felōˌship (noun)

  1.    Friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests.

  2.   A group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim.

  3.    A company of equals.


The SUCCURRO Fellowship is an experimental research program observing the dynamic relationships between creativity, connection, and transformation. 

As part of a larger commitment to research, collaboration, and supporting creativity, the Fellowship brings together individuals thinking critically and willing to prioritize their own healing in order to meaningfully engage the collective. The program is a platform for exploration of the vast importance of our innate creative energy as a tool for healing, both ourselves and our communities + environment, and to provide support for what that means on many levels - day to day care of self and others; deep wound healing; addressing systemic oppression; defining activism for ourselves. How does this internal work reflect externally? How does that feed back into humanity as a whole, in turn nourishing the individual? What discomforts do we need to face in order to consistently respond and creatively act toward a world we want to exist?

The program operates under the hypothesis that :: Radical self-inquiry is a means of taking responsibility for ourselves >> Taking responsibility for ourselves leads to deep healing and transformation >> Given space to transform, our essential human capacity for creative expression, health, and connection can reach its highest potential. To realistically address the kind of support we need as individuals to transform ourselves and create new meaningful, sustainable ways of interacting with the world, takes radical change, courage, and work. When the individual consciousness shifts, those around us shift too.

By accepting Fellowship, members actively engage with themselves and each other through a specifically proposed project, for (9) months. Each Fellow receives (14) individual remote sessions, (6) project matrix sessions, (1) remote group call per month, and (2) retreat weekends at Succurro farm. Sessions are for individual work, while group gatherings encourage critical dialogue and sharing of personal and collective findings. Specific outcomes will be determined by the cohort because together we are best able to express the transformative effects of truly caring for ourselves, and being fully present with others, as we lovingly listen, critically discuss, and creatively act on what blocks us individually and collectively, and work toward prioritizing our humanity on a transpersonal level.


    COMPONENTS

    The Fellowship is a no-cost, (9) month program, that engages (7) individuals working on personal evolution, to explore the embodiment of our individual roles and use of creative energy within the larger complex human dynamic. In exchange, Fellows actively gather information, research, and collective output.   Below are the various components of the program, followed by logistical information, application, and requirements.

     

    PROJECT & PERSONAL COMMITMENT

    The success of the program lies in the commitment to prioritizing work on self and how we each show up to the group, however we are. This inherently will be  challenging at times, and is part of an on-going journey to use discomfort, pain, joy, and connection as moments for transformation. The focus on a specific project offers a creative limitation, that may be both stimulating and frustrating. The more committed we are to the process, the more stable we remain in accepting life as ever-changing.

    The Fellowship aims to bring together a diverse group of individuals who commit to using their creative energy toward co-creating the world we wish to live in and examining what it means to be human. Projects can vary in scope, subject, way of expression -- but the year will revolve around these specific projects and their manifestation. See below for more specific Requirements. 

     

    SESSIONS

    One third of the program is based in individual sessions, which will support other work you do for yourself daily. Fellows engage in at least (14) healing sessions, and (6) project matrix sessions that focus on the elements of the project itself as it's own entity.

    Sessions are based in SourcePoint Therapy to engage and support the creative vital life force energy, and the use of astrology and the natal chart as a therapeutic tool. Other self-inquiry tools are a possibility that we will discuss as the program progresses. Fellows are encouraged to be open and honest about current experiences in mind, body, and spirit, however there is no pressure to share more information than the individual is willing. This is not talk-therapy, nor is it diagnostic or prognostic. 

    Please visit the SESSIONS page for more specific information on the approach.

     

    GROUP GATHERINGS

    Each  month, there will be (1) group gathering that takes place over Zoom. For scheduling and energetic ease, these will take place on the New Moon cycle, bringing all Fellows together to meditate, share and support personal projects and explorations, readings, and discuss topics of interest. As a cohort we will determine the topics and creative documentation of the journey together.  See below for all group meeting dates. 

     

    RETREATS

    There will be (2) weekend-long retreats at Succurro farm in East Meredith, NY. All Fellows are invited and encouraged to participate as they are able, as this time will provide space to engage more intensively as a group on individual projects. Accommodations are rustic, but comfortable. Fellows will be responsible for travel costs, but we will arrange pick up at local bus, train, or airport locations and aid in car-pooling. Fellows will each contribute food to be cooked communally. See below for dates. 

     


    REQUIREMENTS

    As stated above, the Fellowship is an exchange of therapeutic work for an active gathering of information, research, and collective output toward co-creating the world we wish to live in, and examining what it means to be human. Each Fellow commits to their sessions and gatherings, while also providing monthly project content and progress, creating an evolving online space for resources and interaction with a larger and larger audience. Fellows are also participating, in a larger context, toward qualitative research at Succurro. 

     

    PROJECT PROPOSAL

    We seek creative project proposals that examine our humanity and aim to address the ways in which we interact with one another and the environment. 'Creative' is defined here as broadly as possible -- simply utilizing vital life force energy, combined with a healthy relationship to intellect and ego, to manifest. What are you passionate about, and can go into depth with? What are you committed to making real? 

    Proposals can be for projects that are already in progress; perhaps this is just the next developmental phase or support and feedback would be helpful. Or projects can be inklings, ready to be put into action. Proposals that address accessibility, equal opportunity, and education are strongly encouraged, but we accept all forms of creative and critical engagement.  

    Inherently, your project may change over the course of a year,  but application proposals should have clarity in the following:

    • Question: What issue(s) concern you? What question do you seek to answer?
    • Actions: How do you plan to ask this question? What angles will you observe from? What actions will you take? 
    • Outcomes: What outcome do you hope to have? How and who will this impact? How will you document it? 

     

    PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

    Documentation is considered the creative output of individual projects. This documentation, in whatever form it takes for each Fellow, is what will be shared through the Succurro website, social media, and publications throughout the year and beyond. Succurro claims no ownership over the work, but reserves the right to share what is willingly provided by Fellows. 

     

    RESEARCH

    For transparency, it is important to note that this program is a part of a larger plan to conduct research on the affects of self-inquiry, energy work, mind/body practices, and potentially new forms of creative therapy. Fellows are a part of that research by providing ongoing case-study information on their own journey. How this information is documented, used, or shared will always be discussed with participants for feedback and permission. 

    In another sense, Fellowship manifestations from projects to be collected and shared digitally also act as research for the collective commons: by sharing your journey from your perspective, as well as project progress, a public audience is able to learn from, be inspired by, and potentially involved in what each individual puts forth. 

     

    PARTICIPATION & ACCESSIBILITY

    Sessions will preferably take place over Skype, Facetime or Zoom, but can be over the telephone if needed. Group meetings will take place over Zoom, which is free to use, but  access to a computer or phone is needed to participate. For in-person gatherings at the farm, there is at least one apartment that is wheelchair accessible. Documentation is flexible and we will do our best to support submission of visual or other media. Please reach out with any specific questions regarding accessibility and participation. 

     


    APPLICATION & FAQ

    Please feel free to CONTACT US with any questions regarding the program or application.  

    Application Dates:

    • Applications Due -  June 15, 2018             
    • Interviews -  June 20-30, 2018 (via Skype, Facetime, or Zoom)
    • Acceptance Notification -   by July 15, 2018
    • General Program  -   September 2018 - June 2019

     

    Program Date Summary: 

    • Orientation Group Call -  September 1, 2018
    • Individual Sessions Start -  September 2, 2018
    • Fall Weekend Retreat - September 7 - 9, 2018
    • Spring Weekend Retreat - May 3 - 5, 2019
    • Group Meeting Dates:  October 8  /  November 7  /  December 7   /  January 5  /  February 4  /  March 6  /  April 5  /  June 3  /  July 2
    • Individual Sessions End - June 30, 2019