An Experiment in Savoring

Four weeks of joy practice for changemakers,
so you can refill your energetic well and
expand your capacity for delight.

May 18 through June 15

+/- $95, choose the price that feels right to you.

Your joy matters.

Do you struggle to feel good for any of the following reasons? Perhaps you:

 

  • Fear the other shoe will drop if you feel too good.
  • Sense that things will unravel if you linger too long in delight.
  • Feel powerless, like happiness is outside your control.
  • Feel guilty about feeling good, like you’re betraying people who have it worse than you.

If you’re awake to injustice or have experienced trauma (like most of us have), of course it can feel hard to feel good.

 

And yet, I believe that those of us who are called to bring forth a more just and joyful world have a sacred responsibility to prioritize joy. In the face of systems of oppression designed to rob us of our joy, devoting attention to our delight is a radical act.

 

When we prioritize joy, we are far more likely to heal burnout, cultivate connection, and sustain our energy for the long haul.

“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. To make injustice the only measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.”  -Jack Gilbert

What we focus on grows.

You dedicate a lot of attention to what’s challenging, caring for others’ pain, and showing up for justice. The work you do is important. 

 

The problem is, when we only focus on the hard stuff, we can struggle to see what is good. You see, as extensive neuroscience research demonstrates, the more we focus on something, the more we experience it. 

 

The opposite is also true: The less we pay attention to something, the harder it becomes to notice and experience it. How can you smell a rose if you don’t notice it’s there?

 

To cultivate our ability to imagine and bring forth the more beautiful worlds our hearts know are possible, we must notice the beauty that is in front of us right now. To expand our capacity to feel good, we must focus on what feels good. 

Katherine taught me how to focus on (and experience!) what’s good in my life. Rather than letting my challenges suck up my energy and make me feel stuck, I now know how to slow down, connect with myself, and create an action plan that feels good. 

 

And I now get to experience all of the deliciousness in the moments when I’m present!

 

Kursten Holabird

Hi! I’m Katherine Golub (she/her), MBA, PCC.

Over the past ten years, I’ve coached hundreds of changemakers to heal burnout, lead effectively, and confidently create the work lives they want.

 

Over this time, as my clients and I have tried all sorts of practices to replenish their energy, one thing that’s surprised me is the potency of briefly savoring what’s good consistently over time.

 

We don’t need to take a long vacation to feel better). These practices can change our lives in relatively no time at all.

 

I also rely on these practices to feel good. And as a result of practice, multiple personality assessments now show that gratitude is one of my core strengths (which I’m certainly grateful for!).

 

I’m excited to share the practices that have transformed my clients’ lives (and my own) with you in this four-week program—An Experiment in Savoring.

 

To learn more about me and my background, click here.

I learned to say “no” and create boundaries that work for me. I now have better control over my time, and I take myself more seriously in my work and my relationships with my clients.
 
As a result, my nerves and my being are more settled and comfortable in my life.
 
And now, when life is starting to feel unsettled, I change how I respond to it and regain control and a sense of calm.
 
Marcie Cormier

Four Practices We’ll Experiment With
to Turn Up Your Joy Dial

One: Taking in the Good

In his book, Hardwiring Happiness, Hanson writes that every time we take in the good—notice that we’re feeling how we want to feel and pause briefly to enhance and absorb our pleasant sensations—we strengthen the neural patterns associated with the positive experience.

Just a few seconds of taking in the good—repeated over time—can repattern our brains, making it easier to detect and experience what’s good.

Two: Tracking Glimmers

Glimmers is a term coined by Deb Dana, licensed clinical social worker as a positive counterpart to the more commonly-known word triggers

 

Whereas triggers are cues (something you see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or think) that prompt feelings of stress or fear, glimmers are cues that prompt feelings of safety and wellbeing

 

Even when most parts of you feel anxious, cranky or tired, a small part of you can still get curious and search carefully for possible tracks of glimmers, quick sparks of how you want to feel.

 

Each time you catch a glimmer, even if it’s the most fleeting of moments, you feel just a bit better and increase your capacity for joy.

