One Big Table: An Online Festival for Real Human Connection
Everyone is welcome! Invite your loved ones, whether they’re far away or you’re cooped up in quarantine together. We can’t wait to connect with all of you.
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Schedule of Events
All events are listed in Eastern Standard Time (UTC −05:00).
Friday, December 4th
Friday 4:30pm EST
Join us for the Opening Ceremony for One Big Table. This session will include an introduction, brief meditation, and intention setting for the weekend’s programming hosted by SeekHealing.
Join SeekHealing’s Executive Director as she dives into the core concepts of social health: an emerging and critically important subset of the greater mental health field. Topics will focus on human connection and its impact on individual and communal well-being, healthy communication techniques and exercises, and the effects of social isolation on mental health including depression and substance abuse.
Our Connection Cafe is a space to meet and interact with others from the festival. One of our Space Owls (program volunteers who have completed our Listening Training series) will be facilitating and provide opportunities for people to engage with each other one-on-one or in a group dynamic. A safe container where no conversation topic is off limits, and never any judgement or shame from the experience you share in the Connection Cafe. A chance to be real and connect :)
For many years as a communication teacher, I thought that there was a “right” way to interact, and most people just didn’t know it.
After 8 years of training thousands of students in Authentic Relating, I realized that if I still can’t talk to my parents, I’m doing something wrong.
In this talk, I’ll present an entirely new communication system called “Relating Languages”. I believe this typology can help us connect with anyone, no matter how different they are. One Big Table is the first time I’m presenting the system publicly! Come discover your language, and learn how to speak with those who don’t share your native dialect.
Conflict = Energy : The Transformative Practice of Authentic Relating
Friday 9:30pm EST
Our communication intimately shapes our lives. Yet most of us grew up without any formal teachings on communication, relationships, and our emotions.
How can we best handle conflict and tension in our relationships? How can we create the richest and juiciest romantic connections? How can we synergize with others and have the highest level of productivity and innovation in our careers?
Authentic relating is a set of practical teachings that directly answer these questions. Join me for this dense and interactive session to unlock your own relational and social awareness.
Belonging and Longing: Gentle Flow Yoga and Meditation
Saturday 9:00am EST
Join Beth for this practice in self study using pranayama, meditation, movement, inquiry, and rest. It is an opportunity to drop into your experience and come out of judgment and autopilot for truth telling. This class experience can be done on a mat or in a chair and is open and accessible for all bodies.
Join this interactive session where Cathy will share 4 simple, yet powerful skills to rewire your relationships. Relational health begins with you. Having awareness about your experience in the moment is key- then listening, getting curious and being able to speak what’s true even when it feels difficult. We will touch on each of these enough for you to walk away with skills to practice in your relationships right away. The quality of our connections equals the quality of our lives - during this era of 2020 with all the distancing occurring, it is more important than ever to work on the quality of the connections that matter the most.
Making Room for Emotions: Understanding the relationship between emotions and connection with our authentic self and others
Hilary Jacobs Hendel
Saturday 12:00pm EST
You’ll learn the Change Triangle, a practical map for understanding how emotions work in the mind and body to help us connect us to our authentic self and others. Learn an effective wholistic tool to decrease anxiety and depression and connect more deeply to whomever or whatever you want. You’ll get a basic education in emotions and a new way to understand trauma and transformation.
Humanizing Automation: Technology's Role in Social Health
Saturday 1:30pm EST
The drive toward greater business process automation over the past three decades has undoubtedly created vast quantities of wealth and improved business efficiency in countless ways, replacing error-prone, manual human processes with scalable, automated technological processes. But such automation supplanted every day human to human interactions with computer interfaces, to where a person can go about their day in this world without actually having to have a single personal interaction.
In this presentation, Joshua will discuss how SeekHealing is integrating the benefits of technological automation with the goals of social health, and he will present a vision for how technology and automation might better balance the benefits they offer without coming at the expense of our sense of connectedness.
