Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!

Calendar

EVENTS

Saturday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. FREE
Eco Movie Night: Green Gold

Sunday, September 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Facing the Future with Emotional and Spiritual Maturity
Workshop with Swami Omkarananda and Reverend Peter H. Rood

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.
Transition Tuesday at reDiscover Center

Saturday, September 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
DIY Upcycled Musical Instruments Workshop with Jen & Barb at 1450 Ocean

Saturday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Tree Planting and Tribute to Dan Wang
at the Learning Garden

Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
TMV/V Monthly Steering Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 27
Annual Pesto Day at the Learning Garden

Sunday, September 28, 1:00-4:30 p.m. FREE
Inner Transition Workshop: Talking to Your Neighbor without Being a Jerk!
Soulful Brand co-founder Matt Sloane helps you learn to overcome the internal challenges to conscious and effective communication

OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

Bioneers Annual Conference, San Rafael, CA
Early bird discounted registration ends August 15
October 17-19, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Program
The founders of Midwest Permaculture lead an 11-week course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, November 11-21, 2014

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary about TMV/V

ONGOING

Good Karma Garden Project—Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email transitionmarvista@gmail.com for location information

Westside Produce Exchange—One Saturday per month; to join, e-mail westsideproduce@gmail.com
Next exchange: Saturday, September 20

Our Time Bank—Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit ourtimebank.com for details
Next potluck: Saturday, October 18

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta CenterCheck Sivananda's *new* Web site for class schedule and special events
sivanandala.org

Link to PAST EVENTS


8/24/14

Eco Movie Night: Green Gold

EVENT DATE: Saturday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Please RSVP: TransitionMarVista@gmail.com




“It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems,” declares environmentalist and filmmaker John D. Liu. In Green Gold, Liu documents massive ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits of undertaking these efforts globally to heal people and planet.

We'll be showing additional shorts about environmental concerns. Join us for this free screening and community discussion to follow. 

8/22/14

Transition Tuesday at reDiscover Center

Note that in September our monthly Transition Tuesday potluck takes place on the third Tuesday of the month! Please help us make this a zero waste event by bringing your own plate, utensils, cup, and napkin.

DATE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: reDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
RSVPgrant_elektra@yahoo.com

This month’s Transition Tuesday potluck will be held at reDiscoverCenter, an arts and environmental nonprofit promoting resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. Meet reDiscover Director Mary Beth Trautwein and the latest group of Human Ecology students from Otis College of Artand Design. Human Ecology students work with Transition Mar Vista/Venice as a community partner, and are developing innovative, creative solutions to help TMV/V meet its aims and increase its effectiveness. Meet them and learn more about sustainability projects afoot at Otis!

Photo: Elektra Grant
Bring a potluck item like an appetizer, casserole, salad, dessert, or beverage, and get acquainted with the Otis students and each other through an icebreaker activity and free-range conversations.

Here are some Transition topics that might come up: localization (food, investing, you name it), gardening, alternative transportation or health care, the sharing economy, the bees, our fears of the future, permaculture practices, how to reduce and reuse, celebrating life! A little familiarity with the Transition ideas or The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins would be helpful, but it’s not necessary.

Please help us make this a zero waste event by bringing your own plate, utensils, cup, and napkin.

8/21/14

TMV/V Steering Committee Monthly Meeting

Note that this month the TMV/V steering committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month

DATE: Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
VENUE: Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles 90066

Transition Mar Vista/Venice actively supports and develops programs to create healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities in the face of significant economic, social, and ecological challenges. We are part of the worldwide Transition movement, an international response to climate change, peak resources, and economic uncertainty.

Do you feel inspired to host an event or start a project appropriate to our mission? If you’d like to be part of our core group, which means steering TMV/V initiatives with us, join us for a meeting we most often hold on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. (be sure to check our Web and Facebook pages for updates; in June the meeting takes place on the fourth Wednesday).



8/18/14

Talking to Your Neighbor without Being a Jerk!

