Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.
- Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
- Primary Language: English
- Facilitator Since: 2009
- Website: Amity Foundation
As a Facilitator, I am Committed to
- Symposium Presenter
- Symposium Host
- Symposium Producer
- Media Generator
- Community Coordinator
- Facilitator Training Leader
My Upcoming Events
Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream
Tucson, United StatesMon. Dec 4, 2017
I've been a Facilitator since 2009. I have delivered 70 events with a total of 3361 attendees.
I have dedicated my life to Teaching Community restoration in the social and environmental justice realms. I have over 40 years’ experience providing services in settings for populations “marginalized” through culture or experience. Throughout my career I have contributed to the development of innovative methodologies and educational processes used today in Teaching and Therapeutic Communities worldwide. During my 25 years with Amity Foundation, I have worked in a variety of capacities, always with the intent of creating healing and restorative environments. This passion has motivated me to teach and implement the Pachamama Symposium, Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream. I have delivered the Symposium to over 2,200 people in unlikely places: behind prison walls, South Central Los Angeles, gang-involved teens and Native Americans embarking on recovery.
Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator
October 10, 2009 My letter of application for the facilitator training.
I am choosing to become a symposium facilitator for Pachumama for many reasons. I have a screaming yearning to become more conscious of how my every day choices affect our planet. I am ever eager to learn more about what I personally can do to reduce any harm I am creating. This I understand is called reducing ones “footprint”. I prefer a more direct language…how our limited perspectives are causing a holocaust of the most significant magnitude.
It is not enough for me to just learn so I can change my ways, I feel a driving force that is so unsettling that I must teach what I learn to others to inspire and motivate…as quickly as I learn and become more aware.
I cannot decipher where this force is coming from…I have always had a love for nature, all living creatures of nature and feel I must stand for her now. I believe I have been a contributing factor to our earths struggle and I feel great remorse to have lived so much of my life with such disregard for my actions and with such little curiosity. With this internal anguish, I am clear I must use and harness this energy and turn it into fierce compassion towards the good.
I have been more and more dejected by the many films and documentaries that I have seen about the deplorable condition our earth is currently in. It had begun to make me feel hopeless and desperate. As a friend told me about the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, her most remembered points articulated how inspiring this symposium is. Finally after months I was able to attend the Symposium and to my delight I knew she was absolutely right about how motivating it is.
I want to spread a conspiracy of inspiration and motivation to help everyone come to consciousness about what they can do and what others are doing…
One of my most admired teachers, Laurens Van Der Post said......... “In every human situation all reality is always between two – and there is always this great responsibility, I believe, laid on all of us by life, that the person who is most aware, the person who is most highly , most completely, most widely conscious in a situation of conflict, must accept responsibility for the person who is less conscious and that is the person who is possessed.
Judgment and justice has brought us far, but that far is not far enough. Only the exercise of the law of forgiveness, the declaration forever of an unconditional amnesty for all in the warring spirit of man, can carry us beyond. This alone can be the beginning of real change in life.
It can only be by example of patiently living out the change in ourselves that we can hope to change for the better the societies to which we belong."
It has become axiomatic for me that we can take no one and no people further than we have taken ourselves”
As I am within reach of 60 years of life, I feel a heart on fire within to daily and in each moment of living, come to greater consciousness, to take my self further, patiently adding into my life awareness and stand up with this “great responsibility”
A few thoughts on why this is important.
Events I've hosted as a facilitator:
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on September 4, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on June 5, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on June 5, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on March 6, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on March 6, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on December 5, 2016
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on September 5, 2016
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on June 6, 2016
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on March 7, 2016
- I hosted a Symposium in Tucson on December 7, 2015
If I could change the world
I would bring back into balance the sacred feminine values in every man, woman and child.
We would all once again honor the feminine within and in so doing……… we would all be creating sanctuary. As Naya Arbiter, my dear friend and colleague of 45 years; proprietor of Amity Foundation and Extensions said the following:
“May we create sanctuary with the intent of repelling our lower natures and inviting the sacred to enter….that we might transform, that we might live authentic lives. May we develop our vocabulary of sanctuary, for ourselves and for those many perhaps unknown to us, who rely upon our courage and selflessness.”
“Sanctuary is that sacred space where humor no longer hides pain,
Cynicism sheds, and the disappointment that birthed
it is tear-cleansed,
Arrogance expresses its roots of insecurity,
And the fear filled false pride that segregated,
becomes the loving heart that includes.
Where human feelings flow without recriminations,
and we are free to build relationships with our best selves,
Grow larger than our wounds
And make whole that which has been shattered within.”
