About

feminism all night is a community-led spiritually-grounded space for learning. It is founded on the knowing that collective patterns govern all interactions (between and within people) and that it is by understanding those processes more deeply that they are eventually transformed. We see our work as rooted in Jewish wisdom and ground our learning in the holiday of Shavout.

FAN is a communal immersive all night long learning experiment to center feminism. It is a call to the community to engage together in feminism: the political, social, economical movement coming to fully challenge and resist patriarchy while dreaming up and manifesting a visionary new way of existence.


Our Philosophy

Feminism is always evolving and we are here working to open and expand that field. We teach with the acknowledgement that we all hold equal access to wisdom and that everyone is an expert on their own experience. We hold the process of learning with compassion, for both teachers and learners.

Embodied Learning
A learning process is fully integrated when it has manifested itself in the body. Before that, the learning might exist in subtle realms but until the body knows, the learning is incomplete. We value the experience of the body as a central pillar of our learning and desire to transform ourselves from subtle realms all the way to the realm of the body. That is why we also teach via modeling (i.e. practicing what we preach).

Multiple Modalities
Movement, meditation, study, writing, theater, ritual, singing, performance, feeling. We learn and express and relate information in many ways, there is no right way to share experience and wisdom.

Intersectionality
We hold an intersectional feminist lens - an understanding that there are multiple social systems impacting our experience that intersect with one another: race, gender, class, ability, sex, age. We all come from different perspectives and identities and there is space in feminism to include all of us.

Decentralized Wisdom
No one person holds all wisdom, we are all teachers and learners. We acknowledge the multiplicity of experience and highlight the importance of experience over knowledge. We honor wisdom that comes from experiences of marginalization and understand our exclusion as connecting us to deeper parts of ourselves. We desire to deepen our learning by uplifting and centering those who are most marginalized. We question institutionalized knowledge systems on who has the authority to teach and create a space where experience is worthy of being taught.

Accountable Power
As facilitators, we are holders of space allowing wisdom to be channeled through. We know that claiming power necessitates sharing power - and investigating how our actions impact community. We care for how our teaching is received and what harm we might have done in the process and are open to take responsibility for that harm. We don’t want to harm - and we will harm. We know that fear of harming sometimes prevents us from stepping into our power and that this actually further separates us. Because of this, we ask for compassion from ourselves and others as we all learn. We create an environment ripe for receiving feedback.

Healing Space
We understand that being in a communal space learning feminism with people from different identities can bring up pain and trauma. We offer healing spaces for folks who need personal tending and care. Whether through inviting healers to have a healing corner or designating a few folks as carers of souls, we make space for pain and trauma to be held through love. We see this as a central part of the learning.

Resource Sharing
We understand that there is infinite wisdom to learn about feminism, we highlight and share resources with each other for continued study, with the intention of deepening our learning beyond these spaces.

Creating Container
When designing a class, we take the following into consideration:

  • Architecture of Space - how is the learning space designed, does everyone have space to be seen and feel comfortable
  • Flow of Time - We encourage everyone to start and end on time to honor our commitment to time. We keep track of time so participants can feel safe in the container.
  • Accessibility Needs - we make sure to communicate accessibility needs and ensure that people know that they have agency to fully take care of their bodies.
  • Specificity - In our workshop description, we specify who this workshop is for and what modalities will be used to ensure folks know what they are signing up for and feel comfortable coming into that space.
  • Transitions - we care for the integration between different activities and discussions within our workshop and plan for transition moments.
  • Power - we track power in real time, noticing who is talking, who is taking up space and managing those power imbalances by interrupting and using our power to equalize voice and center those who are marginalized.
  • Methods of expression - multiple access points and options for participation to allow for diversity. Make space for different form of processing (group share, pair share, individual reflection)
  • Flexibility - we hold attunement to the moment and people’s need. We give up patterns of coercion and domination and allow the Divine to teach us how to facilitate the space.

Community Guidelines

feminism all night is a space committed to rigorous examination of ourselves and our communal patterns and norms. We believe that it is only through deep understanding that we can eventually transform separation tendencies (i.e. blame, shame, and isolation) into an interconnected field of accountability and compassion.

As organizers, participants and contributors to feminism all night, we recognize...The dimensions of the work being done through feminism all night spans (at least!) the psychological, communal/relational, physical/embodied, emotional, spiritual and intellectual realms This space is not in isolation - it is a mirror for that which is already playing out in ourselves and our worldBy creating a space for true learning, we are going to activate pain in ourselves and in othersOur goal is to heal our collective pain through creating a container in which we can see patterns, name them, and examine them further in community.

In order to engage with these processes, we commit to two things:The creation of a spiritual field to hold us all in the wholeness of our experience, with spaciousness and awareness of the inherent divinity in each one of us. Following community guidelines, which help us soften into the divine nature of ourselves and others within the relational realm, as listed below

All Belong Here
Our whole selves -------------------------------------------------------------------- others’ whole selves
Everyone is welcome at feminism all night. See someone you don’t know? Introduce yourself, introduce your friends, ask a question, offer a hug or a friendly smile. See a part of yourself you’re not familiar with? Get acquainted with them, too! Whoever and whatever arises in this space is a teacher and a friend - see if you can challenge yourself to open to them.

Chesed & Gevurah: Interconnectedness & Boundaries
Speaking from the “I” ----------------------------------------------------------------- eradicating the “I”
When sharing, use “I” instead of “we”. This situates your share in your personal truth and doesn’t generalize about the experience of others. Allow yourself to notice what’s coming up for you and see if you can find the courage to honor it, speak it, allow it to be seen by you and others. Sound scary? That’s why we also practice eradicating the “I”. When observing your own experience or the people around you, recognize that we are all molded by the systems we live in; we are all in pain; we cannot separate any individual, identity or action from the collective truth. Honor the boundaries of experience and perception with the truth of the interconnected wholeness that we are.

Grounding Ourselves in Compassion
Compassion for ourselves ------------------------------------------------------------- compassion for others
Compassion is vital to creating a safe space. At feminism all night, we are all learning. We are going to disagree, express different truths, encounter new ideas and make mistakes as we go. When we ground ourselves in compassion for ourselves and others, we can begin to unravel the webs of intent and impact to acknowledge our hurt and the hurting of others. We turn away from blame and shame (towards both others and ourselves) and move into trust that each of us is doing our best given our unique histories and identities.

Committing Ourselves to Care
Caring for ourselves -------------------------------------------------------------------- caring for others
Learning feminism is not easy work! It requires us to summon courage within ourselves, and hold space for the shadows, the grey areas, and the complicated realities that we all live in every day. Please please please take the lead in caring for yourself. You always (here and in life) have the right to pass, the right to speak (practice taking space if it feels challenging to you!) full permission to take care of your body and mind, honor your boundaries, and seek healing space. And of course, take care of others. Practice listening and making space for others if you tend to take more space in your daily life. Define terms if they are technical, be ready to explain your perspective and inquire about others’. Uphold confidentiality (please share learnings but not identifiable stories after the event).

Queering the Binaries
Yes, And ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Both, And
Do these all sound a bit paradoxical? Welcome to feminism! By queering binaries we make space for the multiplicity of truths that exist in every being and every moment. Your experience? Real! That other person’s completely opposite experience of the same thing? Real! As hadar put it in her poetry book, “Justice is the truth that all pain is real” (and the statement holds true for non-pain experiences, too!)