Episode 5: Causing Legacy (with AnneLisa Vallery)
Do you carry stories or sayings from your grandparents, or other elders in your life? How about wisdom that comes through you — are you a mentor or an elder to someone? Do you ever view yourself as a “future ancestor”?
Click Play below to listen to my conversation with AnneLisa Vallery about supporting intergenerational connection in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) communities. (Or scroll down for links to listen on Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher.)
When I look to examples of more life-sustaining societies, and imagine a life-sustaining mainstream culture (won’t that be something!), one for-sure piece of it is this:
More intergenerational connection.
So when I heard AnneLisa Vallery talk about her project, Causing Legacy, supporting connection between BIPOC youth and elders, I was excited to invite her onto Turning Season Podcast to share why closing the gap between generations matters so much to her.
AnneLisa is the founder of Causing Legacy, as well as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for teens in the Los Angeles County foster care system, a holistic wellness coach, a singer and an artist. She’s a beautiful example of what I’m so drawn to: people who are following the threads of what they love, what breaks their heart, and their own life story, to rise to their own role in our Great Turning.
In this conversation, we speak only a little about the “big picture” ecological and social crises, and speak a lot about remembering those we’ve forgotten, and connecting with older and younger generations, through stories of AnneLisa’s own experiences.
Click Play above or visit your favorite podcast platform to hang out with us, heart to heart, and notice where you recognize yourself in AnneLisa’s stories.
Connect with AnneLisa on the Causing Legacy website: causinglegacy.org
Or on Instagram:
Lydia Violet’s School for The Great Turning, where I’m enrolled in the program, Singing the Bones, which she co-hosts with Leah Song of Rising Appalachia: schoolforthegreatturninng.com