The way we allow ourselves to move around an idea is often pre-determined.

If you’re curious to confront the societal compulsion to get things “right”… join us in the village where we create wildly open spaces of play with our ‘imaginative potential"— this requires experimentation and failure — and we’re inviting in 9 months of Guest Lecturers, Artists, Creatives and Scholar-Activists dedicated to just that.

Play is liberatory because it is a practice in not pre-determining what our experience is going to be.

Calling all people of heart, imagination, and desire for other futures...

Think like a forest.

Disrupt like a clown.

Rebel like a trickster.

Embody like an animal.

Integrate like a dying star.

Dance like a tardigrade.

Endlessly unfold like a kaleidoscope.

What does 9 months of  PLAY offer us?

A chance to embody RADICALLY NEW perspectives.
An opportunity to EMBRACE FAILURE and experiment.
A vehicle to explore
THE EDGE-PLACES
of our discomfort and illuminate shadows.
A reclamation of the energy of DESIRE in service of our liberation.
A big F-OFF to a culture that says that play is…lazy, self-indulgent and unproductive.

This isn't just a course; it's a journey to unlearn, reorient, and tap into your body’s, and our collective capacity for expansion and change. Engage with somatics, dramatic play, and profound imaginative futuring.

Why does Your Relationship to Play, Creativity & Imagination matter?

Many of us move in worlds troubled by polarization and divisiveness.

Responding to the crises in our world(s) often feels like the an impossible task, and the heaviness of these realities are dense in our bodies; restricting access to creativity and imagination to reworld the world otherwise.

It shows up for many interpersonally, intra-personally, and collectively. These deep-seated divisions and polarizations not only challenge our collective ability to address complex global issues but also strain the very fabric of communities and relationships.
We need to cultivate the capacity for deep shadow work and not lose our sense of possiblity  along the way.

Play invites us to venture beyond the known...

Into the 'edge-places' of our understanding and experiences, much like the mythical ‘map’ monsters that signified the unexplored territories. Just as these creatures embodied the dual nature of fear and fascination, play invites us into the liminal spaces of our personal and collective psyches; beckoning us to experiment, risk, and fail.

If we only give our attention to the spiritual and material realities in our lives and in the world that need remediation, without the levity that brings in air, movement, and other nutrients that sustain us, we can become immobilized by what feels too big to shift.

And, in turn, our narratives, postures and behavior can become rigid and calcified.Play shifts us away from trauma-narratives and into liberation and desire-focused narratives that ask: what happens to the life force that flows within and between us when it is liberated from the limitations that harmful cultural structures and forms have placed on it?


For the next 9 months meet us online One Sunday a month...

In this ‘3rd place’ away from home and work, make space to be with something else. We will explore by:

Focusing on capacity building through the arts, play, and communal practice and ritual.
Engaging with our unique edges, personally and collectively.
Using somatic movement and the dramatic arts as portals to what is repressed and (un)desirable.
Integrating simple yet powerful creative and ritual practices to engage with new visions of desire, pleasure, longing and liberation.
Actively practicing failing! Falling! Laughing! Getting it wrong!
Making space for the kind of slow imaginative work that births, well, all there is and all their could be.

AND You’re Invited into a ‘Research Project’

This will be an entirely optional pathway for those who want to take it. And it’s based on this question: What does this inspire in my life?

Bridge what we do online, with what’s present for you. See how your project is shaped by what you find and what your observe arising within and around you.
 Inviting in space and time (of any length!) to follow the inspirations that come to you through this work can have profound impact.

There will be space made in Late June 2024, August 2024, October 2024, and January 2025 for us to gather and share with each other what we’ve found with one another!

The Rooted Co-Dreaming Team…

invites your inner clown. Your rebel. Your playful 6 year old self.  Your wild dreamer. Your (im)possibility.

With play as our focus this year, we’re pushing the edges of our comfort zones to see what the energy of creation itself wants to do next when we let it breathe.

If everything we do has a pattern - how do we ritualize coming back to the Living Moment collectively?

What inherent sense of choice and possibility might we get back inside PLAY?

We believe it’s essential to enter spaces of open inquiry. Of rule-bending.

