Welcome. We’d like to introduce you to…

The Rooted Global Village

In a world of fragmentation and separation, we’re defying barriers and finding each other anyway.

Slow work.

Un/learning.

Grief.

Tending.

Moving at the Speed of Relationship

This IS about relational healing and cultivating practices for our shared liberation.

This is NOT about leaders and followers, but creating spaces for collaboration and curiosity!

You are invited to join us in this experimental and experiential space of suspended knowing.

What is Rooted? 

It's an online (with offline connection possibilities) membership space that recognizes that thriving beyond our personal and collective wounds doesn't happen alone.  We accompany each other. What we’re struggling to overcome are the ways we and the world have become flattened, and the ways that we know and can be known have been pre-determined in the culture and our imagination. How do we unflatten ourselves and others so that we might be(come) these ever-unfolding beings that can surprise us?

Rooted supports people to be able to tolerate the larger imagining necessary for a broader form of repair that risks taking us beyond the neatlines of our known maps and into uncharted territory. Each person who enters the space matters on this journey of new culture creation, and we each bring our own gifts and contributions that help foster the soil in which the new can take root. Unpack the narratives, origin stories, and orientations that have shaped your experiences of relationship and belonging.

This space has impacted so many of us in it - is it for you?

In a culture marked by hyper-individualism and separation

We’re forming Constellations of Connection.

Rooted was born from desire. What has brought many of us to a space like Rooted are desires born from the (often difficult) experiences we’ve had. It took a long time before I understood how the personal challenges I experienced were not individual to me, but were also not mine alone to hold.

I lived for years with the belief that I was defective; a shame that traveled through bloodlines. The therapies and healing modalities available to me only reinforced an idea that "I" needed to be changed or fixed, so that I could fit in, be ‘normal’, and find my place in the world.In many ways, I failed to belong, as I came up against blocks and barriers to dignity, authenticity, acceptance and belonging. What I didn’t realize then that I do now, is how my personal story is entangled with what is cultural and collective.

Nothing that touches our lives is solely ours. The trauma and the joy.

The difficult, even traumatic, moments of life can be a crucible out of which desire is born. These moments can become the openings to sites of longing for an otherwise way of being and experiencing ourselves and our relationships.

Rooted continually asks the question: What exists within us and through us that is more ancient, more durable, than all the crises of our personal and collective timelines?

''I love the intentionality of
how love is held here...''

- Heather Meeks

''It’s been vital for my capacity
to remain hopeful in this world…'

- Antonella Russo-Ball

In Rooted, Experiment with what Unflattens You.

Trauma can flatten and bind our creative life force causing us to collapse ourselves and each other as we move from a place survival. In Rooted, we re/connect with what is indestructible within us: our wisdom and birthright connection to creativity and imagination. While fragmentation and social division, for many, characterize the cultural worlds we’ve inhabited, Rooted engages practices that defy the barriers that perpetuate disconnection to find each other anyway.

We are remembering, revitalizing and cultivating.

We do this from a space of "Sacred hospitality" (Orland Bishop), rooted in radical care and revolutionary love. We do not have a fixed map, but we are not without a navigation system rooted in the values to which we aspire. We are an assemblage of people actively questioning and experimenting with what makes an experience of relationship and belonging possible inside everyday life. And how does this experimentation serve to transform into active co-creators of the worlds we inhabit?

Rooted recognizes ‘repetition & returning’ have always been key ingredients of new culture creation.

We’re re/worlding together. And to create the world anew we need to “tie our roots to other roots” (Sophie Strand) and play with the technologies of LIBERATION available to us.

What is the gift? What wants to come through?
That is yours to discover in Rooted.

The essence of how we move, we...

