The Connection Playground is an online community where we come together to celebrate life and support the evolution of human consciousness through exploring connection with self, other and nature.
Corona virus. Corona virus. Should I say it once again? Corona virus! Feels familiar? In the last few weeks, there’s been a ginormous shift in collective consciousness. Huge amounts of attention have been moving towards the perceived threat of the deadly virus. Somewhere in the mix of news, anxiety and laughs about missing toilet paper, many of us have found themselves in voluntary or mandatory isolation. However,
Isolation doesn’t need to mean separation. It can mean connection, in another form.
As human beings we are wired for connection and community. I know that, because raising those needs into my own consciousness has been a vital thread in my path. In my early life, over and over again, I found myself suffering from a sense of not belonging to the groups and environments I found myself in. Over and over again, that drove me to disconnect from humans. Then, I’d suffer even more until I found a new space, “maybe here I will finally fit?”. I didn’t even know why it was happening. I just knew something didn’t feel right. I was looping in a space of inner disconnectedness that was being reflected in every personal and professional group I took part in. Until one day a friend of mine, Jem Bendell, founder of the Deep Adaptation movement, got me to seriously consider the question.
“If you found out you have 10 years left to live, what would you do?”
My answer to that question was: “Well, I better make sure I f*&#ing live!” which led me to ask “But what does it mean to live?”. Well, I FEEL alive when I feel connected, fully present and engaged with my inner world, with others and with nature. Then does it really matter if I have 1 day, 10 years or 50 years left? If that’s what makes me feel alive, that’s what I should be moving towards. It was in that moment that I committed to my purpose of connection, which for me is really about exploring what the hell does that word mean, by experiencing it.
What are the shapes connection can take?
How can we nourish that feeling within ourselves, so it can express itself in our external reality? In the last few years, this has been the focus of everything I’ve done. I started with creating an offline community, the “Connection Playground”, in Ubud, Bali, where we met every week and participants volunteered to share their own practices for connection with self, other and nature.
When I left Bali, I continued exploring this question in my coaching and shamanic work, and in facilitating different online and offline groups as I was moving from place to place (you can find more about me here). Fast forward to 16 March 2020 when I found myself in Peru as the government decided to enforce mandatory isolation due to corona virus.
I immediately thought “Oh but I want to keep doing what I love, I will just move it all online”. A friend told me this is the perfect moment to revive the Connection Playground community, to get everyone to come on online and share. In this way, we can transform the isolation into the blessing of playing together and connecting with one another. We can do so from each corner of the world, supporting the emergence of the new straight out of the hardship we are facing collectively.
What is the Connection Playground?
The Connection Playground is an online community where we come together to celebrate life and support the evolution of human consciousness through exploring connection with self, other and nature. It’s based on 4 core principles:
1. Connection with ourselves
A person in a state of alignment with their true nature can relate with love to whatever goes on within and around them. Thus, they can’t help but live a full, healthy, beautiful and inspiring life.
2. Connection with each other
Love and belonging are core human needs. They are also a natural outcome of conscious living beings connecting to one another in spirit of truth and respect;
3. Connection with nature
Nature is inside us and all around, always there to support us abundantly with everything we need. That is, as long as we know how to receive its gifts and stay present, with our eyes, hearts and minds open to it.
4. Community & play
We can create spaces to experiment, explore and deepen our inner- and interconnectedness. We can do so by bringing attention to it and allowing it to emerge. Each of us has their gifts to bring to the mix and it’s so beautiful when we come together and support each other in it.
How does the Connection Playground work?
At the moment, the Connection Playground is focused on creating online spaces where we get together to connect and play with whatever practice or topic is currently present for us. We are aiming to move fast and break things, which is why it’s probably going to be messy and emergent. For now we will rely mostly on our facebook page, facebook group and email newsletter. Hopefully, once the virus is down, we can direct more attention to supporting the emergence and promotion of offline playgrounds. Currently, you can take part in the following ways:
You can join our newsletter and like our facebook page to get notified of online events, courses and challenges coming up. It’s a box of bonbons with different flavours and you can choose whatever you like best. We hope to offer different kinds of meditation, movement, authentic relating, shamanic work, yoga, breathwork, group therapy and coaching, sexuality, money mindset, voice activation, creativity, women and men circles, energy and healing work etc.. If you sign up to our newsletter, we’ll be announcing our favourites every Monday during the lockdowns, so you can plan ahead and put the ones you want to join in your calendar.
2. Holding Space
You can create and share online events and challenges supporting connection and evolution of human consciousness. Your offerings can be free, donation based or paid for. If you’d like to offer something to our community, you can write to us. You can also join our facebook group, which is intended for people who want to engage more actively with creating, co-creating and participating in our initiative. As a Connection Playground facilitator, we ask you to join some of the events others are hosting before offering yours to our community. On an energetic level, receiving and giving are equally needed for flow to occur and there’s so much we can learn from one another. On a practical level, joining other’s events and initiatives also allows you to promote your own or ask feedback for your ideas.
3. Inviting friends
Feel free to invite friends to our community. The only (very important) condition is that you LOVE having them around and sharing space with them. In this way we ensure we have an awesome group with awesome people we can trust in it. If you can recommend people who are able and willing to offer online events, courses and challenges, that’s also welcome. The conditions are that those events are in English (to keep offerings relevant and accessible globally) and that you LOVE participating in them yourself.
You can become a host by offering your zoom account to space holders, so they can host sessions longer than 40 minutes. That doesn’t mean you share your password. You can simply attend their sessions or show up in the beginning so you can transfer the hosting role to them. Or, you can start your own mini community and invite friends you love having around to share their practices and take turns holding space. It’s a wonderful opportunity to co-create, build community and learn. We’d love to feature your events, if you want to open them up to more people.
Help us make this project happen! You can help us with content creation, building a webpage, marketing and growing our audience, with attracting new space holders and hosts, leading some new projects, attracting funding or whatever else you are skilled at and you feel we might need right now. If you are interested, write us here.
Our initiative is currently run on a volunteering basis. If you would like to donate to support our work, you can do so via PayPal. If you’d like to support our initiative in some other ways, we are happy to talk to you. You can write us here.
We look forward to playing with you!