Wanna Play? Play as Liberatory Practice with Heidi and Karine

About Heidi J Cardoza:

From a young age Heidi has been empathic and expressive, with a love of nature and a desire to understand reality by honoring multiple perspectives. She studied physics, dance and performance art in college and produced several multimedia shows asking questions and inspiring integration and celebration.

She joined La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz (the Rainbow Caravan for Peace) for many years in South America. This was an international group of rebels who traveled, worked and made art together. They learned to live simple, everyday lives together in connection with the mythic and the sacred land. Upon returning from Latin America, she started a multimedia performance art collective in Missoula, MT called the Open Field Artists, who played with cultural and spiritual change. She was also a certified yoga facilitator, massage therapist and arts mentor.

In time, Heidi’s body began to release personal unconscious material (trauma) into the conscious mind and body to be integrated (which was scary). She then produced another multimedia art show called First Breath, which used theater to examine patterns we inherit from our parents. After this show her body-psyche initiated a deeper transformational process integrating ancestral trauma, and she moved into a land-based farm and garden community for a few years. Although this was a difficult time due to isolation and lack of support, it was also precious and brought her very close to herself, the land and the benevolent ancestors.

Since then, Heidi has been using her experience in sound, movement, theater, improvisation, performance art, comedy, clowning, drag and music - to continue collaborating, playing and experimenting! She initiated a collaborative multimedia art project called Free System-Sistema Libre. She also joined the Rooted Global Village and feels immensely grateful for all the ways she has grown within Rooted over the past few years. And she has been active in the disability community for years as an artist, educator and organizer, which has been empowering and enriching. She also works as a hospice caregiver, and is currently focusing on loving connections and mutual empowerment as humanity and nature continue to go through what she (and many others) experience as a mysterious cultural paradigm shift.

Heidi has failed a lot.

SHE is sometimes a HE, and HE is quite sexy.

They love a swim, especially under moonlight, with friends.

She/he/they are howling and dreaming with all you friends out there…

Facebook: heidi junkersfeld

Instagram: @heidij.free

Website: www.freesystemsisteamlibre.com

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Karine Bell

Karine Bell makes her home with her two kids, her partner and a dog.

She’s a somatics teacher and abolitionist, dedicated to embodied trauma

alchemy. A bi-cultural black woman, she’s also a culturally reflexive anthropologist exploring the intersection of where our bodies/psyches/experiences meet our collective histories.

She believes in the healing made possible at the personal and collective level by the work we do through transforming experience in our bodies today. She combines continued study in somatics with studies in depth psychology with a focus on community, liberation, indigenous and eco-psychologies at Pacifica.