Current conditions continue to place enormous demands on us. Still, we have cause for hope: bold new leadership in many places, budgetary step stones toward a just recovery, and a rising tide of action to disrupt systemic racism. Now, as always, we are each asked to bring clarity, generosity, and courage to our efforts to heal, reimagine, and rebuild toward large-scale change. We are invited to make space, in the midst of urgency, to notice more, re-vision priorities, reconnect with ourselves and each other.
Maintaining good physical and mental-emotional health is essential for the work at hand. Join colleagues for a collective pause to steady ourselves–a brief period for meditation, gentle mindful movement, and quiet reflection in the community. Beginners welcome!
This online weekly gathering provides space to settle our bodies and hearts and re-center our minds so that we approach the big opportunities and challenges before us with love and fortitude. Research indicates that routine engagement in contemplative practices fosters self-awareness, self-regulation, improved focus, perspective-taking, and greater capacity to respond skillfully in our relationships. Additionally, meditation reduces the harmful health effects of chronic stress settles the nervous system, and promotes greater calm, creativity, and compassion. Join your colleagues across California each week for a potent 30-minute mental-emotional refresh.
Caitlin Brune, Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers
Caitlin Brune is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant with 25 years of nonprofit experience, including more than a decade of grantmaking experience in roles spanning finance, development, program planning and oversight, and executive management. Most recently, Ms. Brune served as CEO of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a 20-year-old nonprofit health foundation serving Pajaro Valley residents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California-Berkeley. An experiential learner with lifelong curiosity about the drivers of well-being for individuals and communities, Ms. Brune has previously trained and certified as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, meditation instructor, and beginning organic farmer. She volunteers as a meditation instructor at Soledad Correctional Training Facility and serves on the boards of the Santa Cruz County Integrated Health Center Commission, Santa Cruz Community Ventures
, and Farm Discovery
. Learn more about the Friday Morning Refresh series experience from Caitlin Brune’s blog
Salina Mae, Mindfulness Coach
Salina Mae (she/her/hers), is a Bay Area born and raised community leader with over 20 years of experience serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant. She specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake training and curricula that lead to action in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated mentor and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth, and is currently a consultant with The Teaching Well in Oakland, Ca. Salina Mae brings her whimsy, imagination, and passion for collective liberation to create rituals and rites of passage that support communities in transforming themselves from the inside out.
This program is open to everyone.