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Carmen on a Street Retreat in San Francisco
Co-Founder of Faithful Fools
In 1998, Carmen Barsody began walking the streets of the Tenderloin with Kay Jorgensen (1932-2018). They invited others to walk and reflect with them. They didn’t know it then but their life experiences would bring forth a community of fools, Faithful Fools to be precise. The practice of walking the streets became our foundational practice of Street Retreats, a time to engage the Tenderloin as a place of action grounded in reflection. We believe that our reflection must be as deep as our action. It’s only right, then, that we walk (and roll) in solidarity to celebrate Carmen’s 60 years on the planet.
Please join us for a Street Retreat or a walk or hike or picnic in celebration of community
Walk 'n Roll
Mt. Tamalpais All Day Hike
To Land's End--SF to the Ocean
Tolay Lake Regional Park Day
Belle Prairie to Little Falls, MN
Tenderloin Street Retreat
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Nicaragua Street Retreat
A Celebration of
Carmen lived and worked in Managua, Nicaragua, before coming to the Bay Area in 1998. The community of Fools, in the U.S. and in Nicaragua, is intimately connected as we live out our mission in our neighborhoods and cities. We support one another in our on-going work of art, advocacy, education and accompaniment. We ask, “How do we stay grounded in solidarity with one another?” It's not easy to know what's needed, but as our Mission Statement says, “We discover on the streets our common humanity through which celebration, community, and healing occur.”
Celebrate solidarity with us in honor of Carmen's 60th Birthday.
WHAT WE DO
The streets as our retreat center
We look forward to resuming sreet retreats when Shelter in Place Orders are lifted.
Feel free to contact us for more information.
For the duration of the
COVID19 Shelter in Place
We have suspended all of our in-person programs
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We are called to a life of presence that acknowledges each human's incredible worth.
Aware of our judgments, we seek to meet people where they are through the arts, education, advocacy, and accompaniment.
We participate in shattering myths about those living in poverty, seeing the light, courage, intelligence, strength, and creativity of the people we encounter.
We discover on the streets our common humanity through which celebration, community, and healing occur.