Recommended Events for June 2021

Thursdays, starting June 3 • Meeting Life with Mindfulness
Saturday, June 5 • Pop-Up Cicada Program at Louisville Nature Center
Monday, June 7 • Poor People’s Campaign Media Event and March
Tuesday, June 8 • Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Monthly Meeting
Saturday, June 12 • Local Action for Climate Care with 100% REAL
Tuesday, June 15 • Can We Save Native Species in Cities with Sierra Club
Tuesday, June 15 • KFTC BBQ in Central Park
Tuesdays, starting June 15 • Compassionate Communication with Cory
Saturday, June 19 • Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future at Roots101
Wednesdays, starting June 23 • Compassion Cultivation Training
Saturday, June 26 • Great American Campout Jefferson Memorial Forest

Bernheim Welcomes Artist Jayson Fann

Louisville Earth Walk - Coming Saturday, October 23rd!

4 Thursdays, June 3 - 24, 2021,
5:00 - 6:30pm

Meeting Life with
Mindfulness with Jenny Bell

Offered via Zoom by
the Center for Engaging Compassion
Welcome to this 4-week journey exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and how they can impact your life now. Receive empowering tools for regulating internal experiences - how to better "be with" your experience, meeting it with greater ease and serenity. Cultivate self-awareness, acceptance and increase your resilience for life. This offering includes trauma sensitive mindfulness tools that will help grow the capacity to observe your experience and bring full nonjudgmental presence to the here and now.

Begin a new or deepen an existing meditation practice with guidance from this class. All levels welcome.

Cost on a sliding scale – please pay what you are able: $55, $70 or $85 or $35-Scholarship Rate. Register HERE or call 502-614-5616.

Saturday, June 5, 10 am

Pop-Up Cicada Program

Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Join us for a guided hike where you will get to learn about and collect cicadas, and do a craft with them as well.This is a perfect activity for families who are looking to learn a little more about these fascinating insects! This program is geared toward children 3-10 years old. $5/child, adults accompanying children are free (max 2 per child, please.)

Located in the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the LNC offers nature and sustainability education, as well as an urban wilderness experience. The unique urban forest includes two miles of hiking trails through the 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, and 30 acres of surrounding forest.

Register here.

Monday, June 7, 12 pm

Poor People’s Campaign Media Event and March

Mazzoli Building
600 Martin Luther King, Jr Place, 40202
This week Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis were live on facebook with Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Pramlia Jaapal announcing the launch of a congressional resolution entitled, “Third Reconstruction: Fully Addressing Poverty and Low Wages from the Bottom Up."

On June 7th, Kentucky Poor People's Campaign will be joining over 40 states across the country in announcing and supporting this Third Reconstruction Resolution, and calling on Ky's congressional delegation to sign on to the Resolution. We hope you can come, bring others with you, and share this out through your networks and many relationships.
The media program features directly impacted testifers from across the state, faith leaders and music. At the conclusion we will have a processional march down 6th St to Injustice Square as part of the broad and continuing call for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Read the full text of the resolution here.

Tuesday, June 8, 7:30 pm

Louisville Showing Up
for Racial Justice
Monthly Meeting

Offered on Zoom
Join Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) for our monthly meeting.
From 7:00-7:30, we welcome new folks and go over the basics of what it means to fight racism in our community. Join us before the meeting if you want to learn more about LSURJ.

Then from 7:30-8:30, we choose a topic to explore further. For the next few meetings we will focus on Strategic Campaigns and Actions.

This is a perfect meeting to attend - AND - we encourage you to invite one friend, family member, co-worker.... You get the idea!

Feel free to join at either 7:00 or 7:30. To request ASL interpretation please email

Register at

Learn more about LSURJ at

Saturday, June 12, 7 - 8:30 pm

Local Action for Climate Care

Hosted online by 100% REAL
Our next REAL Good News event with 100% Renewable Energy Alliance of Louisville (REAL) and the St. Paul Christian Action Group features the following guests:

Sam Avery, REAL; Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network (LCAN); Bill Hollander, District 9 Metro Councilperson; Zachary Tyler, Louisville Energy Manager; and Allison Smith, Metro Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability. Plus, music by John Gage!

Tuesday, June 15, 7 pm

“Can We Save
Native Species in Cities?”

Offered on Zoom by the
Greater Louisville Sierra Club

From bees to birds to bats, species around the world are threatened at unprecedented rates. Professor Margaret Carreiro will explain how residents in cities and suburbs can protect native species by weaving our local native plants and animals into the very places where they live and work. “I want people to know they can make a large difference in conservation of local species through their plantings at home,” Carreiro said. We do not have to wait for government or “experts” to do this. Community conservation in cities is all about keeping our common species common.

Professor Carreiro is retired from the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville where she was a faculty member for 18 years. Her research focused on understanding how urban environments affect nature in cities and suburbs. In addition to giving public talks on various ecological topics, Professor Carreiro continues her advocacy for nature in retirement by serving on the Boards of Wild Ones Louisville Chapter, the Louisville Climate Action Network and the Louisville Audubon Society.

Register here.

