Posted events are open to friendly members of the general public. Note that events on the “You’re Invited To” calendar occur at locations other than Maitri House. Contact us if you need more information about a particular event.
Please join us at this family-friendly potluck in support of efforts to increase access to midwives in Maryland.
5pm Saturday, January 12
Why this event?
Generally, experienced midwives can provide services that are more consensual and gentler to women before, during, and after birth than contemporary obstetricians. For low-risk births, midwives in birthing centers and at home births have been repeatedly shown to have lower mortality and morbidity than obstetricians in hospitals. Yet, access to midwives has been severely restricted in many states including Maryland. In 1981 the state of Maryland changed the definition of midwifery to require a nursing degree in addition to midwifery certification. This made all other forms of midwifery illegal.
There are only 4 Certified Nurse Midwives based in Maryland who currently choose to serve women at homebirths. There is only one free standing birth center in the state of Maryland. In addition, there are a few Certified Nurse Midwives based in Virginia who are willing to serve women in Maryland. The options are much less than the demand.
Licensure of CPMs will restore both the rights of women to choose their birth providers and the rights of midwives to practice their beautiful chosen profession.
The approximate event schedule:
5 pm Potluck
6:30 pm Watching Freedom for Birth
7:30 pm Discussion, Q/A
For the potluck:
Bring a dish of any kind. No alcohol, please.
For children and parents:
There will be a playroom available for kids who want to come and who would like a space to play in during the film.
Want to volunteers to help prep or clean up?
Please contact email@example.com
Donations are optional, but encouraged. All donations will go to Maryland Families for Safe Birth ( marylandfamiliesforsafebir
The event is hosted at Maitri House, a family-inclusive intentional community in Takoma Park, MD.
We would be delighted to have your company and your support in this cause.
Should you be unable to come, you can still sign a petition here:
In support of Midwives
There is also a Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/141418956009904/
Sunday, December 9
Please join us
on Saturday, September 29, 2012
at 7 pm,
for a delicious dinner, and
to raise money for and learn about
the Diverse City Fund
in Takoma Park, Maryland
Please RSVP here by Tuesday, September 25.
(RSVPs are important for the cooks. )
The Diverse City Fund is a new grassroots foundation providing small grants to social change projects that are led by DC residents and powered largely by volunteer labor. The DC Fund is unique in that it supports work that is rarely funded by other foundations, since these groups often do not have 501(c)3 status or connections to the grantmaking world. We’ll hear from both the DC Fund Board of Instigators and some grantees to learn more about how the DC Fund is supporting work for racial and economic justice in DC.
For more information, or to donate, see diversecityfund.org.
Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about and support this new model of local, direct-support resource sharing.
Sliding Scale: $5-$500
All money will go directly to supporting the Diverse City Fund.
All are welcome; no one will be turned away.
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
Greens with Pear, Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Candied Walnuts
Greens with Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hearts of Palm
Basil Zucchini Bisque
(all made with homemade noodles, served with garlic bread)
Lasagna with Winter Squash, Sage, and Hazelnut
Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna with Broccoli
Four Cheese Lasagna
Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ganache and optional Homemade Whipped Cream
Fruit Crisp and optional Homemade Whipped Cream
*all courses can be modified based on dietary needs
We are excited to invite you to a day of NVC social gathering! We hope to encourage a large group to join together to share presence and connection from 11am to 5pm on February 25 at Maitri House in Takoma Park, MD.
The vision of this Capital NVC social gathering:
• To have a fun, free, family-friendly social event
• To build community among those involved with ‘compassionate communication’ or ‘NVC’ in the DC area
• To be as inclusive as we can for people of varying ages, family status, chemical sensitivity, gender expressions, families of origin, socioeconomic class, and mobility.
• To support continued learning and deepening of intentions and skills while enjoying fun and warmth
• To increase the opportunities for life-affirming social change
Date and time: Saturday February 25, 2012, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maitri House, a family-inclusive, NVC-inspired intentional community in Takoma Park, MD, is contributing its common space for the event.
contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need directions
Two Blocks from the Takoma Park Food Co-Op
Walking distance from the Takoma Metro station on the Red line
Near bus stops for the Ride-On Buses 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, and the F4, F6 Metro buses.
