November 20, 2016


"We are all musicians in a great human orchestra, and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony. You are not required to play a solo, but you are required to know what instrument you hold and play it as well as you can. You are required to find your place in the score. What we love we must protect. That's what love means. From the right to know and the duty to inquire flows the obligation to act."                               
 - - Sandra Steingraber

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States of America. The extent of the division within the US is clear and visible to all. In just a week, we have seen a surge in both protest activity and hate crimes. Attacks, harassment, frightening graffiti, have become common enough that Donald Trump himself went on TV to say "stop it". The targeted groups are not surprising: Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, Jews, and LGBTQ.
I imagine there are likely to be people receiving this newsletter who have voted for Donald Trump. I am confident that none of you, like most Trump voters, are supportive of the new climate that is emerging in this country, though clearly some people are finding support for cultivating hatred in his words and campaign promises.
Since the election, I've written twice about the situation we are facing. First, the next day, I wrote about the significance of the results. Then, just now, I wrote another piece, focused on what there is to do now, especially for those who want to organize and bring about change.
For those of us who are committed to a path of nonviolence, this is a time of great challenge. Nonviolence is tested when things don't work out the way we want. Nonviolence requires us to have love in our hearts. It also requires us to have courage and to speak truth. None of it is going to be easy for most of us. I am glad to be able to point you to resources that can be of help. See below for training in spiritual activism, in Convergent Facilitation, and in personal leadership and power.
in peace and hope,
P.S. If you want to hear more of what's been happening in the last month, click here for both work and personal celebrations and mournings, including a trip to the East Coast, preparations for starting a sabbatical next year's, news from the Fearless Heart team, and more.

Image credits: top: Susie Ibarra, TED Conference, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Middle: John Coltrane's A Love Supreme Re-envisioned - James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre, Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Bottom: Elizabeth Reid of Brillig, by PeterTea, Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Spiritual Activism Training
Strategies in the Age of Trump
A four-session training by the Network of Spiritual Progressives and Tikkun magazine led by Cat Zavis. In this training you will learn about the psychological and spiritual suffering that people experience living in our society and how to help people both understand and overcome it and strategies to create meaningful and lasting systemic change. For more information email - be sure to include in the subject line - Spiritual Activism Training.
2017 Sabbatical and the Circle of Support 
If you read the celebrations and mournings section on the website, you can find out more about how my plans for the sabbatical are shaping up. In brief: I am doubling the amount of unscheduled time from one day a week to two when I am in town, reducing commitments, and becoming ever more rigorous in choosing what to say "yes" to. You may have seen that I am seeing to hire a fundraising and development person. This is so that this year and the years that follow it can be truly sustainable even as I earn less from my own work and shift my attention more towards writing and creative projects. Whatever that person will be able to do next year to create a foundation of support, I would love to go into 2017 with more people committed to sustaining my work through the Circle of Support . If you are already part of it, thank you so much, and I hope you would consider increasing your contribution. If you are not, I hope you will consider the possibility of joining. If you want to support my work and a monthly donation is not an option for you, you are also welcome to make a one-time donation  here . Please remember to select "fearless heart" as your designation if you do so. 
Miki's Upcoming In-Person Events
Online at the NVC Academy
December 19, 20, 22, 10:00-11:30am Pacific
How would you use role playing when you're sharing NVC? What might you focus on? What about staying fluid and adaptable when the circumstances of your role play change - how do you do that? And how do you keep everyone who's not IN the role play engaged? Find the answers to these questions and more during this three-session mini-intensive with Miki! Info and registration.

February 10 - September 24, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm Pacific 
Leadership isn't always about the position you hold. Homemaker, CEO, spiritual leader, board member, parent, manager, volunteer, etc. - YOU are ALL in positions of leadership. And whatever your challenges may be, this program will give you the opportunity to approach life from the driver's seat, able to respond to what life presents with heart-felt care for all.  Info and registration. 
Free Teleseminars
Sunday November 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST  
Monday November 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST
You are invited to join Miki and others in the next  Fearless Heart Teleseminars.  On these calls you can engage in conversation about her latest blog post "Protecting and Learning in a Time of Hatred", earlier posts, or other topics of interest. 

November 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am PST
December 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm PST 
The Facing Privilege Conference Calls are an opportunity for people to engage with themselves and with others on the deep questions that arise as we reflect on the question of privilege. 
Sneak Previews
A 3-Day Intensive in Costa Rica
January 18-21, 2017
Birthing Your Power: Moving towards Living with Full Integrity, in t he mountains of San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
The vision inspiring all of Miki Kashtan's work is the possibility of a world that truly works for all. What Miki aims for in all her programs is to accelerate the inner and outer transformation that can bring about that ultimate vision.
This mini-intensive is designed primarily for people who have already worked with Miki, though it is open to others who want to join and are ready for a deep immersion in an environment that will challenge all of us to embrace the near-impossible.

Two Retreats with Miki on the Art of Facilitation
June 12-18, 2017
August 25-31, 2017
The Art of Facilitation: An Immersion Retreat in Santa Cruz Mountains, CA  
If you have been inspired seeing Miki facilitate groups - at a training, when she used Convergent Facilitation to support your group in reaching a decision, or for any other group process - and you have wanted to understand fully what she does, so you can expand your range as facilitator, this is your retreat.
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