INner Resilience Network
The Inner Resilience Network (IRN) supports people engaged in personal and collective transformation. By offering a dedicated space to "hold the holders," the IRN nurtures the personal and interpersonal resilience of the practitioners, facilitators, and activists creating compassionate, life-affirming, ecologically conscious communities.
Participation in the network is open to individuals dedicated to inner resilience. New members are added to IRN Google Group and invited to participate in conversation on the forum, monthly "Deep Dive" video calls, webinars, and other offerings.
Our mission is to support interpersonal and psycho-spiritual resilience in the face of today's multifaceted challenges and to cultivate the skills, resources, and support systems needed for a life-affirming culture.
The Inner Resilience Network offers monthly online deep listening sessions, webinars, online classes, and peer support.
INITIATION INTO A LIVING EARTH
An Eight Week Essay Journey, February 25-April 15, 2019
In this time of ecological unravelling,
how do we weave ourselves back in?
An "Essay Journey” is a collaborative learning experiment inviting us to re-imagine the ecology of our belonging. Eight weekly essays offered in both written and audio format. Braiding themes of poetic expression, grief-tending, creating regenerative culture, and reconnecting to the ecological imagination. Optional reflection questions, discussion forum, and community video calls.
Created by Shante' Zenith, offered in partnership with the IRN.
Subscribe to the essay journey at: https://www.earthpoetedgeweaver.com/initation-into-a-living-earth
upcoming "deep dive" conversations
2/24 11am Pacific Time
"Living in the not-knowing"
Register for the deep dive through the registration info on the google group email. If you haven't signed up yet, we'd love to have you!
Stay tuned for upcoming offerings announced here:
We invite practitioners to share their skills through presentations on inner resilience topics. Previous topics include:
INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING
Dec 17, 2018
An online live presentation and discussion with Dr Lisa Graysheild, Washoe Tribal member and co-creator of the IWOK course (Indigenous Ways of Knowing), hosted by Jul Bystrova
We invite those who want to learn what indigenous really means, and how to live in respect of indigenous ways of living and knowing. We will also look at why it is so important in these times to reflect on our cultural influences in order to orient towards greater inner resilience and a better way of living together on the planet. We will also talk about how this can help us build authentic and fulfilling relationships with those of different races and cultures.
Monthly "deep Dives"
We meet online monthly for deep listening, sharing and connection around a theme that is 'up' for us. In this way, we receive support in staying resourced and strong for our local communities and important work at hand. Previous questions we have explored include:
WHO DO WE CHOOSE TO BE?
Jan 27, 2018
SHARING SACRED SPACE
Dec 23, 2018
Nov 25, 2018
GENDEROct 28, 2018
THE GIFT WITHIN OUR SHADOW AND CONFLICT
Aug 26, 2018
offerings currently in development
We make space for all voices so that everyone feels welcome to share. We look at our patterns of sharing to know whether we might want to listen more or speak up more. We are a circle of keynote listeners and we aspire to contribute to the circle when truly called forth by the flow of the conversation.
We can sit with discomfort, questions, uncertainty and learn useful personal tools for reactive responses to others’ sharing.
Making way for silence: We welcome touches of silence throughout the conversation. To let the sharing settle in, we take a few moments after a person expresses something.
Expressing thankfulness: We express gratitude for and celebrate things we appreciate about our co-participants in the IRN and our group process knowing this enhances our connections with each other.
Moving with ease: We engage in our tasks at a pace and in a manner that foster inner balance, creativity, playfulness, joy and fluidity. We remain steady (not frenzied), deliberate (without urgency), peaceful (not fearful), gradual (not hurried).
Invitation to bring the whole self: We attend to and appropriately share our emotions, intuitions and thoughts remembering that each of these carry their own unique forms of wisdom/intelligence.
Balancing the needs of self and of the whole group: We take care of ourselves – each of us know our needs better than anyone. As needed, we draw on self-regulation methods and other inner resources. We discern healthy ways to balance our individual needs with the needs of others and the needs of the group.
Observing multiple levels of confidentiality: We never share someone’s name or what he/she expressed during our time together unless we have their explicit permission to do so. If we wish to follow-up with someone later about something they shared, we ask their permission first.
Communicating mindfully: We listen attentively when others speak. We discern if something needs to be shared in the group or if it can be processed internally or with someone else at another time. We use “I statements” and avoid “we statements” that might inaccurately universalize experience. We respect the autonomy of each person’s perspective. If we disagree, we do so with respect. We refrain from blaming, shaming or attacking ourselves or others. We hold the intention of being kind even when we are in a conflictual situation. We honor silence as a mode of group discernment.
Welcoming inclusivity and respect: We strive towards creating a diverse community where everyone is welcomed with respect and where every voice is honored. Although our mission/vision is shared, we understand and value the critical need to become a Network represented by individuals from various backgrounds who have important perspectives – particularly those who have been marginalized.
Striving towards an open mind: We strive to be open-minded to others’ ideas, feelings, worldviews and ways of doing things so that greater exploration and understanding are possible.
Creating safe space, reducing and repairing harm: We are dedicated to deepening our awareness of our social conditioning that is potentially harmful. We are willing to give and receive honest feedback about the impact of our words and actions.
Honoring creative edges and brave learning spaces: We remain open to learning from our individual and collective edges, our discomforts, uncertainties and creative tensions while attending to how we are learning and growing. We respect our own need for safety while reaching outside our comfort zones. We are willing to be curious, take risks, be uncomfortable and make “mistakes” remembering that all living systems evolve through trial and error.
Growing in compassion for self and others: Practice compassion and caring for ourselves and others.
Embracing different kinds of leadership: We value different forms of leadership. We respect the facilitators of each gathering. We share our positive and constructive feedback at the appropriate times.
Acknowledging imperfections: We recognize with self-compassion the mistakes we make as we strive to improve ourselves. We apologize and make amends if our actions have hurt someone. We strive to be open-minded to others’ ideas, feelings, worldviews and ways of doing things so that greater exploration and understanding are possible.
The Inner Resilience Network is facilitated by Jul Bystrova and Rebecca Blanco, with additional support from Shante' Zenith. The Network exists in partnership with Era of Care, Transition US and other organizations. You are invited to bring your energy, skills and leadership to co-create with us!