Resilience for Changemakers: A Restorative Social Justice Mini-Retreat with Kate Werning

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The future of our country and our world is at a tipping point. To transform the systems of extraction, exploitation, and violence that are destroying our planet and further harming the most marginalized communities, we need all hands on deck.

But we gotta still be here in order to make lasting change. Our own resilience is foundational to our strategy. As service providers, activists, caretakers, organizers, healers, and active community members, our psyches, spirits, and bodies must be cared for every step of the way – not sidelined until “after the work is done.” Whether you’re new to social change, service, or healing work or have been at it for decades, we need you to be supported and in balance, so your nervous system can down-regulate from automatic stress response and create the space that is neurologically and biologically needed for creativity, stamina, and resilience.

Any of this sound familiar?

  • Suppressing underlying anxiety, fear, rage, or grief through working harder, taking constant action, or only centering others’ needs
  • Shame that turning off the news or social media, taking time off, or resting makes you complacent, privileged, or disengaged
  • Martyring your physical health, relationships, or personal goals for the sake of your work
  • The process of working for social justice is not feeling very liberatory and loving along the way, and is even complicit in replicating systems of oppression in some ways

The good news:

We can work for change in a way that doesn’t turn the evils of extraction, exploitation, and dehumanization in upon ourselves and each other.

You are invited to breathe, to inhabit your body, to imagine, and to be connected to a community of supportive peers in your changemaking work who see and care about you beyond the roles you play and the work you do.

What we’ll do together:

  • Share simple healing practices you can take with you: meditation, embodied practice, song, essential oils, & more
  • Learn how systems of oppression are showing up in our our bodies, and what trauma and stress have to do with it
  • Explore practices we need to interrupt oppression from passing through us into the work and cultivate more resilience
  • Create a space of mutual care to be honest about our emotional realities and not have to perform hope, rep our current projects or campaigns, or hold the needs of others

All of the practices are completely accessible – no specific physical ability, supplies, experience, or exercise clothes needed!

Best of all, we build a community of support with changemakers who share our commitment to liberation & wellbeing along the way.

Who this is for:

This workshop sits at the intersection of social change, peer support, and internal transformation. It serves a diverse group of organizers, healers, wellness practitioners, caregivers, service providers and newer activists ready to dive into the work of inner and outer change. As a facilitator I have anti-oppression and trauma-informed mindfulness and organizing training, and the workshop space strives to be inclusive and supportive of all gender expressions, sexual orientations, dis/abilities, racial identities, class backgrounds, and learning styles. Absolutely no previous experience with yoga, meditation, somatics, or anything of the sort is needed – come as you are!

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