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Invitation to a Drop-In ‘Circle Group’ for Portland Activists, Organizers, Change Agents

Announcing a regular space for checking in about the ups and downs of activism.
Need a boost in your work for social change? Want to check in with others about a strategy you are considering? Worried that you are burning out? Sensing contradictions in your life and work that need some attention? Wondering how to improve process in your group? Want to help support others by listening and sharing ideas?

The Cascadia Center, an initiative supported by Tryon Life Community Farm, draws on principles of social ecology to offer a space for addressing these needs and issues in a bi-monthly open circle group. Whether you are based in a grassroots organization, a non-profit, a co-op, a union, or a collective, we are hoping you will find this space useful. Hosted by two members of the collective that organizes Cascadia Center offerings, a typical meeting lasts about an hour and a half with social time before and after. We begin with agreements about confidentiality and how we will speak and listen to each other. Then we do check-ins and invite suggestions for topics to address. We then assess which of these are most pressing and start working on them. After an hour or more, we check out and mingle a bit. Note: this is just the first of what will hopefully be many such spaces around the city.

Dates and Times: First meeting, Monday, April 4, and first and third Mondays for April, May and June, 5 - 6:45 pm.

Location: St Francis Church (1131 SE Oak St) in the Che Room, directly across from the Red and Black Cafe on SE 12th and Oak, up the stairs to the right, then down the hall.

Suggested donation (supports Cascadia Center core operations and St Francis utilities): $2-$4. No one turned away for lack of funds.

If you can, please let us know if you plan to attend, by writing  cc@tryonfarm.org.

For more info on circle groups and to find out about groups meeting in other parts of Portland, please send an email to  cc@tryonfarm.org