Courage in Isolation: A Culture Change Conversation for Women

Event Details:
When: March 3, 2021 6:30 pm – March 24, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers –
VBSR Members –

Registration is open

A 4-part workshop series to explore how to approach self-sufficiency expectations with a different perspective while supporting ourselves within a nurturing community. Workshops will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM starting March 3, 2021.


Women are at our capacity to meet the expectations, assumptions, and norms of dominant culture. Maintaining the status quo of what it means to be strong, self-sufficient individuals causes harm to our bodies, our lives, and our communities.

The intention is to inspire and encourage community building among Vermont women to connect and discuss how we can respond differently to the assumed demands of society, and how our words and actions can positively influence cultural narratives.

The workshops will explore nurturing and empowering ways to alter our perspectives and make behavior accommodations to challenge unhealthy expectations and norms that negatively impact our lives and those of our families and communities. The content of this series will include conversations about economic, sexual, domestic, racial, and other injustices and may trigger emotional responses. The facilitators are trained in holding safer space where trauma may present and will include embodiment practices to support discomfort.

The series begins on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and will be held on consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.


Workshop facilitators Jennifer Grossi and Rae Carter will draw on their shared experience working as change makers, circle process space holders, and trauma survivors to help participants learn, share, release, and grow.

Jennifer Grossi is a musician, theatrical performer, and educator. She facilitates listening practices in community and educational settings and practices racial justice allyship in the Upper Valley Region of Vermont. She performs with David Rosane & The Zookeepers and is the founder of the Summer Street Music Series in Bradford, Vermont.

Rae Carter is a culture change bridge builder and social justice advocate. She facilitates justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work in Vermont’s socially responsible business and health care communities. She integrates meditation, embodiment practices, and vocal and cultural somatics into her work as the founder of EmpowR in Plainfield, Vermont.

Learn more workshop details and register at EmpowR.