In this 9 month course, we weave the tapestry between personal and communal transformation…

…with an emphasis on the deep connection between our bodies, lived experiences, and cultural influences.

This course will act as our container for exploring our edges, fostering encounters that can unfold unpredictably, all while building capacity for play and JOY along the way.

This course represents our shift away from cultural formations that perpetuate separation and isolation — and into the alchemy of more than one right way of being and feeling.


Art builds different desires and worlds, perhaps even ones that some people once dared to call impossible.”

— A User’s Guide to [Demanding] the Impossible, Book

Choice is inherent in this program.

You can get on and off the escalator, as it were.

Your autonomy is welcomed into every part of the play process.  We are encouraging an environment of empowered choice, where any activity can be experimented with, declined, started and stopped at any time.

In addition, there are regular events in Rooted that anchor us.

When you register you’ll have access to: Month(s) long thematic journeys that shake up entrenched ways of knowing, expanding our sense of belonging and widening our capacity for change. We have many offerings each month that you can drop-in to as time and space allows. Our anchor workshops are always recorded.

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.

What’s in each course module:

MAY 2024
Immediate Access Upon Registration

Introduction to Play, Creativity and Imagination

with Karine Bell & Weena Pauly-Tarr

Learn more about this module

What is play and how does it connect to a liberatory praxis? What are the somatic steps in our entry into Play?

In the first session, we’ll whet our appetite for creativity & imagination as liberatory practice. We'll discuss why and how the 8 month curriculum works, establish group guidelines together, and kick off with our first skill: somatic expression and authentic movement.Somatic Experiencing©, guided by Weena Pauly Tarr, helps untangle survival responses in the nervous system, enabling personal growth by completing incomplete motor reactions and integrating traumatic events. Somatic expression strengthens the connection to one's embodied self, reducing the alienation caused by trauma and oppression.

Authentic Movement, also guided by Weena Pauly Tarr, is an improvisational practice involving a mover and a witness. Through relating to bodily impulses, the mover explores spontaneous movements while the witness observes and reflects.

This practice expands beyond basic identification of embodied blocks, fostering experimentation, exploration, and emergence—a vital state for imagination, creativity, and play.

By engaging in these practices, you will develop a deeper understanding of your bodily and emotional landscape, enhancing your ability to express yourself authentically and engage creatively .

Learn about your teacher

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

Weena Pauly-Tarr has been working and playing in the worlds of dance, movement education and somatic therapy in NYC since 1998. Currently, Weena is a co-founder of Duvet (a group of movement artists and researchers), has a private somatic therapy practice called ReConnect, and is a team member and facilitator for Rooted Global Village. She lives in Queens with her husband, four kids and bunny.

JUNE 2024
Sunday,  June 9th - 1-3pm EST

The Right to Play

with Amrita Dhaliwal

Learn more about this module

Play is a state that has been discouraged throughout life based on our identities, and for social and economical reasons as well. In this workshop, we will explore our beliefs and conditionings around play. To be in a state of play, is to be in touch with your pleasure and joy. However, when that has been discouraged, to then dive into our play can provoke a fear response. In this workshop, we will further explore how to increase our capacity for play by regulating our nervous system. Our identities (visible and invisible), play a role in our sense of safety. So we will work with an understanding that power dynamics are always at play and different bodies have different stress responses. This workshop is designed for seasoned performers, as well as folx just beginning.

Learn about your teacher

Amrita Dhaliwal (she/her) is an award-winning Punjabi American comedian, arts leader, educator and devising artist based in Los Angeles, whose work spans multiple mediums, from stage to TV & Film. Her work explores the core themes of humanity, like death and love, through a lens of the current social-political climate.

JULY 2024
Sunday, July 14th - 1-3pm EST

Perspectives At Play: Puppetry Of Objects

with Caroline Reck & Gricelda Silva

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PERSPECTIVES AT PLAY: PUPPETRY OF OBJECTS

In our work at Glass Half Full Theatre, we have found that imaginative reenvisioning of objects is key to breaking open the complex work that must be done to recognize and upset power dynamics.  We use the puppetry of human-made objects as a tool to re-envision a sustainable, equitable future.  There is great joy and healing to be found in helping an object reject its human-intended purpose and become the protagonist in its own story.

