“Liberation is praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it."--Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Opressed, p.79
We became parents. We became parents without knowing who our children would be or how to parent them. Here we are now, learning as we go. Parenting is a process and it's an art. To often we are not trusting of the process, or ourselves, or one another. We find ourselves seeking help as individuals from experts, solving problems that appear one step ahead of solutions.
What if parenting problems were social instead of individual? What if we came together as a community canvas? What if parenting was a form of social liberation?What if a solution was learning how to love? Can we learn how to love ourselves, our children, one another, and each other's children in the process of parenting? What if we came together not to fix problems, but rather to learn to love one another with our problems?
Thich Nhat Hanh talks often about love, and he says that "The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Attention is necessary for loving, because it enables us to learn what the person, animal or thing needs most. Parenting Praxis is a growing group of parents who want to attend to their children and community of parents with love. It is an open group that is rooted in radical intimacy, trusting in the process of parenting, and learning to love ourselves and our children together with open vulnerable hearts.
Because this group is dedicated to attention and building intimacy, it is limited to 12 persons. Whenever possible we encourage parent teams to attend together. We encourage all parents of any aged child up to 21yrs to attend, as we know we continue to learn from various stages of parenting experience. Childcare is available for children over 3 yrs. and must be reserved in advance. The group will meet monthly on Friday evening at 6:30pm for six sessions, with a shared Rice & Bean dinner. (1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15) **We know most people cannot attend every gathering but we ask that you commit to a minimum of 4 sessions to sign up.
There is no cost to join the group, but we do ask for a donation to the space. This group is peer led, valuing shared experience over expertise. However, there will be opportunity for guest parent-artists to occasionally visit to share new techniques and ideas with the group. Register HERE. If you have any questions please email