Welcome to Association Building Community!
Since 1999, we have supported individuals and groups making thriving communities. We believe that communities become more sustainable when they practice the process arts (group process design and facilitation) in order to work well through conflict. We support those who practice the making of peace--conflict done well.
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Community Gathering this Sunday
We've just launched our July 17th Newsletter
highlighting Peace Practices, inviting everyone to a gathering this Sunday (see below), and introducing Cheynne Barr!
We are celebrating the regeneration of Association Building Community with a series of gatherings. Will you join us?
We invite all who are interested in building community on purpose (RSVP below) to our first meet & greet followed by a facilitated circle in Berkeley this Sunday, July 20th, 4-8pm at 1708 Franklin street, Berkeley CA 94702 (a block away from North Berkeley Bart station and plenty of free street parking).
We know this is very short notice, and hope that you will stay tuned for our next gathering, if you are unable to make this one. We will be inside and outside on the grass (particularly if you are allergic to cats), with light tree cover. We hope to see you there!and share this information with your networks using the tools below!
Peace Practices Assistant Instructor invitation
PEACE PRACTICES (PxPx) AND MARTIAL NONVIOLENCE (MNv)
Aikido practitioners sought for emerging initiative
"We do not train to become powerful or to throw down some opponent. Rather we train in hopes of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to mankind around the world."
~ Morihei Ueshiba, "O Sensei", founder of aikido
Martial Nonviolence (MNv) is a method that teaches aikido and communication skills at the same time, through the body, so that everyday conflict itself changes. Peace Practices is Martial Nonviolence deployed as a curriculum for a specific community, and has secured international funding through Association Building Community (abcglobal.net) to expand from Oakland, CA, into both Emeryville and San Mateo. Aikido practitioners are sought who wish to learn Martial Nonviolence as interns, apprentices, and instructors.
You can get paid to teach what you love, learn a method that makes your skills more marketable, and take aikido to its next phase by practicing conflict movement, language, and group facilitation at the same time. Participants will prepare themselves to lead new Peace Practices sites as the initiative grows locally, nationally, and then internationally.
Call Brandon Williamscraig at (866-236-0346) or email brandon at peacepractices dot com to learn more.
Epworth Community Explores Peace Practices
At the upcoming retreat, Epworth member Brandon WilliamsCraig will offer the somatic (bodymind oriented) facilitation method he created for "doing conflict well". His method is called Martial Nonviolence(MNv http://martialnonviolence.com) and begins with zero-impact aikido movements almost everyone can do and martial but nonviolent principles which help keep your body safe under pressure without fighting. These movements and principals suggest communication strategies which are then built into habits using theater skills so that practitioners develop authentic leadership techniques. The youngest students of this work are three years old and the eldest, thus far, is seventy four. Peace is thereby a practice, rather than a recommendation, practiced by those with no experience as well as by professionals making decisions which affect thousands of people. When a class series or seminar is designed for a particular community to explore MNv, that event or series of classes is called Peace Practices(PxPX http://peacepractices.com), a learning process which is now internationally funded and moving into its second phase in the San Francisco Bay Area through the mutual effort of Association Building Community and Pacific Rim International School on both their Emeryville and San Mateo campuses. Please come ready to play, share stories which have troubled you, care for yourself in whatever way seems best, and practice peace ("conflict done well") together!
Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido training
Our class at the Suitcase Clinic was a wonderful success! Around forty homeless women, kids, and volunteers participated, while others watched and enjoyed, while much was learned by all.
Our coordinator at the Clinic was incredibly together, welcoming, and had this to say after:I wanted to thank you and your team for coming out tonight! It was truly amazing seeing everyone learn and interact with each other. We got some great participation from the women at the clinic, as well as many volunteers from The Suitcase Clinic. This was the best Fun Friday turn out we have ever had! I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as we did.Here is one of the pictures we took tonight.Best,Monica Eng
Lasting thanks to Golden Bears yudansha Vivian Tran, and to Aikido of Berkeley uchi deshi Joe Zummo and Justin Tyle for all their support! Joe's farewell party is next Tuesday's (March 4th) 8:30pm potluck at AiBerk. Please come to wish him well.
Help work like this continue and grow! Pay what you can. If you can't, don't. Really. Always train, no matter what. Bring your friends.
DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED!
Please set up an automatic donation for whatever you can afford here at Association Building Community by clicking on Free Aiki Dojo Partnership, and thanks!
Here's the Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido usual training scheduleMonday 11:30am - 12:30pm on campus will feature weapons training on Faculty Glade or Sproul Plaza (first Mondays only). Bring bokken and jo if you have them. We have extras if you don't.Tuesday at 1514 University AveFree Aiki Dojo classes are from 6:30-8:30pm at our host dojo, Aikido of Berkeley, at 1514 University Ave.
From 6-6:30 you are welcome to an informal warm-up and Q&A session.
6:30-7:30 is a basics class w Brandon Sensei, and 7:30-8:30 is a general class with Kayla Sensei.This is an excellent evening to get to know a large cross-section of people in our training community.
Wednesday at 1514 University Ave7am -8am is at 1514 University Ave. There is no better way to start your day!
Thursday on campus10:00 - 11:00 PM The Late Night Thursday class with Rob Sempai will return next semester.
Friday at 1514 University Ave
2:30pm-4:30pm at 1514 University Ave.
Saturday at 1514 University Ave
10:30am - 12pm is at 1514 University with Ricardo Sempai or me (we alternate).
I look forward to training with you!
Some maps for locations:
Free Aiki Dojo (hosted by Aikido of Berkeley)
1514 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703
As always, no previous experience is necessary.If you didn't receive this through freeaiki@ or firstname.lastname@example.org, you will soon receive an notice of being added to our email lists to receive weekly notice of classes. Please make sure you have become a member by checking your status.
If you haven't checked out the Facebook Group James just kicked off, by all means go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoldenBearsAikido/
from Brandon WilliamsCraig Sensei Ph.D. 4th dan
GoldenBearsAikido.com ~ FreeAiki.com
Skype bdwilliamscraig (510) 962-3921
John Abbe in the SF Bay Area before The Great MarchLong time ABC supporter, process arts practitioner, and social justice activist/facilitator colleague, John Abbe, is about to join the very public, hundreds-strong march across the United States to inspire action on the Climate Crisis.
Here are some links to his story:
- 2014 Great March for Climate Action
- Walnut Street Co-op (where he lives)
- NVC in Eugene (NVC = Nonviolent Communication)
He needs a place to put his head on a pillow on Feb 13th and 14th.
Can you help?
Please comment here, then email John Abbe at johnca at ourpla dot net and cc administration at abcglobal dot net so that we know he has been sheltered.
P.S. while he is here, please consider attending his NVC introduction http://www.meetup.com/ebcoho/events/165388382/
Sunday, February 16, 20149:00 AM to 1:00 PM
3124 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
I'm responding to a request from Brandon to give you housing for tonight and tomorrow night. I live in Albany, CA (next to Berkeley) and I have space if you are still looking. I am about a 10-15 minute walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART station.
One caveat - I've had a bad cold for a week now and do not know how contagious I may still be. I wouldn't want to share any germs with you at the beginning of your long march so will totally understand if you prefer to find other lodging. I'm not able to provide meals (just cause I don't really cook much especially when I'm under the weather) however, you are welcome to use of my kitchen.
Thanks for hosting me, Judy! (and Brandon for networking)
The magic of networks and community comes through again...
Thanks to Judy!
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