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Somatic Practice Groups

 
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~Registration Open~

Dates: January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, *BREAK*, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28


Location: People's Solidarity Hub, Durham, NC


Time: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm EST


Pleasure and despair can be compasses in our lives; guiding us closer to our deepest longings. Through embodied practice, we can build awareness of our emotional landscape and the longings beneath them. In this practice group we will focus on somatic commitments, contradictions, mutual alliances, and pleasure based resilience practices. Each session will have a combination of political education, embodied practice, and group discussion.

The series will follow a spiralinear pattern moving between practices centered around pleasure and play alongside grief and despair. I invite all the feelers, healers, and organizers to join this group as a way of being with the immensity of the conditions we are in together. To identify what's possible when we move towards our longings, our commitments, and our movements. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies and histories as well as feel less alone in the collective impact of these times. This group is open to anyone who is compelled to participate and will center the experiences of queer and trans organizers, frontline workers, and cultural workers.

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~Registration Closed~

Co-facilitated with Yashna Maya Padamsee

Have you been longing for ways to break through the isolation of pandemic times? To generate a sense of embodied safety and connection amidst despair and hopelessness? We will explore the ways shame, trauma, and internalized oppression live in our bodies and use somatic practice to transform towards more pleasure, joy, and ease. The series will follow a somatic arc of transformation: developing commitments, pleasure-based resilience, exploring our automatic responses, practicing new ways of relating, and closing with centered accountability and transitions. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies, histories, and wisdom. You are welcome to join with any level of experience with somatics.

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~Registration Closed Until Winter~

This is a small, intimate practice group setting (4-7 participants) for anyone who has participated in previous groups or 1:1 work with me, or another generative somatics practitioner, and identifies as queer and/or trans. We meet each week, most weeks of the year with the opportunity to join, or take a break each season. Registration re-opens every three months.

Our first session will be at the end of September. The recurring weekly meeting time for these sessions will be determined before beginning based on participants schedules. Register below to submit your preferences.


We are always practicing something. With intentional practice, we can align our lives with our values and commitments. It takes 300 repetitions of a practice before we understand it as an option, and it takes 3000 repetitions before it becomes our embodied move even under pressure. In this group we will engage in practices that bring more choice, agency, connection, and pleasure into our lives. 


Each session will begin with opening practice and check-ins. There will be suggestions and invitations towards practice but it will largely be shaped on what participants are bringing. Each season of practice will generally follow a somatic arc of transformation: developing commitments, pleasure-based resilience, exploring our automatic responses, practicing new ways of relating, centered accountability, and closing with practice around embodied endings. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies, histories, and commitments and benefit from the wisdom of embodied collective healing. 

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~Registration Closed~

Dates: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, *BREAK*, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8, September 15, September 22, September 29

Time: Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30pm EST / 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST / 4:00 - 5:30pm CT
 
Pleasure and despair can be compasses in our lives; guiding us closer to our deepest longings. Through embodied practice, we can build awareness of our emotional landscape and the longings beneath them. In this practice group we will focus on somatic commitments, contradictions, mutual alliances, and pleasure based resilience practices. Each session will have a combination of political education, embodied practice, and group discussion.

The series will follow a spiralinear pattern moving between practices centered around pleasure and play alongside grief and despair. I invite all the feelers, healers, and organizers to join this group as a way of being with the immensity of the conditions we are in together. To identify what's possible when we move towards our longings, our commitments, and our movements. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies and histories as well as feel less alone in the collective impact of these times. This group is open to anyone who is compelled to participate and will center the experiences of queer and trans organizers, frontline workers, and cultural workers.

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~Registration Closed~

“Once we begin to feel deeply all the aspects of our lives, we begin to demand from ourselves and from our life-pursuits that they feel in accordance with that joy which we know ourselves to be capable of” Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic, 1978.

Dates: April 26, May 3, May 10, *BREAK*, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12

Time: Tuesdays 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST / 2:30pm - 4:00pm PST / 4:30 - 5:00pm CT

Pleasure and despair can be compasses in our lives; guiding us closer to our deepest longings. Through embodied practice, we can build awareness of our emotional landscape and the longings beneath them. In this practice group we will focus on somatic commitments, contradictions, mutual alliances, and pleasure based resilience practices. Each session will have a combination of political education, embodied practice, and group discussion.


The series will follow a spiralinear pattern moving between practices centered around pleasure and play alongside grief and despair. I invite all the feelers, healers, and organizers to join this group as a way of being with the immensity of the conditions we are in together. To identify what's possible when we move towards our longings, our commitments, and our movements. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies and histories as well as feel less alone in the collective impact of these times. This group is open to anyone who is compelled to participate and will center the experiences of queer and trans organizers, frontline workers, and cultural workers.

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~Registration Closed~

This group is a continuation from the Fall cohort and will run from January - March 2022. There will be a mix of new and existing participants as we expand our collective practice together. We will explore the impacts of internalized shame, trauma, and oppression through embodied methodologies. Each session will have a combination of political education, embodied practice, and group discussion. The series will follow the somatic arc of transformation beginning with developing commitments, then moving to practices to regenerate a sense of safety, releasing what no longer serves, cultivating mutual connection, practicing centered accountability, and ultimately embodying new ways of being that help us align with our personal and political commitments. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies, histories, and commitments and benefit from the wisdom of collective healing. This group is open to anyone who is compelled to participate and will center the experiences of queer and trans organizers. You are welcome to join with any level of experience with somatics.

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~Registration Closed~

In this practice group we will explore the impacts of internalized shame, trauma, and oppression through embodied methodologies. Each session will have a combination of political education, embodied practice, and group discussion. The series will follow the somatic arc of transformation beginning with developing commitments, then moving to practices to regenerate a sense of safety, releasing what no longer serves, cultivating mutual connection, practicing centered accountability, and ultimately embodying new ways of being that help us align with our personal and political commitments. By doing this work in a group setting, we have the opportunity to learn off of different bodies, histories, and commitments and benefit from the wisdom of collective healing. This group is open to anyone who is compelled to participate and will center the experiences of queer and trans organizers. You are welcome to join with any level of experience with somatics.