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Science On Our Side Somatic Circle — September 28th

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September’s Somatic Circle will focus on connecting with inspiration. What makes you come alive? How can we cultivate our inspiration as a source of resilience, a force to help us overcome our obstacles, protect ourselves from the daily stress and pain of living in an unjust society, and as a means to more deeply connect with who and what we love?

Using clear scientific concepts, this session will provide participants with a foundation in the neurobiology of the social nervous system as a tool to help participants understand the ways in which our bodies are built for resilience and connection. We will also experiment with somatic techniques as a group and in dyads allowing participants to develop increased capacity in body awareness and transmuting negative feeling states into positive ones. By virtue of how the autonomic nervous system functions, this is the embodied alchemy we are all capable of.

If desired, as part of attendance, all participants will have the opportunity to receive:
1. individualized ‘homework’ and a 15 minute somacise check-in with Mordecai – that’s a check-in on how you are progressing on your somatic exercises & homework, should you choose to accept it. (Yes I made up this word especially for you – Science!)
2. Or, a 15 minute distant healing session

Event Logistics:

September, 28th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm at the Omicron in Oakland

Space is limited so please RSVP to enroll at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net.  You will be provided with the address at this time.

The requested offering is $40. You will be welcome whatever you can offer!


About the facilitator:
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS where he teaches Science and Technology Studies. He has over 20 years experience as a holistic healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral practitioner, Mordecai’s Masters research explores the social nervous system and the neurobiology of trauma and its transformation — particularly trauma stemming from injustice — as it relates to collective and individual resilience, healing and social change. Learn more at www.bodyeclectic.net or email Mordecai: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net 

What’s Somatics:
Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices bridge science with the sacred combining body awareness techniques with findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices support & enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can lead to symptom reduction and deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and the catalyzing impact of inner and outer change.

Happy Happenings at the Omicron!

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Hello dear friends,

Despite all the challenges we current face in our society, the natural world reminds us that May is the time for expansive possibility!  At the Omicron, A home for Healing Arts, inspiration and possibility can be your refuge.

Please feel welcome to join us at our upcoming events listed below.  To attend and receive the Omicron address, kindly RSVP via email. Or, send me facebook friend request and RSVP via facebook (for the Healing Arts Lab onwards, facebook event pages coming soon!).  Feel free to email me with questions: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net . Walk in beauty my friends!

Somatic Healing Circle, Tonight!!, 7:30 pm -9:30 pm: Somatic Circles use the social nervous system and somatic education to support participants to connect deeply and develop practices to alleviate the symptoms stemming from suffering. Participants will also experience the magic and alchemy of which we are all capable: transmuting pain to power.

Requested donation is $20-$40. If people cannot offer currency they are invited to offer barter or work exchange to help keep the Omicron thriving.

 Drop-in Self-Care Clinic, May 18th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm:Come in, have some tea, and receive self-care coaching and consultation on issues such as stress management, pain management, better sleep and medical advocacy.

Requested donation is $20-$40. If people cannot offer currency they are invited to offer barter or work exchange to help keep the Omicron thriving.

 Healing Arts Lab!: May 24th, 1 pm – 5 pm: The Healing Arts Lab is an experiment in healing alchemy and gift economics bringing together holistic healers, somatic practitioners, body workers, and movement, visual and performance artists.  Participants will have the opportunity to have 20-30 minute sessions with any and all of the practitioners present. You can offer what you wish in return. No one will be turned away for an empty pocket. An open heart and mind hold the real value. 

Somatic Circle — Transmuting Pain to Power, May 25th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

And coming in June. . . . . .

Meeting of Minds:  Transformational Economics Discussion, June 1st, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Join us for a ground-breaking, in-depth conversation on gift economies, barter and trade economics, open sourcing, and how to creatively hybridize them in our communities to form liberated zones that challenge and displace our current economic system.