  • Plant seeds that embody a commitment to world(s) to come.
  • Move away from disposability culture that replicates systems of harm.
  • Embrace an ‘unschooling’ orientation that seeks to reclaim other intelligences we hold, other ways of knowing and ways of being in the world as valid.
  • Make room for the new (and the strange). We’re talkin’ play, movement and self-expression.
  • Move beyond individually-focused ‘fixes’, to embracing the uncertainty that comes from choosing togetherness and returning.
  • Replace cycles of hope and disappointment in ‘the way things are’ - with a curiosity for what could be.
  • Slow down the cycles of urgency and distraction that keep us locked in unhelpful cycles of harm, and cultivate choice in an attention economy.

Inside Rooted, we… Repeat and Return.

Work with the
impact of supremacies

We contend with the ways relationship has been distorted, wherein human peoples are regarded as superior to more-than-human life. White-bodied humans are regarded as superior to brown and black-bodied and other Bodies of Culture. Science is supreme, and Spirit is often forgotten.

Practice ‘making-kin’

People occupying different social locations are inside of Rooted. We host people from around the globe, young and old, with the ability to find each other in local geographies in small groups we call Care Pods. We aspire to exceed the limitations placed on relationship, while not bypassing difficult realities we all contend with.

Center Somatics + Body-based Culture Change

In Rooted, the body is the locus for transformation. We offer space to metabolize experience through body-based practices and grief circles. We offer somatic tools, study guides called Home explorations, and small groups called Care Pods to support your own questioning.

Take an un/schooling lens

Un/schooling is an orientation and philosophy that embraces multiple forms of learning and knowledge as valid. We support each other to discover the wisdom we each hold and have access to. We do not believe in a model of learning that divides the space into "experts" and "students". We are in this together.

Offer an unlearning library of video and audio content

We house an extensive and growing un/learning library of inspirational teachers, wisdom keepers and scholar-activist teachings, workshops, and live experiences. The library is an ongoing resource to our villagers.

Ongoing Art-making & Play!

The thread that runs through all the Rooted offerings and events, is an engagement with art-making, play, creativity and imagination. Your creative voice matters here! And the ways that we individual learn through PLAY are delightful to witness.

This Fall (2023) in the Village…

We'll focus on belonging & exercising our kin-making muscle through shared practice, storytelling, and art-making!

with special guest, Akilah Richards.

Akilah is a mother, partner, and liberation worker who helps people unlearn the barriers to being our real selves together, in our homes and all the other ways we connect, work, and serve.

These days find Akilah S. Richards tapped into the wisdom she gathered from her family’s transition from schoolishness to confident autonomy. She is savoring her life’s lessons after nearly a decade of location independence, and eight years of being invited into various conversations about intergenerational community care across the U.S., South Africa, and Jamaica (where Akilah is from). She guides discussions about how unschooling skills and other forms of decoloniality are shaping families and other cultures of leadership, change-work, and love.

In addition to private coaching and public speaking, she facilitates trainings, customized courses, and consultations that help resolve the ways that unexamined experiences with bias and oppression disrupt families’ and organization’s capacity to sustain cultures of belonging.

You can find her views on Self-Directed Education, Black joy, deschooling and decoloniality for leadership and community all over the Internet. Additionally her advocacy and organizing work has received national press including Forbes Magazine, Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), NBC TV, CBC Radio, and several print publications, including The New York Times.

As the focus we will develop our SAVOR (not a typo) complex…

This fall, we will join Akilah Richards in a series of listening, storytelling, and collaborative creating in service of building our “savor complex” skills as part of our spiritual know-how!

Savor Complex skills invite us into a personal leadership process where we become part archivist, part futurist. Invoking a savor complex is about addressing a present need or an in-recent-moments-passed need.

A savor complex is a short-term stance we invoke when we realize our life is calling for the languages of new skills and potent rituals to support urgent change. This type of savoring is about the designation of sacred space to notice and name these new skills and presence these potent rituals. It’s a type of accelerated intimacy with our own selves; making way for an intimacy we can experience with each other.