Three: Sharing Joy

When my clients start to experience positive shifts in their lives, they often tell me that part of them feels scared to feel good. They’re afraid that the other shoe will drop, and they don’t want to feel disappointed.

 

One reason many people struggle to feel joy is that their joy was not well-met when they were little. As humans with mirror neurons, we make sense of ourselves through what the people around us reflect to us. So if no one reflected your delight back to you as a child, the part of you who knows how to celebrate and experience delight might never have had a chance to grow.

 

To learn to feel safe feeling good and cultivate the part of yourself who relishes in delight, it’s important to find deserving and trustworthy people to share your joy with now.

Four: Giving Thanks

The research is robust: Gratitude contributes to greater happiness, better health, stronger relationships, and all sorts of other positive outcomes.

 

The challenge is, we humans have an innate negativity bias, a tendency to focus on and complain about what does not work. 

 

And this impacts our relationships. For example, relationship researcher John Gottman found that the most significant determinant in a married couple’s likelihood of divorce was their ratio of positive to negative comments. He found the optimal ratio was five positive comments for every negative one.

 

Fortunately, the research also shows that with a consistent practice of giving thanks, we can reshape our minds to habitually notice and appreciate the goodness in our lives. And this can benefit all our relationships.

What does the experiment entail, exactly?

First, Your Commitment to Savoring

At the start of our four weeks together, you commit to practicing joy (taking in the good, tracking glimmers, sharing joy, giving thanks) for five minutes daily for twenty-eight days. In addition, you declare your commitment to other workshop participants and your important people.

 

Of course, you could make this commitment without the support of a group program. But, if you’re like most people, you benefit from accountability. And that’s what this program offers.

Supported Accountability: Weekly written check-ins from you, with responses from me

Each week between our sessions, you’ll fill in an online reflection form to help you reflect on what’s good, stay accountable to your practice, and ask me questions. 

 

Then, I sit with all participant questions, answer as many as possible, and send my written answers in a shared Google doc. I also select a question to respond to on the live calls.

A Space for Sharing Joy: Three Savoring Salons

We’ll meet for a Savoring Salon at the beginning, middle, and end of our time together. During this time, you’ll celebrate what’s good in your life with other participants, learn from others’ experiences, and hear me address participant questions (maybe yours!).

 

The Salons will take place on Wednesdays, May 18, June 1, and June 15 at 3:45-5pm EST and include personal reflection time, partner sharing, and group conversation.

Finally, A Compendium of Glimmers

Throughout our time together, I’ll be tracking the glimmers participants share. After our final session, I will compile a Compendium of Glimmers, a document with many of the glimmers that people have shared.

 

That way, you can hold onto the goodness from this time together and use it as a reminder if ever you feel the need to bring up the feelings of shared goodness you experienced during our time together.

By focusing your attention on what brings you delight, An Experiment in Savoring will strengthen your ability to:

  •    Recognize glimmers of goodness in fleeting, ordinary moments.
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  •    Feel safer feeling good, and soothe the part of yourself that fears that the other shoe will drop if you let yourself feel too good.
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  •    Heal burnout and sustain your energy for the long haul.
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  •    Strengthen your relationships with people who matter to you.
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  •    Develop the resiliency to rise to the challenging moments.
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  •    Foster movements where people are excited to get involved.
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  •    Imagine and work toward the more beautiful world your heart knows is possible.
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  •    Give thanks for the gifts life has given you.
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  •    And, perhaps most importantly, feel good!

In a society that leads women to feel like they are never good enough, Katherine challenged me to take pride and find joy without constantly comparing myself to others.

 

She helped me to discover a greater sense of self-worth and awe for myself, which was a huge shift for me.

 

Sarah McDowell

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your refund, cancellation, and payment plan policies?

Cancellations & Refunds: You may cancel the program prior to the program start date, and we will refund your money in full. We will not offer refunds after this date.  

 

Custom/extended payment plans: Due to the administrative work it would take, we cannot offer payment plans other than what you see on this page.

I’m having technical trouble signing up.

We can help! Email info@callingsandcourage.com, and we’ll get you all set up.

I’m just not sure.

