Recommended Events Calendar for January 2020

 Starting Thursday, January 2 •  Compassion Cultivation Training Class w/ Anne Walter
Thurs, Jan 2, Fri, Jan 3, Mon, Jan 6 •  Winter Break Day Camps at LNC
Friday, January 3 •  PeaceCasters Youth Influencers Workshop
Tuesday, January 7 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum: The Green Heart Project
Starting Tuesday, January 7 •  The Great Work with Kyle Kramer and Tim Darst
Friday, January 10 •  Full Moon Night Hike at Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, January 11 •  2020 Vision Casting Retreat for the New Year
Monday, January 13 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, January 14 •  Louisville Community Grocery Community Meeting
Saturday, January 18 •  ECO Kids Discovery Day: Fossil Fun at Bernheim
Monday, January 20 •  Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at St William
Tuesday, January 21 •  Louisville Sierra Club: Energy Efficient Green Design
Thursdays starting January 23 •  Communicating Clearly, Honestly, and Kindly
Friday, January 24 •  Film Screening: "Call of the Forest"
Tuesday, January 28 • Heartful Communication: Connecting Across Divides

Yet to be scheduled
Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Meeting:
100% Renewable Energy Resolution

Starting Thursday, January 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series with Anne Walter
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
411 N Hubbards Lane, 40207
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.

8 Thursdays, Jan 2 - Feb 20, 6:30 - 8:30pm: Priced according to your ability: $150, $265, $370; CEs: $50 fee. Limit: 15 students; Register here .

Thursday, January 2, 9 am - 4 pm
Friday, January 3, 9 am - 4 pm
Monday, January 6, 9 am - 4 pm
Winter Break
Day Camp
Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Come take a walk in this Winter Wonderland! Discover the forest in the winter: track animals in the snow (or mud??), learn how animals survive in the cold. Of course there will be plenty of games and arts and crafts. $45 per day per child; $38 for Members. Before and after care from 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm is available at $10 per child. Call 458-1328 to register.

At the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the Louisville Nature Center features a large education facility and reference library. It is located within an upland and floodplain forest that has over 180 species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. It is also home to over 150 species of resident and migratory birds and other animals. The grounds include a rain garden, two attractive water features and several other gardens that are home to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

Friday, January 3,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Youth Influencers
Peace Education Program,
318 West Kentucky St, 40203

Young people are not the future, they are the present! Come and join our diverse team of youth leaders who are using social media, digital art and their own personal stories to change the world.

Team members at the PeaceCasters Youth Influencers workshop work and play together while learning advanced social media skills, allowing them to create dynamic pieces of work that have a positive impact on their community.

Participants will have a chance to practice how social media can be harnessed to interrupt prejudice and build community by sharing their stories, working on powerful media pieces and building skills for navigating the violence and bullying they will encounter online. Don’t miss your chance to meet, play and work with other young leaders in Louisville!

PeaceCasters camps and workshops are for people ages 12–17 who are ready and willing to work in small groups.

Our workshops stay affordable by offering a sliding scale price of $15–$100, pay what you can! Online registration is available here .

Tuesday, January 7, 12 – 1:30 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum:
the Envirome Institute's
Green Heart Project
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center,
1924 Newburg Road, 40205
Please join the Louisville Sustainability Forum each month for interesting and informative presentations, dialogue, and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there are one featured presentation and two shorter presentations plus discussion, announcements, and opportunity for community-building.

Main Presentation
The Envirome Institute's Green Heart Project

Shorter Presentations

Metro Louisville's Emissions Reduction Plan; and reducing energy consumption and demand in commercial buildings.

Starting Tuesday, January 7, 10 am or 7 pm
The Great Work
with Kyle Kramer and Tim Darst
Earth and Spirit Center Barn
1924 Newburg, Avenue, 40205
Offered as five 90-minute sessions, once a week beginning Tuesday, January 7.

Human beings are the most advanced species on planet Earth – and we have also become the most destructive. If you puzzle at this conundrum, this course can help you understand the unique role that human beings play in our evolving, interconnected universe, and how we can harness our collective energies for personal, social, and planetary flourishing. 

This course explores how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to recognizing and celebrating the sacredness of all creation and finding our place within the web of life. Drawing primarily upon the work of the cultural historian and theologian Thomas Berry, in whose lineage the Earth & Spirit Center was founded, the course explores our current ecological and cultural crises and considers the values, vision, and practical solutions we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in what Berry calls "the Great Work" of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.

Call 502.452.2749 or email , or go online at

Friday, January 10, 7 - 8 pm
Full Moon Night Hike
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Join us for a full moon night hike! This is a great opportunity to safely experience the preserve at night, just as our nocturnal animals do. We will explore our own natural "night vision" abilities - without flashlights - through games, activities, and story-telling. Hot chocolate and cider provided!

