14 April, 2020 Aurélie Salvaire

Last week, we were thrilled to organize our first virtual bootcamp!

Given the current circumstances, we wanted to bring love and support to our beautiful community!

From Monday 6th to Friday 10th of April, every afternoon, we gathered to talk freely about how women all around the world are experiencing the current situation.

In the middle of the stress and the uncertainty, we wanted to offer a safe space to share stories, learn from each other and have fun!

We talked about love and sex under lockdown, the best series to watch or how to take care of our mental health!

We dreamt about the future and celebrate sisterhood together!

More than 200 women registered for our 5 sessions!

From Peru to Japan, from Mexico to Pakistan, Rwanda or Saudi Arabia, it was an opportunity to think the future together!

Here is a quick summary:

Monday 6th of April – 5 pm CET – Love and sex under lockdown

Our relationships are pretty strained during these times. How do you cope? If you are living with your partner, how is it going? If you are physically separated from your partner, how does it feel? If you do not currently have a partner, what is your experience?

We all shared how confinement and social isolation were affecting our relationships. Some were very thankful for their partner. Some were suffering deeply from the physical separation. Some were exploring online dating.

Here are the links that were shared:

Resources for single ladies…
Some books to read:
Little fires everywhere or Blindness
Some were praising the LELO brand… 🙂
How will we live after?
An interesting event sharing resources for our mental health…

Tuesday 7th of April – 5 pm CET –  Having fun in times of crisis. 

What do you do to have fun and laugh? What is the greatest series you binge-watched? The old movies you enjoyed? The dancing routine you have put in place? Share your tips to brighten your mood! 

Some links to share:
– Some circuses offer their shows online for free
Netflix Party chrome extension allows you to watch movies with friends

Dancing is always a good option!!!

Or a Cardio Latin Work Out

For games and parties, check House Party or Stay the Fuck Home Bar!!!

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. Emma Goldman.

Wednesday 8th of April – 5 pm CET: Self-care Wednesday. 

How do you take care of your mental health during this lockdown? How do you manage your anxiety? What about your physical health? Do you feel pressured to still conform to beauty standards? 

The participants shared their Self care checklist: journal, read and do yoga and manifestation. Take time for my meals! I also do wellness selfcare twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday where I look after my body with some pampering!


Here is an event on April 23rd on mental health tips.

Interesting videos on mental health: 
https://www.instagram.com/jasonlsilva/


A community of women entrepreneurs: https://www.ogunte.com/



The Art and Practice of Loving: Living a Heartfelt Yes http://www.heartfeltyes.com/read/



“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde


Self care needs to be a harmony between mind, body, and soul. It requires to keep the boundaries and keep away from all forms of dramas to go towards soul liberation.
You can watch the meditations of Tara Brach on this topic! Some organize a full moon ceremony to let go and a new moon ceremony for what they want to invite in their lives.

This too shall pass


A few more links:

The book Why We Sleep from Matthew Walker 

blessingmanifesting.com


https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/mindful-apps/



https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being


The book Lost Connections on Depression and Well Being

For the physical activity, we talked about Yoga with Adrienne as well as cardio activity, kickboxing and capoeira (movement, singing, percussion, loads of soul)
.

Thursday 9th of April – 5 pm CET –  Sisterhood is powerful.  

How do you support your sisters out there? How do women from different countries experiment with the situation? What can you do to show up for them? 

What is sisterhood for you?


A few ideas came out: Free of judgement
, notion of tribe
, pushing each other to succeed instead of bringing each other down.
 The feeling that you are not alone and people are here to support
. 
We tend to overcomplicate things and all we need is the connection.


A few tips:

1. Take on mentees 

2. Do a monthly checkin with sisters 

3. Make time to meet them physically


4. 
Bring up the idea of sisterhood/sorority to my close girl friends and introduce the political aspect of it, hopefully creating a stronger bond between us
.

5. 
Role model to younger sisters the importance of women supporting women. In my case, I think it’s important for my daughter to see the value of authentic female connections.


6. Compliment other women. And challenging them when they don’t accept the compliment. 

7. Start your own group of eco-feminists
. If the political and scientific power is better shared with women we can change our world in a better sustainable world.

Ecofeminism is a branch of feminism that sees environmentalism, and the relationship between women and the earth, as foundational to its analysis and practice. Ecofeminist thinkers draw on the concept of gender to analyse the relationships between humans and the natural world.

Ecosomatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field which connects embodiment practices such as dance and the healing arts with ecological consciousness.