Savoring calls in opportunities to:

  1. Savoring calls in opportunities to:
  2. Acknowledge harm
  3. Detangle/deschool from that harm
  4. Notice (existing) or establish (new) important connections

Throughout the course of 3 sessions (October, November and December), we will…

  1. Hear + tell important stories
  2. Discuss + write our own treaties
  3. Be seen + heard as we designate our personal archives

As a communal space interested in experimenting with the repair of wounds of relationship inflicted by racialization and other supremacies in a body-centered way that engages art-making, play, creativity and imagination, we are excited to have Akilah’s offering.

We continually ask about how we can both acknowledge and exceed the ways in which racialization, for example, has shaped experience without recreating the very categories rooted in racialization? How do we unflatten ourselves and others so that we might be(come) these ever-unfolding beings that can surprise us? Rooted supports people to be able to tolerate the larger imagining necessary for a broader form of repair that risks taking us beyond the neatlines of our known maps and into uncharted territory.

In this vein, from October through December in, we are honored to have Akilah (founder of the Raising Free People Network) join us for a truly exciting residency period of deschooling and experimentation.

''Rooted supports emergent structure
and allows access to so much more of us. ''

- Akilah Richards

''This work is groundbreaking,
heart-opening, and I love it...''

- Heidi Junkersfeld

When you register you’ll be able to access:

Come travel with us on month(s) long thematic journeys that shake up entrenched ways of knowing, expand our sense of belonging and widen our capacity for change. We have many offerings each month that you can drop-in to as time allows.

When you register you’ll be able to access:

Come travel with us on month(s) long thematic journeys that shake up entrenched ways of knowing, expand our sense of belonging and widen our capacity for change. We have many offerings each month that you can drop-in to as time allows.

ReSounding JOY! Afrohizymatic Dance!

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

SE+AM BODYING

SE+AM happens monthly. This space is truly unique.  It is about reverence for impulse… and Impulse’s intelligence in keeping us alive, and its creative force for becoming more than just living. SE+AM stitches together the principles and physiological frames of Somatic Experiencing with the movement practice of Authentic Movement.

Each session is 90 minutes, and exploring the crossovers and distinctions between Somatic Experiencing and Authentic Movement.  All bodies and all movement is welcome. Moving your finger or sliding your eyelid over your eyeball is just as valuable as standing on your head. This is in an experiential workshop.

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

Monthly Sunday Anchor

On the 2nd Sunday of every month, from 1-3pm EST we host an anchoring workshop space. Sometime this is hosted by a special guest, and other times by villagers themselves. It happens monthly Live (and is also recorded).

The purpose of the monthly workshops is to bring us into conversation with different perspectives and ideas that can challenge us, and lovingly agitate and disrupt entrenched ways of thinking and being; opening us up for new experiences. This is playful exploration. We intentionally move slowly through each theme, sometimes spending several months on just one focus.

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

Villager Offerings

Each month, on the first or second Friday of the month, there is the opportunity to attend an offering or space held by a Rooted Villager. You are more than welcome to submit a workshop idea and offer to hold space is this manner too if you join us!

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

Diasporic Hush Harbor

Within the Rooted Global Village, a very intentional space has been made for people of the African diaspora. Out here in the Borderlands is a blazing fire just a bit further on from the main camp. We’ve been tending it for over a year now, and we’ve space for you. Come join us in the Diasporic Hush (H)arbor.

During antebellum years, enslaved Africans gathered in acts of courage and agency, in hollows and wooded places called Hush Harbors (or arbors), where they could create community and worship the Divine in their own way.

These liminal spaces encouraged those gathered to seek unmediated and intentional interaction with the sacred with practices that included: divination, ring shout, interaction with nature, healing and cleansing rituals, rituals of transition, interpretation of signs, sacred dance,  and communication with elders/ancestors.

Each month, you can enter a space of music, dance, and cultural dexterity through song with our resident DJ, Cliff Berrien.

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the the African Diasporic time-space continuum. Be ready to DANCE! It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.