The workshop will use empathy and imagination to re-envision everyday objects as characters with breath, life force, focus, and intent. We will bring objects to life and unlock their stories through desire, intention, and action.  Participants will want to join us from a space that would have a few objects at hand. These objects are easily found in your kitchen, garden supplies, household tools, office, bathroom, and most often, in the trash! We will provide further suggestions and instructions closer to the date.

Learn about your teacher

Caroline Reck (she/they) is a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Glass Half Full Theatre, an Austin, Texas-based company that creates multilingual devised works that highlight themes of social & environmental justice. Caroline’s work as a creator, director, and designer focuses on strategies to open the hearts and minds of audiences to difficult topics using light-hearted, imaginative, and interactive puppet-based performance.  A fluent speaker of English, French, and Spanish, Caroline blends multilingualism with visual narratives in their works, which have been presented by over 40 national Performing Arts Centers. Caroline is a graduate of the Lecoq School for Physical Theatre in Paris, and has an MFA in Theatre for Self-Producing Artists from Towson University in Baltimore. She is an Adjunct Professor of Puppetry and Movement at St Edward's University and Austin Community College.

Gricelda Silva (she/ella) is a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Glass Half Full Theatre, an Austin, Texas-based company that creates multilingual devised works featuring puppets and humans that highlight themes of social & environmental justice.  Gricelda is a native Spanish-speaking Mexican-American originally from Laredo, Texas. Her BAs are in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Edward’s University. Gricelda has devised and performed numerous roles for Glass Half Full Theatre since 2012, including the role of Belinda in the currently touring production of Cenicienta, and the title roles in 2017-2018's touring production Petra and the Wolf and 2022’s Yamel Cucuy.

AUGUST 2024
Date & Time TBD

WE REST AND REFLECT

hosted by the Rooted Co-Dreaming Team

Learn more about this module

Imagination, creativity, and play also requires reflection and digestion. A period where a person can process and integrate. The fourth month of the curriculum focuses on providing a space for calibration that will be structured by reflection questions and somatic exercises.

Throughout this process, you are invited into the design of your own research project. This project is where the inspiration we gather together, can spread and impact your immediate life. August will be a month set aside for us to share with one aother about how that process is going, get feedback and see what we’ve discovered.

SEPTEMBER 2024
Sunday, September 8th - 1-3pm EST

Entering the Home of Imagination: A Liberatory Practice for Just & Thriving Worlds

with Alixa Garcia, Part I

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Working towards just and thriving worlds requires profound imagination. To have a strong liberatory practice, we need to diligently exercise our visionary and somatic muscles.

In this two-part workshop, we will use creative writing, communal creation, visualization, art-making, and what I call Creative Somatics to make a home for intuition and coax the artist within so that it can play with full permission to fail, explore, and reinvent, eventually finding homeostasis within us.

Because joy shares its palms with sorrow, in our second session, we will be with grief as a ceremony to create more space within our particular portal for the visions wanting to come through.

Learn about your teacher

Alixa García is a distinguished artist, award-winning poet, visionary thinker, published author, social and environmental justice leader, and organizational strategist. Her groundbreaking work with Climbing Potree set the tone for years of art for movement building that has had significant ripple effects throughout the world.

With a 23-year background in social and environmental justice organizing, a lead thinker in creative strategies for social movements, curriculum developer, facilitator, and international speaker, Alixa's expertise has been instrumental in supporting justice leaders, scholars and students, community activists, environmental and social justice organizations, state representatives, and the nonprofit sector to realize their potential in the areas of creative blueprinting, trans-local and global organizing, and environmental education. Her unique approach centralizes art for movement building and the role of imagination as an essential tool for liberation.

Alixa is a sought-after public speaker, visual artist, and facilitator. Her work has been published by Whit Press, AK Press, Hatchett, & Daraja Press. She is an editorial board member of ERA Coalition & Fund for Women's Equality and lead curriculum developer and facilitator for the CS Fund Just Transitions Fellowship Cohort.

