Sample Workshop

Sample Workshop

Conducted at Naropa University, January 2016

Workshop Leaders

Ari Pliskin:

Zen Peacemaker Order, Minister
Stone Soup Cafe, Greenfield, MA Founding Executive Director
Unity Tables, Founding Executive Director
One World Everybody Eats, Board of Directors

 

Alex Gilman:

Unity Tables, Community of Practice Coordinator + Administrative Manager
Stone Soup Cafe, Shift Leader

Overview

With common roots in the Buddhist tradition, a collaboration between Naropa and Unity Tables would be a great fit.  Together, we could develop a Naropa cafe that builds on the success of the community cafe movement addressing social and environmental justice while innovating new methods of integrating contemplative practice and service learning.  

Workshop Agenda

Morning (10am-1pm):

Opening Circle (15 minutes) [Alex]

Name, affiliation

Three Peacemaker Tenets + Agenda (10:15am-10:45am) [Ari]

Guided Meditation on the Three Peacemaker Tenets

  • Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe

  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world

  • Loving Actions that Arise from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness

Deliverables for the workshop:

  • Draft vision statement

  • Define cafe committee of sustainability council

    • Purpose

    • Structure

    • Member commitments

    • Meeting frequency  

  • Identify next steps + timeline

    • Refine vision statement

    • Business plan completed by end of 2016

Council Circle (10:45am-11:45am)

3 minutes per person

  • Intentions of Council [Alex]

    • Speak from the heart

    • Listen from the heart

    • Be lean of speech

    • Be spontaneous

  • Prompt: How do you feel being here now?  What do you hope to get out of today’s workshop?  What ingredients do you bring? [Ari]

Break (5 minutes)

Movement Activity (10 minutes)

The Community Cafe Model (12:00pm-1pm) [Ari]

  • Ari’s story

    • Street Retreats → Stone Soup Cafe [view video]

  • Ramon: his definition of food justice and role, other definitions?  

  • One World Everybody Eats: a network of 50+ cafes around the U.S.

  • Builds enlightened society by leading people to realize interconnectedness in the food system and beyond.  

  • A comprehensive solution to all the challenges addressed by the food justice movement.

  • A vehicle through which to build beloved community and challenge oppression of race, class, gender, etc.

7 Core Values of a Community Cafe [Alex]

Community Cafes address food justice concerns through 7 Core Values:

  • Food security

    • 1. Pay-what-you-can pricing

    • 2. Patrons can volunteer in exchange for a meal

  • Labor  

    • 3. Paid staff earns a living wage

  • Environmental sustainability

    • 4. Healthy, seasonal foods

    • 5. Patrons choose own portion size

  • Community-Building

    • 6. Volunteers are used to the greatest extent possible

    • 7. Community engagement & community table

Lunch (1pm-2pm)

Afternoon Session (2pm-6pm)

Small group three-year vision (2pm-3pm) [Ari]

  • Divide into five groups based on your interest, trying to maintain a cross-section of students, staff, and faculty:

    • Pricing & Volunteers

    • Community Engagement

    • Food Sourcing & Options

    • Food Service & Waste Sustainability

    • Non-Naropa Cafe Participants

  • Choose one person to take notes (on chart paper), one to facilitate the group and one person to represent the group during large group sharing.

  • If your dreams come true, where would you like to see the cafe in three years with regards to your group’s topic?

Draft vision statement (3pm-3:30pm) [Alex]

  • One rep from each group each person shares their vision. (3 min.)

  • Comments, questions, feedback from group. (3 min.)

  • Volunteer to compile and type up draft vision statement and send to cafe committee

Break (15 minutes)

Business Plan + Unity Tables Overview (3:45pm-4:15pm) [Ari]

  • Purposes of a business plan

  • Review components of cafe business plan template

Identify Next Steps + Timeline (4:15pm-5:30pm)

  • Define cafe committee of sustainability council

    • Purpose

    • Structure

    • Member commitments

    • Meeting frequency

  • Identify next steps + timeline

    • Refine vision statement

    • Business plan completed by end of 2016

Closing Circle (5:30pm-6pm) [Ari]

1 minute per person