Women for Climate justice : https://gendercc.net/home.html

Friday 10th of April – 5 pm CET – What’s next? 

What is your dream for the after lockdown? At a personal and global level? What do you think will change? Are we heading towards a more feminist and inclusive future? Or towards more control and totalitarianism? What is your hope and vision? What is our role designing this new phase? 

Here are the links we shared:

https://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20200405/48285133216/yuval-harari-mundo-despues-coronavirus.html

https://www.ft.com/content/10d8f5e8-74eb-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca

https://www.ft.com/content/19d90308-6858-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/26/fear-of-covid-19-is-a-mental-contagion-ben-okri

Charles Eisenstein: 

https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/?_page=3&fbclid=IwAR1UgPT3p0XuXfyVEkQsRM4wWW20L8pLni_UvAr5aKAnvtTPu444-E0LKD4


Podcast version of his text “Coronation”: 

https://charleseisenstein.org/podcasts/charles-eisenstein-daily-the-podcast/


This is already a very good article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit?fbclid=IwAR3aHcWoCkJNqhnkUSCd6hb5s9kJd8pneIGbrWOtVZrOz6KGNJs8RKYMs-I

Bruno Latour suggested 6 questions to help people choose what activities they want to keep, what they want to stop and by what we would like to replace them (sorry its in french) : http://www.bruno-latour.fr/fr/node/851.html

https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief


French NGO Alternative organise conference on line to prepare a feminist, ecologist and social world : https://alternatiba.eu/2020/04/pour-un-jour-d-apres/

#philanthrophy  #changeleadership  #moneytalks #FinancialLeadership



For German speakers: dreaming about the immediate future (2022):

https://beyond-corona.org

FOR JOBS: https://blog.movingworlds.org/social-impact-jobs-in-europe/  

There is also GAIA initiative (based on U Theory): https://www.presencing.org/gaia


Build our relationships with neighbours


Take time to read articles / books to be prepared for after


Take time to look / feel / listen to nature


Infiltrating the political groups and NGO, now they open their group, at least in France, they are invited anybody who wants changes



Reach out to friends who are not convinced by feminism



yes planting and watering seeds in our close environment (family, friends, colleagues ..) we have plenty of time right now, and them too


https://embodimentcircle.com/embodiment-circle-online-resources/

Feminist group from Peru:
https://www.facebook.com/pariopaula

Next steps

Given the reception, we have decided to go on with a regular weekly session every Friday at 5pm CET in order to share the vision we have of the future world! So stay tuned on our social media and join us online!

Stay safe!

5 May, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire

This month of May, we came back to Addis Ababa, 10 years after having worked there with Oxfam!

Join our workshop there!

We first ran a storytelling workshop there for female gamechangers at XHUB!

A summary of our time there!

We then welcomed the young social entrepreneurs of the Changemaker Exchange summit on Gender Justice!

3 days out of the city at Liesak resort to explore potential collaborations! We will come back soon!

14 April, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire

It had been almost one year that we had left Pakistan so it was time to come back for different amazing events and workshops!

We first had the opportunity to run our Hackathon on Gender equity solutions in collaboration with Facebook Developer Circles from Islamabad!

With the amazing Sidra and Saima, organizers of the Hackathon!

Then we ran a storytelling workshop within National Incubation Center of Islamabad thanks to the DEMO team!

The fantastic Demo team!
With the proud participants!

Then we headed to Lahore for more storytelling and power boosting workshops with the amazing women from Abacus!

We also attended the first Pakistan Tourism Summit in Islamabad.

And it was finally time to enjoy some local music by some great female Djs before heading back home!

5 March, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire

To continue celebrating the 8th of March, we were invited to Santiago de Compostela to deliver different workshops and talks on women empowerment! We discovered the feminist side of Santiago and loved it!

With the amazing Marta and Lucia!
Interview in the local newspaper. Read the article here.
Rosalia de Castro, the famous Galician writer and poet
And finally enjoying the food of Lucia’s restaurant, A Tafona!

We will definitely come back soon to Galicia!

6 January, 2019 Aurélie Salvaire

Last month of November in Kazakhstan, we recorded our very first webinar on storytelling for female gamechangers and it is now available on Udemy!

After training thousands of women around the world, from Spain to Pakistan, from France to Jordan, we wanted to give you the possibility to follow this training at your pace, wherever you are so here it is in English and in French!

We have an amitious goal for the coming year:

To help us reach that goal, feel free to share our course with all your friends! Sisterhood is powerful!