Come experience the liberating effects of voice work, expressive arts, drama therapy & somatic practices as we build community and solidarity with each other in these holistic workshop offerings!

Diverse Legacies: Co-facilitated with Aryeh Shell. Explore the ancestral stories you carry as well as the legacy you want to leave. During the 12-week course, we will examine the spoken and unspoken messages transmitted by society, family and personal experiences including our trauma/challenges as well as resilience and strengths. We will engage somatic and arts-based practices to explore our intersectional identities and craft a ritual theater performance to more deeply embody the legacies we want to heal, lift up and live into.

We will use frameworks of decolonization, feminist oral history, emergent strategy and collective liberation with experiential methods that incorporate acting, improvisation, drama therapy, Theatre of the Oppressed, voice work, drawing, poetry, art installations, and ritual. The journey culminates in a rites of passage 5-7 minute performance for your invited witnesses.

This course will build deep community with a diverse group of fabulous change makers, healers, artists, and human beings! If you are interested in expressing your life story through theater, metaphor, embodiment, and storytelling, this course is for you!

Everyone is welcome. No theater or performance experience is necessary as we will provide all the tools and skills for your final performance.

Diverse Legacies will help you claim and recreate your life narrative as a living, breathing work of art!

Collective Emergence: Embody The Future We Want Now A unique diversity and solidarity course that uses embodied creative practices co-facilitated with Aryeh Shell

How do we embody now the future we want to live into? 

How do we build beloved communities of belonging?

How do we strengthen our resilience, internally and collectively, to stay present and responsive to our changing world?

Using trauma-informed embodied arts practices, we will strengthen our capacity to be effective leaders and allies in authentic relationship with each other, working together for mutual transformation and collective liberation.  This innovative diversity training creates a space for deep sharing and listening to foster a sense of belonging and solidarity.

We will explore:

  • Ancestral stories and legacies
  • Power, privilege and intersectional identities
  • Trauma resiliency
  • Communication and feedback skills
  • Transforming limiting beliefs/internalized oppression
  • Effective ally interventions and solidarity actions
  • Deep ecology and biomimicry
  • Emergent strategy
  • Embodied visioning

Using poetry, visual art, storytelling, singing, drumming, ritual performance, Theatre of the Oppressed and the Work that Reconnects

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

Grief Medicine: Yoga, Sound Healing & Expressive Arts Community Ritual: Co-facilitated with Amy Swart, MFT. Attend to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken with movement, somatic and creative practices, and a beautiful ritual of sharing and witnessing.

Adoption Stories: Healing the Primal Wound Co-facilitated with drama therapist Armand Volkas of the Living Arts Counseling Center. Adopted people often have complex feelings, identities and family relationships that are difficult to navigate. The primal wound of separation from the birth mother can result in grief, anger, abandonment, and longing. Relationships with the adopted family can bring gratitude and disappointment. There are few places where the diversity of these adoption experiences can be witnessed and held. Join us for a weekend of exploration and healing with prominent drama therapy and expressive arts facilitators. We will uncover and transform our stories into life affirming narratives through drama therapy and the expressive arts. No previous arts or theatre experience is necessary. Shy people are welcome!

Chakra Sound Healing & Shamanic Drum Journey: The whole universe is vibrating with sound. Your body is vibrating with sound. Come experience the healing effects of sound through chanting ancient Indian mantras and seed syllables to open and tune your chakras, or energy centers. Afterwards, receive a didgeridoo sound healing over your chakras to further integrate the experience. The didgeridoo has powerful sound waves that can dislodge blocks in the body and move energy. We will end with a shamanic journey with the Native American buffalo drum. The drum beats activate your theta brain waves to induce deep states of healing, creativity and clarity. Meet your power animal on your shamanic drum journey and any teachings/insight it wishes to give you. Bring a journal to write down any messages after the journey. Afterwards, we will tune our bodies as instruments and play lovely music together through toning and chanting. Wrap up with a beautiful community integration sharing circle.

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