Thanks to an unexpected request, the CBE Course is going online. Starting on Thursday 7th May, the course will run over six 1 1/2 hour sessions, on consecutive Thursdays, starting at 8pm GMT. The platform will be Zoom.
In the week before each session, those taking part will receive some resources (articles, videos etc from a range of sources), strewn for you to explore how ever you want. Prep is not required, but will likely enhance and deepen your experience of the session. The sessions will be a combination of me sharing, questions, and reflective activities and breakout rooms. I would love there to be as much discussion and sharing as possible, this will depend on the group size and what feels in balance in each session – I will be seeking to hold the space as best I can.
Here are the details of the course itself:
Consent Based Education Course (for parents and other people living and working with children):
As parenting evolves beyond the traditional authoritarian model, and families make the choice to live together in more respectful, socially just ways that acknowledge the personhood and agency of children, essential questions arise as to what that means in regards to our relationship with ourselves and others, our outlook and interaction with the world around us.
Consent Based Education is a response to this tension. What happens when authoritarianism/patriarchy, the basis of all our existing systems, is stripped away, and we become more questioning and individually empowered in our own lives and desire this for our children too? What does it look like to move beyond patriarchy to embrace our own personhood, and question the education and social inheritance we’ve received up until now?What does consent and voice mean to us, and how do these things relate to authenticity and self-actualisation?
This course is designed for parents and people who live/work with children, who want to explore and go deeper into their understanding and experience of Consent Based Education, for their own personal development and to support life long learning in a consent based way.
The course is made up of the following six sessions:
- The History of Patriarchy and Consent
- Breaking Cycles – the Process of Change
- What is Consent Based Education?
- Love and Relationships, Boundaries and Freedom
- Creativity, Flow, and the Potential of own CBE
- The Bigger Picture
Please Note: This course, when committed to, has transformational qualities. By participating in it, you may experience realisations that can be very challenging, (positively, imo) disruptive, and catalystic of change. It’s been a few years since I’ve run this course, and in part due to the disruptive effect to in my own personal and professional life that occurred as a result of ‘walking the talk’ of this work, this is the first time that I have felt ready to run it again. We can do the best, deepest and most meaningful work together when we are aware of and open to this, it must, as you can imagine, be on a consensual basis, so please really consider this before committing to take part. You can also manage your own participation during the course, in alignment with your current needs and sense of readiness, where that is necessary. If you have any questions at all regarding this, feel free to get in touch with me to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking: To book a place on the course, please make payment of £90 via paypal to the bank details below, by Friday 1st May 2020. We can make alternative arrangements if you are financially precarious – I get it, so please don’t feel any shame in flagging this up to me, just drop me an email and we will figure out what is best to do. I do not want for anyone to be prevented from participating in this course because of financial circumstances.
To book: paypal.me/SophieChristophy
As part of the booking process, please also drop me an email to introduce yourself, and let me know why you have booked and what you are hoping to get out of the course. I’m really looking forward to meeting you.
With love and solidarity,