Monday the 16th * Dynamic Nonviolence: Studying Peace For Living
Tuesday the 17th * Sierra Club: Dr. Jacek Jasinski on "Distressed Oceans"
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd * Bernheim Forest presents Colorfest
Tuesday the 24th * KIPL's 10 Annual Hope in Action Awards
Saturday the 24th * Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Orientation Session
Saturday Oct 21st * Wandering in Nature: Experiential Workshop
Friday the 27th - Sunday the 29th * Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
Friday the 27th * Louisville Sustainability Council 2017 Summit
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Sunday, October 1, 12 - 7 pm
Black Lives Matter and Stand Up Sunday, Stand Up Louisville present
Emergent Strategy with adrienne maree brown,
workshops and more
Tim Faulkner Gallery,  1512 Portland Ave, 40203

" All that you touch You Change.
All that you Change Changes you.
The only lasting truth is Change.
God is Change." ---Octavia Butler

T he 1 - 4 pm workshop "Emergent Strategy" with adrienne maree brown, is inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, it is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist "spirituality" based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

This event is scheduled for October 1st, it will be a Black and Brown centered space where healing, visioning and dreaming can take place. We will offer workshops faciliated by adrienne, emancipation circles, children and family activities and a community meal. Your support will help ensure not only that this space will be able to take place, but that all of our partners are compensated for their labor.

The end of the event (4:30 -7:00 pm) will will feature an all-ages dance and performance space.

While this event is free, organizers encourage you (if you have the ability) to purchase a ticket here.

Sunday, October 1, 5 - 7 pm
The Big Table 
Iroquois Park, 2120 Rundill Rd, 40214

Imagine 2000 people simultaneously sharing an intimate dinner with a few neighbors. Imagine tantalizing food and even more intriguing stories. Imagine the happy excitement you feel when you connect with a new friend.

In this time of ideological polarity, we need real dialogue, safe spaces to come together as neighbors. This is what we're hoping to create with The Big Table. What better way to connect than over food and storytelling?!
People will be organized, at random, into tables of eight. Designated volunteers will help facilitate conversation.  We'll share stories about the food we bring, about meaningful tables, about our lives, about ourselves. There will be no central stage or entertainment schedule. The only goal will be to engage with each other, and leave as friends rather than strangers. And maybe we'll break a record! We are hoping for at least 2000 attendees, which would put Louisville on the map for holding the World's Largest Potluck

Who should come? Everyone!
We hope to engage the broad spectrum of the Louisville community.  
What should I bring?
* Each person should bring a dish to share to feed at least 8 people.
Use a recipe with a family connection or something you just really like!
(We will not be supplying power or ice, so please use
coolers or insulating dishes to keep your food safe.)
* Serving utensils - We will provide plates, napkins and utensils.
* Drinks
* Please bring a recipe card so that we know ingredients
(if the recipe is a secret, a simple list will do!).
Please note: We will be marking vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free,
and nut-containing dishes, but we cannot promise those with allergies
will not come into contact with these things. These dishes are made in home kitchens
and no responsibility will be taken by the cook or the organizing committee.
Please use your best judgement.
What to leave at home
* Alcohol or glass bottles
* Unleashed dogs - Please use your best judgement on whether or not this
activity would be fun for your four-legged family members.
If you think yes, please keep your dog leashed during the event.

Wednesday, October 4, 12pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Scared 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:
Resilience in the age of Trump with Harry Pickens   

Many of us wonder how to stay clear, compassionate, and connected to our best self in these times of chaos and change. In a world filled with suffering and injustice, many of us struggle to live with greater courage, compassion, and wisdom. In a nation rife with political polarization, conflict and misunderstanding, we are challenged to transform the energy of our anger, anxiety and overwhelm into clear, effective action. In a time of political, social, and national discord, we can bring the best of ourselves to all we do.

