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Oppression In the Soma

Rusia N. Mohiuddin

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Oppression In the Soma

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a retreat of exploration + change

this is a retreat for anyone, working in any field, who is passionate about social justice issues. if you have a socio-political lens with which you view + navigate the world, then this retreat is for you.

when we think about our leadership in the context of the socio, political, economical, + environmental landscapes, we inevitably come up against the deeply embedded ways in which systems of oppression continually shape who + how we are in the world. this retreat aims to explore, with a somatic lens, the many ways in which oppression limits our ability + the communities we serve + believe in, to  acutely align our leadership with the values + principles that drive us. By exploring the impact of social, economic, + political conditions, the oppressive nature of how these spheres function in our society, we can ultimately reveal the depths in which these oppressive societal conditions live in our beings + how it can limit the impact of our individual + collective leadership.

why a somatic lens?

Somatics is a sophisticated methodology combining the biological + social sciences to provide a framework for analysis + action. The term derives from the Greek word “soma”, which means the body in its living wholeness. The core ideology of somatics posits the undeniable interconnection + indispensable balance of mind, body, + mood.

The use of somatics in leadership, begins by examining unconscious practiced behaviors, established by our interactions with family, community, + society throughout our lives, that block us from taking empowered action on our own behalf + ultimately aligning our behavior with our values + principles. It continues by establishing physical, emotional + mental practices that shake up + shed these binds.

facilitators + staff

UP_RusiaRusia N. Mohiuddin, the Principle of Universal Partnership, is a leadership trainer & certified somatic coach, who pioneered the integration of somatics into an organizing framework. Her current mission, through Universal Partnership, has been developing a holistic model for social justice change work that places in its center the necessary transformation of social change agents. Rusia brings a unique style to creating pathways for individuals to bring their best selves forward when enacting social change in their organizations & communities. Learn more about Rusia + UP...

akw-public_PRINTCalled “the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher and master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and "a classic" by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Ordained as a Zen priest, she recently became the second black woman recognized as a Zen teacher.

angel is an early shaper and leading voice for Transformative Social Change, and coined the name for the field. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings.  Both fierce and grounded, angel is known for her unflinching willingness to sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. She notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”  Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique. Learn more about angel...

caseyedwards-138x150casey johanna, Retreat Coordinator, is a human being, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. A child of the African and Asian diasporas, via familial lineage in Guyana, they believe health and well-being are necessary components of liberation. Their experiences as a working-class, queer person of color introduced them to the world of critical theory and reflection. Their love of documentary film as a tool for cultivating consciousness brought them the fortunate circumstance of working with well-known arts organizations such as UnionDocs, Brecht Forum, and Maysles Documentary Center. As their political development progressed, they began to seek ways to heal from trauma. A student of Integrative Health at Goddard College, casey is passionate about the practices of Buddhist Psychology, Herbalism, Iyengar Yoga, Ayurveda, and Health-Supportive Culinary Arts as facilitators of healing within marginalized communities.

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When & Where


Garrison Institute
14 Mary's Way, Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)


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Organizer

Rusia N. Mohiuddin

Rusia N. Mohiuddin, based in New York City, is a leadership trainer & somatic coach who pioneered the integration of somatics into an organizing framework. Her current mission, through UP, has been developing a holistic model for social justice change work that places in its center the necessary transformation of social change agents. Rusia brings a unique style to creating pathways for individuals to bring their best selves forward when enacting social change in their organizations & communities.

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