Here’s a sampling of some of the workshops presented by students at the Spring 2018 residency in February at Goddard College:
Awake in the Forest: Practices for Deepening Your Bond with Nature, HAS student, Micah Mortali. In this workshop we will explore the practice of Shinrin Yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’, which is the practice of immersing all of our senses in the forest atmosphere. We know that today much of the developed world is experiencing a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) which are cause by lifestyles with poor diet, high stress and lack of movement. Breathing and walking mindfully in nature is a powerful tool for managing stress, boosting our immunity and lifting our spirits. Be sure to dress warm and be ready to move.
Feminist Solidarity: Engaging an Intergenerational, Inclusive and Intersectional Approach to Change, with SIS student, Anna Weick & IMA Hayley Lewis. How can we envision a future that accommodates all of us? Politics and language are changing fast and often divide more than they unite. Where does feminism fit in, and what can we do to remember that we’re all on the same team? This workshop is open to everyone, and will explore contemporary and future visions for gender liberation and feminism. What does this look like for each of us, and how can we build intergenerational and inclusive feminist spaces? How can we tell stories of the ways injustice shapes our lives? We will be envisioning new ways of building together through a reflective discussion. There is room for all of us. We’ll think about ways to resist cooptation and support grassroots feminist activism together, and consider the role of independent and community media in making this work visible. A group mini-zine will be created with reflections and ideas from participants willing to share.
Movement and Meaning, with HAS student, Rusti Poulette. This participatory workshop will include awareness games (from Theatre of the Oppressed) and a mix of somatic group practices to playfully investigate the meaning behind our movements. We’ll become curious about how we orient ourselves to space and to each other and we’ll explore the patterns of connection and disconnection that shape our bodies and our world.
Survivor Magic 101: Embodied Writing as Spellcraft, with IMA-TLA student, Jojo Donovan. How can we use writing to re-enchant our relationship with our bodies? What unspoken language is hiding in our guts and our bones and our fleshy folds? How can we translate that body-brilliance into prayers and kaons and incantations – to remind us of what we’ve survived, to return us to sensation amid a culture of desensitization, and to prick our skin and soul back into alertness to the wild new worlds our survival makes possible? Using guided meditation, body-mapping, group discussion, prompt writing, and free-writing, we will each tap into our own embodied wisdom to craft poems/spells/love notes to read to ourselves in moments of struggle, self-doubt, and dissociation.
Embodied Plant Medicine Part I: Tasting, with HAS student Stefania Patinella. Healers and medicine people across history and culture have used direct, embodied communication with plants to tap into the powerful medicine they hold for the human body, mind and spirit. In this workshop, we will practice such direct knowing by tasting an extraction of a medicinal herb and using our senses, intuition, heart and imagination to listen to and learn something about it. The plant will be unknown to you so you can approach it without preconceived ideas. We will then share our individual experiences as a group, and begin to weave a collective story about this plant’s medicine. Finally, I will reveal the name of the herb and talk about its materia medica–its history of use, medicinal qualities, origin, botany and folklore–so we can tie our personal experiences into the plant’s wider tradition.