What is a 'book club for feelings'?
We wanted to create a space to explore different views about crisis and distress, in the company of fellow travellers.
Each month, the Big Feels Book Club brings people together to discuss a different theory about feelings. Our monthly 'readings' can be anything from a great NPR podcast to Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist nun, talking about how lucky you are if your life falls apart.
Book clubbers have told us this is a whole new approach to talking about big feels. It’s not therapy, it’s not about unpacking your darkest secrets. It’s more like a philosophy tutorial, but softer, and without that one guy who thinks he knows everything.
"The Big Feels Club is amazing and one of the best groups I have ever been part of. No mental health services are offering spaces like this." - Book clubber
“I did a year of therapy with someone specialising in my condition. Two sessions of the Book Club gave me more hope than that whole year.” - Book clubber
How does it work?
It's mostly online (plus a real life meet-up bit if you live in Melbourne).
Every session of the book club has a set topic, and different ways for you to engage depending on your how keen you are.
STEP ONE: First, there's a set "reading" to get your brain juices flowing.
STEP TWO: For those who want more, there's also a companion podcast to check out featuring our feelings overlords Honor and Graham. Here's a clip from our first one, Graham and Honor discussing how to know if you cry 'too much'.
STEP THREE: Then if you're really really keen, you can even talk about this stuff with other people (reserved for Extreme-High-Level-Feelings-Adventurists). You can do this in our online discussion group. And if you live in Melbourne, and you're feeling *really* adventurous, you can also check out a real life meet-up. Woooo!!!
(Note: If you're not not in Melbourne but you really want a real-life meet up near you, let us know in the box below.)
What does it cost?
For now, it's totally free to join in. A generous benefactor (who’d rather not be named) is funding us to develop our book clubs, in partnership with Melbourne’s Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC), which means we can roll it out and cover our costs.
SHARC are a truly awesome community service led by people who’ve had plenty of first-hand experience in the existential goo themselves. (So they totally get what we're all about.)
How do I join?
If you're keen to get involved, fill out the form below. That gives us valuable intel about how many people are interested and where they're at. Then watch the newsletter for further updates! We'll tell ya when the online content goes up and more info about the real life chapters too.
*Important note* - if you're not already signed up to the newsletter, popping your email in here will get you on that list too. A lot of the ideas we explore in the book club make their way into the newsletter, and it's also where you'll get updates about new book club happenings.