Engaged Activism with Adah Parris, Brother Phap Linh and Samantha Roddick
Join us for this powerful discussion hosted by Amisha Ghadiali (all that we are founder) with Adah Parris, Brother Phap Linh and Samantha Roddick. We will be discussing the theme ‘Engaged Activism’.
- How can we redefine sacred activism for this moment and embrace the political, ecological and societal challenges within our understanding of and commitment to our spiritual practice?
- What does community organizing and activism look like when our sense of self is now so global and technological?
Speakers for this session
Adah Parris is a Nowist, Artist and Activist, she is also Chair of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA UK). An enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, her work sits at the intersection of ecology, technology, innovation and art. Adah focuses on changing how we experience the world by asking, “What type of Ancestor do you want to be?” “I hate the idea of labels, you end up trying to fit into things and hide parts of yourself. When we present the version of ourselves that other people want to see we take away their choices and say ‘you’re not ready to see this part of me’. It all starts from us. What is my role and responsibility in expressing who i am? […] It requires bravery and finding your voice.” Adah Parris.
Brother Phap Linh, also known as Brother Spirit, is a zen Buddhist monk, musician and seeker. He began his monastic training with Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village in February 2008, and has since composed many of the community’s beloved chants. Before ordaining he studied mathematics at Cambridge and worked professionally as a composer. A co-founder of the Wake Up Movement for young people, today Brother Phap Linh is actively engaged in teaching applied mindfulness to businesspeople, teachers and scientists. As a leading voice in the new generation of Buddhist monastics in the West, he is passionate about exploring how meditators and scientists can learn from each other and open new paths of healing and discovery. He has the conviction that a modern form of monasticism can play a crucial role in bringing about a more compassionate society as well as a much needed collective awakening to our profound interbeing with all life
Samantha Roddick is an activist, artist and was the founder of Coco de Mer, a provocative sex shop. She is the daughter of activist Anita Roddick, who founded The Body Shop, the first ethical business of such a scale. Sam set up Bondage for Freedom in 2008, focusing on fighting for human and environmental rights. It had worked on a number of projects, including the 1994 Rwandan Genocide; the release of the “Angola Three”; preventing sex-trafficking; and colony collapse disorder. Sam was also a major contributor to The Future is Beautiful book, for which she wrote the afterword. “It’s the beauty of healing that you can be shattered and then reform yourself in a much more beautiful and permanent mosaic of who you are.” – Sam Roddick.
Amisha Ghadiali is the founder of ‘all that we are’ fka The Future Is Beautiful – which she started in 2010. She is a leadership mentor, author and experienced facilitator with a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats. workshops and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces for our hearts unfolding, healing and embrace of our wildness. Her book “Intuition” published by DK Books is out now. She hosts the ‘all that we are’ podcast.
Timing & Pricing
Monday 30th May
2.30-4.30pm IST, 7.30-9.30pm BST, 8.30-10.30pm CEST, 2.30-4.30 EDT, 11.30-1.30pm PDT
Held on zoom.
£40 to join this session, £25 for ‘all that we are’ members (use the code we have sent you at checkout)
From Me to We
This is the fifth session in a six week learning journey, ‘From Me to We’, curated and hosted by ‘all that we are’. Each week we will have a panel of three speakers who will discuss these timely themes. You are welcome to join us for the whole six weeks, including embodiment sessions and discussion salons, or for individual events.
(sliding scale pricing offered starting at £150 and full scholarships available)
About From Me to We
As the pandemic has changed us in ways we are just comprehending, several living questions are: How can we live our values in a more meaningful way? How do we move from the paradigm of individual spirituality to something that feels more aligned with the story of interbeing? How do we have a relationship with the sacred that allows us to show up in an engaged way – recognising that we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.
We are living in a crisis of spirit and separation – from our true nature, each other and this beautiful planet. Navigating a spiritual path within late stage capitalism is challenging for all of us. As many of us have moved away from organised religion into a hybrid of different cultures and practices, whilst wellbeing has become an industry – we feel the damage that New Age spirituality has caused. It has distorted us from an engaged and embodied approach to collective healing and liberation – in many cases fostering greater separation, individualism and escapism – and doing little to dismantle and transform the systems of power and separation that drive so much suffering in our world.
Many of us feel we have become a product of this time and these systems, with a focus on individual success and external comparison – fuelling these very crises rather than seeking to heal their shared roots. Despite good intentions, we find ourselves navigating the complexities of these times rather clumsily and being part of the problem. We now also exist within ‘cancel culture’, where questioning the dominant narrative can lead to being outcast and deplatformed, it’s a challenging time we live in.
If you are feeling called to deepen your understanding of this time, unravel some outdated patterns and explore how you can grow and serve in your community, ‘all that we are’ invites you to join us on this living inquiry into how we move from Me to We.
This is a collective journey to transmute and heal from the hyper-individualised and capitalist shadows that too often fuel isolation, inadequacy and polarity. Our deepest intention is to create space to discover and embody a spirituality of belonging, wholeness, and action – to live a We, that is both more inclusive and expansive in these divided times and in deeper relation with the more-than-human world.
Our starting point is not with all the answers. We don’t offer you experts or gurus. We have good questions, and a willingness to sit with the uncertainty this great turning asks of us. We will bow at the altar of emergence and hold space for what longs to be birthed through us as we remember ALL THAT WE ARE.
We have gathered a collective of curious souls for this inquiry, in both the facilitators and each of you taking part. Together, we can explore what it means to be human at this time and how to show up more powerfully as we go on this six week learning journey.
From Me to We is the first experience in our new series ‘Dismantling New Age Spirituality’, which comes as we let go of ‘The Future Is Beautiful’ to embrace all that we are, all that we are becoming and all that is possible.
“Much as I enjoy popular New Age commentary on love, I am often struck by the dangerous narcissism fostered by spiritual rhetoric that pays so much attention to individual self-improvement and so little to the practice of love within the context of community. Packaged as a commodity, spirituality becomes no different from an exercise program. While it may leave the consumer feeling better about his or her life, its power to enhance our communion with ourselves and others in a sustained way is inhibited” Bell Hooks (All About Love: New Visions)