Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it life? - Mary Oliver

Big Ideas is an oasis for profound and practical transformation. It is a pool of clear water bubbling up from inner power and wisdom. It is a place to "dip your bucket down" and bring up your prophet, your muse, your genius to draw your vision, power and soul from within. It is a sanctuary for your creative imagination and a channel to bring your soul qualities and aliveness into creative action. It is the company of women in Rich Conversation to discover and nourish who we truly are and seed ideas that are truly ours to do. Because the more we do this, the better our world will be. This is the edge of time when real change is possible. We are here to create, not in a self-sacrificing way, not at our own expense, but from true, strong, deep energy from the depths of our soul. It is natural self expression like a rose gives off her fragrance.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fear Can Lead You to Nourish Your Life. How can that be so?

You may not even be aware of how much fear influences your life.  In our culture today we often mask it by calling it "stress".  We numb ourselves so we don't have to feel our fear.  Yet fears actually make us sick and make us live small and prescribed lives.

So how would we know?  Check in on the level of joy and ease in your life?  Do you express yourself freely, not just your opinions but what your heart knows and feels?  Can you hear whispered guidance from your own heart and follow? Do you feel beloved on this earth?

It turns out it's a universal thing in our culture for us to live from anxieties instead.  I'm trying so hard to be accepted.  I'm not good enough or I don't have enough.  I'm not heard.  I don't fit in.  I might miss out on something.  I can never do enough or be enough, always more.  I don't know what else to do.  I have to achieve more and be important or I'm worthless.  I have to be perfect and someone might find out I'm not.  What if I fail?  What will others think?  Recognize some?

Fear is important if we are facing imminent danger like a tiger walking down our path or a car entering the crosswalk and the driver doesn't see us.  You and I are hard-wired for that protective reaction and this is good.  However, most of the fears that occupy our energy and attention are imaginary and made up in our minds ~ all those "what ifs. . ." and the fears that chummy up with those thoughts diminish our vitality.

So, how can fear lead us to nourish our lives?  "Fear points a bony finger at everything that needs to be healed." offers Dr. Lissa Rankin in her book The Fear Cure It can be our GPS device that points us directly to each of our fears so we can see them more clearly and also help us rearrange our relationship with fear itself.  This allows for healing.  Instead of struggling to win the wrestling match to not know or feel our fears, we can discover our courage that sets us free so we can experience joy.  We can wake up to who we really are and breathe deeply.

"Just as hunger will lead you to find nourishment, fear can lead you to nourish your life.  We are all capable of doing this, but without guidance and someone who believes in us, it is hard to do."  Bernie Siegel, MD
Offering the nourishment of golden bees
You can make choices that strengthen and enrich you rather than diminish you.  You can join a small group of women in Conversations that Matter beginning Friday, October 2 from 1:30 - 3:30pm in Sonoma.  This will be the first of a series of 7 sessions ~ Fridays Oct 2, 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, Dec 4 and ending with a special holiday session during the week of Dec 7 or 14.  We meet at my home on Riverside Drive and we love to welcome new women.

We are going to be reading the book The Fear Cure by Dr. Lissa Rankin and having conversations from our own experience.  Together we will pay attention to letting our fears transform us.  We'll find ways to come into right relationship with uncertainty and impermanence.  We'll find peace when we let go of the false promises of security.  We'll discover the freedom of being true to your birthright, what you recognize in your own heart.

Small groups are the community of transformation in the 21st century.  It's important to register as we are  committed to the benefits of a small group and October 2 will be here soon.  Here's the quick list of what to do next:
  • Listen to your inner "Yes" and take the next steps without delay.  If we tarry, our fears have predictable, sneaky disguises and will rush in and take over with reasons why it won't work.
  • The series is $270 for the first 6 sessions.  The special holiday gathering will be my gift at no charge.  You can send your check to Carole Peccorini/Big Ideas, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA before September 15.  You can also register online here at the Sonoma Big Ideas website (see PayPal link above in the right side bar) using either your credit card or your PayPal account.  There is an extra fee for processing PayPal.
  • Go ahead and order your book The Fear Cure by Dr. Lissa Rankin right away.  You can purchase it at your local bookstore if it is available or go online with Amazon.
  • Write all the dates on your calendar.  It is your commitment to yourself, your gift to you.  You claim your commitment when you designate this time as already taken and not available.
  • Begin reading the Forward and the Introduction.  Make note of what speaks to you and arouses curiosity and feelings in your body.  
Questions?  Feel free to contact me at 707-996-8262 or 322-6981.

