Pleasure Activism Meet Up hosted by Kelly J Wilt
A bi-weekly (four week) series; every other Sunday, beginning November 10th from 4-6 PM
Dates: Nov. 10 | Nov. 24 | Dec. 8 | Dec. 22
Calling all changemakers, visionaries, helpers, activists, artists & dreamers—want to think + feel BIG with us about centering pleasure + joy in our lives and our work? Join us for a fall meet up— a yummy discussion + experiential gathering centered on the New York Times Bestselling book, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Written by doula, community organizer, and Emergent Strategy theorist, adrienne maree brown, Pleasure Activism poses essential questions about how we reclaim our full selves as we [and in order to] create the world we want to live in.
Brown shares her ideas and work alongside those of Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Joan Morgan, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Amita Swadhin, and Sonya Renee Taylor. She suggests that “once we truly know the pleasure of being alive, suffering becomes unimaginable. Above all, pleasure resides in our body, but many of us seem to forget this through lifetimes of social conditioning, performative identities, and the multitude of ways in which capitalism and patriarchy have filtered love and desire through the lens of ownership. Yet, whether we are cognizant of this or not, our pleasure and our liberation remain inextricably bound together.”
“One of the major ways we collaborate in our own oppression and suffering is by buying into the lie that we don’t all deserve access to pleasure.” - adrienne maree brown
We’ll be exploring big questions like:
What are our own relationships with pleasure?
How can we make justice and liberation the most pleasurable experiences that people can have?
How can we make healing pleasurable?
How can we shift activism culture from one of suffering and martyrdom to one of pleasure and liberation?
How can we actively engage in transforming ourselves, as we work to transform the world?
How can we continue to learn and expand our practices of pleasure and ritual, with awareness of privileges we may hold, and commitment to not culturally appropriate or co-opt?
How can we more mindfully embrace a culture of community care, understanding there must be a more nuanced conversation than the common directive to ‘practice self-care? ‘
What does it look like to see, be, experience, and feel JOY amidst struggle?
How can we embody pleasure? In ourselves? In our movements? In our work? In our lifestyle? In our treatment of others?
$10 Suggested Donation. If you would like to offer a different amount, or pay at the event, please choose "Hold my spot" for $1.
Note: Workshop and event tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to make an event, please email us directly. If there is a waitlist, we may be able to transfer the spot to them with at least 48 hours notice and offer you a refund. You are also able to sell or gift your workshop or event ticket to someone else, but please let us know so we know who to expect!