Connect, Learn, Strengthen Yourself
Cultivating Women's Leadership assembles women of diverse cultures, ages, perspectives and backgrounds to learn from and with each other. Held in Sonoma County, California and in Northern New Mexico, these 5-day residential retreats offer each woman an opportunity to:
- Clarify her unique assignment or sense of purpose
- Connect deeply with other women across differences that often divide us
- Investigate challenges with self-limiting stories and internalized oppression
- Appreciate her own unique leadership gifts and talents amidst a remarkable community of peers
What participants have said about their recent CWL experiences:
"As I was speaking to a roomful of donors on Saturday, I found myself talking from a new place of confidence and skill and passion. I am sitting with the knowledge that responsibility is not a burden, but a gift, when it is wrapped around what and whom you love...We entered a timeless space that reached into the past of our stories; that brought an understanding to our present stories and then wove us into our future potential of sacred connection: comadres!"
--Naturalist educator who creates curricula for a series of nature preserves in northern CA
"The compassion, empathy, deep understanding and heartfelt connections cultivated through hearing one another's stories just cracked my heart open...This workshop provided a profound, meaningful forum to lovingly explore our blind spots, prejudices and assumptions, along with celebrating our common ground and the brilliant tapestry in which our lives are interwoven.
--A green mayor of a northern CA city
"The training created a space where I, as a woman of color, felt valued and wanted to value others different than myself. This eco-equity vision is essential for the work of the environmental movement to become a universal reality."
--Leader/Founder of a Green Life program working with men in prison
Tuition, Lodging and Meals
We aim to attract a diverse circle of women without barriers related to ability to pay. $1450 is the intensive's actual cost. Limited scholarship opportunities are available, with priority given to low-income women of color and women from the region. Women of greater resources are encouraged to contribute toward scholarship support. Scholarships are available on a case by case basis.
|CULTIVATING WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP |
|SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA|
JUNE 5-10, 2011
In Sonoma County's , this ranch welcomes you with lush garden paths amid native oaks, leading to congenial shared accommodations. Gourmet meals are served at a beautiful California mission styled dining room, outdoor patio, or at poolside.
With guest faculty, Sarah Crowell
Application Deadline: Monday April 18th 2011
|NORTHERN NEW MEXICO|
JUNE 23-28, 2011
Join us at this elegant adobe ranch compound nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just e few hours northeast of Santa Fe.
Participants will enjoy organically grown and lovingly prepared food. Lodging is private, shared, or in dorm spaces, or guests can bring their own tents for camping.
With guest faculty, Rachel Bagby
Application Deadline: Friday May 6th, 2011
Bioneers Relies on the Support of Committed People Like You
C.I.'s been trying to note that and hasn't had time yet so I said I'd grab it (and did so gladly). Did I mention Gary Nunn yesterday? I don't think so.
I had a cancellation and Sunny and I ordered lunch and took two hours. We caught WBAI and Gary Nunn was on. Making a lot of sense. He is right that if you can't get your financial model together, you've got problems. I believe he mentioned Danny Schechter by name. He talked about how he was able to raise the funds he needed and it wasn't an issue.
I do think there needs to be some realism on the left. A lot of people seem to go around (Robert Parry) thinking the world owes them something. When in fact, they should be trying to figure out how a business model that would allow them to continue in their chosen fields.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Meanwhile with Ayad Allawi, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani and Moqtada al-Sadr weighing in on the protests Saturday, New Sabah reports that Jalal Talabani has now issued a statement in support of the Iraqi people -- what a brave move. Why is it that the President of Iraq is always the last to make a statement or take a position? Al Mada notes that Talabani declared that democracy is the aspiration which drives people.
Nouri's press conference yesterday was to again proclaim "reform." New Sabah reveals that among the issues he floated was reducing retirement age from 63-years-old to 61-years-old. Dar Addustour reports he declared the proposed change was necessary to provide young people with opportunities. He also pledged more construction projects. (Day laborers and construction workers were among the first to join the recent wave of protests in Iraq.)
Meanwhile, though the New York Times misses it, the Iraqi press is all over Moqtada al-Sadr's remarks. New Sabah reports that al-Sadr has declared Nouri is the one responsible for the conditions in Iraq nothing that Nouri "tops the pyramid" of power. Dar Addustour also leads with al-Sadr saying Nouri had full responsibility for the conditions in Iraq and that he's compared it to what has taken place in Egypt and calls for Nouri to address the issues. If Nouri seems a little on the ropes, that may explain why, when asked about a rumored cabinet post for Ahmed Chalabi at yesterday's press conference, he begged off.
Raman Brosk (Zawya) reports that al-Sadr announced yesterday the seven-day referendum he's calling "People's Voice Week." The referendum is a rather silly idea. But it does keep Moqtada's name before the public and does give the appearance that he is doing something which may be the whole point. Meanwhile Dar Addustour reports that Iraqiya is accusing State Of Law of blocking the appointment of heads for the security ministries -- Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of National Security. The posts have never been filled. Nouri appointed himself the minister of all three 'temporarily' but that's gone on for months now. New Sabah notes that Iraqiya reminded Nouri is the head of State Of Law.
Maryland Caller (on the GOP line): I wanted to know what your thoughts were on what sort of example and therefore role Iraqi government might play in the Middle East uprising as it continues to afford more and more democratic opportunties to its people. Thank you.
Bobby Ghosh: That's a great -- that's a great question. And what we're seeing in Iraq right now, unfortunately, does not -- does not lend itself to a lot of confidence in the Arab world. You're seeing a lot of instability in Iraq. This is a country that took more than 200 days to create a government after elections. Iraq's new government has already proven itself to be very corrupt and not very responsive to its people which is why Iraqis have also been inspired by what's happened in Egypt and Tunisia and over the last week there's been a lot of uprising all over Iraq -- from the north to the south -- against the government and there have been demonstrations demanding that the government respond to the needs of the people. I think if Iraq stands as an example to the Middle East, it is that Iraqis now have an opportunity to express themselves. That Iraqis have the ability now to go out and, without fear, and demonstrate and protest and make themselves heard. And every four years, they have the opportunity to elect their own leaders. They have the opportunity to kick out a government that is not responsive to them.
MURRAY TO CHAIR VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET
(Washington, D.C.) – Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, will chair a hearing on the President's budget. The Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 418 of the Russell Senate Office Building.
Witnesses will include:
The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, MD, Under Secretary for Health
Michael Walcoff, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits
Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
The Honorable Roger W. Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
W. Todd Grams, Acting Assistant Secretary for Management
Independent Budget Representatives
Carl Blake, National Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Joseph A. Violante, National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans
Christina M. Roof, National Acting Legislative Director, AMVETS
Raymond C. Kelley, National Legislative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Tim Tetz, Director, National Legislative Commission, The American Legion
Maryann D. Hooker, MD, Lead Neurologist, Wilmington, Delaware VA Medical Center, representing American Federation of Government Employees