One of the most amazing experiences in my own life this year has been the intimate discovery of a new relationship with my own fears.  One year ago, just as we were getting ready to leave for the coast of Oregon, my CAT scan showed that a teeny tiny small nodule in my lung had begun to grow.  The first word out of my doctor's mouth was "We have a problem."  

I was both terrified and filled with sorrow as we drove up the coast.  What if this was my last trip north to the beach?  My last birthday?  And my last everything else?  I felt overwhelmed with sadness thinking of the string of potential losses.

However, our timing proved to be elegant.  Once I was on the beach with our friends, picking up rocks, buffeted by the ocean winds, the smell of salt air and the cadence of the surf breaking itself on the sand ~ I suddenly realized that in this present moment I could feel my health in my body and I was OK.  My fears were about an imagined future in my mind.

I quickly realized that my biggest job was going to be transforming my fears because that was what would determine the quality of my life right now.  I love my life and care about living fully from my heart.  Fears make me contract and miss what I actually have ~ this present moment right here and now.  I must find a way to create a new relationship with uncertainty and impermanence that allows me to live today well.  I've had a truly magnificent year and I could have missed it living from my small self in fear.

Fears unseen as well as those in our awareness cause us to contract and we lose our joy.  Joy is something that striving can not bring back, yet there is a way.  Our conversations matter and we begin to transform and heal as we meet together.  If you feel something in you stir, we invite you to join us.

With a tender "Yes" for our life,
Carole









 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Is Anybody There? Conversations that Matter ~ Spring into Summer 2015 ~ Are you vital and at home in your own life?

 
A few years ago, I came to a still place in my life, an open meadow, where I knew in that way of deep knowing that my primary work was to keep my inner hearth or pilot light burning.  It was my primary responsibility.  I was either going to find a way to keep my flame lit and glowing, or I would let my inner fire grow cold and die.

Have you checked in lately with your inner pilot light?  Do your know it’s there?  Is there warmth that brings tears to your eyes?  Can you hear the whispers of your body?  It is easy in our fast-paced culture to focus on the exterior and to not even notice when our sense of deep vitality overflowing with life force began to dim.  Yet, your inner pilot light knows the truth about you.

Dr. Lissa Rankin has built a model of health and whole-hearted living that we will explore in our next series of small group Conversations that Matter beginning Friday afternoon, April 24.  The vision for Dr. Rankin’s model is the cairn ~ those stacks of balanced stones you see on beaches and marking trails and sacred landmarks.

Have you see them?  They are the model of simultaneous strength and fragility.  A cairn can withstand crashing waves, yet if one stone moves too far out of balance, the whole thing topples.  All stones depend upon one another for stability.

We’ll each find ten stones for our Whole Health Cairns.  The largest stone at the bottom is our inner pilot light.  Then on top rests 2 overlapping stones ~ my work/life purpose and relationships.  My spirituality stone comes next and above that 2 more stones ~ creativity and sensuality/sexuality.  A large environment stone rests across both those stones with mental health and money stones on the top.  Finally, perched at the very top of our cairn is physical health, our body ~ depending on all the others for its vitality.

The opportunity?  You can join a small group of women in rich conversation beginning Friday, April 24 from 1:30 ~ 3:30 pm in Sonoma.  This will be the first of a series of 6 sessions ~ April 24, May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19, and July 10.  We meet in Sonoma at my home on Riverside Drive.

We’ll be watching 3 video talks by Dr. Lissa Rankin and using her first book Mind Over Medicine to explore a new way of discovering our choices that can renew and restore our deep energy and love for our life and life itself.  We’ll get clarity about our stress responses and what triggers our stress and also what happens when we elicit our healing and natural repair response with relaxation.  We’ll write prescriptions for ourselves.

It’s important to register as we are committed to the benefits of a small group and April 24 will be here soon.  You have two options:  you can register online at the Sonoma Big Ideas website (see PayPal link in the right side bar) using PayPal or your credit card ~ or you can send a check to Carole Peccorini/Big Ideas, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476.

The series is $270.  If it would be more doable for you, it is fine to split your payments into two checks, each $135 with the first before April 24 and the second by May 22.  You can let me know.