Our Connection Cafe is a space to meet and interact with others from the festival. One of our Space Owls (program volunteers who have completed our Listening Training series) will be facilitating and provide opportunities for people to engage with each other one-on-one or in a group dynamic. A safe container where no conversation topic is off limits, and never any judgement or shame from the experience you have in the Connection Cafe. A chance to be real and connect :)
Ending Stigma: The Missing Piece to Our Nation’s Response to the Addiction Epidemic
Saturday 3:00pm EST
Confronting stigma and discrimination facing those with a substance use disorder is more important now than ever, and it represents the missing piece to our nation’s response to the addiction crisis. This brief discussion will cover key success factors in Shatterproof’s national stigma strategy and discuss a few initiatives already underway. It will also review the potential impact of reducing stigma, including saving tens of thousands of lives in the United States.
The body stores our histories, stories, emotions, and more. When we find a way to look inside, we can find a sense of belonging - to ourselves and to others. In this workshop, Abby will share some information and tools (e.g. Focusing, Somatic Sensing) to help you get more in touch with your body and yourself.
Join us for dinner (and bring the whole family!) as we share the experience of a communal meal. Coming together to break bread and celebrate the nourishment of food and drink engages humans on a deeply spiritual level that can connect us beyond the ideas of right and wrong. Everybody’s gotta eat!
Join renowned physician, speaker, and author Dr. Gabor Maté, along with SeekHealing Director of Science Dr. Rachel Wurzman, as they discuss the role of human connection in trauma management and addiction, incorporating the neuroscience research of social isolation in how to treat and integrate healing into these complex issues.
Sarah integrates Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and empathy into the Family Constellations experience. When we step into the field created by the constellation, we are stepping into the seeker’s right hemisphere, with its connection to the body, emotions, and its orientation in our relational world.
This invigorating meditation practice is for celebrating the jubilation within our human form as a vehicle and vessel of our transformation and transcendence. This event is about connecting us with the body, mind, and spirit to achieve optimal and ultimate well-being.
Join Dimitri Mugianis and Jennifer Nicolaisen as they discuss the psychedelic plant medicine ibogaine, which has incredible physical properties for counteracting opioid withdrawal symptoms and enhancing neuroplasticity for habit change. The medicine has been integrated by some treatment providers into a powerful protocol for ibogaine-assisted opioid detox and changed the lives of thousands.
Meet Kenya K. Stevens, author of UPLVL Communication, as she is interviewed by Jennifer Nicolaisen to discuss why race relationships are at a standstill due to lack of communication and framework surrounding the issue. They will touch on why no one is discussing the most intimate details of their feelings around race, how there are no victims and no villains at the forefront of racial healing, and new ways to heal from the trauma of our racial history which affects everyone equally.
Connection for Rehabilitation: Transforming Incarcerated Hearts & Minds
Sunday 2:30pm EST
Join Laurie Lazar as she touches on the need for human connection within the prison system and how the Realness Project provides this critical resource. With the shifts the Coronavirus pandemic has created, her team has pivoted to creating and distributing Authentic Relating workbooks to inmates which she will highlight and give an opportunity to practice in real time. These connection-oriented resources have been shown to reduce criminal and substance use recidivism rates. Partnering with SeekHealing, these workbooks will be provided to individuals incarcerated in the WNC area.
This lecture will discuss the the many different dynamics and causes of disconnection, personal, social, collective and transpersonal and the vital “spiritual emergency” that this creates, expressed in the problem of addiction. We will also explore the role of birth, death and transcendence as pathways to re-connection and to the source of recovery and health for the individual, micro and macro social systems and global healing.
In this offering you’ll learn the different forms of sovereignty and how they can support in creating the highest and most supportive connections and the distinction of co-dependency and self-sacrificial relating. You’ll be able to answer questions that will allow you to explore where you’ve been leaning in your ways of relating. You’ll be guided through a Breathwork journey to support in integrating new pathways for relating and transmuting patterns that no longer serve you and humanity.
Our final Connection Cafe for One Big Table. This is a space to meet and interact with others from the festival, where one of our Space Owls (program volunteers who have completed our Listening Training series) will be facilitating and provide opportunities for people to engage with each other one-on-one or in a group dynamic. A safe container where no conversation topic is off limits, and never any judgement or shame from the experience you have in the Connection Cafe. A chance to be real and connect :)