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Race and the body – Hakomi based practice (first session)
21 August @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
I am working with Jenny Smith to offer a year-long monthly experiential Hakomi based peer group organised by us both and working with Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands. There will be no charge for this group (but you will need to get a copy of the book yourself) and we offer this from our own passion to create space for ourselves and others to work with what is coming up about race in an embodied way.
If you’re not familiar with Resmaa’s work, he takes a very embodied approach to looking at the damage and physical consequences of discrimination, from the perspective of body-centred psychology and offers an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our racial divides.
The group would be expected to commit to reading and engaging with two chapters of the book per month and we would meet once a month for 14 months (allowing for introductory and closing sessions and study of the 24 chapters). Some experience of Hakomi is helpful and/or an ability to self-study. It will be a small group of eight in total and we will be participants in this journey together. Dates have been decided in advance to support full commitment to the 14 meetings. All sessions are on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting in July 2021 10am-12pm UK time (except October which will be on the 23rd October 10am-12pm).
You can find out more information about what the sessions will involve, the commitment we’re asking for and the dates/times of each session on Jenny’s website here. You can also book from this page.
No further events will be advertised following this point as this will become a closed group after this first session.
I’m conscious of my own newness to holding spaces to explore these things, and I don’t hold any particular training or expertise in working with power and privilege other than my therapy training and some of my own personal development. Resmaa Menakem holds separate spaces for black bodies and bodies of culture as well as white bodies and also suggests that being new to this work (as I am), that the practices are done on your own and then with other white bodies for white bodied people or with other people of colour for black bodies and bodies of culture (if you want to find out more about this, you can read/listen here and here). I see so much suffering already caused in this world by our racial divides and I do not want to add to this by offering separate spaces for this peer group, and at the same time I can see some wisdom to this. I also do not feel it is appropriate for me to take part in a peer group for black bodies and bodies of culture given my racial experiences of walking through the world with white privilege and lived experience of being treated as white. So the invitation is to perhaps notice what happens within yourself as you read these words and what you feel called to in all of it and from this place you might want to join me in this journey, or if you feel called to this and you identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Brown or any other Body of Culture I would be really happy to talk more about how I can support you in setting up a similar group and connecting you with others who feel similar.