Go ahead and order your book right away.  Either purchase at your local bookstore if it is available, or on Amazon.  I will provide you with links to Dr. Rankin’s talks online once you have registered.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me at 707-996-2167 or carolep43@sbcglobal.net.

If you felt something in your stir as you read this and then you squelched it with a problem in your mind, I invite you to go back to your original feeling of inspiration and consider moving from that space.  That is your inner pilot light whispering to you its wisdom.

Listening to the Yes within,
Carole







 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Falling in Love with our Wild Souls ~ Big Ideas Winter into Spring 2015 ~ How we reclaim more of ourselves

We are going to take a “breath of wildness” as we step into the New Year 2015.  It is so easy in our modern culture to feel less vital and more domesticated and simply not even notice we are numb.

It’s also easy to feel afraid of the word “wild” or the mystery of the word “soul”.  When I write about soul, I’m not thinking about religious doctrine.  I’m thinking about the deepest truths that can’t be measured like love, happiness, wisdom, peace, well being, yearning, bravery, vulnerability, creativity.  These truths give our lives meaning and zest.

We live our lives in the poetic and mysterious realms, in the complexity and uncertainty of life.  From ancient times our experience is deeply embedded in the natural world landscapes and its wildness.  This is real.  We were not meant to go through life numb or "breathing just a little" as poet Mary Oliver writes.

The question for us is, even if it scares us, would you like to discover feeling more alive in 2015 ~ to find more breathing room, more freedom within and spaciousness?  Together we create a practice of inquiry and awareness about our actual day-to-day lives and how we can align actual moments with what we truly value.  It’s that migration from surface to depth and back again that creates a profound feeling of being true and authentic.  It is doable.

The opportunity?  You can join a small group of women in rich conversation beginning Friday, January 16 from 1:30 – 3:30pm in Sonoma.  This will be the first of a series of 7 sessions ~ January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, Mar 13 and 27 and April 10.  We meet in Sonoma at my home on Riverside Drive.

We love to welcome new women.

We are also going to be reading a new book by writer Mary Reynolds Thompson called Reclaiming the Wild Soul.  She weaves together our own evolution as women with the landscapes of the natural world.  It will give us fresh eyes for the conversation about our personal lives.

It’s a slim, easy to read book that will help us touch the deepest truths through familiar landscapes.  It also provides a way when someone misses a session to stay in the process of discovery along with us.

It’s important to register as we are committed to the benefits of a small group and January 16 is very near.  You have two options:  you can register online here in the right sidebar at the top using either PayPal or your credit card or you can send a check to Carole Peccorini/Big Ideas, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476.

The series is $315 and you may divide your payment in two if that would be more doable for you.  Split payments will need to be made by check $157.50 before Jan 16 and Feb 27.   You can let me know.

Go ahead and order your book right away.  Either purchase at your local bookstore if it is available or with Amazon, click here Reclaiming the Wild Soul.  Go ahead and read the first few pages leading through the Introduction.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me at 707-996-2167 or carolep43@sbcglobal.net

If you felt something in you stir as you read this and then you squelched it with a problem in your mind, I invite you to go back to your original inspiration and consider moving from that space.  I am always stunned and amazed by the beauty of our conversations and what we reclaim for ourselves.

Carole Peccorini RN, MA
Big Ideas

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sometimes a Voice is Calling You ~ Big Ideas Fall Series 2014 ~ How we re-imagine ourselves today and again

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Thousands of Torii in Kyoto ~ Ching Fong Yang
When the poet Rainier Maria Rilke says to us “Sometimes a voice is calling you out the door”, he is speaking of the voice of your own heart and soul. 

Anne Sexton writes, “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

You can fall in love with your life again.  Will you come?

Have you noticed how easy it is in our pressured and over-busy lives to forget you are free?  We’ll invite some myths, wisdom stories and metaphors to join our conversation and take us to that part of us that knows. 

When we can recognize our own story of how we have imprisoned ourselves, then we can discover how we are free. We can make choices to live the deep life themes of being alive in the present rather than riddled with anxiety and controlling habits of repetitive thinking or doing that leave us feeling small, flat, empty and very tired.

Imagine yourself in a small group in conversations with like-minded women gathered to re-imagine yourself and rewrite your story.  Too many times without awareness, we are actually living out what belongs to other people.  Together we learn to grow the flame in our own hearts so we deeply experience being alive and free from our self-imposed prison.   It is your presence and willingness to engage that creates the depth and magic in re-writing your story to be truly yours.

We can sing together David Pomeranz beautiful lyrics,   “It’s in every one of us to be wise ~ Find your heart, open up both your eyes. We all know everything without ever knowing why.  It’s in everyone of us, by and by.”  When our automatic ego relaxes, we can hear our souls.

You can fall in love with your life again, the one that is truly yours to live.  Come join us. 

It is very effective to work in small group conversations. When the flame catches in one, it ignites for us all. We commit to gathering twice a month for two hours each time.  Our Friday morning 10a - noon group is nearly full.  We have plenty of room on Wednesday evening 7 – 9p.  We meet in Sonoma at my home.

Registration in advance is necessary because of our small group format.  You may do this in 2 ways:
·      Write a check to me Carole Peccorini/Big Ideas for $270 (6 sessions @ $45 ea) and mail to 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476.  For those with financial necessity, you may register with $135 and pay the balance the first meeting in November.  Be sure to include which group you want to register for.
·      Or, you can go online to http://sonomabigideas.blogspot.com and through the PayPal link in the right sidebar follow the prompts to use your credit card if you prefer.  There is a small add’l fee that PayPal charges.

Your next very important step is to mark your calendar with these dates so that you stand behind your commitment to yourself.  Old habits will intrude and try and rob you of this.

Friday morn 10a ~ noon:  Sept 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21 and Dec 5

Wednesday eve 7p – 9p:  Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19 and Dec 3

Warm Eyes Muse ~ Ojo Caliente Woman
Here’s what it might feel like ~ by William Stafford, When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off – they were still singing.  They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased.  Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent.  I felt the ceiling arch and
knew the nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched.  “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said.  “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.”  And I took her hand.

I invite you to take her hand and come join us this Fall.
Warmly, Carole




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summertime is Here Ripe with Plenty of Time

Come join us any time you choose for Movies and Conversations in Summer.  Nourish what is ripe inside you with conversations that touch a hunger, tenderness and joy within.

July 9 Wed eve, 6:30 - 9:15pm
Symphony of the Soil film and Conversation

If you love fresh fruits and veggies, the beauty of flowers, and the call to learn something that matters, join us.  Glimpse pure wonder as we discover the beautiful truth of what we ordinarily can't see.
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July 18 Fri morn, 10a - noon
Conversations about Forgiveness and Regrets

A harvest awaits us in a new discovery.  What part of us can actually forgive and how does it happen?  Why?
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July 23 Wed eve, 6:30 - 9:15p
Life of Pi film and Conversation

The teaching power of mythic stories in our life.  What tames us?  What is wild within?  What is freedom from the too small spaces that imprison us?
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August 1 Fri morn, 10a - noon
A Theme for your Life Now.  Harvesting the fruits that are ours.

Conversation about purpose, intentions and themes for our lives.  What is freedom?  How do we find our compass when life changes and we enter new uncertain territory?
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August 6 Wed eve, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
8 Fearless Questions to Ask Yourself DVD and Conversation ~ the wild truth
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August 8 Fri morn, 10a - noon
Conversations about Knowing in your Bones and Vulnerability ~ more wild truth
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August 15 Fri Eve, 5:30 - 8p and August 16 Sat 10a - 5:30p
Meet your Muse as She Emerges in Paint 

We all have an inner Essential Self, an old Interior Angel with No-Nonsense Wisdom and Compassion, our Soul, our Delight, our Wild Truth within.  She has many names and faces yet often lives submerged in our post-it list lives and busy agendas.

It's my birthday and I'd love to celebrate in a special way with you.  Jodi and Mary have created a process that works for everyone in which your inner muse emerges visually in paint and you discover her arriving at your door.  Trust me you won't know how and it doesn't matter.  More details and how to register for this workshop coming soon.  For now, save the dates. 
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To reserve your space for all other July and August sessions on Wed eve and Fri morn, registration in advance is necessary.  $45 for each session.  Please send your check to Big Ideas/Carole Peccorini, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476.  Tell me which dates you are planning to attend.  Call 707-996-2167 for info, requests, questions.

Wildly and warmly,  Carole

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Listen: Worlds are Forming in Our Hearts and Souls ~ Big Ideas Winter into Spring Series 2014 ~ An Invitation in 2 Parts


 
Across the centuries we have this timeless 
medicine:


Live directly,
Wait, 
and care for your soul as if it
were the whole world.                                                              
The Little Book of Awakening, - poet Mark Nepo



I help women tend to their souls and to bring more soul into the world. We need each other to do this. We need to stay in authentic conversations about what our heart feels and knows to be true. Our life of feelings returns us to a river of aliveness that is always seeking us. With our hearts and souls, we pay attention. We engage. We take action from this inner place and it ripples out. We experience transformation regularly. Moments fully met are always doorways.

Are you attending to the emerging story of your life?  - Carol Hegedus

We are all in this together.


Anything you can do from the soulful self will help lighten the burden of the world  ~  anything.   Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Part 1 ~ Listen to a talk by Lynne Twist on The Soul of Money to open our conversation for 2014

Choose the best time option for you: Wednesday eve, January 8 from 6:45 – 9:15 pm or Friday morn, January 10 from 9:45a – 12:15 pm.   Sonoma location. Preregister $45.  Single session.

Lynne‘s recording offers us a deeply moving conversation about the disturbance in our culture with money and what is enough? She invites us into an intimate conversation about money and the false beliefs that confuse us and create a huge mix-up about what is so. Most of us live in a world of striving and we feel upset and fearful about money no matter how much we have or don’t have.

You will be deeply moved as Lynne’s stories travel right to the heart and soul of sufficiency and whether we feel we are ever enough.

Our conversation offers us an inspiring, radical first step into the new year.

Part 2 ~ Stepping toward the Life You Want for Yourself

Our six-session series beginning either Wednesday eve,  January 22 or you may choose Friday morning, Jan 24

In his poem called True Love, David Whyte writes about that moment when we finally step out of the boat and everything holds:



And if you wanted
To drown you could,
But you don’t

Because finally
After all this struggle
And all these years,
You don’t want to any more,
You’ve simply had enough
Of drowning,
And you want to live and you
Want to love and you will
Walk across any territory
And any darkness. . . .


When we take the risk to become what we love the most, we become genuine to the depths of our souls and this alignment benefits us and everyone around us.

We will explore intimacy. We will play with how we create something new within our own lives. We’ll do an Intentions process like you have never done it before ~ inside out and upside down so your thinking mind cannot control and imprison your aliveness.  "You must remember one thing," resounds David Whyte.  "The world was meant to be free in."

6 Session Series ~ Winter into Spring 2014 ~ Sonoma location

Wed eves: 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2
Fri morns:  1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4

Why do a 6-session series? Because it works ~ and it is more than you or I can imagine.
The small group is the unit of transformation in the 21st C. We are in this together. We can’t do it alone.

Preregister to reserve your space and your commitment to yourself with physical action. 
There are two options:

Send your check in advance to Carole Peccorini/Big Ideas, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476. $270 (or you may choose 2 payments of $135 each) for the 6 session series. $45 for the Lynne Twist conversation on Jan 8 or 10. Or if you attend both, the total would be $315.
Please indicate whether you want to attend the Wed eve or Fri morn offerings. I'll need your email address and/or phone number to confirm and provide you location information.

Or, you may preregister online with the same choices in the right sidebar above.  There is an additional fee for the PayPal charge which is included in the registration sidebar.  You may use their credit card option if you choose. You do not have to have a PayPal account yourself to pay with your credit card.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us.  -  Albert Schweitzer

There is nothing like the freedom of  human soul on fire,
Carole

Carole Peccorini RN, MA




Friday, August 9, 2013

Your Fire Grows Because the Space Is There ~ Big Ideas Fall Series 2013 ~ An Invitation in 3 Parts


A fire grows because the space is there
With openings in which the flame that knows
Just how it wants to burn
Can find its way.


~ from Fire by Judy Sorum-Brown
The Art and Spirit of Leadership




Part 1 ~ A Talk by Marianna Cacciatore ~ Meeting at the Intersection of Grief, Generosity and Love to Create the Space for a Shared World ~ and to open our conversations for our Fall Small Group Series. 

 

Wednesday Eve, August 28, Sonoma. 7 ~ 9 pm. Limited Seating. Pre-registration by check or online. $45.


Marianna Cacciatore
Founding Executive Director, Bread for the Journey
International Author of Being There for Someone in Grief
Founder of Children to Children, A Center for Children and Families in Grief
In her talk, Marianna illustrates the passage from grief to generosity to love ~ a journey she has lived ~ as a remarkable treasure map that has been hidden in plain sight for as long as humans have lived. She draws on her experience in philanthropy to bring attention to the ways in which generosity can lift us up from the hard things we experience in life and carry us to a place of love.

Her compelling way of telling stories from her own life and the lives of others becomes a healing balm that stays with you long after you’ve gone home. Hers is a hopeful message that does not gloss over the hard realities we face, but instead treats them with a tenderness that offers respect for the truth and a perspective that gives us courage and hope.

After Marianna’s talk we will have space for our conversation together. She will have copies of her book Being There available for purchase, $18. Her book is one of the books we will use in our Fall Small Group Series. You may also be deeply moved to join me in making a gift donation to Bread for the Journey. 

Parts 2 and 3 ~ Our Small Group Series for Fall ~ Two offerings ~ Wednesday eve or Friday mornings 

In many old wisdom cultures, the Fall is the space in the year for learning and letting go.
We will pay attention to this space and grow our awareness of how we can see daily moments in which our response and choice of action can come from breathing space in our pressured lives. We discover a more intimate experience with what we care about most deeply ~ with generosity, gratitude, grace, grief, love along with the tenderness of our vulnerability and the resilience we can build from these core values and experiences. At the heart of love and spirit is openness.

What makes a fire burn
Is the space between the logs,
A breathing space.

We all need a holder of space and this is what our small group conversations provide for you, for all of us. You will become more skilled at building breathing space for yourself and with others and discover the benefits of openness in your own experience.


Part 2 ~ A Stepping In 

For new small group members (or a refresh and deepen revisit for others)
Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm ~ Sonoma

In the Wednesday evening group series, we will focus on Daring Greatly by Brene Brown as our first step. We will discover a very practical yet transforming secret. Adding more armor in an effort to not feel our vulnerability is like piling more and more logs on the fire until it compresses all the space and snuffs out the flames of feeling alive and wholehearted and creative. When we tell the truth about our vulnerability and it is OK, the armor loosens its grip and space expands to fuel our fire.

It is a daring strategy about action in the present moment and in the openness of space that is available to us in every moment once we see it.

Being There by Marianna Cacciatore turns our attention toward exploring those spaces of vulnerability shaped by our losses and grief and opening up those spaces for the energy-giving fire to return. We talk about it, we listen and we learn together. It is both profound and practical.

Mark these 7 Wednesday evening dates on your calendar and register because space is limited: Sept 11 and 25, Oct 9 and 23, Nov 6 and 20 and closing on Dec 4.
Pre- registration by check or online. Series $315 

Part 3 ~ Stepping through 

For small group members ready to take prior work with Daring Greatly into some new spaces.
Friday mornings from 10 am – noon ~ Sonoma

While continuing to recognize daily moments to bring our actions in alignment with our core values, with who we truly are rather than our armor, we will turn our attention to portions of 3 books: Saved by a Poem by Kim Rosen, Being There for Someone in Grief by Marianna Cacciatore and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye by Roger Housden. Poetry and transformative words open us to the fullness of our experience, even as it is leaving.

Mark these 7 Friday mornings on your calendar and register because space is limited: Sept 13 and 27, Oct 11 and 25, Nov 8 and 22, and closure on Dec 6.
Pre-registration by check or online. Series $315


Too much of a good thing,
Too many logs packed in too tight,
Can dowse the flames almost as surely
As a pail of water would.

So building fires requires attention
To the spaces in between
As much as the wood.

When we are able to build opens spaces
In the same way we pile on logs,
Then we can come to see
It is the fuel and the absence of fuel together
That makes this possible.

We only need to lay a log lightly from time to time.


We invite you to join us. Together we can learn not to build armor against the truth of life and how to build open spaces instead so we can live our wholehearted fire from within and feel our life moving in us again.

To register for Fall events, you can send your check to Carole Peccorini, Sonoma Big Ideas, 18398 Riverside Drive, Sonoma CA 95476. Or, you can register online at using the PayPal link in the sidebar.  There is an additional fee assessed by PayPal. $2 for the August 28 talk only and $5 for either small group series, with or without the talk on August 28.

To register for both the talk and one of the groups, it is $360 by check or $365 through PayPal.
You will be notified of Sonoma events location upon registration.