10-Steps to Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate
Good Grief Network’s co-founders LaUra Schmidt & Aimee Lewis Reau created a unique 10-Step Program that helps participants metabolize feelings like grief, anxiety, despair, and anger in the face of large systemic issues such as climate emergency, ecocide, unequal wealth distribution, and rampant racism and oppression.
This program has been proven to help folks re-discover their personal agency and re-invest their energies in meaningful ways. It also reignites the spark that may have been blown out by burn out.
Brave, Emergent Spaces
GGN provides a structure and modality for the 10-Step Program, yet there is wildness in these circles.
A FLOW Facilitator is one who has been trained to respond with a deepened connection to their intuition and heart-center. We guide these circles in ways that help participants recognize and process their painful and heavy feelings about the state of the world, deconstruct and reorganize cultural narratives, build community, and maximize emergent possibilities. We aim to minimize harm as the external world grows more chaotic, creating more tension and frenzy in our internal worlds.
Just as a river flows but is confined by its banks, so too do our facilitators flow from step to step, moment to moment, creating brave spaces for participants to touch their edges and quiet their fear responses, but within the confines of the brave and emergent containers we create. In this way, we help participants connect to imagination and live meaningful and connected lives amidst the chaos.
FLOW Facilitation Training
The FLOW Facilitator Training will be a 12-week intensive and interactive course hosted on Zoom with live teachers in English. Your training cohort will meet once per week for three hours.
Several materials will be presented for the students to explore before we meet each week to deepen our understanding, connect with each other, and practice techniques. Please factor in an additional 1-3 hours a week to engage with these materials.
Facilitation isn’t easy. It requires a nimble skillset and a commitment to our own inner work before we are able to cultivate spaces where others feel open, curious, and empowered.
Together, we’ll learn and explore processes for creating and maintaining a container ripe for emergence through personal and collective growth, shared wisdom, and inspiration. We will cover GGN’s philosophy, best practices, conflict mediation tactics, time management, and also community-building techniques. Our team will employ grounding practices and embodiment exercises as well as poetry, music, and media to deepen the teachings.
We will bring in lessons from visionaries, scholars, and thinkers such as Joanna Macy, Amitav Ghosh, Tyson Yunkaporta, Francis Weller, adrienne maree brown, Bayo Akomolafe, Staci Haines, Chris Jordan, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Vanessa Machado de Oliveira, Farhana Sultana, and more.
This training is designed for folks who intend to join Good Grief Network’s facilitation team, facilitate small group experiences for their own community, and/or folks who want to deepen their understanding of the 10-Step philosophy and facilitation. Participation in this training is not a guarantee a spot on the GGN facilitation team. Joining our facilitation team involves an application process; this training is a prerequisite to that process.
“I highly recommend Good Grief Network’s FLOW Facilitation Training to anyone wanting to build the skills of meeting these painful times with courage, open-heartedness, integrity, and radical compassion.” – E.B., 2023 FLOW participant