HOW Huddle: Boundaries for Belonging

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HOW Huddle: Boundaries for Belonging

Gather with nonprofit and community leaders to explore and practice embodying boundaries to stay aligned with ourselves and our communities.

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Hud·dle /ˈhədl/

noun: huddle; plural noun: huddles

  1. a small group of people holding an informal, private conversation
  2. an action of a team gathering together, usually in a tight circle, to strategize, motivate or celebrate.

“Belonging can also be thought of as longing to be. Being in our capacity to find our deeper purpose in all that we do. It is the capacity to be present and to discover our authenticity and whole selves. This is often thought of as an individual capacity, but it is also a community capacity. Community is the container within which our longing to be is fulfilled. ” -Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block

Can you imagine what work would feel like if you could show up more honestly?

How might our boundaries help us to push back against systems that require us to ignore our needs and full humanity and allow us to create spaces where it is safe to be authentic?

Gather with nonprofit and community leaders, healing practitioners, artists, organizers, and change makers to explore boundaries and belonging–-personally, interpersonally, institutionally, and systemically. Through peer support, dialogue, and creative reflection, we will grow our capacity and courage to set and honor the boundaries that allow us to remain whole. The space created through Healing Our Work’s facilitation approach aims to build a community through safety, care, and accountability. More on our approach here:

Over FIVE 2-hour emergent learning sessions together we will tap into our collective wisdom and creativity to explore topics including:

  • Alternatives to white supremacy culture
  • Safety and authenticity
  • Self and collective accountability
  • Care and consent
  • Collective visioning and action

2023 Zoom Meeting Dates (All meetings will be 6:30-8:30pm ET):

Note: Registration covers attendance at all 5 meetings:

Tuesdays January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7

Payments & Sliding Scale: Our HOW Huddle series is $80-$250 for the full 5-session series depending on where participants feel they fall on the scale. If you can, please pay the suggested registration fee to help cover the cost of our planning, facilitation, and web hosting. If you are not paying the full rate, you can choose the "Pay what you can" ticket option and choose a rate on the scale, no questions asked. We also have a discounted ticket option for our Patreon members. Also, we are aware that $80 for the series is still too high for some people; if this is the case for you, please contact us to start a discussion as we do not want cost to be a barrier. Limited scholarships are available. ***If your organization is paying for you to attend, please use the full rate.***

10% of our revenue will be donated toward supporting the work of BIPOC changemakers in the movement ecosystem.


*An integral part of this series is the peer support and connection that will be built between participants. With this in mind, we expect participants to commit to attending all 5 sessions.

**Confidentiality will be paramount in this group. Participants will play an active part in shaping the content of this series, and will be invited to bring questions, resources, and real-life examples from their work to aid the group’s learning.

***This is NOT a training. It is a lab. It is a playground. It is a collaborative space to connect, explore, and practice, with HOW supporting through facilitation and holding space.

****If you are not sure if this workshop is for you, feel free to reach out to us for clarity. We would love to hear your questions and concerns.

The Facilitators:

Kris Smith (they/she) uses their training as a social worker (MSW University of Pennsylvania), experience as a social justice-oriented trainer, and sensibilities as a visual artist in facilitating group work. These underpin their understanding of individual trauma, group dynamics, and exploration of identity and community. Kris brings 15 years of facilitation experience along with a background with youth work and social justice in New York City and Philadelphia. Kris also co-facilitates Weavers of Equity, a peer professional development program for Philadelphia women and gender expansive leaders of color in organizational leadership positions. In addition to their work with Healing Our Work, Kris is an Associate Consultant with Dragonfly Partners, LLC and supports organizations to get unstuck in their social change work both internally and externally. Kris is also a Trainer and a certified Trauma-Competent Professional through Lakeside Global Institute, where they facilitate workshops about individual and collective trauma and healing around Pennsylvania.

Julia Terry (she) is a visual artist, educator, and facilitator. She is passionate about the power of art for trauma-informed, anti-racist education, and parenting for liberation. She has worked in nonprofit administration and leadership for the past 15 years, and founded the Art of Growing Up, a rites of passage program for youth. Julia holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in Studio Art and Youth Development, and completed her M.A.T in Art Education at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Art. She currently sits on the Philadelphia Commission for Women. Publishings include chapters in “Difficult Dialogues about Twenty-First-Century Girls” edited by Donna Marie Johnson and Alice E. Ginsberg, 2015, and the “Journal of Applied Arts & Health". Julia is a recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant and has exhibited her work in group and solo shows. Her art can also be found on the cover of "Re-Writing the Return to Africa," by Anne Francois and in "Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitcal Context of Multicultural Education," by Sonia Nieto and Patty Bode. As a facilitator she brings expertise in leadership and organizational models, trauma informed approaches, rituals and creative processes, strategy, and white accountability.

Julia lives in West Philly, with her two children, and loves to make cut paper art and collage, have spontaneous dance parties in her kitchen, and buy flowers at the farmers market.

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