A Workshop by Yeshi Neumann
Date & Time: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10am â€“ 5pm
Location: Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
Cost: $105 General Public; $85 SMC Community/Alumni
Price includes lunch and all workshop materials
Questions: Louise Goeckel
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We must abandon the notion that we become grandparents only when our children give birth. In the same way that all adults are ultimately responsible for all the earth's children, grandparents come into being when we realize we are responsible for all the grandchildren of the earth. - Alice Walker
Context: As a part of the Leadership Center at Saint Mary's College, we have been building a Women's Leadership Initiative to build community, develop workshops, provide community engagement and promote social justice through the creation of more leadership education, sharing and mentoring opportunities for women. As a part of this initiative, we offer this exciting program on Conscious Grandmothering: A Paradigm for Leadership. A strong inspiration for Yeshi's workshop has been her experience with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (www.grandmotherscouncil.com) who take responsibility for passing on their wisdom for the benefit of the next seven generations. Please help us spread the word to anyone who might be interested. You do not need to have grandchildren to attend this workshop; you need only the desire to bring a grandmother's wisdom to the world.
Workshop Description: In this workshop, we invite you to explore your full potential as a grandmother who takes leadership in her family, her community and the world. There are many ways to become a grandmother: when your child becomes a parent or step-parent, when you partner with someone who has grandchildren, when you adopt a child as your grandchild, or simply when you choose to take on the role of grandmother in the world for someone who needs it. Conscious intention is a key to becoming the kind of grandmother you wish to become. Whether you are geographically near to or far from your grandchildren, whether you are in close or distant relationship with your grandchildren's parents, or whether becoming a grandmother has brought you unbridled delight or heartbreaking disappointment, this lively interactive workshop will guide you on your own journey towards more Conscious Grandmothering as a path for bringing leadership to the world.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to:
* Choose what to bring forward from your own experience of being grandmothered in order to strengthen your leadership today;
* Learn how the history, sociology and anthropology of grandmothering in former times and other societies can nourish your leadership;
* Develop practical wisdom for closing the gap between how you want your relationships with your family members to be and how they actually are;
* Practice effective communication strategies and foster an attitude of cultural humility necessary for leading in your families and communities;
* Learn about politically and socially activist grandmother organizations around the world as models and opportunities for getting more involved;
* Strategize self-care-- a necessary foundation for leadership; and
* Participate in creating a ceremony to mark your rite of passage to conscious grandmotherhood and acknowledgement of your role as a leader in your family and community.
"When the Grandmothers speak the Earth will be Healed." - Hopi Prophecy
Workshop Facilitator: Yeshi Neumann has developed a relevant and inspiring curriculum for the grandmothers of our time. Yeshi has facilitated hundreds of workshops about women's leadership, diversity, conflict resolution and organizational development. She brings her passion for women's empowerment and social justice to her work with grandmothers. As a group facilitator, Yeshi incorporates her extensive study of meditation, communication and diverse healing modalities. In addition to being a Certified Nurse Midwife, Yeshi has a Masters Degree in History from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California. She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. Yeshi is the grandmother of two granddaughters, both of whom were born into her hands.