Hard to believe that it’s been just a couple weeks since Kafenia retooled for life with COVID. Early in March it became clear that we had to go virtual, so Kafenia Zoomed into action on Wednesday March 11. Callers from as far as Seattle and San Diego joined local Kafenia Villagers to check in on how everyone was doing and explore how we can come together and activate our collective wisdom instead of fending for ourselves.
Virtual Kafenia Wednesdays are now going strong. Karla and Guadalupe Moreno led an awesome self-care session on March 25. And what a treat on April 2 to have Yosimar Reyes, undocu-poet extraordinaire and the Sequoia Dreamers for a fantastic Peace Meal reunion! (You can read more about Yosimar’s evening in a separate post.)
Of course, Zoom calls are nowhere near as good as hugs and sharing feta and mint tea together. But we still get to see each other’s faces and connect with friends from near and far who have been unable to come to gatherings in person.
And there’s more. We’ve started a World Friendly Visioning salon Fridays at 11am, hosted by Jennifer Wells, who’s in Paris for a few months. Jennifer is leading us in an exploration of how to re-envision society now that everyone is forced to slow down and recognize that we can’t take anything for granted anymore.
Finally, Kafenia has started a major COVID response effort to support people in our community who are hurting and in need. Read about the COVID response in a separate post.
--Barbara Weinstein, April 3, 2020