Opportunities we anticipate during the event:
• A potluck lunch and social time all throughout the event
• An empathy room to practice being fully heard and received and fully listening and receiving others
• Various short presentations or mini-workshops on the foundation of NVC. We anticipate at this time the offerings to happen between 1pm and 3pm.
• A play area for kids of all ages with NVC activities, cooperative games, arts & crafts and lots of free play
• An optional facilitated cuddle party (see more info below) – around 4pm.
• An environment that welcomes people of all ages — children are warmly welcomed
• An opportunity to meet local NVC trainers and facilitators so people can socialize with whom is leading trainings they sign up for or send others to
Potluck Lunch and Snacks:
If you would enjoy doing so, we invite you to bring a potluck lunch or snack item. The healthier the better. No alcohol, please.
We welcome volunteers to help setup before and cleanup after the event. Come 30 min earlier or stay 30 min later for tidying.
• Maitri House intends to be a place safe for people with chemical sensitivities. So please do not bring or wear fragrances or smoke-producing products.
• Maitri House has a dog, who can be in a separate space during the event. Still, dog allergies may be an issue for some.
• While we wish it were different in this aspect, the space is not currently well-adapted for wheelchairs. If you use a wheelchair and would like to come, contact Ryan at email@example.com and we can describe the limitations of the space and hear from you what we can do to make it as workable/enjoyable as possible for you to attend.
Invitation to a workshop, “Toward Constructively Addressing Bias”
Saturday December 3, 4-6pm (early arrival suggested)
Followed by an optional potluck dinner for those who wish to remain after and continue hanging out and challenging oppressive systems.
At Maitri House
This workshop will last about 2 hours. It will be interaction driven after a short discussion of principles, and will work best with everyone’s full engagement. If possible, please come 5-15 minutes early to get comfy and have already eaten and taken care of other needs. Come with a situation in mind that you might want to role-play, or at least think about.
Toward Constructively Addressing Bias
In order to build coalitions, be effective activists, and work toward a just society, we need to constructively address the biases towards various identity groups that we, our colleagues, and our organizations have internalized. When someone makes a comment or acts in a way that we perceive as incorporating racism, classism, sexism, or other biases, or “otherizing” people, how do we react constructively? Often, our initial reaction may be internal: perhaps discomfort, upset, or a sense of awkwardness. We may remain outwardly silent or internally upset, but never come to feel resolution about the situation. Speaking up and not “otherizing” in return can feel especially challenging when we notice our own biases, encounter bias within our own coalitions, and when in dialogue with those not in support of our vision of a more just society. In this interactive workshop, we will practice explicitly addressing potentially biased actions and statements in order to move in the direction of greater confidence and ease about doing so. In this workshop, we will use role-play to explore situations from participants’ experience or imagination, and these same situations will illustrate the theory behind non-defensively addressing bias. Come with a situation in mind that you might want to role-play!
Ryan McAllister has struggled with internalized biases and with how to react to the external systems, memes, and social habits that perpetuate biases. Ryan may also be described as genderqueer, nerdish, poly, whiteish, youngish, male-bodied, and as the co-parent of a child with what physicians have called “profound” developmental differences. He has been studying communication, relationships, and oppression/liberation theory for about 8 years.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lighten Up Laughter Club
November 10 and December 8
Courtesy of Inessa and John Love
Come to laugh with us just because:
* it feels good
* it relieves stress
* it improves health
* it elevates moods
* it’s great exercise
* and it’s fun!
And the best news is – attendance is FREE!!! (We would appreciate donations to support our work, but they are not required).
Come get your childlike playfulness on!
6:00 – potluck dinner
7:00 – Ryan and Emily share an introduction to the main ideas and practice of Compassionate Communication, followed by an interactive role plays giving opportunity for anyone to try out Compassionate Communication on a real-life scenario.
What to Bring:
- Food and/or non-alcoholic beverages are welcome, but feel free to come even if you’re not able to bring comestibles
- At least one scenarios to use for discussion or role play. These scenarios can be any any interaction you’ve had (or hypothetically could have) that you weren’t happy with. This could be with family, coworkers, significant others, friends, etc. It can even be an internal conflict (the “me” that stayed up all night watching tv and the “me” that had to take a test the next day, for example).
Feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested!
Some environmentally active Takoma Park residents are starting a Solar Power Cooperative. Join us Monday May 9 to learn more about how the financial structure works.
Potluck Dinner at 6pm. 7pm Explanation of the Takoma Park Solar Co-Op financial structure and socially responsible, local, investment opportunity. rsvp to email@example.com if you would like to join us to learn about this Co-Op.
For $20 or less per adult ($10/child) you get:
- Two tracks of dancing
- Dozens of musical performances
- Workshops, lessons, craft vendors, and more!
- more info at
And the next day, Sunday, Feb 6, join us at Maitri House for Brunch
- come over between 9 and 9:30 to help cook
- brunch around 10-10:30
- Bring a sleeping bag or blanket.
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|Would you like more family connection and a different way to view conflict? Join Takoma Attachment Parenting on Sunday, June 13th for Compassionate Communication with Family, a workshop facilitated by Ryan McAllister and Megan Donohue of the Bay NVC Parent Peer Leadership Program (http://www.baynvc.org/pplp.php).
In this workshop, we will discuss how self-connection and compassionate connection can help us shift our understanding of, and sometimes resolve, conflict with family. This way of communicating can open up new understanding, help you express your needs, and establish more peaceful partnerships with your family members. Discussion will be guided by participant interest, and may include: handling family members who disagree with your parenting style, finding common ground with your partner on parenting, attending to tantrums and strong feelings with your children, setting limits, self-connection, and communicating your own needs.
More information about this approach to communication can be found at http://www.baynvc.org/about_nvc.php. Ryan and Megan are also associated with NotJustSkin.org a local nonprofit supporting parents, children and community. More details about Takoma Attachment Parenting Meetings: http://www.takoma-ap.org/tapcalendar .
Location: Takoma Park Community Center, Azalea Room
The Capital NVC Community Circle is hosting a coffee/tea/NVC event on Wednesday evening, April 21 at 7:30 p.m in Dupont Circle. Come chat with us while you sip and nibble (or choicefully abstain) and get to know others in our NVC community.
“My intention is to continue the conversations I started at the community event held in January…and to start new ones,” says Rhonda Eldridge, one of the event’s co-organizers. We plan to meet at a coffee shop that is easily accessible by Metro.
Location: Le Pain Quotidien (http://www.lepainquotidien.com/ ) at Dupont Circle. It is 1 ½ blocks from the metro and features communal tables and a variety of food options.
Join us on Saturday, March 13 from 1-2 PM, for an opportunity to learn more about Family HEART Camp.
Family HEART Camp is an unforgettable one-week immersion in Compassionate Communication for families, held in an oasis of natural beauty near Washington DC.
During this informal gathering you can meet in person with one of the organizers of the camp, some families who attended last year camp and meet other potential campers face-to-face. Kids are welcome to join this gathering, being held in Takoma Park within walking distance of the DC metro. Please e-mail Inessa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific directions if you would like to attend.
Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication, or NVC) offers a powerful set of tools and perspectives that support people in living their values, and in speaking in acting in ways that say “You matter!” to everyone involved. In doing so, we create a setting for our natural love and joy in being together to bloom.
The Family HEART Camp offers parents a chance to reflect and learn valuable skills, children a chance to play and explore, and families a chance to grow together, all with loving support. Participants in last year’s camp had this to say about it:
- “I have never experienced such dedication as I did from all the staff members! Unbelievable. I also enjoyed the support and connection with all of the participants. Thank you so much for the experience.”
- “We enjoyed connecting with so many people who value compassionate relationships and my family is committed to working to embody NVC in our lives. We’re hoping to return next year!”
- “This experience was very valuable for us as a family as a new beginning of how we want to communicate to each other and beyond! The ability to meet without the children was pivotal and addressing real situations helped to support the practice.”
- “The staff cared for our children better than we could have – we get angry with them sometimes, but the staff never did!”
Visit FamilyHEARTCamp.org for more details about the camp or contact us with any questions that aren’t answered there. Super-Earlybird pricing is available for registrations before March 15, so register early! Our goal is not to turn anyone away for lack of funds and work-exchange options are available for those who cannot pay full price.