Body as Earth

Embodied Justice: Physiology of Body-Mind-Spirit

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Locate the institutions and power structures that contribute to mind-body-spirit disconnection, and the social movements and healing practices that can aid integration

Review examples of body-mind-spirit experiences that demonstrate the interdependent nature of our bodies, honor the complexities of different abilities (e.g. neurodivergence, inflammation), and acknowledge capitalist-colonial conditions themselves can be disabling

Demonstrate the power of collectivist, ancestral, and spiritual approaches to healing, including how they can support meaning making, self-understanding, and animistic sensibilities towards justice

Identify trauma-informed and justice-oriented ways that providers can support people and communities in their unique healing journey

Review on-the-ground perspectives from the Global Southeast (specifically in the context of the Philippines) to build bridges with Western contexts of justice-oriented education

Western healing systems are rooted in the practice of examining and analyzing body systems independently from one another in order to identify a supposed “problem” and “solution.” As capitalist-colonial systems have cultured parts of our embodiment, there is a need to counter dualistic narratives and co-process Cartesian impacts and Gnosticism. In truth, our psychobiological formation, neural architecture, and survival are wholly dependent on restoring the quality of connection – to ourselves, each other, the land, the universe, our ancestors, and the web of life around us. Thus, the disconnection between mind, body, and spirit constitutes a form of violence, failing to account for the myriad ways that these interact. Disconnections can introduce emotional and energetic reverberations of fear, anxiety, dysregulation and dissociation, which are then communicated physiologically as inflammation, pain, and other forms of chronic illness and dis-ease . Interconnectedness must be honored in order to chart paths towards justice, genuine healing and ease.

This class will explore the impact of capitalistic-colonial conditioning on our individual and collective bodies, drawing attention to the ways function over being is prioritized and that our current approaches function to keep systems invisible. What if we viewed ourselves through the lens of the social, political, systemic context of our lives? If we have been dis-membered by systems of colonization, how can we re-member and put ourselves back together? What movements and practices can we turn to grieve violence and loss and realize integration? Faculty will discuss the ways in which each body-mind-spirit is connected to expansive histories, continuously transmitting wisdom of where it has been and where it is. Participants will be encouraged to see themselves as artists of connection, and gain new strategies to identify and tend to body-mind-spirit needs during times of meta-crisis.

More Upcoming Events

Apr 14

Our most ancient ceremonies are the circles of sound and dance. It was not only used for joy, but it is a survival tactic amidst inevitable struggle. Join us for this movement workshop with live instrumental music – facilitated by somatic therapist and facilitator Chloe, and musicians Jermaine from Ransom Collective and Aman from Kolektib.

The drum has always been a bridge to the earth, its grounding resonance helps us connect to the pulse of life. While, dancing liberates compounded tension and releases it into the earth for composting.

Apr 26

Modern way of life has coerced us towards the violence of rushing, urgency of time, and pursuit of perfection.
With the hopes to gather an intentional group with authentic interest in this work of deepening connection to self, collective, and earth. While widening our capacity for stress amidst the fragility of modernity.
This retreat is container to expand our embodied notions of time, slowing down through states of movement, collective dreaming, and returning to the rhythms of nature – where there is no rushing, but everything gets done.

Apr 29

Partnering with Nikoi Island, Ubah Rumah Residency is long term project hosting artist and researchers whose work focus on notions of hospitality and ecology primarily in the Singapore-Malaysia-Riau islands region.

Ubah Rumah, which means home of change, is inspired by the nomadic culture of the Orang Laut and the ​maritime history of the region. ​During the residency, we collectively explore ​the meaning of playing host in an ever-changing environment. How do we host? What are the necessary tools we need to grow and live in this new world?

May 18

A 90 minute somatic practice class to connect the body and mind through movement. Aiding to release tension and manage stress, culminating in a soothing sound bath for optimal restoration, fostering a deeper connection with one’s body for healing and expression. Lead by trauma-informed therapist-facilitator.

May 19

Biodynamic Somatic Therapy offers a path to reconnect with your body. It is a journey towards regulating your nervous system, fostering better body awareness, and recovery. This therapy can support re-balancing for chronic pain, fatigue, burn-out, anxiety, and, more; alongside a deeper understanding of one’s own inner embodied wisdom.

May 19

A journey where we explore our ancestral lines of blood, land and spirit, with water as a portal for ancestral connection, supported by sharing stories, altar building, offerings, and a dream journey.

Water connects us to the beginning. 

We are primordial water-beings; our bodies hold deep memories of being in the amnion, of life in liquid. This is a journey where we explore our ancestral lines of blood, land and spirit, with water as a portal for ancestral connection, supported by sharing stories, altar building, offerings, and a dream journey.

May 25

A 90 minute somatic practice class to connect the body and mind through movement. Aiding to release tension and manage stress, culminating in a soothing sound bath for optimal restoration, fostering a deeper connection with one’s body for healing and expression. Lead by trauma-informed therapist-facilitator.

Jun 1

A practical workshop for facilitators to explore the nuances of holding space with sensitivity to trauma.

Holding space has become common in the past two decades with the rise of yoga, movement, sound, and other healing art practices. However, most training does not include the sensitivity of handling trauma. It is inevitable for traumatic material to emerge during these environments. How do we manage that appropriately?

Biodynamic Somatic Therapy in Singapore

May 19 - June 2

Biodynamic Somatic Therapy offers a path to reconnect with your body. It is a journey towards regulating your nervous system, fostering better body awareness, and recovery.

This therapy can support re-balancing for chronic pain, fatigue, burn-out, anxiety, and, more; alongside a deeper understanding of one’s own inner embodied wisdom.