Money is a vital aspect of our lives yet it brings up all kinds of emotions in us that means the realities of it all too often become a taboo. How we feel about money affects our ability to deal with it on a personal level as well as the transactions we make, our connections with others and the communities we are a part of.
Whether having or not having money is an issue this workshop provides an opportunity to explore this thorny subject in a group context, via various exercises designed to shine the light of awareness on it. In this way we begin the work of separating the reality of it from our stuck emotional responses.
An important element of the workshop is to look at concrete issues rather than talk about money in an abstract way. One way we approach this is by exploring the reality of “pay by donation”.
Western society is a consumer culture, where things we buy have prices set by the supplier. Alternative communities are exploring other ways of doing things: the Buddhist concept of ‘dana’, Eistenstein’s ‘Gift Economy’, “pay what you feel” etc all take different approaches.
Usually we encounter our inner process alone, so that “pay by donation” doesn’t further embed us in community or build community. This workshop offers a safe and facilitated group space where we can observe and be with our inner process, as well as be part of a collective process, as we go through deciding how much to pay. We will be working with the actual issue of how much to pay for the workshop itself, and we will draw on techniques from conscious sexuality work around consent and boundaries, and Non Violent Communication techniques around needs. The facilitators will also be participants in the decision process, so that the whole group reaches outcomes which are transparent and authentic for each individual.
Ticket price of £10 is made up of £5 to cover basic costs and £5 to start the exploration process.
Bring food to share for lunch (or cafes nearby if you choose). Tea and coffee provided.
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Arian Bloodwood (they, them) – got into accounting through community finance and local money initiatives in the 80s. From a background in the timber industry, he had an award-winning factory, then did some small scale property development and management before studying gender and politics at university. Since establishing his accounting service in London 4 years ago he has become immersed in queer conscious sex community and is inspired to use the personal awareness techniques and consent culture which is the community's norms to revamp and enrich our collective relationship with money. www.bloodwoodaccounting.com
Andy Paice - is a London based Mindfulness Trainer, Coach and Facilitator for community, activist and workplace environments. He is an experienced facilitator, working with emergence processes to help groups connect with the "3rd entity" which is their group spirit. More recently he has been significantly influenced by Eisenstein's writings on Gift Economy and other explorations of money, economics and community. www.andypaice.net