GTC Grad Community Calls
The following are recordings from recent GTC Grad Community Calls.
We had a deeply moving conversation about grief this past weekend for the May community call. Grief is a part of life, present if we awaken to the beauty and transience of everything we love. This call made that very present and real, and left us in touch with a sense of reverence for life. Thank you to all those present and those who are with us in other ways.
In this call, Are you caring for someone ill or aging? Have you experienced a loss of a loved one? What is your relationship to grieving? I have lost both of my parents. Dear family members are aging. Lately, my own gateway to grief comes as I realize that all live is a continuous flow of arising and falling away and that every thing I care for is fleeting. In a grief ritual I held recently, we invite each other to be with the stem, "I remember..." What do you remember?
Joining us for this conversation were Laura Johnson (GTC 1 and 12) and Katie Teague (GTC 4) as they share their own stories of grief and invite us to be in a space together to hold this essential experience of life.
Katie’s documentary on grief, RE:MEMBER.
The Relativity of Grief, by Pamela Krueger (GTC 13, 17) just published in Typehouse Literary Magazine.
CARING, DYING, AND GRIEVING - AN EXPLORATION AND DIALOG
In this call, we explored how we can apply integral, developmental approaches through a whole system, highlighting the work of GTC grad Jennifer Haynes, who is Principal of the Brisbane Independent School (BIS). The school is recognized as a leading Integral School and integrates developmental theory and practice in every aspect of its operation, from classroom design, to matching the teacher’s development to the student’s, to developmentally assessing students every six months and moving them between grades accordingly.
Jennifer began implementing the STAGES Development Model into the BIS framework 8 years ago. As Jennifer shared “the process has been transformational for BIS as a community, shifting traditional modes of understanding schooling, childhood, adulthood, and teaching. It demands all of us to see how our construction of self formulates the experience of self for the little ones. At graduation, the adult population at our school leaves with as much trepidation as the students, because they have experienced the way that being in a deliberately developmental community acknowledges the individual as a co-creator of the collective.”
Deliberately Developmental Community: Developmental Practice in Education
With the Hunhu Heart Project, Molly Madziva (GTC 16a) and Greg Flynn (GTC 6 + 16a) are continuing to evolve a project that began in 2016. It started as a small group collaboration in their cohort, with the explicit intention to trust and attune to the impulse of creativity that opens new ways of deepening connection in the world, from the inside out.
In this call, they step into another layer of that evolution. Together we stepped, with intention, into the space that is Hunhu - I am because You are. They gave an overview of this beautiful Shona philosophy that Molly has brought us from her homeland of Zimbabwe, and explore some questions within our own hearts, as well as in the heart of the community. They space followed an intention to continue to walk each other home, connecting with each step from the inside out.
Hunhu Heart Project - Our World - From the Inside Out
Our first Grad community call of 2019. We took time to give a little update on Pacific Integral, GTC, and Grad Community initiatives. Then we spent time in small group discussions connecting with each other and exploring two questions: What is something that GTC awakened in you that is alive for you today? and, What would it take for the Grad community to be a force for transformation in your life? The small group discussions were not recorded, so what you see in the following videos are the update at the beginning of the call and some group reflection and sharing after the second breakout session on the topic of the possibilities for this community.