Relational Culture Series

 
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In our programs...

we dive together into unveiling the cultural forces that create separation from our own emotions, from the environment, and between communities and diverse cultures, leading to systems of oppression and the climate collapse we face today. These are the same forces that generate undermining attitudes and habits of competition, isolation and suspicion that can derail organizing efforts, break apart relationships, and fracture organizations and movements.

We use relational practices to intentionally reclaim our interdependence, engaging in supportive, radically inclusive ways, without shying away from the challenges of diversity, power, and trauma.

The relational culture series presents a nuanced approach to issues of identity, intersectionality, and privilege using an embodied, relational practice of narrative and somatic movement. Participants learn to facilitate relational practices and bring relational culture to their organizations and communities, as well as join a growing community of practice with changemakers committed to shifting culture.

 

relational culture 1: bonding

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This training explores the basic intentional practices for cultivating interdependence in our communities, organizations and movements. We learn tools for bonding and empathic communication that allow us to feel whole and connected, and to foster a safe and trusting community in the midst of a complex and painful world. Through storytelling and somatic movement we come to embody stories of connection in our lives, our bodies and our relationships. This training will prepare participants to teach and facilitate basic storytelling and resonance practice as a way to spread relational culture within social justice communities. We highly recommend you attend this trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement. 

Financial Support: Cost includes shared room and delicious meals at The Watershed Center ($300) and tuition and training manual ($250). We want this training to be accessible to anyone who wants to attend, regardless of ability to pay. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with financial need, as well as support and guidance on fundraising to cover tuition. If you’d like to apply for financial support, please fill out the workshop application on the right, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.

Dates

May 3rd – 6th, 2018
Thursday 4 pm – Sunday 4pm

COST

$550

Location

The Watershed Center

44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Waiting List only

 

relational somatics

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In this workshop we explore developmental movement, supportive and accessible touch, storytelling and ecological principles that awaken our relational body and help us reclaim its place in the ecology. We use somatic movement exercises to dive deep into the intentional practice of  “co-regulation” that supports a rich, embodied field, where participants are invited to weave their own personal “body narratives” into a shared, vibrant story of connection with the land.

In the process, we will mimic the evolutionary journey of life, discovering that the capacities for vitality, sensitivity, mobility, emotionality, and vulnerability are much older than human beings, reaching far back in the Story of Life. As we do this we remember the basic principles of life itself: enduring interdependent organization, profound mutuality and rich diversity. These key adaptations ensure that every part of the ecology will have a wired-in connection to critical resources for recovery and coherence. Participants re-energize their bodies in community, creating the needed support to confront trauma and systems of oppression, and come together to heal and shift culture in the moment-to-moment, from emergence to emergency.

This workshop is grounded in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and Gestalt Embodied Learning; it is also a synthesis of the more recent Social Neuroscience research in regards to change, trauma and learning in an ecological context (i.e., autonomic co-regulation through the “social engagement system”, development of relation through “limbic states of connection”, and the significant difference of cultivating top-down or bottom-up embodiment in our human capacities and cultures). Participants will learn three baseline embodiment tools designed to foster peer support, cultivate collective healing, resilience and be easily spread through popular education: somatic inquiry and touch, somatic play, and somatic ceremony.

Summertime at The Watershed Center is ideal to connect with nature through restorative hikes in the forest, playful swims in the pond and delicious food from the farm. We highly recommend you attend this trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement. *This workshop is the second module of the Relational Culture Series. Relational Culture 1 - Bonding is recommended to attend this training but not required. 

Financial Support: Cost includes shared room and delicious meals at The Watershed Center ($300) and tuition and training manual ($250). We want this training to be accessible to anyone who wants to attend, regardless of ability to pay. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with financial need, as well as support and guidance on fundraising to cover tuition. If you’d like to apply for financial support, please fill out the workshop application on the right, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.

Dates

July 12th – 15th, 2018
Thursday 4 pm – Sunday 4pm

COST

$550

Location

The Watershed Center

44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Deadline to Apply is May 11th

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relational culture 3: bridging

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This training explores the intentional practices that expand our capacity to include diversity and complexity, anticipating challenges which inevitably emerge from deep relationship. We learn practices for bridging disparities of power, access, and risk in our relationships.

This creates a path to deep appreciation and understanding that allows us to amplify the resilience of our social/community fabric, generating more equitable opportunity, decentralized agency, and collective learning. We learn relational approaches to conflict within groups, including those that emerge both in immediate, intimate relationships as well as along intersections of race, class, gender, generation and other forms of diversity.

We explore identity as both an important site of inclusion and justice, and as a complex reality rooted in a long history of social construction and division, exploring how we can reclaim and honor the stories that make up each of our lives and lineages.

*Relational Culture 1 - Bonding is a pre-requisite to attend this training.

Dates

October 4th – 7th, 2018
Thursday 4 pm – Sunday 4pm

COST

$550

Location

The Watershed Center

44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Registration opens in June