May:  “When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions; that Bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of Thus sayeth the Lord....The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.”― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

[Earth, I thank you]

Earth, I thank you

for the pleasure of your language

You’ve had a hard time

bringing it to me

from the ground

to grunt thru the noun

To all the way

feeling seeing smelling touching

—awareness

I am here!—Anne Spencer

Prompts: Women have challenged the dominant, male-controlled ideologies, often framing their critique with reference to values arising from the female experience. Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers preached that both men and women were made in God's form, therefor possessing hermaphrodite spirits. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was so appalled by the bible's degradation of women that she re-wrote it, wishing to promote a radical liberating theology that stressed self-development. What is our current female experience as new women in the 21st century? As gender constructions loosen what new nature will emerge? What is the role of the natural world to women's nature, present and past? What nature myths have women both blossomed from and been burdened by? Does the concept of Mother Earth resonate?  How can we help the earth and our bodies heal from the toxicity of patriarchy?

Discussion Date & Time: 5/27 3pm.  This will be a walking conversation at Art Omi in Ghent, NY.  RSVP required.

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April:  “I would say that there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves - we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other's destiny.”― Mary Oliver, Upstream

Prompts: How can we cultivate an enchanted sensibility with place, in doing so, promoting the desire to live-in-love with the earth?  How does pleasure motivate land stewardship?  How can enjoyment create ethical engagement with place? How do we foster ataraxy during a crisis of democracy and environmental degradation? How do we unlearn and relearn new patterns of consumption and being ,that are regeneratable?  How does art lead a path to changing our cultural consciousness?

Discussion Date & Time: 4/29 3pm.  This will be a walking conversation at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY.  RSVP required.

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Slow Living
By Wendy Parkins, Geoffrey Craig
 

March:  "Someone will remember us I say even in another time"--Sappho, /If Not, Winter: Fragments by Sappo/ Translated by Anne Carson)

Prompts: Which voices do we follow forward?  In our greater history of humankind, which feminine voices lead us onward? In our current political climate how do you imagine non-violent protest and civil disobedience being enacted and effective? Come discuss leadership, legacies and a history of civil disobedience together. 

Discussion Date & Time: 3/25 3pm.  This will be a walking conversation at W. E. B Du Bois historic home park in Great Barrington, MA.  RSVP required.

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FEBRUARY:  "Love is our true destiny.  We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone--we find it with another. -Thomas Merton  (all about love/bell hooks)

Prompt: Imagining love as our true destiny, explore the pluralities of love in our culture, noticing the places it exists and where it is absent.  What comes to mind?  Come discuss the politics of love together. 

Discussion Date & Time: 2/27 7pm. RSVP Here.

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Beloved
By Toni Morrison
Strength to Love
By Martin Luther King Jr
Surrealist Love Poems
University of Chicago Press
 
The Lover
By Marguerite Duras