Last week, Rockwood had our annual One Rockwood retreat. In previous years, we’ve held our retreat in July, usually at one of our California training sites. Over two days and one night, Rockwood’s staff, trainers, and board gather together for connection, community, and visioning.
We of course weren’t able to meet in person this year, but our virtual gathering gave us a lot of the moments we enjoy most from the in-person retreat, as well as some new experiences, including wonderfully facilitated breakouts from India Harville and Kiara Lee. We also closed the office for the two days we weren’t in the retreat, giving staff time to rest.
We missed the ability to be in physical community with one another, to spend time outside of the retreat space just talking and laughing (and hanging out by the pool). But the virtual retreat and days of deep rest served as a reminder of what’s most important right now, a year into the pandemic: caring for each other and being able to move into the world that’s emerging with ease and openness.
As we move into spring and that emerging world, we invite you all to reflect on what’s important to you right now. To help you, we offer questions for finding your purpose, questions for rallying your spirit, and a visioning workbook to help you put those reflections into action.
Lastly, Rockwood is currently developing the HeArt of Black Leadership, an initiative designed to address the leadership needs of Black leaders across the social change sector. If you’re a Black leader, we want to hear from you!
- Justin Hansford was quoted in a New York Times article about the George Floyd trial
- Kula Koenig was the subject of a Sacramento Observer article about her life and work
- Heather McGhee and Rashad Robinson joined Rep. Ayanna Pressley for a discussion about the serious costs of racist policymaking and more
- Sung Yeon Choimorrow was quoted in a New York Times article about the intersection of racism and sexism that led to the Atlanta spa shooting
- Eddy Zheng was the subject of an article in The Guardian about his activism and education
- Rashad Robinson joined Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for “The Tulsa Massacre at 100: A Conversation on Finding Resolution”
News & inspiration
- “Taking a Virtual Breath: How shared practices can create depth and connection despite physical separation” from Root. Rise. Pollinate!
- “The Future Of Work Will Demand These 8 New Skills” from Forbes
- “Community Care: An Indigenous Response to Coronavirus” from Yes! Magazine
- “Tools for Addressing White Dominant Culture” from Centre for Community Organizations
- Washington, DC: Community Change is seeking a Chief of Staff
- New York, NY: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has two open positions
- Various Locations: Solidarity Center has several positions open, including Regional Program Director for Asia and Project Director, Mexico
- San Francisco, CA / Remote: Rainforest Action Network has two openings
- New York, NY: Demos has several open positions, including Director of Communications