**Call ahead to register** Spots limited. 502-458-1328.

Cost: Members - $8 per person or $32 per family of 4 or more
Non-Members - $10 per person or $40 per family of 4 or more
Ages 8 and up.


Saturday, January 11, 12 - 5 pm
2020 Vision Casting Retreat
for the New Year
Way of the Heart Woods, IN

What is your 2020 vision? There is a perfect vision and plan for your life. What lens are you seeing yourself and the world through? How do you want to refocus and renew in 2020?

Are you ready to fine-tune your life’s purpose and calling?  Are you ready to break out of old patterns that no longer serve you? Are you ready to renew in this New Year and activate your highest potential?

Join us as we access the divine heart and mind waiting to be further awakened within you.  This will be a time of transformational renewal and intentional commitment to your life and purpose in 2020. 

Let’s activate, elevate and celebrate all that is possible for you! Let's welcome the New Year with reflection and spiritual nourishment.

  • Setting vows, intentions and resolutions
  • Vision Board Creation
  • Exploration and intention setting with journaling
  • Purification and cleansing rituals to release the old and welcome the new in 2020
  • Sharing of tools and practices to help fine-tune your focus on your life and your life's purpose
  • Time to nurture in nature

Click here for reservations.

Monday, January 13, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! Agenda TBA.

As always, food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Our meetings are family-friendly and casual. Young folks are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some supplies on hand to help keep younger kids busy. If you need childcare, please email .

First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. If there is anything else that would make this meeting more accessible for you, please reach out to .

Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 pm
Louisville Community Grocery Community Meeting
Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church,
426 S. 15th St., 40203
We are on a mission to open the Louisville Community Grocery. We believe everyone should have access to fresh and healthy food, in a space that is welcoming to all.
We believe access to healthy food is a human right and our communities’ self-reliance in providing for our food needs is essential. Many of Louisville’s urban neighborhoods experience food insecurity, and we hope to address this issue through community ownership, job creation, and commitment to community health.

Cooperatives are businesses voluntarily owned and governed by the community they serve. Our mission is to open a cooperative grocery store that is owned and run by the community.

Everyone in the community will be welcome at the grocery store, but its operations will be governed by the member-owners and they will reap benefits for investing in their community.

For more information

Saturday, January 18, 9am - 4pm
ECO Kids Discovery Day:
Fossil Fun
Bernheim Forest,
Clermont Ky

Observe fossils and unlock the secrets of ancient life at Bernheim. Kids and their families will have fun investigating fossils and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon.

Hands-On Discovery Stations, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 – 60 minutes

On Your Own Challenge, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$10 per car recommended donation applies to non-members.

Monday, January 20, 1pm
Annual Martin Luther King
Day Celebration
Undergo Change:
Transforming the Fatigue of Despair to the Buoyancy of Hope
St William, 1226 West Oak St, 40210
These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every [person] of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits [their] convictions, but we all must protest. ”   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Our program will: acknowledge the pain caused from violence, and injustice in all forms especially to the poor, people of color and all the disenfranchised and marginalized, hold space for our despair, burnout, and exhaustion, and explore the active hope embedded in our choice to take on the work that must be done to build a world where we can heal and nurture the entirety of our beloved community.

We’ll weave together music, stories, poetry and a keynote address while spotlighting a variety of voices for justice and representing a variety of critical issues impacting our community.

Keynote by
Rev. Brian Wilson

Music from
Karan Chavis, John Gage and the Real Young Prodigys

Quintez Brown, Remi Dior DeMarcouzsa, Kumar Rashad, Sassa Rivera, Yolanda Walker and more!

This event is hosted by a coalition of local impact organizations including:

The Bail Project: Louisville   Black Lives Matter   Cultivating Connections
Doors to Hope   Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter
Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice   Interfaith Paths to Peace
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare   Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light
La Casita Center   Louisville Family Justice Advocates
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice   Maverick Ministry
Peace Education Program   Rubbertown Emergency Action Network
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth   St. John Center for Homeless Men
St. William   Sowers of Justice   350 Louisville

Tuesday, January 21, 7pm
Louisville Sierra Club presents
“Energy Efficient Green Design for New and Existing Homes”
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building,
150 S. State St, 40206

Please join us as we welcome longtime Louisville Sierra Club supporter and president of Watrous Associates Architects, Gary Watrous, discussing “Energy Efficient Green Design for New and Existing Homes”. Mr. Watrous will show and discuss his work, including new energy-efficient passive solar homes with guaranteed energy savings. He will also discuss techniques for making existing buildings and homes more energy-efficient, such as the historic home in his Portland neighborhood we’ll hear about.

Mr. Watrous has a BA from Hamilton College and a Masters in Architecture degree from Yale University. In 1985 he started his Louisville architectural firm dedicated to green, energy-efficient design. Although the firm has designed many different building types, including commercial, institutional, and residential, Mr. Watrous says his favorite challenge is designing passive-solar homes. Currently his firm has designed more passive-solar homes than any other firm in the region.

