Belonging in the Body: Somatics and Freedom

19 May 2019 | Sunday | 2:30 – 5:00pm | Durham, NC


Build a stronger relationship with yourself & your community while increasing your capacity for navigating shift & change.

In this popular-education space, participants will co-create a space for embodied exploration & shared authentic experience. This is an offering that we hope will increase our mutual understanding of survival responses & paths towards more embodied freedom and collective wholeness.

In this space, you will be invited to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the language of your body. Increase your capacity to understand and respond to sensations.
  • Explore basics of the nervous system including terminology, energetic states, and self-regulation tools for increasing resilience.
  • Learn somatic tools to respond mindfully to challenges and shifts, rather than reacting from a place of activation.

Suggested $10-30. Reach out to us if this doesn’t feel accessible and you need to discuss other options.

Co-hosted by Patty Adams (Liberation Healing Arts and Yoga for Queers) and Jen Skees.

About Patty

Patty is a cis queer white woman who has been working at the intersections of social movement and healing for more than 15 years. In addition to her work as a clinical social worker, she offers trauma-informed and inclusive yoga, and incorporates her training in addiction recovery, studies of Ayurvedic medicine, Somatic Experiencing, and other healing modalities into her practice. Patty is bilingual, and offers therapy in both English and Spanish. Patty’s clinical work focuses on working with folks in the LGBTQQIA+ communities, as well as people who are challenged by emotional regulation, in recovery from substance use, with complex trauma, and experiencing anxiety and depression. Her worldview and her therapy practice are rooted in anti-oppression values including anti-racism, anti-patriarchy, anti-capitalism, and collective liberation. She is also a co-founding worker-owner of tilde Language Justice Collective.

About Jen

Jen was born into a family of farmers and teachers spanning central and rural Kentucky. She is a social worker, artist, politicized healer, river wader, and risk taker. Jen believes in a world where transformation and collective liberation are possible. She is committed to a radical love ethic in which human dignity is honored and in which we can all thrive. Jen first became politicized through queer and feminist anti-racist organizing as a teenager and has been working at the intersection of healing and justice for more than 20 years. With an MSW in International Social Work and Human Rights, Jen has worked primarily advocating for a just and equitable society alongside people who have been forcibly displaced and have survived trafficking and war. After working within the non-profit industrial complex for over a decade, Jen saw how quickly people become disembodied and ill within the movement. She now strives to discover authentic and just ways to confront this problem and to collectively heal. Jen’s background in yoga, holistic health, reiki, popular education, and community organizing inform her life and work as a politicized healer and educator. She is currently a student with generative somatics and somatic experiencing. You’ll often find her sharing stories with dear ones, reading off an overly high stack of books or basking along the Eno River.

About bienestarte

Patty Adams is a bilingual clinical social worker, as well as an experienced yoga teacher and anti-oppression trainer. She is devoted to intersectional organizing, liberation, holistic healing arts, and wellness.
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