It’s been a moment - admittedly a long moment - since we had an update. Life is crazy, and we are not immune to its insanity (although many tend to think we are simply because we created something). So...let’s update!
Where we were. Where we’re at. Where we’re going.
We often use the above layout we picked up from Donald Warne, MD, MPH (an incredible human from the Oglala Lakota nation who heads a wonderful initiative - the American Indian Public Health Resource Center - we could literally go on for hours about how great Warne is, but you can also go see for yourself: American Indian Public Health Resource Center ). We learned said layout during one of his talks where he showed the journey through Indigenous health using said layout.
We often use this single statement to not only take stock of our personal lives, but our greater endeavors. In fact, I’m sure there will be a post on specifically this in the future.
Where We Were
We began as Arming Sisters in early Spring 2013. At the time, I was still living in Cairo, Egypt - but would soon be moving back stateside specifically for Arming Sisters courses. Upon arriving back on Turtle Island, giving courses is exactly what I got to doing. Fast forward a year, and I’m on a bus to North Dakota for a childhood friend’s funeral. It is there I decided to meet up with someone who had been helping me network - and tease out ideas for the past two years, Dereck Stonefish. A few weeks later we would be married, and a year later, he founded Reawakening Warriors.
Reawakening Warriors was founded in 2015 as we saw the growing need for a male counterpart course to Arming Sisters. Originally we kept things pretty separate, but went on to form ASRW - Arming Sisters Reawakening Warriors. We did so because in order to truly make a dent in all the many areas we cover, we must work together. All ages. All genders. EVERYONE.
Since then we’ve held over 30 courses from coast to coast. We’ve done so with minimal donations (totaling just below $9,000 in four years - including donations from the initial Arming Sisters launch on Indiegogo), and low course fees (we’ve asked only for accommodation and travel expenses, much of which we have covered out of pocket).
Late Spring 2016, we received wonderful news - Cine Qua Non Inc would sponsor us as a 501c3! Finally, we thought, we can move forward to secure funding. Shortly after learning this wonderful news, we decided to relocate to Colorado. We decided this for a few different reasons.
After relocating we realized we needed to put our own curriculum into play. As I stated earlier, we are not immune to life’s ups and downs - so we scaled things back for a year to not only get settled into our new location, but to focus in on self and recover back to a place of being centered. (One is never truly healed, healing is a daily process. If you are not healing, you are not living. It is more about being centered in your healing, than being healed.)
Where We Are
The struggle is real. We all know that - if you don’t you should probably check your privilege. Trying to secure funding while we both hold a 40+ hour work week is quite the challenge. One where we quickly realized we needed to get creative in order to keep pursuing our passion.
Which is why we’ve decided to give Patreon a try. We plan to share theories, knowledge, views, and topics we cover in each course every month. After said pieces have debuted on our Patreon for a month, we’ll roll them over to our blog for everyone to get in on.
(We’re also toying with the idea of a few more TeeSpring campaigns to keep us moving forward. Business cards, domain fees, website upkeep, etc. take a little more than love and passion to keep running.)
Where We’re Going
The hope is a platform like Patreon will help bring in personal funding, enabling us to scale back our work hours (or even better - take a month or two off from working) to truly focus on securing funding.
Our goal...in the long run? We aim to become fully funded, enabling us to give completely free courses! We also plan to pass our curriculum on to others. We would love to have the ability to put time into outlining our curriculum so others may bring it into their community with their own twists on it.
Note: NO, we will not release self-defense moves online to be passed on. As with any martial art, one must seek out proper training, and be diligent with years of work before jumping into teaching. However, one could put their own spin on each course. Be it yoga, meditation, painting, running, etc. Self-Defense is only our chosen tool of use - but there are many, many more!
As always, thank you all for the support along the way. We don’t know where we’d be without you all! We’re looking forward to this next step in our journey, and we’re honored to have you by our side.