relational culture 2: EMBODYING PRACTICE

This module explores the intentional practice of unveiling and acknowledging our bodily, nonverbal, ecological worlds of experiences that emerge in deep relation, away from ideologies of social dominance, mastery and competition that attack and repress our bodies and the earth in our collaborative work. Through Somatic Touch, Somatic Play and Somatic Ceremony practice we learn to sustain our sensitivity to connection to each other and the ecology.

This module dives in the experiential understanding of a long view of our ecological story as humans and earthlings on this planet. And how we have repetitively failed to align and maintain the flourishing of our civilizations with a powerful stewardship for living ecosystems, specially for the last 8,000 to 6,000 years, just the 5% of our total human story. In the process, we will mimic the evolutionary journey of life, discovering that the human capacities for vitality, sensitivity, mobility, emotionality, influenceability and vulnerability are much older than human beings, reaching far back in the 4.6 billion year ancestral Story of Life. And that these unleashed relational somatic capacities have evolved to align us with key ecological adaptations and principles: enduring interdependent organization of profound sensitivity and rich diversity. They ensure that every part of the ecosphere 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 for the long haul and in the moment-to-moment, from co-emergence to supported emergency.

This module 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 brain 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 bottom-up or top-down 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.


July 11-14, 2019
Thursday 2 pm – Sunday 4pm


The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Relational Culture 1 - Bonding is required to attend this training. We highly recommend you attend this trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement. We give first priority to applications done in teams.