How to get the most out of our virtual gatherings:
We may be meeting virtually, but the sangha and community building are very real! We aim for interactive discussion and engagement, to bring all our voices into the space whether we are online or in person.
A few tips and info on our virtual gatherings:
- Links are never posted publicly. To get the meeting link, you must subscribe to the email list or join one of our online groups. EBMC now requires all meetings to also use a passcode.
- If you are running late, join us anyway! Just join with your mic muted, to avoid any interruption.
- You do not have to use your video camera to participate, although we encourage it and love to see everyone’s beautiful faces!
- If you do opt to turn your video camera on, please be aware of any privacy issues in terms of what is visible in your background.
- For the comfort of all participants, please keep your clothes on 😉
- Plushies, leather wear, fursuits, etc. are all welcome!
- Step up, step back: Our sangha is at its best when everyone brings their voice into the room! For some of us, this means mustering up the energy to share in the discussions. For others, this could mean keeping our initial comments short in order to leave time and space for everyone to participate; it’s important to be mindful of the space we take up.*
- Practice Mindful Listening: Try to avoid planning what you’ll say as you listen to others. Be willing to be surprised, to learn something new. Listen with your whole self.*
- If you are new to the group, check out our FAQs.
- EBMC recommends updating your zoom app to be sure it has the latest security updates and features.
Accessibility is a priority for our sangha. If you have feedback on how to make our virtual gatherings more accessible, please let our logistical coordinators know by emailing or contacting through the Facebook and Fetlife groups.
EBMC is gradually enabling automated captioning. If you need captioning, please let us know and we will try to expedite it. The quality is highly variable. For example, one recent caption changed “on inhale” to “oh in hell.” (… although depending on the monkey mind, that might be a correct translation?)
EBMC has recently received funding to support the addition of ASL to some events. If ASL interpretation would enable you to participate, please let contact us, and we will find out more about what options are available to our sit.