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White Supremacy Cultural Patterns

Tema Okun suggests 18 patterns of white supremacy culture. We go through each one over two hours, stopping occasionally to reflect in breakout rooms on how we see these patterns playing out in our own lives… our relationships, communities, and workplaces. Dance break at the halfway mark. Somatic reminders throughout. Book your own date through Calendly.

Cult Dynamics

How do cult dynamics show up in society, organisations, movements, and movements? When attended as a stand-alone workshop, we spend the first hour reviewing Tema Okun‘s white supremacy culture patterns. The second hour goes over Cult Research‘s characteristics of cults. Breakout rooms opened throughout to allow for processing and reflection. Dance break at the halfway mark, and somatic reminders throughout. When this is part two of a workshop series, more time is given for reflection on the dynamics and how they play out in own situations. Book this workshop through Calendly.

Ecofascism

What do we mean by ecofascism? Is it being used too much or too little? We will spend the two hours going over examples of language being used in common places, like Facebook groups, which threaten to normalise ecofascism. This two-hour workshop is about strengthening our capacity to notice narratives that are willing to sacrifice some humans/living species/ecosystems for the benefit a small number of privileged people. We will use somatic exercises and breakout rooms to process and reflect, with a dance break at the midway point. Book this workshop with Calendly.

Nonviolence in a Violent World

What does it mean to be nonviolent in a violent world? What is violence and what is nonviolence? Who is perpetrating the violence? What does a commitment to nonviolence look like when we live in this world? We’ll explore these questions over two hours, with plenty of somatic exercises and breakout sessions, and a dance break at the midway point. Book for 7th October or choose your own date with Calendly

Being an Ally

As a Latina, Heather shares what she considers to be good allyship. If she saw you interrupting racism or sexism or ablism or any kind of oppression at all, what qualities would she expect to see? During the two hours, she takes you through the qualities, offers breakout rooms for processing and reflection, somatic exercises so we don’t over-intellectualise, and a dance break at the midway point. All questions welcome. Book this workshop with Calendly

Internalised Oppression

What if we believe the stereotypes about our different identities? About what “women are like” or “men are like” or “children are like” or “blind people are like”? How does this show up? And is it confusing for people who do not have that identity to see this happening? Let’s explore this over two hours, with plenty of somatic exercises and breakout rooms, plus a dance break at the midway point. Book this workshop through Calendly.

Cultural Appropriation

What does cultural appropriation? What is the difference between appreciation, sharing, and appropriation? What is it about the dominant white culture that leads to appropriation? Let’s explore this over two hours, with lots of somatic work and breakout rooms, plus the midway dance break. Book for 22nd September or choose your own date through Calendly

Language Liberation

With all the diversity in the world, why is just one language seen as the common language? English dominates globally. Even in conferences where no one has English as their first language, English is used to communicate amongst people who speak many different languages. What do we lose when we allow this domination? What languages have we lost in our family tree? Explore these questions over two hours, through somatic exercises and breakout sessions. We’ll have a dance break at the midway point. Book for 22nd September or choose your own date through Calendly

Tone Policing

What is tone policing? In other words, what is it about our dominant culture that expects people to “be nice” before they can say something uncomfortable for others to hear? How does this perpetuate separation when we so badly need a world where we take care of one another and keep each other as safe as possible? We spend two hours going through this slowly, somatically, with breakout rooms and a dance break at the midway point.  Book with Calendly.

Hope & Privilege

How do we talk about hope? What do we mean and does it depend on the context? And what does our philosophy about hope and use of the word say about our own privilege? How do the two interact? Does it reflect on our culture, our language? We will explore this over two hours, with somatic exercises and breakout rooms, plus the midway point dance break. Book this workshop through Calendly

Certainty

Our dominant culture is uneasy about uncertainty about the future. We want answers now. We want solutions. We want guarantees. What is this mindset about? What do we need to explore in order to be more open to other ways of viewing the future? How does this play out in the context of climate change, ecological destruction, and collapse-driven narratives? Through a combination of prompts, breakout rooms, somatic exercises, and a midway dance break… over two hours, we start the exploration together. Book this workshop with Calendly

Restorative Justice

With so much scrutiny of the police, what is justice? What is wrong with the current system and what is meant by restorative and transformational justice? This workshop just seeks to take the very first steps toward exploring these huge issues… We all get to start at square one, with loads of breakout rooms and a dance break at the midway point of the two hours. We’ll keep checking in with our bodies to stay connected and grounded in where we’re at with these huge issues. Book this for 11th November or choose your own date with Calendly

Community Accountability

When harm occurs within a community, what is the healthy response? We will look at the advice in Harper & Biel’s book, How to Be Accountable and see how it lands in our bodies and minds. We’ll have breakout rooms and a dance break at the midway point of our two-hour time together. Book this for 11th November or choose your own date through Calendly

Support Pods & Mutual Aid

What can we learn from mutual aid and disability justice siblings about support pods and how best to take care of one another and keep each other as safe as possible? What is it about our dominant culture that makes it hard for so many of us to even just knock on our neighbour’s door? We spend two hours exploring examples and our (somatic) responses to them. Plenty of breakout rooms and a midway dance break. Book this for 11th November or choose your own date through Calendly.  

A Solution that Works for Everyone

An introduction to Convergent Facilitation. What do we need to keep in mind as we look for solutions that work for everyone. This is based on Miki Kashtan’s work. The workshop is two hours long and looks at each stage of facilitation. Dance break midway through. Book this for 7th October (note it is four hours long) or choose your own date through Calendly (two hours long).