BK Foundation Community Weaver Retreat 2019
A compilation of the Weaver’s thoughts and feelings post retreat
For the last year, we have been experimenting with the concept of action-learning fellowships. Especially as we closed out the first half of our fellowship 2.0, in the company of 6 brilliant, thoughtful and resourceful fellows who shared gratitude for the listening, encouragement and creativity of their peers, as weavers we felt a strong sense that this was about more than learning and taking action. There was a certain way of being, and being together, that was at the heart of this process. It was building the quality of the soil in which our harvest was to grow. We were grateful to experience this way of being, and so we came together to sit in circles like communities did from time immemorial to tell stories, to see and acknowledge each other, to enrich ourselves and let our being permeate our doing in setting the groundwork for the next fellowship to come. And so we came to the Retreat.
Jonathan the Weaver with the Super Power of bringing flights of imagination down to grounded tangible reality, was moved by the opening poem of the our first BK Foundation Community Weaver retreat, the Poem, “Working Together” by David White and he chose the above picture to interpret his concept of us weavers working together. He said “This close up takes a detailed look at the intricaciesof the details in an everyday object in the world. While there is intrigue in the detail, these items exist at the point of convergence of the wholly beautiful and entirely functional. We, the Community Weavers of The BK Foundation convened simply as our wholly authentic selves to talk about the complex functional possibilities of the 3.0 version of the weaver’s role. After the successful completion of The Action Learning Fellowship 2.0 we stepped back, to reflect, re-imagine, reenergize and draw out the plans of Action Learning Fellowship 3.0 as well as to re-treat ourselves in person to the joy we got out of working with each other remotely since October of 2018”
And so we named the possibilities.
Yi, the Weaver possessing the Super Power of sifting through the million words in a meeting per minute to zone in on the heart of the matter had this to offer. She said “What are your gifts in exile?” This was one of the questions that Cecily greeted us with as we settled into our retreat, and it reverberated for me throughout the rest of our two days together. What if we could be a group that uncovered ours and our communities’ gifts in exile and brought them to the forefront of our lives and our movements? In the era of relentless crises and urgent calls for problem solving, it brought for me a grounding and spaciousness and sense of possibility”
And so we centered ourselves.
Mansi, the Weaver with the Super Power to draw pictures as fast as we can speak! Transcribed our words into patterns of lines and graphs and made charts with icons and motifs, spirals and squiggles (very often having the effect of reducing the weaver team into a puddle of giggles) making the plan and possibilities visible on paper. She said “We came together to tend the fire of our own community of four to nurture our roles as community weavers with the intention and purpose of deepening our relationships and strengthening our bonds in person after having worked remotely. And the image I held in my mind of them became real. And as the story, image and feel of person behind each of our roles became more known, familiar and more personal, there was a synergy that fueled us to recuse our gifts from exile and offer it in service of co-creating an oasis of values, traditions and culture of relating between the community of Action Learning Fellows and the Weavers.”
And so we created.
And Cecily the Weaver with the Super Power of seeing people saw the magic of the weavers unabashedly revealing their powers along with their vulnerabilities. She said” It was a privilege to host the retreat and see the graceful acceptance of our gifts and talents and skills. All in the service of a cause larger than us resulting in a sense of belonging that was palpable, to acknowledge and give voice to the longing that was so present in each one of us to serve community. The impact of the retreat was more than we anticipated so it felt powerful to witness the merging of the ‘being’ of the weavers with the ‘doing’ of the weaving.
And so we affirmed each other.
After the planning, naming the possibilities, creating and affirming each other, we were amazed that so much can get done in the course of a fun retreat! This increased exponentially when Board Members Paul and Anna joined us for dinner. We hope that there will be many more such joyful retreats in the future.
And so we committed to serving together.
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