This year’s annual retreat will be held virtually from October 19-23. Even though we can’t be together in person, we’ll be using Zoom to reconnect as a network and do the important work of building the relationships that allow us to collaborate deeply on work that strengthens Southeast Alaska’s communities.
In an effort to better understand our virtual hosting and facilitation needs, we’re asking that you complete this registration form to RSVP to the event as soon as possible. Note that the zoom link will be made available to you after you complete the registration. Please complete the entire form, including your mailing address so we can send you materials in advance.
As we’ve been discussing on our monthly calls, please reserve the entire week for SSP work. During the virtual retreat, we will be:
- Exploring and reaffirming the SSP identity and values,
- Building relationships
- Highlighting our catalysts, communities, and culture
- Building our capacity to collaborate
- Continuing the difficult conversations that deepen our connection to each other and the work
- Transitioning the SSP Program Director role to Ralph Wolfe
We’re excited to announce that Liz La quen naay Medicine Crow and her team from First Alaskans Institute will be hosting dialogues on racial equity on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 20-21), and we will spend the early and latter parts of the week focused on getting to know the SSP and advancing our project work. This will be an interactive, participatory retreat, so don’t expect to just leave the Zoom call on in the background all week.
While we’ll need to spend a good chunk of the week on Zoom, we are also sensitive to the “Zoom fatigue” many of us have been experiencing since March. Our expectation is that we’ll be together from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm most days on Zoom, with afternoons offline for the opportunity to get outside, reflect with SSP partners on the phone or (if you feel comfortable) on masked, socially distant walks. And even our Zooms will be peppered with breaks and activities to keep our hands busy and minds engaged.
More information will follow after you register, but in the meantime, please make sure you’ve downloaded (or updated) the most recent version of Zoom.
We’re very excited to (virtually) see all of you in two weeks!
Above photo is from last time we gathered in person at the 2019 Annual SSP Retreat in Kake. Photo by Bethany Goodrich.