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Relational Culture Series

Many communities working for social justice face challenges in building strong and dependable relationships. Often we fall into grinding conflict, rupture, and pain despite striving to live by our values. The reality is, it is challenging to build resilient community amidst a dominant culture of individualism, oppression, isolation, and competition.

We need to shift away from this culture, and toward renewed community connection. This is urgent. We believe we need to prioritize holding dependable relationships at the center of our strategies for change.

In Relational Uprising, we use storytelling and somatics to cultivate that culture shift together. We see resilience as a community’s collective capacity to sustain this intentional culture.

Through our 3-part training series, Bonding, Embodying, and Bridging, participants learn tools and practices that build resilience at the ecological, cultural, community, and individual levels through three cultivated relational capacities or resources: 1) Distributed Dependency & Dependability, 2) Sensitivity to Connection, and 3) Sustained Inclusion.

This is deep, meaningful work that requires intention and effort. To shift culture in these times, it will take collectives of people working together over time. We created Relational Uprising because we want to support this shift, and support communities who are committed but need more tools for collective resilience.

We would love to build a relationship with you, and welcome you and your team into our growing community of practice!

 

Relational Culture 1: Bonding Practice

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This first module explores the basic intentional practice of establishing a caring community to unveil and acknowledge our relational support systems in order to widen our experiential understanding of their influence in shaping the context and culture of our collaboration within our team.

We learn practices 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 Resonance and Storytelling practice we learn to distribute the support of a caring community and a culture of connection for all, in order to counter the dominant culture of isolation and self-sufficiency.

This training will prepare participants to teach and facilitate basic Resonance and Storytelling practice as a first step to spread relational culture within social justice communities, and to come to embody stories of connection in our lives, our bodies and our relationships.

 

Next Workshop DATES:

Spring 2020

LOCATION:

The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

COST:

$585

We highly recommend you attend this trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement. We give first priority to applications done in teams.

Financial Support: 

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply to the training first, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.

 
 

Relational Culture 2: Embodying Practice

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This second 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, counteract the culture of desensitization, and become resilient through the support of co-regulating relationships.

This module dives in the experiential and felt understanding of a long view of our ecological story as humans and earthlings on this planet. And how we have redundantly failed to align and maintain the flourishing of our human civilizations with a powerful stewardship for Earth’s living ecosystems, specially for the last 8,000 to 6,000 years since the emergence of patriarchy, less than 4% 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 into the 4.6 billion year ancestral Story of Life. And more importantly, 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.

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 “neuroplastic 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. They will 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.

 

next WORKSHOP DATES:

Summer 2020

LOCATION:

The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

COST:

$585

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: 

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply to the training first, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.

Listen to somatic practice:

 
 

Relational Culture 3: Bridging Practice

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This third module explores the intentional practice of unveiling and acknowledging the need to be influenced and changed by one another's and other communities’ diversities in sustained and complex ways to ensure equity in our collaborative work. Through Relational Inquiry & Resolution, Bridging Legacy & Destiny, and Story of Us Now practice we learn to sustain inclusion and access for all, and to maintain a collective commitment to a culture of resilience that counteracts the culture of dominance and exclusion

We explore 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 risk, access, and power 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 together the stories that make up each of our lives, lineages, legacies and organizations.

 

NEXT WORKSHOP DATES:

September 26th – 29th, 2019
Thursday 2 pm – Sunday 4pm

LOCATION:

The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

COST:

$585

Deadline was August 4th

Starting in 2019, Relational Culture 1 - Bonding and Relational Culture 2 - Embodying, are PRE-REQUISITES to attend this third training in the series. We also REQUIRE you attend this trainings in teams (at least two people) from your organization, community or movement.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: 

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply to the training first, and then fill out this Scholarship Application.

Listen to Bridging practice: