Shifting the Paradigm: Creating Cultures of Relationality

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Brooke Lavelle, PhD, Kai Horton, Martin Vitorino, PhD and Miko Brown

Shifting the Paradigm: Creating Cultures of Relationality

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What You'll Learn

  • Contemplate how individuality, separation, and a sense of dualism underlie the major social, economic, emotional, and environmental challenges that we face globally

  • Sense into “what else could be” and explore Brooke’s vision for how creating “cultures of relationality” can help heal the crises we face—at their root

  • Be guided in a Relational Field practice to help your nervous system attune to the natural connection and creativity inherently possible within relationships

About Brooke Lavelle, PhD

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. (she/her) is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit devoted to building communities and cultures of compassionate, truth-telling, healing-centered, visionary and transformative practice. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to organizers, activists, and social service professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations.

Please visit Courage of Care to learn more about the community, team, and approach and how you can join the movement to build compassionate cultures of liberatory practice.

About Kai Horton

Kai (they/them/theirs) is a non-binary, queer, non-black person of color, and child of immigrants. They are devoted to dismantling societal binaries – the either/or thinking that is imposed upon us in our culture. Kai is passionate about helping QTBIPOC folx on their healing journey and quest for liberation. Kai is a member of the Faculty at Courage of Care Coalition where they build curriculum and offer workshops for the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. Outside of their work life, you can find them out in nature, talking about astrology, or writing poetry.

About Martin Vitorino, PhD

Martin serves as lead faculty for Courage of Care Coalition, where he develops curriculum and facilitates offerings that merge contemplative, somatic and mindfulness practices with social justice work. He also leads a meditation group for the Transgender/GNC/NB/GQ communities. Martin earned a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University and a B.A. in Psychology and Multicultural Studies from Westfield State University. He loves camping, cats and babies!

Visit Courage of Care to learn more about their offerings. You can also sign up for the trans/gnc/nb meditation group at InsightLa.

About Miko Brown

Miko Brown (she/her) is a member of the faculty and BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) training and facilitation team at Courage of Care Coalition . She co-holds the space for Courage of Care’s RelationSHIFT programming and affinity space for those who are BIPoC as well as LGBTQ+. Miko has over a decade of experience as a nonprofit professional committed to social justice and equity with a background in mental health and wellness work.

About Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD, is a neuroscientist, contemplative practitioner, teacher, and writer who is interested in understanding how the mind and brain can be transformed through experience and practice to enhance flourishing. Her latest project is the Mind & Life podcast, where Wendy interviews leading experts in contemplative science to share different perspectives on how we investigate the mind, and how we might integrate contemplative wisdom to improve our lives and create a more connected society. In Charlottesville, Wendy enjoys dance, pottery, the outdoors, and anything DIY.

To learn more about Dr. Hasenkamp's work you can visit her website.

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  1. Maggie May 5, 2021 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    What a gift! Thank you all from my heart. Truly a treasure and just what many need at this difficult time.🙏🙏

  2. Margo May 6, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible practice and your insights on relationality. Very inspirational and important work you are doing. Congratulations.

  3. Tina May 6, 2021 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful and needed. Courage of Care is doing inspirational and transformative work in our world, the implications will be felt for generations.

  4. Dan May 6, 2021 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I just loved this meditation with these young people.

  5. Thilo from Germany May 7, 2021 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I literally did listen to all lectures within 5 days whilst rowing.
    This was my second favourite presentation (most favourite was that from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and in my link I explain why).

    The reason why I did like this better than most others, is because nearly all speeches repeated the political correct compassion, which made me at times feel like an emotional neanderthal, whilst this one was a different creative approach of embracing the elements.

    What I also like was that this presentation was so general that I (as a whiter than white and straighter than straight person) felt totally included without any agenda having been pushed onto me. (I first did listen to it with a fresh mind without the introduction and any preconceptions, and only a day later read the descriptions of the four of you, and that this was related to mend the pool of marginalised groups of people).

    My personal favourite person of the whole four day seminar was Kai, because I really liked the constant grooving from left to right and back again – whilst all other speakers of the seminar are kind of ‘perfect calm people’ this showed some lovely emotional way of tuning into the subject.
    Yes, Kai, you (literally) rock!

  6. m May 7, 2021 at 5:14 am - Reply

    thank you all…so important to remember we are all connected

  7. Karen Margrete Olsen May 7, 2021 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Thank you, Brooke, Miko, Martin, and Kai, for bringing this to my awareness! Intentionality and relationality can work together and strengthen our ways of leading our emotional life. Honour to your work!

  8. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 7, 2021 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Gratitude for bringing to our awareness how we can connect with different dimensions of our being. This was an amazing practice.

  9. Ingrid Otepka May 7, 2021 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    The connection while a formal meditation with 4 connected teachers – wow
    It was great that you showed us how connection can be lived always and everywhere
    Deeply thank you

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