“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion."
— bell hooks
Over the last century, the locus for change has been situated firmly within the body of the ‘individual’, as if transformation had a singular trajectory. What this forgets is the web of life in which we are entangled. Rooted helps you re/member.
As a caretaker, a parent, sibling, neighbor, friend, and global citizen, you embody and face complex realities in your life…
...and your story is deeply interconnected with our collective, historical, and cultural stories. Rooted acknowledges this threshold moment of reckoning with the legacies of structurally harmful systems and culture on both personal and communal experience. We recognize that our personal experiences and our journeys of liberation are bound to those of others.
We’re a communal space of response to forces that have distorted a sense of connection and belonging.
- Reclaim an experience of interconnection to life. (We see this as a critical step in becoming more available to accountability and response-ability to inequity).
- Embrace an ‘unschooling’ orientation in how we respond to personal and communal issues.
- Re/gain (self)trust and a sense of connection to self and others.
- Re/gain a connection to ancestral lineages, land and place.
- Embrace the new (and the strange), play, movement and self-expression.
- Move beyond addictive patterns and individually-focused ‘fixes’.
- Replace cycles of hope and disappointment in ‘the way things are’ - with a curiosity for what might not yet be….
- Slow down cycles of urgency and distraction, and cultivate choice in an attention economy.
- Shift from a desire for perfection and frustration with wanting change RIGHT NOW — into an orientation towards a broader lens on generational cultural change.
'' I've felt held by the Rooted global village and the intention to create something that evolves us together. I need to imagine that it is possible at present, to put faith in the fact that just making the commitment to taking up my place in its co-creation is a move away from the disconnection of trauma. ''
— Rachel Keen, Rooted Villager
When you register you’ll be able to access:
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The purpose of the monthly workshops is to expose us to different perspectives and ideas related to topics we’re grappling with in our lives and in the world at large.
This is a content-rich place of expansion. They challenge us with ideas that can lovingly agitate and disrupt the habitual to create openings for new experiences.
This is playful exploration in a mixed space (this means all bodies). We intentionally move slowly through each them, devoting a month to a different, but connected theme of focus.
We’re illuminating what disrupts the entrenched grooves of our personal historical and cultural conditioning. To suspend the stories that keep us stuck in habitual ways of being, and make it possible to create new personal and cultural grooves.
Deepening a body-centered process of personal and communal transformation means building the capacity for self (and other) awareness, becoming intimate with our bodies in ways that foster acceptance, call upon our maturation, and make us more available for transformation.
We offer explorations in experiences like SE+AM (Somatic Experiencing + Authentic Movement), ReSounding Joy, Drumming Circles, AfroRhizomatic Dance, Grief Circles, Diasporic Hush (H)arbor, Dance Church, and more. These are offered several times per year.
As a space that welcomes all bodies, which is focused on embodied anti-racism, decolonial work and culture building, we’re presented with the challenge of understanding the impact of racialization on experience and relationship, and un/learning the ways we’ve embodied coloniality in its many forms.
The Contact Zones offer spaces based on affinity (racialized experience) and other experiences that feel important to our lived experience, while also offering opportunities for other constellations of coming together in mixed spaces. This space is in continual development. We invite moments of intimacy, connection and relationship (in ways that can surprise us); through cultivating curiosity, creativity and connection, and in ways that challenge otherwise legitimate sites of anti-racist work.
We’re curious about the portals and the openings of possibility into new ways of experiencing ourselves and each other and our world.
“The Contact Zones, “...describe those spaces where “cultures meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths...”.
- Mary Louise Pratt
One of the dreams we’ve had in Rooted since the beginning is the formation of small groups composed of members of our global village who can meet in virtual or physical space to support each other and explore ways in which the un/learnings and themes we explore might be translated into everyday life and local practice. We’ve had anecdotal reports from many Rooted members of ways they have brought what they experienced within Rooted to local groups or community support projects.
In their book, A Tradition That Has No No Name, Mary Field Belenky, Lynne A. Bond, and Jacqueline S. Weinstock followed the unfolding of a project linking local women’s organizations in disparate locations into a rhizome-like multi-centered movement of consciousness-raising and empowerment of these groups by linking their efforts in a network of mutual support. Given that Rooted began during a pandemic, it created a place wherein people from disparate backgrounds in various global locations could come together in communal space with others, some of whom had been cut off from local connection opportunities. We’re excited now to nourish local connection opportunities, where possible. This is deeply meaningful to us and is currently in development.
Understanding of how our bodies retain the orientations rooted in trauma, oppression, and resilience (!) (and how it shapes worlds), are some of the foundational elements that make way for our ability to be present with ‘what is’ with an orientation of curiosity and acceptance.
The body-centered nature of what we do means that this is a thread that is woven in and through all that we do, and dream of doing, in Rooted. It is about re/sensitizing and awakening to a world alive.
In 2020, Rooted embarked on a year-long book+body study of MGH to engage with the anti-racist practice of Somatic Abolitionism, made known through the work of trauma specialist and best selling author, Resmaa Menakem. The program brought in thousands of learners who were new to this work.
We have since archived the year-long program so that you can go through it at any time, and with others inside Rooted, if you choose.
We’ve curated an extensive learning library that you can dip into in your own time, and at your own pace. It’s a beautifully designed and searchable library. We are also in the process of creating learning bundles based on the areas you’re curious to explore. You can share this information with us when you join Rooted to help in this process.
Our learning library also includes our previous virtual events, the Embodied Trauma Conference, Tending the Roots 2021, and the Embodied Social Justice Summit (2021). Please note: the Tending the Roots event collection from 2022 will (over the next few months) become available to view as a member of the Rooted Global Village.
We're a global village with...
Members all over the world and growing.
This is about relational healing and cultivating practices for our shared liberation.
This is not about leaders and followers, but true collaboration.
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If you sign up for the monthly plans, you can cancel at any point. Your subscription will last until the end of that month at which point you will no longer be billed. For the quarterly plans, your subscription will last until the end of that quarter and not renew again. You can cancel anytime, but enrolment only happens at specific times each year.
Absolutely. We’ll send you details for where to access the members dashboard and include information there you need to know to get ready for the next workshop. We'll also provide support in the form of a welcome ceremony! We send weekly emails providing an overview of what's coming up, too, so you won't miss anything.
Your pace is perfect and there is no "behind” here. This is not a course you have to work through from beginning to end. You’ll be able to revisit previous workshops while your membership is current, so there’s no rush to take in the materials. You also don’t need to attend “live” to benefit from this experience. Each month will have a dedicated space where you’ll find the workshop recordings and other relevant information/materials/links. This is exploratory space for you to consume at your pace.
No, Rooted is a communal experience. No individual coaching/therapy sessions are offered. However, we have opportunities to connect in smaller groups during some of the sessions.
At this particular point in time, no, but we are looking into it, so it could well be possible in the near future.
The core of Rooted are the monthly workshops, which will take place on the second Sunday or Monday of each month. Workshops are held at 1pm EST. The workshop recordings will also be available within 24/48 hours after the workshop. Our other workshops are held at various times throughout the month - and our co-being hours happen every Friday from 11am-1pm EST.
You are NOT required to do it all. In fact, we highly discourage it. The point here is to feel into what you most need and desire from this space, and then use your autonomy and personal curiosity to carve out the path that works for you.