New Culture / ZEGG Forum Intro, Arlington VA

 02 June
 Arlington, VA
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 Sarah Taub
Announcing a New Culture and ZEGG Forum intro evening with Debby Sugarman and Sarah Taub, Tuesday June 2, at Chrysalis Community in Arlington, VA – join us and have fun, meet people, and learn some skills for harmonious relationships and communities! If you're thinking about New Culture Summer Camp (July 10-19,, this is a great opportunity to find out more about New Culture. "New Culture" is about creating sustainable, rich, intimate personal relationships, along with a sustainable world to enjoy them in. In order to create a New Culture in our lives and in the larger society, we put on events that help us develop the skills we need to make that real. New Culture events are transformative and revolutionary - they help you create an empowered way of living, custom designed by you. New Culture's unique games and intimacy building workshops help relationships grow by questioning society's limiting beliefs like approaches to: relationships, health, sustainability, sexuality and social justice. In the process, participants build a loving, long-lasting community of people with skills that help create a more gratifying and satisfying life. At this evening’s workshop, we will explore New Culture values through intimacy games and through an experience of ZEGG Forum. The ZEGG Forum process provides a space for people to share deeply and be witnessed by their community in an atmosphere of honoring and acceptance. There’s more information about New Culture and ZEGG Forum at the bottom of this message. Schedule: 7:00 PM: Doors open 7:30 PM: New Culture Intro: information, discussion, intimacy-building exercises 8:15 PM: ZEGG Forum: a circle for deep sharing in community 10 PM and after: informal connection time Other upcoming New Culture events include: May 6: New Culture / ZEGG Forum Intro, Arlington VA June 5-7: New Culture Weekend, Philadelphia PA July 10-19: New Culture Summer Camp East, Mt Storm WV See or for the latest events and information! Everyone is welcome at this event regardless of their ability to pay – we’ll have a donation jar and suggest that folks contribute $5-$15 if possible. A number of people in our community are sensitive to fragrances and other chemicals, so please don't wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products, including “natural” scents. The house is pet-free, so no worries for people with pet allergies. No RSVP is necessary, but if you know you're coming, we’d appreciate it if you would send us a note or RSVP on the event’s Facebook page. If you need address, directions or parking information (there is no parking right in front of the house), email and we'll send them along. You can call Debby at 716-479-1490 or email us with any questions as well. We hope to see many of you at the Intro on May 6! Feel free to invite friends who might be interested. Also, drop us a line if you want to be on our announcement list for other New Culture and Chrysalis Community events! warmly, Debby Sugarman & Sarah Taub What is New Culture? "New Culture" is about creating sustainable, rich, intimate personal relationships, along with a sustainable world to enjoy them in, based on transparency, delight, freedom, and community. In order to create a New Culture in our lives and in the larger society, we put on events that help us develop the skills we need to make that real, including communication, self-knowledge, presence, conflict resolution, and effective activism. These events can be an evening or weekend, and some last 10 days or more, so that we can "live" New Culture and turn new skills into daily practices. You can see descriptions of many of the 4 day and longer events on the Web: Cascadia Camp (Washington State, June/July), Summer Camp East (Mid-Atlantic, July,; Summer Camp West (Oregon, August,; Winter Camp Hawaii (January), and more at Along with building community skills, the New Culture community asks questions about what a healthy, violence-free culture might look like – for example, how do we raise children? How do we care for elders? What might intimate relationships look like? What’s an ethical and sustainable way to grow our food? We have lots of questions and not too many answers. The fun part is looking at these issues together and trying out possible solutions while we practice being non-attached, curious, and transparent and also being playful, creative, and connected. We have no gurus and no dogma – a diversity of opinions is welcomed and appreciated. What is ZEGG Forum? Forum was created at ZEGG, an intentional community in Germany, and its sister communities as a way of promoting transparency and mutual understanding among community members. ZEGG members found that decision-making meetings often got derailed because of emotional conflicts and undercurrents that were not known to or understood by all. In Forum, each individuals experience could be seen and understood, leading to greater empathy and creativity in the community. Now, many residential and non-residential intentional communities have adopted Forum as a way to maintain ongoing connection, intimacy and understanding. The goal of Forum is to reveal what is alive but not known to all. The community sits in a circle, forming a stage for one person at a time to stand and show what is true for them. Facilitators may assist the person (or presenter) to reveal themselves more deeply. Afterward, community members may offer reflections, or mirrors, on what they saw. Forum is a powerful tool for people and groups who: • Are tired of how personality conflicts can destroy groups, and want to turn them into growth opportunities. • Want to provide a space to develop empathy and compassion. • Want to create a space where all sides of a conflict are witnessed with compassion and curiosity, leading to clarity about peaceful resolution. • Want methods for supporting your group to share visions, common goals and values. • Are practicing leadership at the organizational or professional level and want to make it more personal. • Are a part of a spiritual community, personal growth group or interested in social change on a local or global scale. • Are interested in sustainable community living. See also

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