The Art of Solidarity

Co-Facilitated with Juli Rees, Director of Education at Hospital Employees Union, Vancouver. Experience the transformational power of expressive arts and body-based practices applied to leadership and solidarity.

Through movement, drawing, singing, writing and reflection, explore how identity, privilege and power influence our leadership and working relationships. Gain awareness of your strengths and challenges as we create together and apply new leadership skills and practices.

This program provides participants with the opportunity to practice solidarity in the group and then take these skills back to their communities. Become a more creative, embodied leader and deepen relationships with people from different cultural and social backgrounds so that we can truly lead together to create the change we want to see in the world.

No prior experience with the arts is necessary as we draw upon everyone’s innate creativity.

Next offering:

The Art of Solidarity: Caring for Ourselves and Our Communities 2 day workshop. 9:30am-4pm, June 2-3, Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St., Berkeley. Right outside Ashby BART

As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” In that spirit, Juli Rees, who is the HEU Director of Education, and expressive arts facilitator Amber Field will be offering a community workshop on how to replenish and rejuvenate our collective resilience and spirits in our quest for justice and social change.

In this two-day experiential workshop, we will take time to nurture ourselves and each other as we explore, reflect, and witness each other. What are your strengths and challenges being in community and in collaboration? What gets in the way of you being present for yourself and others? How do we practice solidarity? How do we lead together? We will use drawing, movement, voice work, theater, writing, and other embodied creative practices to explore these questions. No experience with the arts is necessary as we draw on everyone’s innate creativity. Shy people are welcome.

$295 early bird by May 21st, afterwards $325. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please inquire about sliding scale, work trade, and payment plan options. We want everyone who wants to be a part of the movement for social change to be welcome. Email Amber at for more info or Venmo or PayPal to register.

Here is the facebook page which has a link to buy tickets through Eventbrite. 

Hope to be with you in community this June 2nd and 3rd, Amber and Juli

Amber Field is a queer Korean American adoptee performer, teacher, and healer. They are a graduate of Tamalpa Institute’s 3 year movement-based expressive arts training. They started out as a community organizer through Center for Third World Organizing and worked on living wage campaigns in the Bay Area and Chicago. After years studying music and healing practices such as yoga, reiki and meditation in India, they returned to the Bay Area in 2006 and started Amber Field Music. Amber uses music as a tool for individual and collective liberation and teaches Free Your Voice, Free Your Harmony, Free your Chakras, and Free your Drum and Sing. They facilitate a 5-day training The Art of Solidarity that uses somatic practices, expressive arts and drama therapy. They also facilitate Adoption Stories: Healing the Primal Wound for adult adoptees. Amber has extensive experience performing and directing collaborative theater and performance arts shows including Border Out about queer immigrants and Mixed, Blended & Whole about transracial adoption, mixed-race identity and interracial relationships. They transmit the love frequency through eclectic global sounds and beats. Music and liberation are their favorite themes.

Juli Rees, MA, is a popular educator, social justice activist, dancer, mother and grandmother who offers her creativity, wisdom and skills in service of creating a socially just world. She has worked with Labour Unions for over 25 years and is the Director of Education with the Hospital Employees’ Union. She completed her Masters Degree in Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation and Peace Building with the European Graduate School in Switzerland in 2017.

Amber & Juli both completed Tamalpa Institute’s 3-year expressive arts training program and are Tamalpa Associate Teachers.

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