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 pm


Central Park,
1340 Fourth St, 40208
Join us for our FIRST in-person event since last year! Although we aren't able to get back to our normal chapter meeting space just yet, we are ready to get together and finally share space (& food)! We'll be meeting in Central Park, on the West side of the park (past the amphitheater!) This event won't have an agenda or any KFTC forms to fill out- it's just a hang out!

This will be an outdoor masked event (in the event that all participants disclose they're vaccinated, we can discuss).

KFTC will provide both meat and vegan options for main dishes. The rest of the meal will be potluck style. Please fill out this form if you'd like to bring something!

Register here.

6 Weeks on Tuesdays,
12:30pm June 15 - Jul 27

Compassionate Communication

online with Cory of
Would you like to begin mending the deep division and polarization in your family, your community, our country?

Would you like to move beyond shame and blame- both turned internally and externally- in order to have constructive dialogues- both within yourself and with others?

Compassion is the key: bringing a kind, generous heart into the way you speak with (and about) others. This course can show you how.

In this six-week, interactive online course, you will begin to learn the art and practice of Compassionate Communication, as developed by Marshall Rosenberg. The primary goal of Compassionate Communication is mindful connection with yourself and others, in order that everyone’s needs can be honored and addressed. As with any practice, you’ll have leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

This course, focused both on your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others, is highly participatory with an emphasis on practice. You’ll learn the key principles of Compassionate Communication and will practice different skills each week.

Regular investment for this class is $180. In order to make the class accessible to more people, there are limited spots available for $144 and $108. Coupon codes for these levels are on the registration page. If the cost is still prohibitive, please contact me directly.

Register here.

Saturday, June 19, 12 - 3pm

Past, Present, Future

at Roots101 African American Museum
Juneteenth marks the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.

While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, we understand that historically and currently with COVID-19 and the racial uprisings of 2020 that we still have a long way to go when it comes to facing racism, health disparities, and medical mistrust.

To that end, we along with Roots 101, Frazier Museum, and Louisville Metro have worked for several years on the (Un)Known Project, which will use public art installations and experiences to support Louisville – the 4th most segregated city in America – in its current efforts in dealing with racism and inequity. Juneteenth will mark the unveiling of the first (Un)Known Project Public Art Installation on the banks of the Ohio River.

We hope you will mark your calendars and join us on June 19 for Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future including Poetry and Performances at Roots 101 African American Museum, A Journey In Our Footprints Walk along the river, and an (Un)Known Project Site Dedication and Libation Ceremony overlooking the river at 1:30p. Louisville Metro will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine site open from 10a - 5p beside the Belle of Louisville.

More info to come - please wear a mask and practice safe physical distancing!

8 Wednesdays,
June 23 - August 18,
6:30 - 8:30pm

Compassion Cultivation
Training© with
Stephanie Barnett 
Offered via Zoom

Beyond expanding empathy and concern for others, CCT develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. This process involves training our minds, developing skills in relating to ourselves and others by intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions, qualities that enhance our personal relationships and help us make a positive difference in the world.

This class will be Stephanie’s Practicum toward certification as a CCT Teacher and will be recorded.

Priced according to your ability: $75, $125, $190. Limit: 15 students. Learn More or Register HERE or call 502-614-5616.

Saturday, June 26,
5pm - Sunday, June 27, 10am

Great American Campout

Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest will join tens of thousands of people across the nation as they camp for a cause. The 14th annual Great American Campout is a nationwide event that connects people with the great outdoors. This event is an easy way for friends, families, and children to connect with nature, sleep under the stars, and create memories of outdoor experiences. Jefferson Memorial Forest will provide the campfire, s’mores, and evening activities for your family to enjoy. You provide your dinner, breakfast, and tent. In the morning, you will have the day to explore the Forest; spend time hiking any of our 35 miles of trails or fishing at Tom Wallace Lake with free fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center. After registering with the Welcome Center, you will be sent a Sign Up Genius link to book which evening activities you wish to participate. Please do this prior to the program.

FEE for camping: $25 per family (up to 4 people), $5 per additional family member.
Space is limited for camping. All ages. A parent/legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18. Pre-Registration required. Reserve your spot today by calling 502/368- 5404.

Everyone is invited to join in the Louisville Earth Walk, a non-competitive community event including a live walk and and virtual participation, moving to Cherokee Park for its fifth year on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Mark your calendars! Details and registration options are coming soon to

Bernheim Forest
Welcomes Artist
Jayson Fann

Bernheim is excited to announce the arrival of interdisciplinary artist, educator, musician and producer Jayson Fann from Big Sur, California. Jayson has been commissioned to create our next big art installation for Zone 2 of Bernheim's Playcosystem, a 10-acre natural playground designed to inspire free play and life-long connections with nature.

Located near the Pines Picnic Area, Jayson Fann's Spirit Nest will serve as an interactive play/art experience and a dynamic staging area for story-telling, musical performances and outdoor educational programming. Jayson's Spirit Nest supports his passion for deeply connecting to the natural world, the history of this land and cross-cultural bridge-building in the community.

Watch the artist at work between now and June 11. Be sure to take lots of photos and share them with us @bernheimforest and use #BernheimSpiritNest.
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