Saturday, October 15th
11 – 3 pm
@ PORCH, 2909 E 117th St, Cleveland
Facilitators: Morris Ervin & Diana Sette
Workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.
Currently in Cleveland, OH, and across the US we are experiencing patterns of degeneration like the increasing social isolation, gun violence, police brutality, bigotry, misogyny, racism, classicism, and gentrification, among other disheartening and destructive relationships. Looking through the permaculture lens, we believe the problem is the solution, which is why ‘Spirals of Regeneration: Social Permaculture Application” is all about people being with people.
Co-led by facilitators Morris Ervin & Diana Sette, we will explore a framework for applying permaculture principles to social systems while diving deep into the spiral practice to uncover, renew and regenerate our humanity. This engaging hands-on session is an opportunity to engage in the process, and become more self-aware as we sit with our beliefs, conscious, and unconscious biases. Participants will engage in the basic principles of mindfulness, non-violent communication techniques, restorative practices, and embodiment through individual reflection, small and large group processes.
Please join us with your full selves and open heart, and be ready to go deep in practicing social permaculture design. All welcome, no experience required- except being human.
We have committed to offering this workshop for free to anyone committed to engaging, though registration is required (registration is not officially open yet- stay tuned!) as to ensure limited numbers for a more intimate gathering. The session will be at PORCH, 2909 E 117th St (just South off Buckeye Rd), Cleveland. On-street parking, and bus 58 & 11 stops are one block away. The house is two blocks from the Shaker/116th RTA Rapid Station.
Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a journal, and water. Depending on the weather, we may spend time outside; please, dress accordingly.
If you have any questions about the workshop, feel free to contact the facilitators listed below…
Morris H Ervin, Jr. is an educator, entertainer, motivational speaker, and Youth Development Professional committed to helping the youth, families, communities, and institutions “turn fear into strength, and pain into passion.” Morris is the founder of Mansa Consulting and he has provided assemblies, workshops, mentoring programs, and leadership retreats to thousands of students in over a dozen school districts across the country. The core of Morris’s philosophy is deeply rooted in Social Emotional Learning, Contemplative Education, and Restorative Practices. Morris started meditating about ten years ago, and became interested in practicing Mindfulness about four years ago. He continues to learn and grow by participating in mindfulness trainings and retreats in Cleveland, New York, and California. He actively teaches mindfulness in schools and after-school programs to disenfranchised youth. In 2014, he became a Mindfulness instructor for the Connor Integrative Medicine Network at University Hospital.
Diana Sette is a passionate community cultivator, enthusiastic educator, urban ecologist, writer, and designer. She is a co-founder and collaborative member of Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH), an intentional community and permaculture garden based in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, OH, and is a contributing writer for Permaculture Design Magazine. She brings a diverse range of experience from working with youth in transformative spaces to living in community on a 200+ acre homestead and performing across the world as a resident puppeteer of the radical political puppet theater company, Bread & Puppet Theater. She has lived and engaged in a variety of communities, and been involved in numerous direct action projects grounded on food justice and community building. She serves on the board of several permaculture-based non-profits that support thriving communities, and is a Certified Permaculture Designer & Teacher, and racial justice facilitator. She current supports grass-root community leaders as the Graduate Support Manager of Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. She believes in people’s ability to restore, renew, and transform themselves, each other and this planet in a positive way.
This workshop is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, in partnership with Green Triangle and Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH).