We invite you to join a neighbourhood reading circle which hopes to take a deep dive into the experiences, learnings and writings of Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, **published in 2013.
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass - offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.
In this reading circle we hope to collectively explore themes of nature, care, intergenerational learning, gratitude, story, myths, regenerative economics, rituals, language, land, regeneration, gift economies and much more. The journey will encompass nourishing conversation, craft workshops, guest speakers and most importantly a chance for everyone who joins to share their own reflections, experiences and stories related to these themes.
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”
—Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Braiding Sweetgrass Reading Circle is open to anyone in the neighbourhood(s) around South Loop Park and members of the extended Front Room family that are interested in connecting in their reading experience of Braiding Sweetgrass, or exploring the themes, ideas and wisdom that Robin Wall Kimmerer shares with us all.
There is no prerequisite to have read the book or to have any prior knowledge and, whilst we encourage you to join for the collective journey as much as you can, you are warmly invited to attend as many or as few sessions are you are able or would like to.
In person sessions will take place at:
South Loop Park, Rotton Park Street, Birmingham, B16 0AE