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Inward Organizing: a somatic ethics lab for sustained community organizing practice
3 Saturdays: July 11 + 18 + 25 at 11 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Presented by virtual care lab and Sophie Reiff
How are you going to listen to anyone else if you can’t listen to yourself?
In this three-week guided lab, Sophie Reiff will guide us through critical meditations on ancestry, somatic listening exercises, and foundational tenets of community organizing work to hone and clarify each of our personal code of ethics, so that we can sustainably and safely engage in organizing groups and actions. We will also learn from successful organizers about the practices that sustain their work and empower them to keep learning, and how they have taken on greater responsibilities.
Through this lab, we will learn to articulate and strengthen our emotional connections to the political issues we care about, become empowered to take action sustainably, explore different perspectives on activism, create networks with each other for mutual support and accountability, and understand how our own organizing work is placed within a deeper history.
session 1: ATTUNE
An introduction to somatic listening, ancestry meditation for historical context-building, and acceptance of not-knowing. We will explore ethical will-writing, personal and elected ancestry, guided meditation, and legacy-building. We will use somatic embodiment exercises to practice internal listening.
session 2: INTEGRATE
Use new information about the movements you want to support to inform your own historical context. Develop strategies for personal empowerment, and learn somatic exercises to help remain present and calm. Learn to call yourself in amidst emotional challenges and sit with discomfort and passion, and to reground your own historical narrative.
session 3: ENVISION
Map your role within the movement, and create an ongoing reflection model to sustain energy and embodied presence in the work. Listen to guest organizers share their experiences. Develop ongoing process groups.
About the host:
Sophie Reiff is a writer, performer, and organizer based on unceded Tongva land commonly known as Los Angeles, California. Her nonfiction writing work focuses on race and land use, botany, memory and ancestral reckoning, and humor. Her organizing work ranges from indigenous water rights in Nevada, to Palestinian land rights, to immigration justice and abolitionism. In both her writing and organizing, she aims to undo inherited neoliberal ideology by grounding herself in her self-defined personal ethics. Affiliated groups include Housing Works NYC, Jewish Voice for Peace, Bend the Arc, Sunrise, Never Again Action, Resource Generation, and Movimiento Cosecha. She studied nonviolent direct action planning under Nadine Bloch of Beautiful Trouble. She has also studied Jewish chaplaincy, using notions of what is sacred to support embodied, critical listening.
This lab will take place virtually. Suggested donation is $15-45 for all three sessions, with no one turned away.
virtual care lab is a series of collective experiments in remote connection in partnership with NAVEL.
Questions? Reach out to email@example.com or visit virtualcarelab.com.