Welcome, fellow traveler...
I'm curating a workshop series about exploring a more beautiful world. I believe there is a better way to do things than what we've currently settled for: a better way to grow and distribute food, a better way to design our living arrangements, a better way to "educate" ourselves and our children, a better way to approach race, gender, money, medicine, and property. I also believe a necessary step in getting "there" from "here" is letting go of what we thought we knew about the world, along with cultivating a willingness to explore and experience different ways of thinking, feeling, being, and doing.
The Map's Edge is a workshop series designed to explore personal and cultural territory. It is a space where we hear a new story of the world and see how it fits. It is an invitation to get curious, to question conventional wisdom, to step into "not knowing" and allow our imaginations to take center stage. From this place, what's possible that we have not yet imagined, as individuals, small communities, and beyond? To find out, we must be willing to step off old paths and get a little lost... with our hearts wide open.
Each Map's Edge workshop explores a new idea, facilitated by a practitioner of an alternative, holistic, or otherwise radical way of being that may help us navigate this new territory. I've invited some amazing people to come to teach these workshops, people that have spent years operating, in some way or another, outside of our dominate cultural narratives. I invite you to come gather as we share in the wisdom, and perhaps create something new, together, on the spot.
- The Map's Edge is Sundays only, sporadically throughout the growing season. All workshops are 3 hours. Space is limited to 20 people per workshop.
- Workshops are held in an "outdoor classroom", so please dress weather appropriate
- Admission is sliding scale ($25-50)
- Pre-registration preferred. Once you register, you'll receive an email with details about the day of your workshop
2018 Schedule (in progress)
Brittany Wood Nickerson of thyme herbal
progress, new visions
sunday may 20th, 1-4pm
$25-50 Sliding Scale - Pre-registration preferred
Capitalism teaches us that progress centers around individual and professional achievement. Whether we are striving for professional advancement, toward financial goals or feeling pressure to go to college, be in a relationship, or keep our house clean - it is all under the guise of pressure from an achievement based cultural system that measures progress through a linear worldview. But what if we re-frame progress through a holistic lens that sees movement and advancement in a spiralic framework and prioritizes personal growth, planetary well being, and spiritual alignment? How would such a shift in belief systems change our cultural worldview? And how can we utilize such practices professionally, personally and spiritually to create and re-create our lives in ways that are deeply fulfilling and work toward a new vision of progress?
"Imagination has people thinking they can go from being poor to a millionaire as part of a shared American dream. Imagination turns Brown bombers into terrorists and white bombers into mentally ill victims... We must imagine new worlds that transition ideologies and norms, so that no one sees Black people as murderers, or Brown people as terrorists and aliens, but all of us as potential cultural and economic innovators....The more people that collaborate on that ideation, the more that people will be served by the resulting world(s)."
-Adrienne Maree Brown
About the presenter: Brittany Wood Nickerson is a professional herbalist, writer, and grounded visionary thinker. She owns and runs Thyme Herbal in Conway, MA where she teaches classes in herbal medicine and earth-based ritual and spirituality. She is inspired by natural processes and cycles, change, and the places our hearts and minds can take us when we live in right relationship with the earth. Brittany is the author of The Everyday Living Series (posters and zines for the home), The Herbal Homestead Journal and Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen.
See more about Brittany and Thyme Herbal here.