I started offering online group classes with a very specific goal.
I want us to have more effective tools that we can source in times of stress and intensity to address, heal and prevent future harm within our communities.
I know that it was a misnomer that survivors and perpetrators existed on some sort of binary. I know that our attempts to hold folks accountable were often bound in the very systems of oppression that propagate violence to begin with.
I know that wounded people often wound other people.
And I want to give folks body-based tools to better align their actions with their values.
I want to give folks body-based tools to sit with impact when they committed harm and body-based tools to develop other ways of being.
I want to give folks body-based tools so we can catch the mistakes and the harm when it’s smaller and more easily shifted.
I want to give folks body-based tools because I don’t think most of us are taught about boundaries and consent, noticing and recovering from triggers, saying no and being able to sit with other people’s no’s, and moving from survival to living.
And our good ideas about those things are NOT cutting it.
We need muscle memory.
We need liberatory muscle memory.
We need liberatory accessible muscle memory.
And the online somatic skills classes are born.
I want us to start small.
Because before we grapple with boundaries and consent and triggers and survival strategies, we need to learn how to be with our bodies.
The building blocks of those skills will inform bigger concepts.
And because we are building a solid foundation, we will set ourselves up for greater success.
Little consistent bites add up to big impact.
In 2019, the classes offered will include several rounds of Tap Into Your Wise Body: An Intro to Sensations, a six-week hourly introduction; several rounds of Digging In Deeper: A Sensations Intensive, an six-week two-hour muscle memory workout; and in the Fall, I plan to start offering All Things Trigger: Building a Response Instead of a Reaction, a six-week two-hour exploration and practice.
Tap Into Your Wise Body is a prerequisite for both the Digging In Deeper and the All Things Trigger classes.
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