About the Center’s “From the Field” Workshop Series

The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies offers one-of-a-kind online workshops from the field that share the newest information and the most reliable sense-making tools developed from our on-going field research and creative projects. Our workshops are lively, safe spaces where life-long learners can connect and understand. Each three-week workshop is hosted on a secure and private Slack channel where we carve out a respectful, politics-free space.

Our focus is human health and well-being, and we play with and try on ideas and practices that foster both. Although the topics are timely, important, and relevant to your life, our workshops are also filled with intriguing insights, freshly framed empowering ideas, and new practices that motivate.

Our learning promise to you–to be learner-centered, accessible, social, and actionable–is backed up by a money-back guarantee: if you’re not completely satisfied with your workshop experience, we’ll issue you a full refund.

Learner-centered means we design our 
workshops to fit you first.

Accessibility means we use functional, direct
language and simple sense-making tools for
a user-friendly experience.

Social means we create a collaborative
environment where a diverse group
of learners can connect, share,
and understand.

Actionable means we empower learners
with practical and relevant skills,
tools, and practices that create
immediate results.

Our workshops include evening and weekend meetings in Slack–with activities and discussion–as well as flexible, asynchronous learning anytime. Each workshop also provides a custom-curated electronic packet of reproducibles that you can share: reading, viewing, listening, activities, and other materials related to the workshop’s theme. Ultimately, our workshops offer human connection in an invigorating learning environment and simple, functional sense-making tools, ideas, and practices that you can use immediately to navigate an extraordinarily complicated world.

Workshop descriptions are below–just click under each for pricing and registration. Questions or need a sliding scale? Reach out to us at U.S.RuralCulturesStudies@gmail.com.

:: Everyday Authoritarianism :: Making Friends :: #30trails30days :: Power-Sharing :: Sea Ranch :: UP NEXT: FEB-MARCH ::



Workshops Host: Cathy B. Glenn, Ph.D., Private Principal Investigator at the Center

In 2015 and 2017, I bought a total of five years of my time. After 17 years of university teaching, research, coaching, and administration, I spent my acquired time on two years’ sabbatical in solitude and three years’ isolated in the field studying rural cultures. What I learned fundamentally changed my life and me–and, what I found seeded the Center, sprouted a team, grew a flourishing project list, and now blossoms into workshops.

I’m a San Francisco Bay Area native, and I earned a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. My popular critical scholarship focused on power relations and change is published in various books and journals, and I’m a San Francisco Commonwealth Club speaker alum.

I can’t live my life without access to trees (@just.trees.yo ) and beautiful trails. (@ebrpd) When I hike (#30trails30days), the current love of my life, Sparkles the cat, holds down the fort. (@lilfam.one) Always #proudlyNOTawhitesupremacist and a San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Saint🌈. #yourownpersonalprof🤓 (More about Cathy)

"I live 
to learn, 
and I adore 
other learners."


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: JAN – FEB 2020 (UP NEXT: FEB-MARCH)


Everyday Authoritarianism: Understanding Power” January 9 – 30

Brian Porter-Szűcs shows us the invisibility of everyday authoritarianism: “Stories about [authoritarian] terror, violence, and oppression are compelling, and our history books are understandably filled with such tales. But an unintended side-effect is that we imagine those horrors to characterize everyday life under those systems. … [However,] even in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, the vast majority of citizens could go about their lives with few if any encounters with the apparatus of oppression.”

What does authoritarianism have to do with your everyday life? Is the U.S. becoming authoritarian? What does authoritarianism look and feel like on an everyday level? How does power work in the authoritarian relation? What can one person do to challenge authoritarian practices?

We’ll demystify authoritarianism by engaging these questions and more. Our discussions, activities, and writing will include findings from 3 years’ ethnographic immersion in two distinct U.S. rural cultures. Ultimately, this workshop will show you where power lives, how it moves, how it’s stolen, and how to reclaim it. At the end of the three weeks, you will have a deep understanding of the authoritarian power relation and what it means for you.

What to expect:

  • Week 1: Personal Power & Everyday Authoritarianism
  • Week 2: Identifying relational power-stealing and power-hoarding practices
  • Week 3: Strategies, tools, and practices for reframing non-democratic power relations

What you’ll learn:

  • What power means for you
  • What authoritarianism means for your everyday life
  • How to identify power-stealing and hoarding practices
  • How to reframe power-stealing with power-sharing practices
  • How to protect your personal agency
  • How to create new sources of power

Included in your workshop registration:

  • 3-week “From the Field” Workshop “Everyday Authoritarianism: Understanding Power” hosted by Cathy B. Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Custom-curated electronic packet of reproducibles related to the workshop theme
  • Invitation to secure and private Slack #EverydayAuthoritarianism Channel
  • 15% discount on a future FTF Workshop
  • 15% discount on Center products
  • Opportunity to connect with others interested in power relations
  • Your registration also supports our on-going work at The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies–thank you!
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 21ST 
AND USE COUPON
CODE FROMTHEFIELD2020
FOR A $45.00 INTRODUCTORY DISCOUNT

Making Friends: Strats for Solitude & Social Isolation” January 10 – February 1

Summary:

Inspired by a recent KQED “Forum” program, “How to Make Friends as an Adult,” this workshop explores experiences of solitude and social isolation with an eye toward learning how to make new friends. (Based, in part, on the host’s experiences with isolation and solitude.)

What is the difference between solitude and isolation? Is solitude good for human health? Is isolation harmful? How can non-isolated people connect with those in isolation? Why is it so hard to make new friends as an adult? How can I create authentic human connection?

