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?
Every session of the book club has a set topic, and different ways for you to engage depending on your keenness.
First, there's a set "reading" to get your brain juices flowing.
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'.
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 either at a real life meet up, or by joining our online discussion group.
Can I start a book club in my home town, or find one near me?
We're currently testing prototypes of this sacred feelingspace in Melbourne, and a few other cities around the world. We're also testing an online-only version for keen beans who don't wanna leave their bedroom. These tests are helping us figure out a few things, like 'do people want to invite people into their houses to talk about feelings?' and 'is the book club a thing people would pay for, to help keep this tiny wee feelings boat afloat?'
If you're interested in getting involved in the future, 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!
Speaking of the newsletter, if you're not already signed up, popping your email in here will get you on that list too. A lot of the ideas we explore in the book club make there way into the newsletter too.