A million lifetimes ago I was in a hit Off Broadway show that started with the three actresses spending half an hour at onstage dressing tables "getting ready" . It was a genius concept, and allowed for a time that was actually my favorite part of the whole show...I got to watch the audience watch us, but I also got to just people watch, to SPY on people and get paid for it:) . It interested me SO MUCH to see how people interacted with each other, who was happy, what was happening with couples and friends and sometimes even with Secret Service agents if a political figure was in the audience.
I was interested in how people connected or didn't, and while I always love all of my creative work as actor, writer, director, community builder, ordained minister, counselor, educator, life coach, curator etc.., what I am really interested in is being a catalyst for connection!
A couple of years ago, I hired a marketing guru to help me get at what it is I do...and that is how T.R.I.B.E. was born. After the guru listened really carefully to me, she said "You are a kind of urban Burning Man, without the roughing it part." YES!! Love it! I then took some of her ideas to part of my fabulous mini tribe in NYC, and we got at the essence of what it is about to gather in the way I love to gather. The word tribe was all through the guru's suggestions, but I kept using it as an adjective like Tribal...whatever,
My friend finally said "I like just TRIBE,", and then she came up with the idea of creating an acronym. We came up with those elements that make up the who, what, when, where, why of T.R.I.B.E. in that group, and I have been working with some of you, to create opportunities for conscious gathering ever since.
The acronym is about DOING: Transformation, Realization, Inspiration, Belonging, Expression T.R.I.B.E.!!
See, I am interested in why people gather, and how we interact with one another when we gather. It is the coming together for a creative purpose that means something.
I have found that people come to gatherings the way they show up for life. Some folks are down for the whole process of preparation and planning and creation and clean up! Others come late, leave early and send e-mails afterward:) Some engage and then retreat and then engage again. And others say how sorry they are to have missed an event...and then miss the next one too!
T.R.I.B.E. is a wonderful "Urban Burning Man without the roughing it part" umbrella for many expressions..
For now, I am very excited about my work with the 12 Step Nation, and am teaming up with Rev. Sunshine Daye on a great event on June 20 in CA. called "Rev My Recovery". We are all in recovery from something, and the idea of moving ON and IN and not getting stuck interests us. One of the areas that many people seem to have some struggle is the finding of a Higher Power that works. We will be looking at many sides of that search, and through this day long Recovery Summit, we will discover tools and ideas and ways "to be" that support us beyond Phase One Recovery. Sign up info coming soon!.
But about T.R.I.B.E, for anyone who really doesn't quite get it...I am all about using experience and relationships in community as the catalyst for Co-Creating an ever evolving reality for good. And artists understand what making "something out of nothing" is all about, so I am interested in appealing to the artist in you.
I LOVE one of The Promises in the 12 Steps- "You will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it." I LOVE weaving new experiences out of some of the strands of things that have maybe been painful or confusing. That IS ALCHEMY, spinning gold out of base metal:) My favorite thing to do!!!
So stay tuned to the emerging work of T.R.I.B.E., if you are interested that is. It is about community as a social/ spiritual/ artistic practice...and it keeps moving! You will see these changes reflected on the website as I figure out how to do that:)
What an exciting time to be alive! EVERYTHING is shifting...Some institutions are falling apart and some people are making swift transitions to the next level of reality. A LOT is happening energetically, in the quantum field, and we have the opportunity to be a part of that rather than trying to remain a fixed something in an ever revolving Universe.
So THIS is what T.R.I.B.E. is all about.
Look forward to seeing you SOON at one or another opportunity to be ...an artist of possibility in community. in NYC or CA, or online or...
Happy Spring!! Finally!!,