About the host:  Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS where he teaches Science, Technology and Society Studies. He has over 20 years experience as a holistic healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral practitioner, Mordecai’s Masters research explores the social nervous system and the neurobiology of trauma and its transformation — particularly trauma stemming from injustice — as it relates to collective and individual resilience, healing and social change. Learn more at www.bodyeclectic.net or email Mordecai: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net 

About the Omicron:

The Omicron is a residential healing arts center on a peaceful block in the Lower Dimond District of East Oakland.  It’s a place where the doors of our hearts are always open and our minds are aligned in the aspiration to transform our inner worlds as a crucial path to the transformation of society.  The Omicron aims to return the care to healthcare and strengthen individual and community resilience through healing innovation, the implementation of transformational economics, and kindness.

To respect the health of our bodies and the planet, the Omicron is a scent-free and substance free space.

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Somatics for Social Justice: Embody the Change!

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About the Workshop

The Somatics and Social Justice Workshop provides participants with an overview of: 1) somatic practices, how they ‘work,’ and what they are good for, and 2) the neurobiology and neurophysiology of stress responses and also of empathy, connection solidarity, and the social nervous system. Spoiler alert — the same neuro-anatomy and processes control all of these aspects of being, wow!

Through discussion and experiential exercises participants will learn somatic techniques for being and becoming the embryos of the better world we dream of creating. Participants will be invited to carry these practices into their lives however they wish to help to align with their personal goals for healing and social justice values.

This Workshop’s for you if:

  • You are interested in learning practices to embody the change you want to see in the world
  • You love science and want to geek out
  • You hate science and want to re-claim it as a tool for healing and justice
  • You want to build community in which to co-create transformative healing practices
  • If you want to feel better!

All are welcome, especially beginners!!

When: Thursday, December, 4th, 7- 9 pm at Take 5 Cafe’ and Gallery

Thursday, December, 18th, 7 -9 pm, at the Orange Castle in South Berkeley (address provided to those who enroll)

Cost: $20, No one turned away!

Enroll: at Village Craft

Questions: Contact me at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

What’s Somatics

Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices combine body awareness techniques with cutting-edge findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices work to support and enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can also lead to deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and how we wish to inhabit it.

Fall Happenings!

Greetings dear friends, colleagues, and fellow travelers!

I hope you have been having a fun and fruitful summer, despite the challenging times in which we are living. As we prepare to ease into autumn, I wanted to let you know of my upcoming course offerings as well as the September reading of my newest play, Chokehold at Impact Theatre in North Berkeley on September 15th!

 If you have any questions, feel free to email me and please feel free to pass this on & post on Facebook. If you are not interested in getting further emails like this, please let me know. I hope to see you at the reading or a class. Be well!

I am teaching two workshops on ecological justice, health justice and liberatory world-making. One is a two-hour Villagecraft evening introductory workshop: Ecological Justice Not Ecological Impairment: Co-Creating a Healthier and Ecologically Just World at the Long Haul in Berkeley on August 28th, 7-9pm, $20, No one turned away for lack of funds!

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If this interests you, please sign-up for the 6 week intensive at A Place for Sustainable Living:

Ecological Justice Not Ecological Impairment: Co-Creating a Healthier and Ecologically Just World

What kind of society would we be living in if in place of the hyper-individualization of illness, health and health risk, we recognized that the conditions that cause most common illnesses are related to environmental, not individual, impairments such as air, soil and water pollution, the food desertification of low income neighborhoods, unsafe working conditions and long working hours, etc? This 6 week long course provides a conceptual framework for contemplation and action around this core question.  The course will be oriented towards local and collective action for health and ecological justice so participants can bring their learning home and co-create in community.

