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Wanna be a food activist?

Sacred Food - Sacred Body - Sacred Earth
with Jennifer Byers and Tari Follett
A six week exploration of the impacts of food on individuals, communities, and the planet.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 14 – June 25, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
(no class on June 11)
Location: Fulton Carroll Center - 2032 W. Fulton, Ste. F-263-A
Cost: $25-50 sliding scale (work exchange possible)

E-mail SacredFBE@tarifollett.com with any questions or to register!

Few things in life are more personal and intimate than eating - literally taking something into our bodies in such an intense and permanent (relatively speaking) way. It's surprising how remote we can seem, culturally, from the realities of food. Often, we're not conscious of what is actually in our food, where it comes from, how it affects our bodies, or what the broader impacts of our eating habits might be. Further, because eating is something everyone (with tragic exceptions) does every single day, several times a day, the potential for tremendous impact on the planet is enormous.
Wrapped up in our food disconnects is a related estrangement from our bodies. Pop culture, media of all types, and societal stereotypes and gender norms all feed alleged "ideals" that do not, in fact, reflect averages, health, or happiness...yet every day millions fall prey to advertising smoke and mirrors, sacrificing their mental and physical health (not to mention happiness) and torturing their bodies with insufficient food, toxic chemicals, and other catastrophically harmful behaviors - all in pursuit of an illusion only achievable by a tiny genetic minority.

Addressing all of these issues is the work of several lifetimes, and is most impactful when personally engaged by every individual. Unfortunately, we may not have several lifetimes to tackle these complicated problems - the earth is at a tipping point, and the impacts of our relationships with our bodies and the food we put into them cannot be shifted too soon. Our survival as individuals, as a species, and as one facet of a delicate biosphere depends on the choices we make at the breakfast table.

Our intention in "Sacred Food, Sacred Body, Sacred Earth" is to wade into the confusing morass of issues surrounding food, health, and ecology to broaden perspectives and offer information that will enable students to make wiser, more sustainable choices - for their own understanding of and enjoyment of their food, their bodies, and their planet. What if we knew the life cycle of our food from seed to soup bowl? What if we viewed each bite as an act of devotion to our health? What if we saw ourselves as strong, vibrant, and beautiful - just as we are in this very moment? What if we viewed the health of total strangers as just as sacred as our own? What if every meal was a prayer?

Visit http://www.tarifollett.com/SacredFBE for more information.
E-mail SacredFBE@tarifollett.com with any questions or to register!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 16th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Aw! I wanna go!

Apr. 16th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks...I'm so glad it sounds interesting. I am hoping this is work that folks are looking for. I know it is work that really feeds me (pun intended).

Who knows...perhaps we'll travel with this. We've been looking at ways that we might condense the work into a weekend. There is just SO much to cover and so many interconnections.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
What she said! (*including* the pout!) Wicked cool class, there. Dang.

Hmm, class trade -- we come out there for writing, you come over here at some point for sacred/food stuff (which is big out here) It's an idea...
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I was actually talking to artemis112 about bringing your writing class out here. She loved the idea...loves the class (and wanted to take it) and loves you both.

We have a group called "8th House Productions" which we created when we began to want to offer classes independently. 8th house doesn't have any money, but we've got gumption!

I would like to put together a proposal for your writing workshop to present to the rest of the 8th House folks if you and morrigandaughtr would be interested.

If so, let's talk more via email to discuss possibilities.

And of course, if you would like to work an exchange...we'd love to take the food activism class anywhere and everywhere. We're excited and we think it is really, really vital work.

All my best - J
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Writing class? *ears perked up*
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes...magical (I don't use the "k"...sorry) writing and storytelling, led by two amazing folks; morrigandaughtr and chelidon.

If they'd like to come out and visit the Windy City, I'd love to organize for them and help to bring that work here.

I'll keep you posted on any progress.

Hey...wanna do some Feri work some time soon?

I'm a mess, but if you can tolerate me I could use the work.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I don't use the "k" either, most days.

That sounds fun! And I've already registered with T for this class.

I am totally wanting some messy Feri work. Maybe tonight we can compare schedules.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
PERFECT...I'll bring my calendar.

Speaking of tonight - are you ready to face a class of university students with your "crazy pagan" hat on?

HERE WE GO! Woo hoo!
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm unprepared, feeling sort of aimless in my practice, and generally feeling cynical about my tradition. Totally ready. :)
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)

Gods I adore you...how I needed that laugh.

Sounds like you are in a perfect place to represent this trad...let's be transparent and see what happens.

P.S. I'm starting a revolution. Not sure what kind yet...I just know that we'll have fabulous outfits.

Part of me is kidding - part of me is ready to start a new community which is influenced by Feri and Reclaiming, but which is neither - and which is rooted in conscious living, being present and accountable and in connecting to life and the fabric of love.

Am I on crack to even consider such a thing?

Apr. 16th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
As long as there's dancing I'll participate.

I don't know what to say about it. It seems like a Reclaiming-Feri wind is blowing, and I sure don't know where my practice or community involvement is headed. Right now I'm mostly interested in making sure I keep writing and learn how to grow edible plants this summer.

I know I'm in favor of all of those things you're talking about.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely -- let's definitely followup and see where it leads! A good food activism class here would be *very* nifty -- not to presume on your class, but I wonder if there could be the possibility of augmenting the work with localvore organic meals from Claudia and Paul, and/or hands-on/experiential food prep (what does it feel like to use local/fresh/organic ingredients as opposed to canned/GMO/etc, and how does it feel to handle and work with those ingredients, take that into our bodies, etc) Just a thought, and we have plenty of fresh local/organic foods to work with, depending on the time of year.

Anyhow, yes, let's chat more about all of these juicy possibilities.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh YES...I love these ideas.

The six week version we are offering here will have a potluck each night which will let us share some of that work...we are also hoping to have a field trip to the Farmer's market, depending on schedules.

Let's brainstorm. I'd love to share this work, expand it, welcome in others who are passionate about it, etc.

Let's start a revolution...shall we? (I think we get to wear fabulous outfits if we do...)
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Apr. 18th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Speaking of fabulous outfits...what a sexy icon...NICE!
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