That Awkward Moment Jan 29, 2020 at The Battery


Life is full of awkward moments. Especially when it comes to interacting with new people…and super-especially for people we might be attracted to. (Uh…high-school anyone?) Our brain freezes, we turn away, or we distract and dull ourselves with things like small talk, gadgets, drugs, and alcohol.

And yet, when we think back, it’s often those awkward moments that matter most. If someone were to ask you: how did you meet your partner? your lover? your best friend? — quite likely it began with an awkward moment. As with so many other things in life, we get good at what we do. Instead of turning away, we can consciously turn towards awkward moments so as to experience the intensity of connection that lies on the other side. Instead of fighting or fleeing that awkward moment, we can learn to stay and play. 

Join meditation teacher and improv actor James Brown and freedom coach and adventure athlete Bowen Dwelle for this dynamic social event where we’ll share some simple and effective ways to turn those awkward moments into some of the best moments of your life. As we dive in and practice together we’ll all have the opportunity to create some deeper, more real, more memorable—and usually, more hilarious—connections, learning some very powerful skills while we have a great time together. 

And because we want to make friends with awkwardness as consciously as possible, we strongly suggest enjoying the evening in an unaltered state. We’ll be serving a special alcohol-free cocktail along with Surreal Brewing’s outstanding non-alcoholic craft beer. Of course, you’re free to choose your own adventure. 

That Awkward Moment — Wednesday, January 29, 6-8pm at the Battery. Battery Members can register here. If you’d like to join and you’re not a Battery Member, contact me and I’ll put you on the list!

What Are You Drinking? Aug 14, 2019 at The Battery

The familiar social-hour question of “what are you drinking?” has always included an implicit assumption. Somehow many of us came to believe that the social connection wasn’t the main point, and that it’s alcohol that makes us happy.

In recent years, tastes, habits and fashions around alcohol have been changing rapidly, and contemporary research has shed new light on how alcohol affects us, and about how addiction works. As consciousness around health and wellness continues to deepen, many people are finding that alcohol is less, or not at all compatible with how they want to live. A new normal is starting to emerge, and “what are you drinking?” no longer necessarily means drinking something alcoholic.

Alcohol use is declining in the millennial and post-millennial generations, and “almost 30 percent of the country never touches alcohol, and another 30 percent do so only on special occasions”. It’s clear from the data, and from trending hashtags like #nonalcoholic and #alcoholfree, that we’ve already passed peak alcohol. Emerging communities like This Naked Mind and One Year No Beer are helping thousands of everyday drinkers change their relationship with alcohol, and entrepreneurs are taking note as well, with new non-alcoholic craft beverages and social spaces like Listen Bar and SansBar enjoying an enthusiastic response.

Moderated by Battery Creative in Residence Bowen Dwelle, What Are You Drinking? will bring together several leaders in this emerging space for a conversation about

How does alcohol affect our bodies and minds?
How much is healthy / safe / too much to drink?
Why do we celebrate with alcohol?
What is the relationship between alcohol, anxiety, and depression?
How does addiction actually work?
What is life like without alcohol?

Panelists included Karolina Rzadkowolska, a life and transformation coach and founder of Euphoric Alcohol-Free, and Donna Hockey, co-founder of Surreal Brewing Company, as well as the host, Bowen Dwelle.

Following the discussion will be an OPEN BAR — open-minded that is! We’ll have something for you whatever you’re drinking, with some special cocktails crafted just for this event as well as delicious non-alcoholic craft beer from Surreal Brewing.

Audio recording of the discussion:

Thanks to The Battery and to  Surreal Brewing for their support of What Are You Drinking!

You Have Arrived at The Battery

You have arrived—in every moment, everywhere you have ever been.

This very special Battery Adventure Club event used the unique cityscape of San Francisco as the setting for exploration of hidden places in the city—and within ourselves.

Starting and ending at The Battery, we walked several miles through San Francisco. Along the way we stopped to explore this unique and beautiful city and to sit together and learn the basics of the FLOW approach to meditation. Flow meditation is a radically simple and effortless practice in which we stop struggling to control the mind, opening us up to a deeper experience of our self, so we can live more of our life in a state of “everyday flow.”

Our guides for this special long, slow walk are Battery Creatives in Residence James Brown, founder of  Vedic Path Meditation, and Bowen Dwelle, an outdoor sports expert, adventure guide, and writer.

You Have Arrived with James Brown