Her latest offering, a Course on the Imaginal: Cultivating the Visionary Self, uses what she calls Creative Somatics and Attention Intensive Practices to help move trauma and grief through and out of the body so that we may wholy begin to unearth the visionary within.

OCTOBER 2024
Sunday, October 6th - 1-3pm EST

Entering the Home of Imagination: A Liberatory Practice for Just & Thriving Worlds

with Alixa Garcia, Part II

Learn more about this module

October will be the second part of our two-part gathering with Alixa Garcia within the program curriculum.  As imagination is such an integral part of what we are doing throughout the program arc, we invited Alixa to a two-part workshop experience.

Learn about your teacher

Alixa García is a distinguished artist, award-winning poet, visionary thinker, published author, social and environmental justice leader, and organizational strategist. Her groundbreaking work with Climbing Potree set the tone for years of art for movement building that has had significant ripple effects throughout the world.

With a 23-year background in social and environmental justice organizing, a lead thinker in creative strategies for social movements, curriculum developer, facilitator, and international speaker, Alixa's expertise has been instrumental in supporting justice leaders, scholars and students, community activists, environmental and social justice organizations, state representatives, and the nonprofit sector to realize their potential in the areas of creative blueprinting, trans-local and global organizing, and environmental education. Her unique approach centralizes art for movement building and the role of imagination as an essential tool for liberation.

Alixa is a sought-after public speaker, visual artist, and facilitator. Her work has been published by Whit Press, AK Press, Hatchett, & Daraja Press. She is an editorial board member of ERA Coalition & Fund for Women's Equality and lead curriculum developer and facilitator for the CS Fund Just Transitions Fellowship Cohort.

Her latest offering, a Course on the Imaginal: Cultivating the Visionary Self, uses what she calls Creative Somatics and Attention Intensive Practices to help move trauma and grief through and out of the body so that we may wholy begin to unearth the visionary within.

NOVEMBER 2024
Sunday, November 10th - 1-3pm EST

Pretend Play through Playback Theatre

with Yvette Murrell

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Pretend play is a complex, multifaceted activity. Through Playback Theatre, you will engage in a form of advanced pretend play, acting out stories that incorporate multiple perspectives and the manipulation of ideas and emotions in real-time.

This theater form allows individuals to express and explore narratives together, enhancing empathy and understanding across diverse experiences. By participating in this collective storytelling process, individuals develop social skills akin to those cultivated in pretend play, such as seeing through others' eyes and communicating complex emotions and stories.

This unique form of theatre acts as a communal canvas, where the individual stories of participants are woven into a collective narrative, brought to life through improvisation and interactive storytelling. In doing so, Playback Theatre embodies the core aspects of pretend play on a grand, communal scale. It becomes a dynamic space where stories of varied hues and textures are shared and enacted, fostering a deep sense of empathy and connection among us.Pretend play is a complex, multifaceted activity. Through Playback Theatre, you will engage in a form of advanced pretend play, acting out stories that incorporate multiple perspectives and the manipulation of ideas and emotions in real-time.

This theater form allows individuals to express and explore narratives together, enhancing empathy and understanding across diverse experiences. By participating in this collective storytelling process, individuals develop social skills akin to those cultivated in pretend play, such as seeing through others' eyes and communicating complex emotions and stories.

This unique form of theatre acts as a communal canvas, where the individual stories of participants are woven into a collective narrative, brought to life through improvisation and interactive storytelling. In doing so, Playback Theatre embodies the core aspects of pretend play on a grand, communal scale. It becomes a dynamic space where stories of varied hues and textures are shared and enacted, fostering a deep sense of empathy and connection among us.

Learn about your teacher


Yvette Murrell is a coach, healer, consultant, co-founder, and Connector of the former Playback Milwaukee Theatre Company, has multifaceted, cross-sector national career accomplishments in expressive arts, business, and education. A powerfully-gifted facilitator and shaman with over 30 years of practice, Yvette weaves a deeply embodied approach to social, racial, and restorative justice into the lives of individuals, organizations, and institutions seeking transformative change. By her presence alone, Yvette grounds love into action by awakening body wisdom, ancestral guides, and creative play through compassionate inquiry and somatic listening. She can deftly hear the soul’s calling toward collective liberation, alchemizing conflict, and challenge to compassion, strategy, and vision. You’ll find Yvette, where innovation, cultural arts, and transformative justice meets beloved community.

