Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First: Self Care Tools for Activists and Operatives

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First: Self Care Tools for Activists and Operatives

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Operations

Starts: Thursday, Oct. 7 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Oct. 7 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Movements are sustainable only if the people who power them intentionally care for themselves. If you were driving your car and the check engine and fuel gauge lights came on, you’d surely pull over. So why do we ignore the warnings our own bodies are sending us? There are simple techniques and strategies to calm our minds, heal our bodies and bring us to a deeper level of health and presence. Activists and operatives can use these techniques to find peace and balance while working in the intense environment of progressive politics. Everyone is welcome.

Moderators

Lacey Connelly

Lacey Connelly

Lacey Connelly has been working on campaigns for 17 years. Starting as an intern Opposition Researcher during the 2004 Illinois Senate primary (where her boss lost to a little known State Senator named Barack Obama), she went on to work as a Field Organizer, Direct Mail Consultant, Compliance Manager, Training Director, and eventually, Caucus Director for the West Virginia House Democrats. She left the Caucus in 2021 to start her own business as a Burnout Recovery & Stress Management Coach working primarily with progressives doing political work.

Lacey has lived in big cities across the country, but her heart lies in the small towns of Appalachia. She loves working with organizers and candidates whose passion is making change on the local and state level. At her core, she believes that the purpose of government is to help people.

When she’s not coaching or training up-and-coming superstars with the NDTC, you’ll probably find Lacey teaching a yoga class via Zoom, reading with a cat or dog on her lap, or camping in the West Virginia hills.


Reggie Hubbard

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Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for MoveOn, managing their relationships, impact and communications with Capitol Hill. In addition to his political work, Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and authored a thesis entitled, “Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love.” He received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and an MBA in international strategy from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Reggie has taught Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought. His teaching practice is designed for all levels and lifestyles, the only thing required is an open mind. The focus of his teaching practice is to bring more peace and balance to activists AND to guide the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. Achieving this balance is how we catalyze transformative change.

Other sessions: Yoga and Meditation with Reggie Hubbard

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