All in community

Building a Time Capsule for Your Diasporic Experience

I remember the last conversation I had with one of attendees of our workshop, “Building a Time Capsule for Your Diasporic Experience,” at the 34th annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference. They talked to me about their great-grand mother who lived out of the country and how they desperately wanted to capture her story but life always took over when they were there. I spoke to them about time, the greatest enemy of capturing human stories, and how unfortunately time is often running out for us to sit with those we love and listen as they gift us with the stories of their life.

Relentless Questioning: Moving towards authentic cross-cultural/ethnic community building

If we have learned anything from the last few years, it is that none of us can get through this alone. But beyond our immediate communities, there is also the need to connect and build with communities with a different culture, ethnicity, and/or race from our own. While there are spaces that are working toward supporting this work, it is often done in a way that assumes that solidarity must exist across marginalized and minority groups. If we are to do powerful work that brings about a different type of world that is welcome to us all, then the relationships that work is built on must be authentic.

This is my body: My First Experience as a Non-Binary Performer [Guest Post]

This is my body came at a perfect time and space in my life. I was in-between jobs, and in a rough patch with all my relationships. I had just graduated law school and needed to makes major decisions about my life: Take the bar or nah? Move back to the Bay Area? Stay in my relationship? Get a job? I was overwhelmed with major life decisions and lost as to which path I should choose. When I found out about this is my body, I was excited, intrigued, and eager to be in a space where I could be creative –and a grade wouldn’t be attached.

Tea and Transitions

Life’s changes tend to come at us fast. We get so entrenched in the demands of each day that we seldom have time to reflect on the actions and reactions that have led to a crossroads. This is why transitions can feel overwhelming and scary. We believe that transitions are moments of critical opportunity that require us to pause and meditate and reflect on where life has been, where it is not, and where our lives could be.

Last weekend we hosted Tea and Transitions, a half day workshop focused on providing space and structure for participants to collaboratively address a current transition in their life. Participants were looking at new careers, moves, and other similar circumstances.

Sitting in the Presence of our Ancestors

In our current school systems, we are educated with a focus on linear time. But for many cultures time is not linear —we share connections with both ancestors and descendants within a constant dialogue between our past, present, and future. Our ancestors inform our paths, walk with us as we make sense of life with the wisdom of the paths they have walked before us.

Novalia Launch Party

We are thrilled to officially launch the Novalia Collective! Thank you to those who came out to the Alena Museum in Oakland to show their support and encouragement. We are honored that you chose to spend your Saturday with us and hope you had a wonderful afternoon connecting and dreaming with other attendees. For those of you who were unable to come, we included an event recap.