• Natalie Ventimiglia

Bored of Your Book Club?


"We May Lose Ourselves in Books, But We Find Ourselves There, Too." - unknown


The last time I got together with my girlfriends, we were chatting about our lives and I asked them for advice on how to find the audience for my class. I had been asking the universe, “Where is my audience? What will my life look like once I find my audience?” My friend says to me, “Natalie, I can see people moving along this journey in groups. Almost like a book club!” I had spoken at a book club in the past so the idea that people who enjoyed book clubs may also enjoy my class was like a light bulb in my brain. ( A sign ) A few weeks ago, a woman who was at that book club meeting reached out and asked if I did private sessions. My version of private sessions includes a custom work of art and I didn't think that was what she was talking about. I sent her a link to my class and that was all she needed. This for me, verified that individuals who enjoy book clubs may also be drawn to my class. My team and I decided to do some research on what makes book clubs successful and what makes them fail. Why are people drawn to book clubs and what repels them? Our findings show that people enjoy book clubs for three main reasons;  a sense of community, working toward a similar goal, and being able to explore new perspectives in a safe place. With this knowledge, we saw many parallels to our curriculum and how it could be used to revamp the traditional book club. We thought that developing a community of those on the path would help those who take the class, dig a little deeper.  We thought it was also important to research why book clubs fail. The literature showed that the main detriments to book clubs are that either people aren’t reading the book, the group is too structured, or people don’t feel like their opinions are valued. Again, we saw how our curriculum could solve these problems. The beauty of the class is that each chapter starts with a work of art. Think of this as the book. I walk you through how the art was made, who made it and why. How can the experience of knowing this work of art effect your life? We identify a theme or lesson for each chapter and then I suggest other works of art to help integrate the teaching. The additional art is in the form of movies, books, songs, videos, Ted Talks, scientific research, etc. My team and I began to see how the diversity of a group could add value to these communities. Imagine a club where you get to choose what activities to do or what book to read and the diversity of these choices automatically adds value.  Whether  you choose listening to a song, watching a 10 minute video, reading an actual book, or whatever else might draw you in and speak to you, the perspective you gain is inherently valuable. The way I see it, everyone is reading a different chapter in the same book.  Anything you have to offer expands the collective consciousness. Our goal with the class is beginning to shift toward forming a sense of community for those who are on the path. Creating a place where people can feel safe sharing their perspectives and opening their mind to new ones at the same time. Be on the lookout for a new and improved way of enjoying the class! If you have any suggestions on how to best roll this out, or want to volunteer your book club as our beta group, we want to hear from you! 

NEW VIDEO ALERT

We are also working on a fun new video that we are hoping to release tomorrow on Halloween! This video will focus on reincarnation, which you can find out more about in chapter two of the class. 

Until then, Happy Hallows Eve, art lovers. Find some of our research here: Why Some Book Clubs Thrive and Some Take a Dive  Six Reasons to Join a Book Club Why Business People Should Join Book Clubs

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