DECEMBER 2024
Sunday, December 8th - 1-4pm EST

Social Transformation through Embodied Performance

with Rebecca Struch

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This workshop invites participants to experience play and performance as critical methods that contribute to social transformation. Together, we will consider how ongoing coloniality (and its many modes of domination) strives to delegitimize the body as an expressive site of knowledge and a resource for cultivating liberatory relations in community. We will then turn toward embodied practices that seek to counter these delegitimizing logics, with an emphasis on praxes rooted in critical Black and Indigenous feminisms, anti and decolonial justice, working class liberation and anti-capitalist critique, and collective healing.

The session will combine mini lectures, interactive discussions, and embodied practice to support a variety of learning styles and to encourage participants to build understanding together as a temporary ensemble. Participants will leave the workshop with a deepened sense of how to shift from being cultural consumers to being cultural producers – those who skillfully and collaboratively contribute to making the world(s) otherwise through the power of play and performance.My work begins from the premise that play and performance belong to everyone! Therefore, no prior experience with theatre or performance is needed. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move your body (no special clothing needed), and, if possible, please join from a location that will allow you to move beyond the frame of your screen. Please also bring a notebook and writing utensil for workshop notes and reflections.

Learn about your teacher

Scholar · educator · community-engaged artist.

Rebecca (she/her) is a theatre maker, educator, and performance studies scholar focused on the politics of race and space in performances both on and off the stage. Her work is driven by a passion for community engagement and a commitment to social and cultural transformation. Rebecca takes every opportunity to create vibrant, accessible, and inclusive learning spaces that center performance and facilitate collective visioning for more just futures. She holds an MA in Applied Theatre Arts and is currently completing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

JANUARY 2024
Date & Time TBD

WE DIGEST + INTEGRATE

hosted by the Rooted Co-Dreaming Team

Our gathering this month will be focused on coming together to celebrate our time within the framework of play, and to digest and share what’s come about in our individual lives and research projects.

Special Guest
‍Octobe

Trickster Makes the World with Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe will be joining us for a special guest playspace - welcoming in the energies of the trickster for making and re/making the world.

He is an author, celebrated speaker, teacher, and self-styled trans-public intellectual (a concept imagined together with and inspired by the shamanic priesthood of the Yoruba healer-trickster)- whose vocation goes beyond justice and speaking truth to power to opening up other spaces of power-with, and queering fond formulations and configurations of hope.

“It is time for us to stop looking down and look up into our mind’s sky. “

— Loretta Johnson

How can we expand our window of transformation —
in ways that invites in a fuller picture of life in all it’s nuance?

This course embraces the Slow Philosophy Inherent in Deep Earth Activism…as we acknowledge our individual and collective bodies as potent portals for alchemy and transformation of not just our personal lives, but of the worlds we inhabit and help shape.

Choose to join the course only, or join the course as part of Rooted Village Membership.

This program is offered in over the course of 9 months, to allow us to really slow-down our exploration. You will have access to monthly resources for in between each session. And if you opt for membership, there are more ways to explore each month....

Course  Only!

9 course sessions, 2-3 hrs each (with breaks) held on one Sunday of each month.

Monthly resources for home exploration (mini quests! Local research project gathering spaces!)

$576

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Course + Rooted Membership

9 course sessions, 2-3 hrs each (with breaks) held on one Sunday of each month.

Monthly resources for home exploration (mini quests! Local research project gathering spaces!)

Private communal chat spaces

6 additional unique workshops / connections spaces each month (learn more about this here)

Our entire Rooted library of audio and video recordings

$376 one time payment upon purchase
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$47.00 / month recurring subscription

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Why join only the course?

Maybe you have limited time to give to a membership space, but you really want to take part in the program which is a once-monthly commitment. If you need to be discerning about your time and energy, This is focused track which also gives you access to the optional research project track. Joining the course is a commitment to the program arc in a digestable way - One Sunday a Month. We have scaffolded this slow-program to foster creative expansion and imagination.

