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!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

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

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



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


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?

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!

  • 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.


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

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