The Embodied Artist: Aligning with Justice (online retreat)

The Embodied Artist: Aligning with Justice (online retreat) Three-day embodiment and creativity retreat June 26-28 Aligning with Justice July 24-26 Women’s Edition Sliding Scale $75-250 *Pay-what-you-want for BIPOC folks *Visual art in the video by Efeme Onaodowan, Nancy Clingan, and…

The Embodied Artist: Aligning with Justice (online retreat)

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The Embodied Artist: Aligning with Justice (online retreat)
Three-day embodiment and creativity retreat

June 26-28 Aligning with Justice
July 24-26 Women’s Edition

Sliding Scale
$75-250
*Pay-what-you-want for BIPOC folks

*Visual art in the video by Efeme Onaodowan, Nancy Clingan, and Hannah Rubin

We are gathering online together as Artists and Embodiment practitioners, in a space of solidarity with the Movement For Black Lives, to explore the overlap of somatics, artmaking and social justice.

We believe embodiment practice is a key element in developing a healthy, loving attitude towards all bodies, our own, those that are different from ours, and especially black and brown bodies. This begins at home, with our own personal work, but it can’t stay there. This love must turn into action. Our role as artists is to catalyze culture shift towards freedom and justice. Let’s explore together what it means to be embodied in this time, what it means to be an artist in this time, and how to use our unique gifts to nourish a culture that is crying out for change.

Open to all. You do not need to be a “political artist” to join. You do not need to already have a connection to embodiment to join. You are welcome just as you are, and we will explore together! Perhaps especially if you do not consider your artmaking to be political, this is a welcoming space to explore how your work could relate to culture-shift.

This retreat is led by three white people. We look forward to partnering with BIPOC leadership for our future programs.

Your retreat will be led by Artmonk Neva Cockrell, Suiko McCall, and Raphael Sacks.

All sessions can be done from your home and will be streamed live on Zoom.

More Information
The freedom and creative potential we wish to bring into the world is to be found within our embodied experience. This retreat offers a container with both guidance and space for you to explore your own path into embodiment and creative practice in this time of cultural change.

This 3-day retreat is a blend of:

Catalyst Training (a 2-hour guided embodiment practice)
Guided somatic and creative exercises to explore our relationship to love and justice
Creative time offline
Artshares with feedback
Meditation
Singing

Each morning starts with Catalyst Training, a dynamic 2-hour embodiment workshop combining free movement, strength training, stretching, and breathwork. Neva, the creator and instructor of Catalyst, personalizes the class to work for each participant (see quotes below), so both beginning movers and professional dancers are most welcome. Returning to meet ourselves in the space of our own bodies is a potent skill for understanding where our biases live, how we are culturally conditioned to think about bodies, and how we can shift our beliefs through embodiment.

Afternoons begin with a guided creative / somatic exploration to explore our relationship to race and how our art can be part of a vision for cultural change. Perhaps especially if you do not consider your artmaking to be political in some way, this may be a juicy moment to explore how your work could relate to culture-shift. From there we will head offline. This is your undistracted time to dive into whatever project you’re working on. After a morning of embodiment practice, we are primed to do this work from our true center.

In the evenings we gather back on Zoom with an opportunity to share any work that you’ve made and receive feedback. We’ll close the day with a meditation and a song session.

We believe the combination of embodiment and artmaking is incredibly potent and necessary in this cultural moment in order to move towards justice.

Schedule
Friday / Saturday

10am-12pm EDT — Catalyst (on Zoom)

12-12:45pm — Check-in (on Zoom)

2:30-3pm — Creative Starter (on Zoom)

3-6pm EDT — Creative Work (OFFLINE)

6:30-8:30pm EDT — Artshare, Meditation & Singing (on Zoom)

Sunday

10am-12pm EDT — Catalyst (on Zoom)

12-12:45pm — Check-in (on Zoom)

2-4:30pm EDT — Creative Work (OFFLINE)

4:30-7pm EDT — Artshare, Closing Ceremony, Meditation & Singing (on Zoom)

Who is this for?
This retreat is designed for artists who are looking for a supportive environment to create, and also want time in the day for meditation and embodiment practice.

Dancers & physical performers will enjoy a full morning of physical training, arriving to the afternoon ready to create.

Artists working in less physical mediums, will arrive to the afternoon relaxed and refreshed in body and mind.

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