If you are already working on a creative project this could be an incubation space that we hope would nourish and expand your imagination and support your project.

Each session will be recorded, so if there is the occasional session you need to miss, you can always watch or listen to it later.

Why join the Course  + Rooted’s membership?

If you’d like to be part of the play curriculum and explore your creativity in more than one space per month choose the membership + course. You can engage the program and also participate in the wonderful world of monthly spaces, from world-music, dance, to co-being, to affinity spaces and more.

We have a regular 'menu' of offerings going on in Rooted Membership that helps support continuity in service of social change. This is an opportunity to dip your toes into other aspects of village life. The connections here run DEEP.

Whichever path you choose, Rooted is a autonomous unlearning space where we repeat and return. It fosters a sustainable way of engaging with the world(s) beyond our daily lived realities. and gives us spaces to unearth what is beneath it, together.

Your commitment:

“Be careful with the present that you create —
it should look like the future that you dream.”

Mujeres Creando

We ask that each person who joins this program brings with them a spirit of understanding, or wanting to understand, beyond the first impulse or response that comes. We are embracing what makes us uncomfortable and wants to be transformed through us, and for that to happen, we need Love present in the room.

''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

''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

''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

“We can become disruptors and border-crossers,

... disrupting the legacy and transmission of lines of trauma and oppression, and supporting the flourishing and proliferation of lines of resilience, reimagination and relationship through the body and through the body in relationship and in community.”

Karine Bell

FAQ

How can I register?

Right under the pricing section above! Our program begins in May 2024.

Or you can join us as part of Rooted membership which also includes access to all the additional offerings.

Both options are listed above!

Why join only the course?

Maybe you have limited time to give to a membership space, but you really want to take part in the program which is a once-monthly commitment. If you need to be discerning about your time and energy, This is focused track. A commitment to the program arc in a digestable way - One Sunday a Month. We have scaffolded this slow-program to foster creative expansion and imagination. If you are already working on a creative project this could be an incubation space that we hope would nourish and expand your imagination and support your project.

Each session will be recorded, so if there is the occasional session you need to miss, you can always watch or listen to it later.

Why join the Course + Rooted’s membership?

If you’d like to be part of the play curriculum and explore your creativity in more than one space per month choose the membership + course. You can engage the program and also participate in the wonderful world of monthly spaces, from world-music, to co-being, to affinity spaces and more. We have a regular ‘menu’ of offerings going on in Rooted Membership that helps support continuity in service of social change. This is an opportunity to dip your toes into other aspects of village life.

Whichever path you choose, Rooted is a autonomous unlearning space where we repeat and return. It fosters a sustainable way of engaging with the world(s) beyond our daily lived realities. and gives us spaces to unearth what is beneath it, together.

Cancellation Policy:

For the COURSE ONLY - All purchases for this course are final. As recordings of the sessions will be available to each participant, no refunds will be issued for cancellation requests. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to the transformative journey this course offers.

If you purchase a ROOTED MEMBERSHIP, the initial course fee of $376.00 is non-refundable, and the monthly subscription is non-refundable once processed, but you have the ability to cancel your membership at any point!

By continuing registration you acknowledge the terms of our cancellation policy.

What if I can’t make it live to all sessions?

The recordings will be made available to you, in both video and audio format, so no worries if you can’t attend live. That said, the magic of this program will be in the coming together - so we recommend trying to make each of the once-monthly sessions.

Will this program by time consuming? I feel so busy!

Short answer is No! We are all working people, family people, people with commitments and time constraints. We’re real people. This program is designed to fit into our lives, and hopefully enrich them.We’re insisting on carving out pockets of playful togetherness. We rebel against the voice that says we can’t make space for our joy.

If you only join the course - you’re commiting to make space for Play just one Sunday a month, for 2 hours (and if you need to skip the live playshop, you can always savor the recordings!). Ther is also an optional research project gathering space 4 times throughout the year.

If you join the course + membership, you have the option of more events and happenings to attend, but no need to feel pressure to do it all, like ever. Rooted’s membership is filled with events and happenings that rotate, so you can come when and where it fits and feels right.

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.

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 aresomeconsiderations 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: