“Religion and Peace”

It is with pride and joy that I announce the publication of my co-edited book, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace.  Five years in the making, it is now due to be released in September – available now for pre-orders!

My chapter, “Witchy Activism: Self-religion and Global Peace Movements”, investigates the role that contemporary forms of spirituality has in peace-building.

If you’d like a copy (or more), I get 40% off the cover price. Email me if interested!

Link to the publisher’s page:

www.wiley.com/en-gb/The+Wiley+Blackwell+Companion+to+Religion+and+Peace-p-9781119424345

Also available on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/Wiley-Blackwell-Companion-Religion-Companions/dp/1119424348

View the complete jacket here:

www.francescapo.files.wordpress.com/2022/08/2549a3ab-6d2b-463d-b802-18b08ae5b78b.jpeg

Instagram Live with SAGE

In anticipation of the coming Holistic Experience Conference in September, I will be going LIVE on Instagram with Emily Celis of SAGE Holistic Health and Wellness Center discussing my holistic offerings as well as my experiential workshop, Divine Connection with the Enneagram and Tarot, with Matt Bruce.

Join us at my account @fancy_po or at
SAGE’s @sagewellnesctr on
Monday, August 1st
11 – 11:30 AM (PT) / 7 – 7:30 PM (GT)

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[1 August 2022]

Watch the recording of the interview here:

www.instagram.com/p/Cgui8vYqPXN

“The Holistic Experience” Conference

After a provoking and competitive process, I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to facilitate the following experiential workshop at this year’s Holistic Experience Conference with my partner, Matt Bruce: ”Divine Connection with the Enneagram and Tarot”.

Get your tickets here*:

www.sagewellnessctr.thrivecart.com/the-holistic-experience

The Holistic Experience 2022: Embody Healing and Rise Together
ALL WELCOME!
Saturday, September 10th
10 AM – 5 PM (+ Reception at 5-7 PM)
Community Center at The Market Place
2961 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782

*Sell 5 tickets, get 1 free! Email SAGE for details.

In the current landscape of polarizing politics, gun violence, as well as the imminent threat of nuclear war, we are at a time when tools for connection are most critically needed. In this workshop, participants will engage in multiple types of meditations, as well as psychic and social activities, in order to deepen one’s ability to connect on multiple levels of being.

“Archetypes as Guides”

From SAGE Holistic Health and Wellness Center:

SPECIAL EVENT: We have a teamed up duo of Dr. Francesca Po, expert in the Enneagram and Astrology, and Matt Bruce, expert in the Tarot and Numerology, who will be presenting, “Archetypes as Guides: Using the Modalities of the Enneagram, Tarot, Numerology, and Astrology”. You won’t want to miss this!

Tickets here:

www.sagewellnessctr.org/event/hhoc-july-gathering

Holistic Healers of Orange County (HHOC) July Gathering
Wednesday, July 20th, 9-11 AM
The Original Pancake House
3322 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869

Would love to see you there!

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[27 July 2022]

You can view the talk here (last part of the Q&A and guided meditation missing, unfortunately):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1THdvGN-U5KrJFmrUTE4DudY4dA7JIsev

“The Third Harmony”

This Saturday, I will be joining the discussion panel, offering my insights as a career educator and peace activist, at this film screening of the Metta Center for Nonviolence’s documentary, “The Third Harmony”.

Get your FREE tickets here:

www.rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/the-third-harmony

Saturday, July 16th, 7 PM
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

ALL WELCOME!

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[29 July 2022]

Watch a video of the Q&A here:

https://youtu.be/PgW-Q9Gnm2M

Meditation Workshops

It is humbling to announce that in addition to offering meditation workshops as private events, I was also invited to start offering them as a public service:

Introduction to Meditation
Learn the theory and practice of meditation in the Catholic tradition as well as a variety of those from around the world
Grade 6+
July 11-15, 11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Register at: www.materdei.org/summerschool

Practical Meditation
Monday, July 11, 2022, 6-7:30 PM (postponed)
California Institution for Women (CIW)
Hosted by: Cross Over: Women of Wisdom (WOW) at the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW)

Meditative Yoga and Sound Bath
Collaboration with Gregory Allison
Monday, September 12, 2022, 6-7:30 PM
California Institution for Women (CIW)
Hosted by: Cross Over: Women of Wisdom (WOW) at the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW)

If you or a community that you know would like a similar workshop, email me!

“Waste No More Time”

In the wake of the massacre at Uvalde, TX, I discuss the current climate of American schools and police reform with Michael Nagler at the Metta Center for Noviolence.

Read the article here:

www.wagingnonviolence.org/metta/2022/06/a-teachers-call-to-act-gun-violence-policing

Or directly at the Metta Center website here:

www.mettacenter.org/nonviolencereport/postuvadle

Given the almost inconceivable tragedy that has been visited on our schools — and believing that no democracy can survive without a viable education and a safe space for children — Michael Nagler spoke with career teacher, peace activist and Metta Center board member Francesca Po to get her perspective.

Dance Attire: An Evolution

The Mater Dei High School newspaper, the Scarlet Scroll, put my historical fashion knowledge to use for this special Homecoming article:

www,thescarletscroll.com/13662/culture/dance-attire-an-evolution

Fashion is a reflection of eras – a reflection of time, always evolving, and always changing like the world around us. Many people look to fashion as a way to interpret history. For example, during World War II, the wedge shoe rose to popularity in the U.S. due to rationing on leather, and women began to don trousers because of their new place in the workforce. The evidence of fashion evolution can be seen over many eras, and an example of this evolution can be seen in dance attire.