ReSounding Joy is a playful celebration, transformative somatic education andcultural dexterity practice that explores the world’s diversity through music. The question this practice presents is “can we increase love by promoting an embrace of the worlds diversity so all beings can thrive.”

Care Pods (Small groups)

You can join a small group of others who are in the same geographic location as you are or who share common interests! 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.

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.

Contact Zones

‍This is a monthly space held for gathering and conversation and connection It’s 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 around a variety of juicy topics. This space is in continual development.

We’re curious about the portals and the openings of possibility into new ways of experiencing ourselves and each other and our world.

Online fireside chat space

This is our primary hub for online discussion. This is a place to go deeper, sideways. To be silly, laugh, and share resources. You can direct message with other villagers, communicate and post images, projects, ideas, and converse!

Bi-monthly Grief Tending

We offer a bi-monthly grief space. These are open-hearted spaces intended to be intimate and of the moment, and as such cannot be viewed, only experienced.

In this space we will be tending grief as many of our ancestors have done before us: around a fire with music, movement, memory excavation, vocalization and as much or as little wailing required to be with our losses well enough that there is a bit of space to dream some new dreams.

Unlearning Library of Video And Audio Workshops

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.

''I see love present between
and within the team…''

- Erica Reyes

''ReSounding JOY interrupts my daily monotony and brings me into my body.''

- Elizabeth Woodson

Meet the Rooted Co-Dreamers

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Our platform acts as a bridge between the thinkers, wisdom keepers, and modern day explorers of our time, and the grounded experience of seeing what those big ideas can bring forth inside our everyday lived experience, both individually and as a collective body.

Some of our past anchor workshop guests include:

Pricing & Enrollment

We created a pricing structure we hope will make Rooted accessible to everyone with monthly and quarterly options.

All plans have the same access to rooted.
Registration closes on Oct 4th.

Rooted Original

$47 USD
monthly payments
$141 USD
quarterly payments

Rooted Sponsor

The below rates INCLUDE a sponsorship option.  Through this option you can sponsor BIPOC folks, those who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community , and those from around the world where the cost of Rooted may be prohibitive. (see below). Thank you in advance if you're able to do this.

$67 USD
monthly payments
$201 USD
quarterly payments

Rooted International
& Financial Need


We realize that US currency can make it difficult for some to join us. If you live in a country where the exchange rate makes it prohibitive to join Rooted, you can use this option to apply for a Rooted International Rate of membership.

**Please keep in mind the green bottle graphic below before submitting a request to join us at an international rate.

Now sure which Plan to choose?

We deeply appreciate that people will assess their level of contribution here based on what they are able to pay.  We trust you to know what you can afford to contribute for something like this, though there are some considerations we would offer to help you make your decision. Alexis Cunningfolk from wortsandcunning.com, offers guidance on making this decision based on a number of factors.

''It’s been food for my body and my soul and my mind.''

- Leny Strobel

Rooted goes deep and reaches high into the heart…

- Curtis Robertson Jr.

''There are many invitations to connect with all of life…'

- Sherry Paris

FAQ

What's the cancelation policy?

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 will renew until you choose to cancel. You can cancel anytime easily on your own, but enrolment only happens at specific times each year.

I’m not sure how it will all work? Will there be an orientation of some kind?

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 send weekly emails providing an overview of what's coming up, too, so you won't miss anything.

I don’t want to be overwhelmed. What happens if I can’t attend the workshops or community sessions?

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.

Will I be able to work with someone 1-1 if I join?

No, Rooted is a communal experience. No individual coaching/therapy sessions are offered. However, we have opportunities to connect in smaller groups in various spaces within Rooted.

Can I earn CEUs for my participation?

At this particular point in time, no, but we are looking into it, so it could well be possible in the near future.

What are the dates & times for the live workshops?

The core of Rooted are the monthly workshops, which will take place on the second Sunday each month. Most 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. All event information is housed on the Circle platform, where you can add events to your calendar so you won't miss them.

It seems like there is a lot to explore here. What if I can’t do it all?

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.