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Our country is in a place of radical reckoning with its racist roots.

We are not well.

White supremacy culture kills and cheats and dehumanizes Black and brown people, but it lives within and poisons all of us.

And so we must work to get well. Each of us. Me. You.

The United States promotes the myth of rugged individualism. As a result, people with privilege, especially white privilege, have learned to believe that our own wellness looks a certain way, can be achieved through our own individual behaviors, and that it is somehow separate from the health of the collective.

In fact, we've learned to believe it's exhausting, stressful and overwhelming to care for the wellness of the world, that it actually interferes with our own self-care.

 

This is a belief that requires unlearning.

 

The truth: individual and collective wellness are inseparable and so we have to build the skills to see and tend to both at once. Wellness and healing are "in the work" that we are all responsible for doing.

 

CRADLE is a community for people who are devoted to the ongoing practice of collective wellness, a practice that is deeply individual and personal, but impossible to undertake in isolation.

 

CRADLE is a community where we focus on building emotional, conversational and energetic stamina. Where we learn more deeply how to nourish resilience, joy, pleasure and maturity. We embrace the concept of sustainable changes over time, even while we hold close to the urgency of our times.

 

CRADLE is a community where we are supported in using the tools we already have, strengthening and sharpening with courageous practice.

 

CRADLE is a community that names reality: that we all have been shaped by and perpetuate white supremacist culture, no matter if we fully understand our complicity or not. And yet, this is not a class on racism or anti-racism. It is not a book club. It is a community where we will practice inhabiting a place of deep care.

 

“Nature teaches us that our work has to be nuanced and steadfast. And more than anything, that we need each other—at our highest natural glory—in order to get free.”
― Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy

Dates:

Session 1

June 22nd - July 17th, 2020

 

Session 2

July 20th - August 14th

 

Session 3

August 17th - September 15th

 

Sessions loosely run from

new moon to new moon

Virtual Meetings:

Session 1

  • Tuesday, June 23, 5:30 PST
  • Tuesday, July 7th, 5:00 PST

 

Session 2

  • Tuesday, July 21, 5:30 PST
  • Tuesday, August 4th, 5:30 PST

 

Session 3

  • Tuesday, August 18th, 5:30 PST
  • Tuesday, September 1st, 5:30 PST

These meetings will be recorded if you can't make live.

 Pay what you can pricing:

Suggested prices are as follows per month:

  • Reduced rate: $40
  • Regular rate: $60
  • Community Cradle rate: $80

Please pay more if you can; it will help me make this offering more accessible and sustainable.

If you are a person of color, please pay at reduced rate.

If the reduced rate presents difficulty, please reach out. No one will be turned away.

25% of your registration fee will be donated to

two non-profits working to

support vulnerable community members.

Click on the logos below to read about the work of these organizations.

Affinity Community Services is a Black led, queer led organization on Chicago’s Southside dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communities. For 25 years, we have centered Black queer women through community organizing, intergenerational programming, education, and healing justice. 

#25AndBeyond is a project to raise 25K for 25 years of Realizing Affinity's Vision for Black LGBTQ+ Liberation on the Southside of Chicago.

Oppression doesn't pause during a pandemic...it only ramps up. The Reach Fund is organized by white folx in the Holistic Resistance network to provide emergency and supportive funds for People of Color impacted by coronavirus.

Holistic Resistance wants to interrupt the idea that Black and Brown people need to suffer disproportionately during COVID-19 and can actually thrive and focus on their bodies' health and their families' well-being.

what you'll experience...

Monthly themes supported by weekly topics and support to
deepen our collective health practices.

Self-care IS collective care. Collective Care IS self-care.

We will be addressing nourishment and care on multiple levels: spiritual, energetic, emotional, relational, and physical.

Bi-weekly Cradle Community Zoom Meetings with Laura

We'll connect and deepen our understanding of the themes and practices we're exploring.

We'll support one another, challenge ourselves and each other in skill building and raise our collective consciousness.

These meetings will be interactive.

Bi-weekly = 2x/month. I always forget, so I thought I'd remind us all what it means.

A place to learn and practice wellness.

Together, we will cultivate an environment for each participant to learn, show up fully, imperfectly and authentically.

Community

We'll foster a community where we own our power to create change and promote healing in our spheres of influence.

Cradle Conversations

These pre-recorded conversations will be embedded in the program. The conversations will feature incredible thought leaders who are "way-showers," people who are wise, fierce, grounded and are out ahead identifying a path forward.

They are people who are disrupting white  supremacy patriarchal culture personally, socially, and/or professionally.

These conversations will be curated to support the monthly themes. They are designed to cultivate  inspiration and courage and provide practices for cultivating individual/collective health.

Click here for more info.

Guided Meditations

Access to simple meditation practices to support you in cultivating calm, focus and clarity.

An easy online learning platform

All materials will be housed on a program called Ruzuku. You only have to register once (I'll give you instructions) and you'll find everything stored in one clearly organized place. No need to track a bunch of emails.

Ruzuku also allows for interaction away from social media.

Yay.

 

Collaborative Intuitive Reading

(preferred pricing)

You can also register for an intuitive coaching consultation to deepen your experience in CRADLE, but more importantly, to tap into your higher wisdom and sense of knowing. We will have a short phone conversation to set the stage, and then make an appointment for you to receive intuitive guidance on a topic of your choosing. I can help you in determining the topic. More info to come. This service is offered at a discounted rate because of your participation in CRADLE.

The premises of CRADLE:

We are powerful.

We are co-creators of our lives and the world around us.

We are complex.

So is everyone else.

Over the last few months, my perspectives on social equity and spirituality have undergone a dramatic change.  By bringing together articles, speakers, and her own powerful insight, Laura has pushed me to shift my paradigm so that I can lead the change I want to see in the world. CRADLE not only helped me to process what I was experiencing in our rapidly changing country, but I was also able to offer relevant support to my team and colleagues, strengthening our ability to face huge challenges in our organization.    - Mary Alice

CRADLE has had a cumulative effect on my attitude and energy, in a way that I feel more empowered and confident.  I'm finding myself taking action. It's the subtle shifts in thinking and behavior that are working for me.    - Jill

To read more about the CRADLE CONVERSATIONS that will be embedded in CRADLE

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I am so grateful for Cradle. Laura provides powerful content, conversations with people whose teachings are so needed in this moment, and tools to help me inhabit my body and tune into its wisdom so that I can then show up more fully now to do my work in this world.   - Barbara

As an integrative medicine doctor and psychotherapist it is very important for me to work in collaboration with other professionals who understand the mind and body connection. Laura Halpin's work with clients encompasses all that is healthy for the mind, body and soul. She is an expert on how to nourish the body. She addresses the importance of how we think and how to live with gratitude. What I truly love about her groups are the support network that develops. Support is one of the key elements for wellness. Laura teaches with grace, a smile, compassion and great flavors!

- Katerina Rozakis, PhD, LCSW, DAPA, BCIM