As an environmentalist, he has been concerned about climate change for many years. His goal is to design beautiful, energy-efficient green buildings that cost the same as conventional buildings to construct but cut the energy bill and carbon footprint in half.

More information on Mr. Watrous may be found on his website at .

We hope you’ll join us for this informative program. Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Thursdays starting January 23, 7 pm
Communicating Clearly,
Honestly, and Kindly
JustFaith Ministries,
224 Woodbine St, 40208
Are you looking for more effective ways to speak clearly and honestly, while also maintaining connection with the person you’re speaking to? Do you believe our families, communities, cities, country, and world would be better if we understood ourselves and others better?

[Compassionate communication] guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based firmly on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.
Marshall Rosenberg, developer of Compassionate Communication

In this 5-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of Compassionate Communication. The primary goal of Compassionate Communication is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. To be clear, this is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of Compassionate Communication and practicing different skills each week. Themes for the week are as follows:

January 23: Fun with Feelings: How can we notice, name and connect with our feelings?
January 30: Honoring Needs: How can we cultivate awareness and appreciation of our needs?
February 6: Receiving Difficult Messages: What are the four ways to receive difficult messages and how can we move from responses that disconnect us to ones that connect us?
February 13: Making Requests to Meet Needs: How can we make requests to meet our needs?
February 20: Self-Empathy: How can we nurture self-connection and compassion?

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $50 to $250 ($50, $150, $200, $250), the equivalent of $10, $30, $40, or $50 per class. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest, knowing that investment at the highest level allows me to offer this at the lowest level

Register here .

Friday, January 24, 6 - 9pm  
Film Screening:
"Call of the Forest"
St. Paul UMC,
McAdams Hall,
2000 Douglass Blvd, 40205
Join the St. Paul Christian Action Group and the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion for a screening of the film "Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees", which offers crucial insight into the importance of trees in the welfare of the earth and humanity. The evening includes a post screening discussion, brief presentations form local organizations, and healthy snacks.

This is a free event. Donations appreciated. Info: 502-619-1652

Tuesday, January 28, 6 pm
Louisville Showing Up for
Racial Justice presents
Heartful Communication: Connecting Across Divides
Central Presbyterian Church,
318 West Kentucky St., 40203
Many of us deeply feel the divisiveness of our time. We want to find ways to have conversations about racial justice and other topics and when we try, we end up frustrated, angry, wondering how "they" (whoever "they" are) can possibly believe what they believe, say what they're saying, support who or what they support.

Is it even possible to find connection when it seems our understandings of reality are so different?

Using a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework, we'll explore strategies for finding connection across divides while standing firmly in our own values and integrity. The workshop will include a brief outline of the NVC framework, introduction of several strategies for maintaining connection, and experimentation with the strategies. We'll conclude by discussing how we can take these tools and strategies beyond the workshop.

Family friendly. Accessible building. Please let us know if you need transportation or ASL interpretation by contacting or messaging us on Facebook .

Facilitated by teacher, artist, Reiki master, and peacemaker, Cory Lockhart. Cory facilitates classes and workshops for teens and adults on nonviolence and compassionate communication and speaks about nonviolence and her personal experiences in areas of conflict. Learn more about Cory and her work at

Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) is a local chapter of the national SURJ network. Our goal is to organize white people for racial justice. All are welcome at LSURJ events and activities, however please be aware that our events are tailored to call white people into this movement work.
And More

Yet to be scheduled
Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Meeting:
100% Renewable Energy Resolution
City Hall, 601 West Jefferson St, 40203
Come show your support for the 100% Clean Renewable Energy Resolution by attending the next meeting of the Metro Council Parks and Sustainability (P&S) Committee meeting.  Although this meeting is yet to be scheduled, we expect it soon, and a vote on the resolution is likely. Find out when the meeting is scheduled by periodically checking here or here . These meetings are held in council chambers in City Hall, 601 West Jefferson St.

In the meantime, here are some ways you can advocate for, and learn about, the Resolution:

  • Contact your own Metro Council representative (identify them here) and urge their support.
  • Speak for three minutes at any regular Metro Council meeting. If you’d like to do this, there is a process, so please contact Sam Avery first.
  • Submit a letter to the Courier Journal editor (
  • Read the Resolution here or here.
  • View videos of previous P&S committee testimony on the resolution by clicking here. Here are the meetings in which the Resolution was discussed (including the primary speaker):

August 15 – Sponsor Brandon Coan
October 3 - Metro Public Works
October 17 - Resolution advocates
October 31 - LG&E
November 14 - Energy Manager of Cincinnati
December 5 – Co-sponsor Nicole George

You can take more action and get more info at this website .

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