EcoSomatic Action 2013
Classes and Workshops
EcoSomatic Action is an education project with a mission of teaching people how to effectively engage their sensing, feeling and action in the work of culture repair. Integrating practices in expressive arts, somatics, and deep ecology/permaculture, we train ordinary people to break out of their every day lives into the extraordinary opportunity of this time—the creation of regenerative culture. Paving the way towards cultural transition, at home, work and in our communities, we offer intensive trainings, full and half-day workshops, ongoing groups, as well as individualized support to meet your needs.
Resilience in Practice–Navigating Challenge with Grace
Resilience is the ability to shift from reaction to resourcefulness in the face of adversity—to bend like a twig in a flood and not break. The new normal of the 21st century demands a deeper embodiment of this kind of flexibility, so we can remain awake, active and effective at this time. Thankfully, we have a few primary sources of resilience to learn from–the body, the earth. What does it mean to bounce back? What are our best ways of doing so? How can we support one another in being resilient and effective in response to the challenge of our time? In this experiential, ongoing group, we will explore such themes as embodiment, flexibility, personal ecology, optimism, community, efficacy and direct action as we create our Resilient Strategies toolkit. Each of us will have the chance to identify practices that work for us, as well as the opportunity to apply them in our lives. The group will offer participants the strength of community, the creativity of shared dialog and the power of perseverance and practice. Come join this community forum and participate in the evolution of resilient culture.
Visit dailyacts.org for this and other great educational offerings.
Sustainability from the Inside Out:
Our culture is undergoing a great transformation, as the patterns of the industrial age are more widely perceived as unsustainable. This means they cannot last. In the face of looming systems failure, climate change(d), and economic collapse, we have the opportunity to be part of the transition to a regenerative culture.
This transformation is not as simple as changing a light bulb, or composting our kitchen scraps. What is needed is a fundamental change in consciousness, from consumer to caretaker. It is the profound work of this time to make this transition in ourselves, and to become leaders in facilitating the transition around us.
This group is an opportunity to understand your own gifts and challenges in transition; learn skills for inner and outer transformation; begin to apply them to your own life and extend this awareness outward towards all the lives you touch. Emotional and spiritual obstacles to change are explored as we develop daily practices for staying on task at this incredibly important time.
We live and move fast; it’s easy to forget about our bodies. We watch our energy run astray; our emotions go up and down. Tending to our mind and body is important now, more than ever. Vision walking—an opportunity for contemplative walking in a natural setting—is a great antidote to the pressures of daily life. In a beautiful, spacious natural setting, we will use contemplative movement meditations to revisit our innate connection with nature. We will explore our current commitments, and develop our inner compass to stay balanced, available and flexible for our work in the world. The skills you will learn in this walking practice, which can often include time for writing and other movement meditations, will help you meet the challenges of daily life with a deeper connection to your inner calling.
Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action
If you have really conceptualized how dire our situation is ecologically, a natural reaction will be fear and anxiety. This reaction has a lot of faces—immobilization, manic re/activity, exhaustion, and insomnia—all completely ordinary responses to a terrifying possibility. Our eco-anxiety needs to be managed in order for us to take effective action towards a regenerative future.
Using a dialogue/council practice, the expressive arts, home scale permaculture skills, and the spontaneity of improvisation and out-of-the-box thinking will give rise to moments of active hope that buoy us up in our daily lives. This group helps us live mindfully and take a stand in our daily, local lives.
Rachel Kaplan is the prime mover of EcoSomatic Action. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, long-time group facilitator, and author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (with K. Ruby Blume). She works in the lineages of the Halprin Life/Art Process, generative somatics, Authentic Movement, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Strozzi Somatics, Deborah Hay, Contraband and the Living Theatre, contact improvisation, permaculture, and mindfulness meditation. She has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals and groups of people evolving strategies for personal and cultural regeneration.
Please contact me at contact(at)RachelKaplanMFT(dot)net for more information about these classes and workshops.