This second module of the Relational Culture Series 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. Through SOMATIC TOUCH, SOMATIC PLAY, and SOMATIC CEREMONY practice we learn to sustain our sensitivity to connection to each other and the ecology, counteract the culture of desensitization, and become resilient through the support of co-regulating relationships.
This module dives in the experiential, felt understanding of a long view of our ecological story as humans on this planet. In the process, we will mimic the evolutionary journey of life, reaching far back into the 4.6 billion year ancestral Story of Life. Relational Somatics, the core focus of this module (and its former name), is a foundational pedagogy of the Relational Culture Training Series, and 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.
Participants will learn three baseline embodiment tools designed to foster peer support, cultivate collective healing, resilience and be easily spread through popular education. We will re-energize our 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.
$585 ($300 Lodging and Food at the Watershed Center and $285 Tuition and Materials)
The program runs from Thursday at 2pm to Sunday at 4pm.
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.
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. We prioritize volunteer organizers, low-income people, people of color and communities that experience other structural barriers to access for funding. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply to the training first, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.