New Seneca Village : Our Invitation

New Seneca Village (NSV) is an emerging retreat and network space for cis and trans Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color leaders working to advance justice.

 

Our goal is to provide leaders like you with nature-based retreats centered on restoration and care while creating intentional community and visioning opportunities for leaders across a wide array of social movements.

With this offering, we hope to contribute to both the personal and professional development of your restorative practices, supporting your long-term sustainability as a leader, which we believe is critical to ensuring a Just Future for us all. 

We prioritize leaders who work in non-profit spaces, in particular frontline organizers and others whose work is about advancing collective progressive justice.

We are in awe of the love and commitment that you pour into your work and recognize it as a powerful calling in of new visions for our collective reality.

We are honored by the long legacy of women upon whose foundations we build and who were afforded little opportunity to rest, to connect, to be cared for, to dream together.

We wonder what is possible when leaders like us are holistically and abundantly resourced in this way?

And what happens when we take the time and space to re-connect to all of the resources - beyond money - that we already have?

This offering is an exploration.

THE OFFERING

New Seneca Village will host up to three residencies annually. 

 

In the spirit of artists residencies, New Seneca Villagers on retreat will have access to nature and the time and space to explore self and community care practices. They also have the opportunity to connect with one another and the space to expand their vision for their work and their communities.

In-person residencies will range from  6 to 7 nights long and be held in gorgeous natural settings, with offerings designed to lift up restorative and visioning practices.

Accommodations are complimentary, along with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily.

 

To further support your participation, we offer Travel grants as well as Back Home grants to cover costs like child, elder, pet care, etc., so that you can focus on the present moment.

 You are not expected to produce anything while you are on retreat with New Seneca Village. 

Throughout the residency, we will encourage you to respond to your own rhythm and needs.

 

New Seneca Village is an emergent project designed around a belief and a wondering about the power of restoration. As a result we ask your participation in the full breadth of offerings designed to support leaders in powerful pre - participation and whole self post - participation in the New Seneca Village community. 

 

Please see Our Ask below.

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Venues + Dates

We are booked for our 2022 residencies. 

 

2023 dates will be shared in early 2023.

 

Thanks for your patience!

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Pre - Residency Circles

New Seneca Village will offer each cohort the opportunity to connect, build relationship and support your ability to be present and grounded during your residency. 

  • Monthly Cohort Circles: Leading up to your residency, we will ask you to connect as a group with the leaders in your retreat cohort with the goal to build relationship, share thinking and gain support on preparing for the retreat and the longer-term practice of integrating restorative practices into your work and life.

Time Commitment: 3 Months - 4.5 hours

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Feedback

In order to co-create tailored residency experiences, evolve our programming and further define (and fundraise for) the intentional community of New Seneca Village, we will rely on your feedback.

 

We anticipate asking for 4 - 6 hours of your time providing feedback via surveys and three interviews over a 6 - 8 month time period.

Your participation in this feedback process during the NSV pilot years will enable opt-in feedback for future Villagers.

It will also support our ability to fundraise if we can gather and share about the impact of this offering. 

Meet the folks opening up this

intentional community 

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Village Exchange

Participation in New Seneca Village is complimentary and we believe in energetic exchange.

 

Our request is that you exchange at least 12 hours of your time - within the year following your residency - to connect with, learn from, share with and support others within the NSV community.

We know how much brilliance lies in our collective community. And that brilliance shows up beyond your work in the world.

 

We encourage you to bring your full self to this exchange - what delights and intrigues you, in addition to your areas of professional expertise. In this way, we intend to build a strong community of sustained leaders who are uniquely interconnected with one another.

Our Ask: Practices for Mutual Sustainability
New Seneca Village is a complimentary experience designed for mindful restoration.
We ask for the following commitments to ensure that we support leaders who are able and ready to be fully engaged in the offering and in alignment with our intention to be a community stewarded network. 

What surprised me was that I didn't know I needed this until I was given the opportunity to participate.

 

The thought of being in a space that is specifically for me that encourages me to rest?! What?!?! Amazing.

 

​Teresa R Ellis, Pilates Barre and Jams, Decolonizing Movement for Marginalized Bodies, Oakland, CA

What Comes Next?

Open Houses

Intake Survey

Everybody is going through their own process in their own way and allowing that to happen in abundance is magical.

 

Being open and present also allowed unexpected things to emerge.

Naomi Yu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, CA

Cohort Circle Dates

We will host ongoing open houses to connect, discuss the invitation, offer clarity and hear your feedback.

 

See below for upcoming Open House dates

If interested in being a New Seneca Village leader, please review our Living Values and if you align with those, complete the survey below. Survey will close on November 15.

Completion adds you to our list for 2023 residencies.

New Seneca Village will determine the 2023 residency cohort members in alignment with our Founding Commitments.

We will begin developing our 2023 schedule in late fall/ early winter and will communicate in the new year.

Leaders chosen for a 2023 residency will receive confirmation invitations - Date TBD (Winter 2022/23). 

Invitation emails will share transportation and grant request guidance, a choice of dates for the Cohort Circle, as well as Village Values and residency policies for signature. 

Open Houses

​To connect, share about the New Seneca Village offering,
hear your feedback and answer questions
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Please note: This space and opportunity is for cis and trans women and non-binary folks. If you do not identify this way and still are interested in learning more about NSV, please visit our FAQ page or email us at team@newsenecavillage.org.
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We invite you to pause and reflect on this invitation and whether you have the interest and willingness to make space for the entirety of the New Seneca Village offering in 2023. 

Invitations are for leaders to apply and not a guarantee. 

 

New Seneca Village will review and choose the 2023 cohort in alignment with our intentions as defined in our Founding Commitments.

New Seneca Village

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I want future Villagers to know that an invitation to NSV is an invitation to leadership, modeling and practice. As we deepen the relationship to our inherent Knowing and practice that wisdom, we begin to model right relationship with our Selves and Others.

We are given the gift of time to Be in our many Selves, and we are given new tools to maintain our resolve. Accepting the invitation to an NSV residency is accepting an invitation to time travel into the future that we are manifesting together.

Taylor Mary / True Heart Consulting, LLC / Community Care / Durham, NC

This experience was a precious GEM. Prepare to really rest, and to "be with" what comes with actually slowing down and feeling, to luxuriate in your pace, to let go of plans and allow for emergence of what is needed in the moment.

Taraneh Sarrafzadeh, Healer, Artist, & Embodiment Guide, CA

This was different than any other retreat space that I had been to. The fact that it was cultivated intentionally and dedicated to WOC, nonbinary people of color and intergenerational exchange - all amongst people whose lives are working for racial justice and liberation - is a powerful combination.

 

I was surprised at what is possible when we create flexible and open containers for play and rest. I was surprised that we were encouraged not to center talking about work! What a relief. I was delighted at the moments of laughter and the ways that folks were drawn into rites of passage and letting go in many ways.

Anisha Desai, AORTA, transformative coach + strategist, Bay Area -CA

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Invite to Pause

As You Consider This Invitation for Your Self 

Sit quietly and comfortably with your feet on the ground. 

 

Take 8 cleansing breaths. [In through the nose. Out through the mouth.]

 

Imagine the feels, smells, tastes and sounds of intentional community. Sense the energy of those around you as you gather virtually and physically to co-create spaces centered on restoration, connection and visioning.

~ Is this an invitation I want to say yes to?

 

~ Do I have or am I willing to make the space for this opportunity? 

~ Am I a (joy)full yes to this offering?

 

Close with 3 deep breaths.