A Change-Maker’s Journey to a Passionate Livelihood: Day Trips From Self to Community to Make Our Real Work Come True, with faculty member Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Day trips are short jaunts from where we live to explore areas close at hand. Making a living as a change-maker is much the same: we go from our gifts, challenges, callings, and conversations to the communities surrounding us to unearth what’s needed, what’s ripe, and how to make it all happen in a way that serves both our people and helps us sustain a livelihood. Let’s discuss, explore, and try out various creative prompts to discover more about what doors are open to us, what’s our real work of the moment, and how to summon the courage, practice, and tools to move ahead. We’ll be especially looking at how to research, design, deliver, and assess consulting services, workshops, and collaborative projects.
A Map to the Next World: Creating Refugia in a Time of Ecological Unraveling, with faculty member Lise Weil, and returning students Rachel Economy and Julie Sells. We live in difficult times. Disappearing species, rising tides, widespread drought, human displacement, societal violence, personal trauma are all legacies of the many isms, capital, imperial and colonial, that we have inherited along with increasingly ingenious forms of distraction. Instead of diversion or retreat into ourselves, what forms of perception, conception, and action can we undertake to address such systemic urgencies? What kinds of changes are required of us? How can we come together to create generative spaces? Refugia where we can both mourn the irreversible losses and reconstitute the world in ways that allow communities of all beings to flourish?
Freedom Journeys: The Jewish Passover Seder and Transformative, Ritual Storytelling as Social Innovations, with faculty members Sarah Bobrow-Williams and Lori Ahava Wynters. Join us for an experience of the Passover Seder – the ritual “banquet of body and spirit,” and telling of the exodus story of enslaved people to freedom. A timeless ritual practiced annually by Jews all over the world, the Passover ritual is both an individual and community journey: a universal call to action for freedom, justice, healthy relationship and human dignity. This workshop will deconstruct the ancient storytelling ritual and symbolism in the Passover Seder and their capacity for dismantling systemic oppression,
widening the circle of understanding and authoring new narratives of mind, body and spiritual connection from a social and ecological context and systems thinking perspective. Beginning with Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s 1969 Freedom Seder applied to the contemporary African American liberation movement for justice, we will examine this seder first conducted on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination in a Black church in Washington DC and then move to generating other possibilities for embracing contemporary cultures living in diaspora and in oppressive systems today.
How Songs Find Stories: Music, Memory, and the Narrative Journey, with faculty members Jim Sparrell and Lori Wynters. This writing workshop will include a demonstration of the musical life timeline as a means of accessing neglected memories, as well as some discussion of memory processes and music, and time for participants to begin composing a personal essay, poem or other writing based on the construction of their own musical timeline.
Nationalism, Difference and the Cosmopolitan Conversation: Listening, connecting, and designing research for change, with faculty members Katt Lissard and Karen Campbell. We know from history that nationalism, xenophobia and the violence they inspire recur. We also know that debates on how education should handle citizenship — are we above all citizens of the USA or of our shared planet? — recur: “we should give our first allegiance to no mere form of government, no temporal power, but to the moral community made up by the humanity of all human beings” (Nussbaum). In this workshop we’ll watch an interview with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (author of Cosmopolitanism, 2000) and then consider how we can learn from such debates and transform theory into practice as we design our research projects so that they can contribute to actual change; to dousing the flames of neurotic nationalism once and for all. Heady idealism? Perhaps. But at Goddard graduates can and do apply their learning to make change. SO we ask you to please check some of the links on our reading list, and come prepared to briefly describe your own project so that we can anchor what will surely be a v(r)igorous discussion in your needs and desires to contribute to justice for our shared world.
Othered Forms of Knowing: Decolonizing the Body, with faculty members Lise Weil and Sarah Van Hoy. In this workshop we will explore what it means to decolonize the body. The decolonization process can be thought of as cultivating mammalness. What practices support us in this process? And what forms of knowing and perception become available to us as we decolonize our bodies? In order to talk about decolonization, we have to talk about the ways that our bodies and perceptions have been colonized, which involves surfacing of personal and collective histories. The workshop will begin with this exercise.
Pilgrimages: Outward Journeys to Inward Places, with faculty member Francis X. Charet. Pilgrimages have been part of the human quest for meaning and the spiritual connection between geographical places and the landscape of the inner world. Drawing upon the myth of the journey, anthropological and psychological perspectives, the widespread phenomenon of pilgrimage will be explored.
Poetics of the Body Workshop Series, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy, and returning students Stefania Patinella and Brighde Moffat. In this series of workshops, we will be exploring the intersection of embodied experience and embodied language. We are exploring how language, meaning making and experience collide and how language(s) from the body intersect with language and meaning making about the body. What does poetics open up as a practice or method? How do we experience our bodies and how do we give language to those experiences? How, in turn, can the use of poetic language reveal and remodel forms of physiology and perception? How do we come to know plants through embodied, poetic experience and how do these experiences intersect with our understanding of the use and efficacy of those plants from a healing perspective? How do we receive and interpret bodily signs and signals, like pulse? And what does it mean to employ embodiment as poetics as part of our ‘diagnosis’ of the world and our understanding of ourselves? The sessions in this series include Embodied Plant Medicine, with returning student Stefania Patinella, Haptic Intimacies: Pulse Diagnosis and the Expressiveness of the Body, with faculty member Sarah Van Hoy, and Bone Remodeling: the Poetics of Embodiment, with returning student Brighde Moffat.
What is “theory” and why is it (or is it not) important? with faculty members Francis X. Charet and Sarah Van Hoy. This workshop will be a clinic where we talk concretely about the opportunities, possibilities, challenges and limitations of “theory” in our studies. What does theory mean to each one of us? How is it different from or similar to other ways of framing knowledge? (What is the relationship between theory and practice, for instance?) How do we feel we are using (or not using) theory in our work? How does theory inform our understanding of things? How can theory be accessible, supple, meaningful and a tool (rather than a fetish)? Everyone is encouraged to come, bring your insights and your confusion. We will seek to find our right relationship to this often misunderstood term.