Ionah M Elaine Scully

Ionah M Elaine Scully is Cree-Métis and Irish of the Michel First Nation whose traditional land encompasses areas east of Jasper National Park in what is now referred to as Alberta, Canada in Treaty 6 territory.  

Scully's research involves public scholarship, storytelling, Indigenous methodologies, land pedagogy, and Two Spirit critiques.

Their dissertation research excavates Two Spirit narratives of land-based relationships to ask questions about Indigenous concepts of time and futurity in Indigenous, decolonizing, and land pedagogies. It informs resurgent practices in education for gender justice and for Indigenous youth, communities, and nation (re)building. This passion for liberatory, antiracist, land-based, and collaborative education informs their classroom and other teaching philosophy and style.

Applying Indigenous epistemologies of collaboration, Scully's teaching style is holistic to encourage multi-sensory learning, mitigates classroom hierarchies, and directly addresses equity issues and power dynamics to move learning toward antiracist ends.

Sophie Strand

Sophie Strand is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology.

Her poetic way and mycelial mind has served as an opening for many people in the last year as she educates humans and helps them acknowledge how we depend on other organisms and our ecosystem to exist.  

Alixa García

Alixa García is a Colombian born, globally-raised, multi-disciplinary artist and cultural architect whose work is imbued in ritual, spirit, and deep reverence for our Great Mother, Great Lover: our Earth.

She is an award-winning poet, climate organizer, and filmmaker, as well as a visual artist, musician, published author, and facilitator. 

FREE Public Online Event On Sunday May, 21st

A Rooted Open House:

Exploring Ecological Entanglement

The Rooted Global Village is opening its doors to spring and to you!

Who’s Invited? You are!

You'll be invited to look freshly, hear newly, touch gently, and smell and taste as if for the first time your relationships with the ecospheres you inhabit, and then to expand that consciousness to the planet that birthed and nurtured us.

In conversation with thought-leaders, artists, and activists in a spacious container of words, movement, and soundscapes, dance, and film, we’ll take our time to wade in the relational web of life.

You will also get a peak inside of Rooted, where villagers are engaged in an embodied exploration of belonging out in the borderlands of modernity.

What is Ecological Belonging?

At the root, as it relates to our modern environmental crises, is the question: What is our relationship with the mountains and oceans, the winds and trees; the animate and inanimate all around;‍ and what do we notice about how it has already shaped us?

The idea is not about reclaiming our relationship to the earth; the idea is that we are already embedded and entangled, you and I just one of many living beings. What wisdom becomes available when we shift our perspective to peer-to-peer communion with the entirety of our earth kin?

In Rooted, we do not romanticize our notion of belonging. As an organism dedicated to embodied anti-racist culture building, we are curious about how we become liberated from the ways that supremacies have limited experience and relationship for us, and will not or bypass the historical harms and social injustices that have deeply affected who feels belonging and where.

Our intention is to recognize where our interconnection with all of life has and always will be present, as this can serve as a very different foundation for how we meet the social and environmental crises of our times.

Our entire vantage point is different when we're coming from a place of interconnection. Ecological belonging for us, is about excavating the relationship that is already present.

We’re inviting you on an exploration of your wider body that includes the full sovereignty of all the beings in your ecosphere. This is about coming into attunement with the living  beings that make up your world.

Where is the boundary between you, your body, and the environment you inhabit?

What is required to foster a deeply personal sense of  intimacy with your environment?

How does ecological belonging ground us in a more intuitive sense of what our world(s) need next?

Experience yourself as you actually are — a being of nature.

We’re curious how that shift can act as a potent antidote to the separatism and individualism offered to us within modernity. Come and re-awaken your sensibilities to the multiplicity of relationships that already exist in your life.

Inspiration for this event has come from many sources, and Rooted would like to give special thanks to Weaving Earth (WE). WE and Rooted had planned to collaborate on a program offering and a one-day event leading into it, which has been postponed to a later date. Some of the language and intention behind this event has been inspired by that collaboration.

This event is FREE to attend, but when you donate (any amount!) you will receive the video and audio and transcripts from the Live event to keep forever.
May 21st, 9:05am PST
Open House Welcome and Settling!
by Karine Bell & Oceana Sawyer

Join us for our opening welcome. We’ll walk through what’s about to happen on the Rooted playground, and help you settle into the space with us. 

May 21st, 9:25am PST
Attunement through SE+AM : Hearing Beneath Our Human Language
by Weena Pauly-Tarr

Together Weena will lead us into a somatic experiencing + authentic movement exploration of witnessing, seeing and being seen by an organic being; an other than human being. This space is about  how we can bring that practice to non-human living things. We will play with levels of that practice, and notice the difference in how it feels to do with humans we are with and non-humans we are with.. We will play with shifts of attunement vs. projection and hearing beneath our human language to find connection beyond our typical human patterns of connection. 

Bio: 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.

May 21st, 9:45am PST
Stolen Bodies in Conversation with Stolen Land
by Erin Trent Johnson

This will be an interactive 90-minute workshop that will spotlight how African descended bodies have created relationships to the ecosphere of Turtle Island through time. Including an exploration of  the implications for our current context of multiple collapses, and how we make our way forward as a diaspora that can make a significant contribution to the Earth community in the apocalypse.

