Once a week/month, members of the Ashram meeting in their community for a 90 minute meeting. The Ashram encourages people to meet outside, in nature. As people gather and share a pot-luck.
Sample Agenda for an Ashram Monthly/Weekly Community Meeting:
10:30am community building exercise as Ashram members share a meal.
11:am Quote of the week -- community member A
11:05 Unify exercises:
1 up/1 down
11:10 Monthly/weekly (?) Resilience Building Conversation -- topic chosen and discussion facilitated by member C
Discussion topic examples:
What does it mean to be a citizen?
What is the value of work?
What are the assets in our community?
Describe the world at peace?
If Earth were optimally healthy, what would it feel like to live on this planet?
11:40 Now what/So what? discussion -- The Ashram now shifts the discussion from concept to action. The group identifies one thing they can do as a collective to apply what they discovered in the discussion.
11:50 Final thoughts
12 -- adjourn
WHY MEET REGULARLY?
Ashram member pot-lucks are a way to enhance connection, community, and exchanges between members.
Gatherings work best if they are held regularly so that members can plan for them in their calendar.
The pot-lucks are a KEY component of the Ashram, because it’s here that people get to meet and become familiar with other each other and find out who’s exchanging what.
Monthly/weekly pot-lucks build the relationships that power the Ashram. They are also useful for outreach, and so they are generally open and inviting to non-members who are interested in joining the Ashram.
The potluck is the place to celebrate and share and:
identify ways to help the external community,
be reminded of our core values,
announce events and offerings,
share spiritual and healing experiences,
build connection and community, and
have fun and play.