The workshop offers practical strategies for coming out of isolation, and identifies strategies, tools, and tips for navigating solitude and isolation, while making a trail to new friends paved with practices that connect and nourish.

What to expect:

  • Week 1: Experiences of Solitude and Social Isolation
  • Week 2: Navigating Solitude and Social Isolation
  • Week 3: The Trail to Friends

What you’ll learn:

  • Some of the differences between solitude and isolation
  • Some of the reasons to choose solitude
  • Some of the ways people become isolated
  • Healthy solitude practices
  • Stereotypes about solitude and isolation
  • How to navigate social isolation
  • How to make friends by creating authentic human connection

Included in your workshop registration:

  • 3-week “From the Field” Workshop “Making Friends: Strats for Solitude & Social Isolation”  hosted by Cathy B. Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Custom-curated electronic packet of reproducibles related to the workshop theme
  • Invitation to secure and private Slack #MakingFriends Channel
  • 15% discount on a future FTF Workshop
  • 15% discount on Center products
  • Opportunity to connect with others interested in making friends
  • Your registration also supports our on-going work at The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies–thank you!
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 21ST 
AND USE COUPON
CODE FROMTHEFIELD2020
FOR A $45.00 INTRODUCTORY DISCOUNT

#30trails30days: Hiking, Imagination, & Mental HealthJanuary 11 – February 2

Humans need nature to support mental health. An article published in July 2019 in ScienceMag.org called, “Nature and Mental Health,” points out that, “The production of mental health benefits from nature experience may occur through multiple psychological causal mechanisms and pathways, including reduction of stress, increases in social cohesion or physical activity, or replenishment of cognitive capacities, to name just a few.” 

Based on the host’s popular Instagram project, #30trails30days, this workshop offers a unique exploration of the power of imagination in the outdoors and its connection to mental health. Never about finding the steepest or longest trail or competing for the best physical health, #30trails30days is about growing your best mental health in the beauty of outside. Relating with nature through image-making and interpretation, we’ll lose ourselves in the joy, beauty, and vibrancy of hiking trails.

What to expect:

  • Week 1: The #30trails30days “Everyday Hiking” philosophy and practice
  • Week 2: Each hike is a story: The beginning, the middle, and the end (#7trails7days)
  • Week 3: The images: Packing out the products of imagination

What you’ll learn:

  • How “everyday hiking” fits into your life
  • How hiking nourishes mental health
  • How to experience hiking as a story
  • How hiking reanimates imagination
  • How hiking creates and nourishes mental health
  • Tips and tricks for taking and editing photographs (I use a phone camera and Snapseed)
  • Where to find interesting and beautiful trails in Northern CA and Southern OR
  • How to do your own #30trails30days
  • Basic hiking protocol

Included in your workshop registration:

  • 3-week “From the Field” Workshop “#30trails30days: Hiking, Imagination, & Mental Health” hosted by Cathy B. Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Custom-curated electronic packet of reproducibles related to the workshop theme
  • Invitation to secure and private Slack #30trails30days Channel
  • 15% discount on a future FTF Workshop
  • 15% discount on Center products
  • Opportunity to connect with others interested in hiking, imagination, and image-making
  • Your registration also supports our on-going work at The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies–thank you!
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 21ST 
AND USE COUPON
CODE FROMTHEFIELD2020
FOR A $45.00 INTRODUCTORY DISCOUNT

Power-Sharing: Social Justice, Relations, & Relationships January 12 – February 3

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” –Carl Gustav Jung

What is a relationship? How are relations part of relationships? What does a democratic relationship look like? What is power-sharing and how does it work? What does “social justice” mean in a relationship? How do society’s systems put pressure on human relationships? How can I create just relationships? How can I reframe an unjust relationship?

This workshop explores social justice ideas and practices that can democratize personal relations and relationships. The workshop shows how relations are connected to relationships, and how power-sharing practices can improve their health. Ultimately, the workshop identifies sources of relational pressure, how that pressure can create unjust relations and relationships, and how to reframe toward just relational practices. (Based, in part, on Douglas L. Kelley’s Just Relationships: Living Out Social Justice as Mentor, Family, Friend, and Lover)

What to expect:

  • Week 1: Relational justice in relationships and relations
  • Week 2: Pressures on Power-sharing
  • Week 3: Power-sharing relations: Strategies and Practices

What you will learn:

  • What “relational justice” means
  • The differences between relations and relationships
  • How and where social justice and relational justice overlap
  • How to create socially just relations and relationships
  • How to navigate and reframe unjust relations and relationships
  • How to recognize relational pressure and identify its sources

Included in your workshop registration:

  • 3-week “From the Field” Workshop “Power-Sharing: Social Justice, Relations, and Relationships” hosted by the Center’s PPI, Cathy B. Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Custom-curated electronic packet of reproducibles related to the workshop theme
  • Invitation to secure and private Slack #PowerSharing Channel
  • 15% discount on a future FTF Workshop
  • 15% discount on Center products
  • Opportunity to connect with others interested in social and relational justice issues
  • Your registration also supports our on-going work at The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies–thank you!
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 21ST 
AND USE COUPON
CODE FROMTHEFIELD2020
FOR A $45.00 INTRODUCTORY DISCOUNT

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Rural U.S. Americans: Stereotypes & Assumptions

Generating Forward Momentum: Escaping White Rural Poverty

“Race War Coming”: Guns, the NRA, & Rural America