Bio: Erin Trent Johnson, CPC, MPA is a Black Mama, embodied freedom coach, storyteller, and facilitator of communal care and liberatory exploration. She is the founder of BlackMamaBody, a communal healing, creative refuge and care exchange for Black, Indigenous women and femme bodies of culture. Erin sees neuroexpansiveTM pathways to healing through her experiences with mental health and chronic inflammation. In solidarity and community, Erin holds space for Black and Brown women and femmes to reclaim their spiritual and ancestral wisdom and expand their imaginations for generational health, abundant free futures.Erin lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Ajamu and daughter, Maya.

May 21st, 11:30am PST
Weaving Our Webs: Sophie Strand in Conversation with Oceana Sawyer
by Sophie Strand

Oceana will spend a bit of time in conversation with Sophie about how intimacy with our locations has shaped who we are , our lived experience, and perhaps our work. As we wander around the landscapes of place, we will also take a speculative foray into what becomes possible as we make our forward in these times of multiple collapses.

Bio: Sophie Strand is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine was published by Inner Traditions in Fall 2022. Her eco-feminist historical fiction reimagining of the gospels The Madonna Secret will also be published by Inner Traditions in Summer 2023 and is available for pre-order.

May 21st, 1:15pm PST
Making Sense
by Janice Lee

This will be an interactive 90-minute workshop that allows participants to explore their experience of belonging and relationship in either their current lived environments and/or the broader global biosphere. You will be invited into an embodied multisensory experience of yourself in a world in which humans are just one aspect.

Bio: Janice Lee (she/they) is a Korean American writer, teacher, spiritual scholar, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry, most recently Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021) and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022), a finalist for the 2023 Oregon Book Award. A roundtable, unanimous dreamers chime in, a collaborative novel co-authored with Brenda Iijima that reworlds possible senses of interrelation and personhood, is forthcoming in April 2023 from Meekling Press.

Lee teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing and writing, bringing together elements from the medicine tradition of the Q’ero, Zen Buddhism (in the tradition of Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh), plant & animal medicine, and Korean shamanic ritual. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is the Operational Creative Director at Corporeal Writing and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

May 21st, 2:45pm PST
A Peak at Our Summer inside the Village
by Bear Ryver & Liz Deligio

Join us for a brief introduction to our summer focus inside the Rooted Global Village. Our facilitators Liz and Ryver will walk us into our 3 month deep dive into Ecological Attunement — learn how you can join us!

Bio: Liz Deligio is a community psychologist with over ten years of experience in the psycho-social accompaniment of impacted communities. Liz has worked with communities throughout Chicago and internationally. She began her career accompanying communities impacted by the loss of public housing. As she pursued a Masters of Divinity and then later a Ph.D. in community psychology, her work became more expansive, focusing on state violence, memory, and collective healing.

Bio: Bear Ryver  is a professional astrologer helping his clients hone strategies for grounded growth and embodied empowerment by bringing them back to the BASICS. Winner of OPA’s Most Promising Astrologer in 2018, Bear has lectured at conferences like NORWAC and ISAR. He holds certifications in Hellenistic, Electional, and Horary astrology, and specializes in Intersectional Astrology. He was a teacher for the Portland School of Astrology, and has volunteered as a mentor for AFAN. When he’s not talking stars or pulling cards, you can find him climbing rocks and playing guitar.

May 21st, 3:00pm PST
Afrorhizymatic Dance
by Cliff Berrien

Afrorhyzymatic Dance is an opportunity for your somatic self to explore music from all over the African Diasporic time-space continuum. It is inspired by the VUNJA gatherings put on by Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri Sebina.Bayo loves to explore the metaphor of rhizomes and mycelium that speak to our entanglements with the world. It’s also partly an engagement with a statement I heard Robin DiAngelo make in a conversation with Resmaa Menakem, "Most people are raised in a monoculture and go from cradle to grave, not knowing much of anything about the lifeways of other traditions and cultures, and we receive NO MESSAGES that tell us we are missing anything of value."If you're curious, and especially if you know you love some music of the African diaspora and are open to discovering a diverse offering of new styles, genres and artists, come and check it out!

Bio: Cliff has 35-years experience as a percussion student and teacher of several music traditions, including drumming styles from Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa and India. He has combined his music studies, degree in psychology and years of experience as a professional DJ to develop practices that promote collective joy, cultural dexterity and global healing. Cliff has had the honor of using these practices for the past 5 years co-facilitating workshops with his mentor, Dr. Barbara Holmes, author of Race and the Cosmos and Joy Unspeakable.

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This event IS FREE to attend and open to the public.  However, if you are able, we welcome donations that will go toward the labor and organization behind such events, and paying our guest speakers, tech support, and assistants a fair living wage and one that honors their contributions.

We suggest $25-50, but please pay what you can
and in return we will give you access to the downloadable audio, video, and transcripts from the live event!  Thank you for your support!
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