As most if not all of you know by now, Ian and I plan to be leaving London in a year. As such we are looking to find (and develop) a few new co-leaders. Here’s a little bit of info about what prospective co-leads would be signing up for…
LMC – The realities of a Community Group
We are a community group that is freely given the use of space at Moksha Yoga London. Ian and I (and any future leaders) are not staff, we are volunteers of LMC. Over time Moksha ownership heard good things from those who were attending meditation and saw many of their clients being interested in the compliment of meditation and yoga. (While he and I do have a relationship with the owners) it was by virtue of the success of LMC that Moksha offered/desired to include the meditation sessions on their schedule. (That’s been a relatively recent development, actually)
Ian and I have notified the owners LMC’s efforts to transition and we will begin discussions with the owners to see if they have any requirements about new leadership and how that will become a part of our arrangements.
LMC is self-funded. Ian and I have committed our time and resources to develop this group through developing our own skills, finding resources, prepare topics etc. Donations gathered historically have been used to purchase the cushions we sit on (~60$each), and supply the tea we drink. On Feb 19th, per post to the website, I gave notice that after some consideration I had registered for a 2nd training – and that donations gathered for the remainder of 2015 would be used to cover as much as possible my fees for that programme. As any skills I develop through this training will be passed onto my co-leaders and be of benefit to LMC Ian and I felt this appropriate.
It is traditional that a community such as ours is freely offered to the community – ie runs on donations. In the spirit of transparency, though I expect you know this, we do not gather much donations. It has taken all the years that we have been running, and the permanent loan of 4 of Ian & my personal cushions, to finally reach a point that we usually have enough cushions to participants. This is by way of saying that in my mind, what you’re signing up for is a volunteer position – though new leadership could re-visit this.
Positions to Volunteer For
I would like folks to volunteer for the following potential positions. Once we have a collective of volunteers we will gather and discuss details such as any unfilled roles, the responsibilities of these roles, etc. And you can volunteer for more than one position!
- Meditation Leader
- Discussion Leader
- Group coordinator – eg scheduling, topic development, treasury, supply management,
- Web master (we run on wordpress, its easy to pick up)
- Any other role you think would be useful to have!
To clarify – you do not need to have the skills already to fulfill a role you’re volunteering for , that’s what this year of transition is for. Ian and I will help you develop any necessary skills.
My hope is that we have multiple people volunteer for each role, minimizing any individuals commitment… So if you’re on the fence, or think you can only help out once in a while.. that’s all good. Let me know you’re even interested so we can gather for a ‘volunteer discussion’ and we an see how things go from there.
If you’re not sure you’re around in a year, but are interested in either helping out in the mean time, or just being part of the conversation about how LMC develops, also let me know.
Please post any questions if something’s unclear, or discuss with Ian or myself.
🙂 K. I think that’s all. Whoo. Long post. Talk to y’all soon,