 

During the course participants will have the opportunity to explore:

  • How the socio-economic institutions and practices of our society influence health and shape our own ideas of health and healthy living
  • The role of media and culture in health and health practices
  • How environmental and social injustice systematically impact health from the cradle to the grave
  • How medical knowledge is created and the process by which it becomes generally accepted as true
  • Cases of global ecological injustice and their resulting health crises such as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, the Union Carbide gas leak and ensuing disaster in Bhopal, India, other national and local incidents to be identified and selected by participants
  • How to do health research for yourself, your friends, loved one and family
  • Community mapping exercises to more deeply understand the dynamics of health or health injustice in our communities
  • What liberatory health beliefs and practices look like
  • Dreaming, scheming and co-creating innovative solutions for healthier communities through collective or individual organizing projects, art projects, and / or new daily life practices

Fee:

Sliding Scale: $250-$300, barter and work exchange negotiable.

Class Dates and Time:

6 weeks on Thursday evenings from 7pm – 9:30pm.

September 11th, September 18th, October 2nd, October 9th and October 16th, and October 23rd.

* Please note, there will be no class on Thursday, September 25th in respect to those who observe Rosh Hashanah

For more info visit Mordecai’s A Place for Sustainable Living

 

A PLACE for Sustainable Living

Come to a free reading of my newest full length play, Chokehold, at Impact Theatre on September 15th at 8pm.

Here’s what Chokehold’s all about: When Tal, a young man who was once (supposedly) a girl makes the tough choice to participate in a risky Palestine solidarity protest, he begins a journey for his life—to breathe or not to breathe, that is the question.

Part picaresque, part carnivalesque, and like its protagonist, not satisfied being just one thing, Chokehold is a neo-expressionist absurdist hero’s journey examining how to live ethically in an unjust world and other of life’s profoundest existentialist dilemmas which compel and confound us all.

Hope to see you there!

 

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by Matthew John Sigrist

 

 

 

Finally, I will be giving a workshop on Somatics and Social Justice at the fabulous Siren Festival.

The Somatics and Social Justice Workshop will provide participants with an overview of: 1) somatic practices and how they ‘work,’ and 2) the neurobiology and ‘ecology’ of social inculcation–specifically addressing the ways in which social learning is all too often polluted by social injustice, systematic oppression, colonialism/ neo-colonialism and globalization.

Together we’ll engage in discussion, dyads and full group exercises to learn somatic practices to cultivate insight, resilience and the unlearning of oppression. Participants will be invited to carry these practices into their lives however they wish to help to help them align with their personal goals for healing and social justice values. We’ll close with a collective somatic exercise to help ground intentions in the heart.

What’s Somatics

Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices combine body awareness techniques with cutting-edge findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices work to support and enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can also lead to deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and how we wish to inhabit it.

The Siren Festival is a Feminist Festival of Transformative Arts. “The intention of this feminist-powered participatory festivity is to allow all festival attendees to celebrate, experience and cultivate as a vehicle for self & collective transformation.”  September 14th at the Oakland Peace Center.  My workshop will be part of the Creativity Playground, 1 pm -2:30 pm on September 14th. For more info and to register go to Siren Festival !

A Reading of My New Play, Chokehold at Cutting Ball Theater May 14th!

If you don’t already have it in your calendars, please pencil in the reading of my newest play ChokeholdMay 14th, 7pm-9pm, at Cutting Ball Theater!  The reading is directed by Addie Gorlin and is part of Cutting Ball’s In the Lab Project.  It’s also just a few days before my birthday, making Chokehold super-charged with creativity and specialness. Plus, juggling and live original music by composer and multi-instrumentalist Ofir Uziel! Come celebrate!

Chokehold Details
What: Reading of my newest full length play, Chokehold!
When: May 14th, 7pm-9pm
Where: Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor Street, San Francisco, 94102

Chokehold Synopsis:
When Tal, a young man who was once (supposedly) a girl makes the tough choice to participate in a risky Palestine solidarity protest, he begins a journey for his life—to breathe or not to breathe, that is the question.

Part picaresque, part carnivalesque, and like its protagonist, not satisfied being just one thing, Chokehold is a neo-expressionist absurdist hero’s journey examining how to live ethically in an unjust world and other of life’s profoundest existentialist dilemmas which compel and confound us all. Featuring live and original music by Ofir Uziel.

 

Chokehold_eblast image_Matthew John Sigrist
by Matthew John Sigrist