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.
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 12pm-1pm on campus will feature weapons training on Sproul Plaza (first Mondays only) or Faculty Glade. 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 is in Hearst Gym 230 (new room) with Rob Sempai.
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!
Culturesmith Roundtable February 9th from 5-8pm
on Sunday, February 9th, 2014, beginning at 5pm
at 5739 McBryde Ave. in Richmond, California
Brandon WilliamsCraig here.
My work has to do with the ways that mythological study and archetypal psychologies shape the cultures in which we live. We've begun a roundtable, a learning environment where careful consideration is given to some of the core ideas of our culture and generation. I long for meaningful and thoroughgoing thinking, feeling, and creativity surfaced through deep participation, research, presentation, and committed listening.
In partnership with ABC, I have invited several others who are known for work like this, and we will enjoy occasional visits from people whose names and work you will recognize. Please consider coming. We will each invite other people, potentially unknown to the others but all ready to seriously engage this work, when we have a sense of the first iteration.
Make sure to RSVP by commenting here so I can send you the mobile number you will need to call to get in the gate.
Please "like", share, and invite your friends, and then save the next date as well - Wednesday, March 9th, at 5pm
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Free Aiki Dojo Partnership
Association Building Community has agreed to support the Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido project in providing aikido and conflict training to anyone who chooses to come, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2014 we have offered thus far:
- the Peace Practices curriculumo,
- Aikido for Balance and Confidence classes for seniors and others with movement concerns, as well as
- self-defense classes for at-risk women at the Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley.
Please consider supporting this project both from self-interest, keeping the training available near you, and as philanthropy--providing for a future for everyone in which conflict is done well.
Please become a supporting member. Check the "recurring" payment box and donate whatever you can sustain to support our Free Aiki Dojo Partnership. Your donation will show Beamish Process Arts d.b.a Association Building Community.
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