“Where selfishness spirals to generosity
Isolation develops into community
Our ugliest devils are cast out,
And we can come to our hearts, and be home.
Where we respect the life force in both its graceful and ugly forms.”
“Where communication and affection superseded fear and power
Where we can see the truth from each other’s perspective,
not just from our own.
Where our actions reflect the common human good-
not just individual rights and personal wrongs”
“Sanctuary is the space in which we:
Include rather than exclude
Express rather than repress
Acknowledge rather than deny, and
Act not just from logic –but from love,”
“Would that we could take these steps to create cultures of sanctuary
out of the fear and degradation
In our world.”
This is who inspires me
I cannot possibly name just one person, and cannot possibly name all whom have touched and moved my heart but here are a few……… who inspire me the most…….. the feminine values…..of Caleen Sisk (Chief of Winnemem Wintu Tribe Northern California), Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Betty Dederich, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Wangari Mathai, Rigoberta Menchu, Naya Arbiter, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Satish Kumar, Helen Luke, Sister Juana Inez de la Cruz, Marian Wright Edelman, Lynne Twist, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Barbara Kingsolver, China Galland, Juliette West, Aung San Suu Kyi, Arundhati Roy, Shirin Ebodi, Bell Hooks Harriet Beecher Stowe, and millions and millions of other feminine voices we have yet to hear but our hearts yearn for theirs.
Why they inspire me the most…………..because they teach what is essential to the heart of life and continue to come to the rescue of all hearts.
I am passionate about the daily practice of embodying the “Grand Mother” spirit.
Alice invites us all ….
….by Calling all Grandmothers
We have to live
In the same
I call on all the Grand Mothers
& every person
The Grand Mother
of respect for
The life of
& I call on all men
& let them
Alice Walker 2010
What I'm passionate about
I have had a love affair with life since birth. Born and raised in Berkeley California I sensed foremost to be a part of my own evolution. The sparks in my heart began early, my first memories…. I loved the outdoors, deep in nature, the parks, the woods, the mountains, streams, beaches. I forever adored all animals… all that crawled, took to the air or found home in the deep blue ocean. For my lifetime I felt I was more “wild life” than “human life”.
I might say I have encouraged, urged and pushed my life forward through Van der Post’s words of wisdom:
“It can only be by example of patiently living out the change in ourselves that we can hope to change for the better the societies to which we belong.”
“It has become axiomatic for me that we can take no one and no people further than we have taken ourselves.” Laurens Van Der Post
So too…..…. I am passionate about raising my own consciousness, developing and cultivating my internal muscle of reinventing myself, moving towards continual personal transformation, seeing the art of distinguishing, expanding my capacity for understanding, inclusion, reconciliation, forgiveness, deepening friendship, widening my ability to “be peace” not only for myself but for all, bringing forth courage within, finding my voice and honoring what needs to be said, challenging myself in my ability to say my “truths”, mindfulness practice, education in health and wellbeing inclusive of staying on the cutting edge of what is good food; plant based diet, doing what I thought I could not, learning to move in the direction of my fears, learning, learning, and learning more…..then teaching teaching teaching ever, oh so gently.
I am passionate about my personal journey of moral development and emotional literacy…..which my 25 years with the Amity Foundation’s Teaching Community campuses has been my most remarkable life’s course of study. Amity means friendship and Amity teaches no greater gift in life than learning to extend oneself in friendship to all life. So I am also passionate about how selfless I can be, cultivating creativity, supporting the remarkable efforts of others, finding the best in people or shepherding their journey to uncover their exquisite strengths and radiance. Making the difference every day in the moment, welcoming and coming to know that which is within, those parts of myself that are “unacceptable” the shadow, the hidden, the repressed, the ugly, the shame, the prejudice, being willing to continue my own “personal work” personal excavation into my larger story of my past all the way to the beginning to truly “know thyself”.
I too have come to know from Laurens....
“In every human situation all reality is always between two –and there is always this great responsibility, I believe, laid on all of us by life, that the person who is most aware, the person who is most highly, most completely, most widely conscious in a situation of conflict, must accept responsibility for the person who is less conscious and that is the person who is possessed”
…… so I have spent a lifetime cultivating humility, gratitude and the ability to teach………as I have come to understand my reactions of anger are of no value, what I must do is rise and rise to the occasions life offers over and over again to develop responsibility= the ability to respond: “Harness my anguish and anger into fierce compassion”, China Galland taught me that one!
So each year of life, I have become even more passionate about further developing my practice of bringing the best of myself forward into life so I might be a part of the transformation of all life, knowing “it can only be by example of patiently living out the change in ourselves that we can hope to change for the better the societies to which we belong and we can take no one and no people further than we have taken ourselves.”