Well, if you were my coaching client, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Check in with your body: In your mind’s eye, I invite you to imagine participating in the course. How does the idea feel in your body—good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Explore the cost: With nearly every choice, we must let go of something to say yes to another. Ask yourself: What is the cost of doing the course? What is the cost of not doing the course? Which is greater?
  • Turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness. Our Voice of Doubt is the part that says Yeah, but… and What if… when we get closer to making a decision. Do your best to turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness and ask what it needs. Then, get curious: How might you move forward in a way that meets your many needs?
  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the next phase of your life? Does doing the course feel well aligned with your intentions, or not? What does your inner knowing say?

If your inner knowing says no or maybe, honor that.

And if your inner knowing says yes, I invite you to join the course. I would be thrilled to share it with you.

Katherine helped me to feel emotions again. Emotions like gratitude, joy, and curiosity. 

 

She helped me unearth my personal intuition. I used to think that self-compassion and gratitude practices were self-indulgent luxuries, but I discovered that they are critical in allowing me to care well for others.

 

Ylfa Perry

How Solidarity Pricing Works

You pay what you can.

 

Solidarity Pricing is my way of making this experience affordable to all who want to participate. Money will not be a barrier to participation.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

First, decide if you’ll join us. Let yourself imagine the possibilities of what this retreat might mean to you. If your body says yes, I invite you to trust that. 

 

Second, if you decide “yes,” then decide how much feels right to you. Take time to think about the reality of your financial situation and sense into what number feels right to you. 

 

Below are some guidelines for choosing how much to pay:

Solidarity.
$125

Sustain.
$95

Community.
$65

Support.
$35

  • $95 is my Sustainable Rate. This amount meets my needs and allows me to comfortably bring these teachings to more people without worrying about making ends meet.

 

  • $65 is the Community Rate. You might pay this rate if you’d struggle to pay the Sustain Rate; have moderate debt; and support children, elders, or other dependents.

 

  • $35 is the Support Rate. Please pay this rate if paying more would be a financial burden and any of the following apply to you:
    • Are Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian (APIDA), a person of color
    • Are trans or nonbinary
    • Have a disability
    • Have medical debt or uncovered medical expenses
    • Receive public assistance
    • Have a hard time finding work due to immigration or incarceration status
    • Recently experiencing housing instability
    • Primarily use a currency in a country that the Global North has historically exploited
  • And, food and shelter: If you are in a financial situation where spending $35 dollars puts you at risk of not being able to afford food or shelter, please choose an amount lower than $35. If this is your situation, I am serious about welcoming you.

 

  • If you have the means to do so, I welcome you to consider paying $125 or more. You might consider paying this amount if you belong to the managerial or owning classes (read this document to learn more). This helps balance the cost of folks who cannot pay the sustainable rate and helps me make my work accessible to more people.

 

Simply put, choose a payment that works for you. Whatever amount feels right for you works great for me, truly.

 

I wholeheartedly trust you to find a number that feels good, no less and no more, and I look forward to welcoming you!

An Experiment in Savoring

Four weeks of joy practice for changemakers,
so you can refill your energetic well and
expand your capacity for delight.

May 18 through June 15

+/- $95, choose the price that feels right to you.

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free morsels of guidance and nourishment each Saturday morning.
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The Accountability

Money-Back Guarantee

 

Here’s my promise:

 

If you engage in joy practice (the practices I share above) for at least five minutes per day for the four weeks of the experiment, write your weekly check-ins, and participate in all three Savoring Salons, and you’re not satisfied for ANY reason, just let me know, and I’ll refund your money.

 

I call this the accountability guarantee because most of my clients long for more accountability when they come to me.

 

The accountability here is that you must show up to the check-ins and salons and tell me you’ve done your joy practice. I trust you to be honest.

 

Just send a quick email to support@callingsandcourage.com, let me know that you’ve done the work but are still not satisfied, and I will refund your payment.

 

No questions asked.

Your time is precious.

If you think maybe this course is what you need but you’re not quite sure, please ask. I don’t want an unasked question or unexpressed concern to keep you from getting clear.

 

Please use the form below to ask your questions, and a member of my team will get back to you within two business days.

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