Harry Pickens will explore simple and practical tools, based on emerging discoveries in neuroscience, that can help us rewire our brains for less stress, more joy and greater resilience even in these challenging times. Harry is founder of BrainMind Redesign and Havening Louisville. He helps change agents experience more peace, harmony and clarity in their inner world so that they can be more powerful agents for compassion, justice and reconciliation in the outer world.  
Shorter Presentations
Kentuckians' Views On Climate Change Are Based On Politics 
Jennifer Hubbard-Sanchez, State Specialist for Sustainable Programs,
College of Agriculture, Food Science & Sustainable Systems, Kentucky State University

Shaping Earth's Future: A Paradigm Shift for Education
Nancy Givens, M.S.

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.

Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am 
Tenth Annual Louisville Solar Tour 
Begins at Copper and Kings, 1121 E Washington St.,  40206

The the tenth annual Louisville Solar Tour opens with an 'Introduction to Solar Technology' session at Copper & Kings, which is free and open to the public.   At 11 A.M., after the introductory session, tour participants will board a bus or join a group bike tour. The Solar Tour will then visit designated houses, churches and business locations featuring interesting solar installations.  On site owners or installers will present briefly at each location.  The Bus Tour is limited to 40 participants, and costs $15.00.  The bike tour is free and open to the public.
 After touring, the participants will gather at Apocalypse Brew Works to celebrate solar energy and socialize.  Food trucks, tabling and refreshments will be at this solar powered brewery to enhance enjoyment as we finish the day.  
This event is one of hundreds being held across the U.S. as part of the 22th Annual National Solar Tour of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). The national and local tours are designed to demonstrate practical and economic solar solutions, and to encourage community conversations addressing the growing need for clean energy.
The 2017 Solar Tour is offered by  a collaboration of non-profit volunteer organizations including KY Solar Energy Society, and Solar Over Louisville, as well as other dedicated volunteers.   It is receiving support from a variety of organizations, including the Louisville Sierra Club, Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, Copper & Kings, and Forward Radio. 
Contact Information:
Wallace McMullen, Chair, KY Solar Energy Society, 502-271-7045,

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 - 8 pm
Internationally acclaimed play worker Morgan Leichter-Saxby presents:
Play Worker Training 102
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Visitor Center, Clermont, Ky

In the world of play work in the United States, Morgan Leichter-Saxby is a leading expert.  Trained in the United Kingdom, Morgan works with Pop-Up Adventure Play to help spread the play movement in the United States and Canada.  In addition to helping train people about the complexities of working with children in free play environments, Morgan also advises organizations in the development of adventure playgrounds.

Play Worker Training 102 is a two-hour play worker training program targeted to educators, play workers, playground design professionals, parents and anyone with an interest in bettering their skills for working directly with children in free play environments.  Participation doesn't require existing knowledge of the free play movement, but this workshop reaches a bit beyond the basics.  For early childcare professionals in Kentucky, two hours of professional development credit through the ECE-TRIS system will be available.

Cost: $20/person upon registration (contact us if this prohibits your participation)
Registration in advance required.  Contact Bernheim at 502-955-8512

Mondays starting October 16, 6 - 8 pm
Dynamic Nonviolence: Studying Peace For Living
with Cory Lockhart
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion,
411 N Hubbards Lane, 40207

You are invited to delve into this 8-week process of study and discussion about lived nonviolence in order to move beyond intentions to practice!  Delve into the practice of nonviolence as a central component of compassionate living.  Enjoy 15 pages of reading per session, in the words of great peacemakers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day, Mohandas Gandhi, Gene Sharp, Leo Tolstoy and Joan Baez.

Eight Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00pm,
October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 20, 27, December 4, 11.
Cost:  $95; Sign Up with a Friend and both pay $85

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Dr. Jacek Jasinski and "Distressed Oceans"
The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, 40206

Please come and welcome Dr. Jasinski as he addresses the most severe threats currently affecting the world's oceans and their ecosystems. The presentation will emphasize the role of human activities in contributing to these threats as well as the observed and expected negative impacts that will affect humans in return. Topics covered will include pollution, invasive species, overfishing and, most importantly, climate change.
The topics of climate change and oceans relate directly to Jacek's professional life and personal passions. He is theme leader and scientist (physics and materials) at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at U of L. There he works on the development of materials for clean energy technologies and improvements in energy efficiency in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In his personal life, Jacek and his wife Joanna pursue their passions for nature, travel, and outdoor activities. In the last two decades, they have explored more than forty national parks in the U.S. and Canada and have gone scuba diving in some of the most amazing places on Earth including The Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Between 2007 and 2013, they published several articles on their scuba diving trips in a Polish scuba diving magazine.
We hope you'll join us for this special presentation.  Our programs are always free and open to the public.