A workshop on overcoming the internal challenges to communicating effectively and respectfully

EVENT DATE: Sunday, September 28, 1:00-4:30 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

RSVP: annekehc@gmail.com

by Matthew Sloane


Do you ever find yourself wondering how to communicate with your neighbors? Whether they’re hosing down their driveways during a drought or using pesticides in their gardens, have you wanted to say something, but you aren’t sure how to approach them without sounding like a jerk?

It’s natural to think, “What do I need to do or say that will get people to change?” If only it were that easy. Even before you approach your neighbor or an acquaintance, you may notice a struggle inside yourself vacillating between different strategies. The activist/preacher inside you may want to yell at folks to “wake up,” while the empath may want to understand how they have made their choices. Your inner teacher may want to inform them about the harmful impact of those choices, and you may feel like you can inspire them with the story of how you changed. But as long as these different impulses inside you are clamoring for your attention, you might either come on too strong or not take action at all.

Instead, what if we asked ourselves, “Who do I need to become in order to be heard by my neighbors?” In other words, how can you bring your best self to the conversation and leave the rest up to them?

WORKSHOP SUMMARY:
In this workshop, we’ll explore internal challenges in a safe, supportive, and light-hearted environment. Through visualizations, writing exercises, and partner and group dialogues, you’ll have an opportunity to discover what’s going on in your internal landscape when talking to your neighbors—or even just thinking about talking to them!

OUTCOMES FOR PARTICIPANTS:
  • More inner resilience during difficult conversations with neighbors or acquaintances who appear to be engaging in actions you consider harmful.
  • More clarity about your part in creating challenging dynamics in conversations.
  • More effective and conscious in your communication.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:

Matthew Sloane’s current work, as co-founder of Soulful Brand, involves finding alignment inside individuals, teams, and organizations so their marketing efforts can create a deeper connection with their audience. Before becoming a coach and facilitator, Matthew began his own extensive personal growth work,which included participating in a men’s group for more than 6 years—meeting every week for 2 hours with 7 other men and a facilitator to understand more deeply what was and wasn’t being said. Based on his observations, he believes the intention behind what is said is more important than the words being voiced.


Workshop Preview: The Space Between

8/11/14

Transition Tuesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Address provided with your RSVP! Prepare for al fresco dining, which means layers against the evening marine layer and, if you're sensitive to the critters, some kind of mosquito barrier. Feel welcome to contribute a citronella candle along with your potluck dish!
Please RSVP: grant_elektra@yahoo.com


Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for an opportunity to socialize and connect with like-minded west-side neighbors. We meet at 7:00 p.m. in a local home. 

Bring a potluck item like an appetizer, casserole, salad, dessert, or something to drink, and enjoy a free-range conversation, getting to know each other and sharing our concerns. Here are some Transition topics that might come up: localization (food, investing—you name it), gardening, alternative transportation or health care, the sharing economy, the bees, our fears of the future, permaculture practices, how to reduce and reuse, celebrating life!). A little familiarity with the Transition ideas or The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, would be helpful, but it's not necessary.





7/22/14

Eco Movie Night: Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives

EVENT DATE: Saturday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Please RSVP: TransitionMarVista@gmail.com

When the U.S. government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets eating GM foods are now on the rise in the U.S. population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

Join us for a free screening of Genetic Roulette, the seminal documentary by consumer advocate Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the world’s bestselling book on GMOs, Seeds of Deception. The film provides compelling evidence to explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. Following the film, local garden master David King, founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA), will lead an open discussion.








7/10/14

Eco Movie Night: Last Call at the Oasis

EVENT DATE: Saturday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Please RSVP



How precious a resource is water? 

The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century--and it isn't simply because California finds itself in a drought. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful documentary that firmly establishes the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century and posits that we can manage this problem if we act now. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti, and Robert Glennon, and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film shatters myths behind our most precious resource.

Watch Last Call at the Oasis movie tralier