Saturday, October 21 and Sunday October 22, 10 am - 5 pm
Bernheim Forest Colorfest
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY 40110

Celebrate the fall season at ColorFest - a family favorite! Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim's colorful fall landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more.

ColorFest is a free event. $10 per car environmental impact fee still applies to non-members. Select activities do have a small fee.

Tuesday, October 24, 6 - 9 pm
Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light's 10 Annual
Hope in Action Awards
St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N Hubbards Lane, 40207

For ten years, Kentucky IPL has been lighting the path of creation care by growing our compassionate movement one faith community at a time.  This year we will be carrying on the tradition of recognizing the communities of Kentucky that have carried out the greatest creation care initiatives over the past year with the 2017 Hope In Action Awards Dinner.  
Kentucky IPL invites you to be a part of the Hope In Action Awards Dinner on this important anniversary year. Please show your commitment to the movement of creation care by marking your calendars and reserving your tickets now.
Like years past the 2017 Hope in Action Awards Dinner will include speakers from several faith traditions that will share their own stories and journeys on the path of creation care.  The event will also feature music from Kentucky Homefront host and local musical legend John Gage.
Come talk to past awards winners and members other faith communities at this hopeful, engaging, interfaith event and see what the movement of caring for creation looks like in Kentucky today.
Register here.

Saturday, October 24, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ)
Newcomer and Orientation Session
Iroquois Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Ave, 40215  

Please RSVP on Our Facebook Event Page

Maybe you have been connected to LSURJ through Facebook or email but you would like to know more about us. These welcoming one-hour newcomer/orientation sessions are meant to provide a brief overview of our mission, our values and our history. Plus, we'll show you some ways to get involved with more of the work from wherever you start from. No experience necessary, just a desire to help make racial justice a reality. Pick a time and location that works for you. Additional dates and locations will be added. We will be having these one-hour sessions monthly at public libraries. Each meeting will be capped at 20-30, depending on the size of the room at the library. We will monitor FB RSVPs and determine if there will be a need for "tickets".

This session scheduled at Mama's Hip offers play space for families with young kids. For other gatherings, there will not be dedicated space for child care provided, but kids of all ages will be welcomed in the meeting space. Please join us!

Saturday, October 21, 9 am-4:30 pm
Wandering in Nature: A One-day Experiential Workshop
Passionist Earth & Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Guided by Doug Van Houten with Dustin Pickett and Chris Isgrigg

Tuition: $50 No one is refused for lack of funds.
To register click here

This program is a threshold crossing into a greater ecological awareness, an opening into a wilder consciousness informed by cloud, tree, hawk, moon and butterfly. Through several delicious wandering invitations on the land we will experience and deepen our innate membership in the larger Earth community of which we are embedded. We'll address the world as if it were alive, ensouled and saturated with its own intelligence (which it is). We'll enter a universe alive with mystery and possibility. By remembering our world in this way we will find the psychic support that we need to participate fully in the great Earthly and cosmic liturgy.
October 27 - 29,
Friday: 7pm-9pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 9am-3pm
Wild Mind:A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
A 3-day experiential retreat
Passionist Earth & Spirit Center

Guided by Doug Van Houten with Dustin Pickett and Chris Isgrigg

Cost: $225; $250 after October 11, 2017
To register click here

Based on Bill Plotkin's book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche this 3-day experiential program will help guide us on an exploration into the landscape of the universal forces of nature that helped shape the human psyche over eons.
The human psyche has been endowed by nature with a treasure trove of innate resources and potentials that have largely gone unrecognized or underdeveloped in the wake of our overly domesticated lives. During this program learn how to access, cultivate and integrate these powerful resources and potentials into our everyday lives.

Friday, October 27, 8 am - 4 pm
Louisville Sustainability Council presents
2017 Sustainability Summit
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, 40203

The Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability invite you to attend the 4th annual Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Climate Change, and Equity  
Registration here!
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