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Spring Workshop Series with the Center for Transformative Change!


healing hands with plant image

With the tender aspiration of offering support and solace to foment transformation in troubled times, I am delighted to announce my Spring Workshop series in partnership with the Center for Transformative Change:

Register here for Healing for Change: Intergenerational Trauma, the Social Nervous System and Inner/ Outer Transformation.  The full workshop overview is below.  Overviews and registration information for the two other workshops coming soon! Check here and my blog for updates!

To RSVP for any of the workshops, for questions or to learn more about my individual and organizational services to nourish transformational healing, please feel free to contact me at:  mordecai@bodyeclectic.net.

Here’s an exciting Spring Spoiler!  ScienceOnOurSide will be spreading its wings and soaring as it becomes the Health Justice Commons. . . . . coming this Summer 2016 in partnership with Partners for Collaborative Change (formerly Practicing Freedom), a project of the Movement Strategy Center!!!!!

I hope to see you all soon!

In healing and in solidarity,


Healing for Change: Intergenerational Trauma, the Social Nervous System and Inner/ Outer Transformation

This interactive workshop for social change-makers provides participants with frameworks and tools for transforming trauma and distilling your own healing wisdom to nourish and inform your unique contributions to social transformation.

The workshop supports participants to co-create space for reflecting on and celebrating the inextricable connections between personal and collective healing. . . . being the healing and social transformation.

Space is Limited. Please RSVP and Register!

No one turned away for lack of funds! Please be in touch with any questions at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net


The workshop offers:

* an overview of western trauma studies centralizing contributions by feminist, Native American, and African American psychologists, social scientists and activists such as Eduardo and Bonnie Duran, Joy DeGruy, and Judith Herman.

* an introduction to new findings in neurophysiology, epigentics and social epidemiology, which inform the conceptualization of the ‘social nervous system’ and which challenge fundamental capitalist myths that humans are inherently hierarchical and that evolution and innovation are driven primarily by competition

* experiential exercises based in somatics and contemplative practices to enable participants to ‘feel into’ the social nervous system and connect with their capacity and calling to contribute to and benefit from this collective field of transformation.

This workshop also provides safe space to reflect on the parallels of findings from the emergent ‘new synthesis’ in the biological sciences with universal spiritual truths while evaluating and critiquing the liberatory potential of science in the context of its oppressive history and ongoing role in enabling cultural appropriation and injustice.


******************** Presenters ********************

Facilitator: Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has over 20 years experience as a social justice change-maker, radical scholar, and healer. Mordecai serves as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His academic research focuses on the neurobiology of the social nervous system, and its implications with regard to collective trauma, healing and social change. More at: www.bodyeclectic.net

Co-presented by the Center for Transformative Change, the first national center entirely dedicated to bridging the inner and outer lives of social change agents, activists and allies to support a more effective, more sustainable movement of social justice for all. More at: http://transformativechange.org


**************** Accessibility information ****************

To honor disability justice and nourish the health of our bodies and of the planet, this is a scent-free event. The Center for Transformative Change burns incense some days. The Center will not burn incense the day of the workshop. For more about how to be fragrance free, please see the East Bay Meditation Center’s guide. If you want more information about the scents in the space, feel free to contact me at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net .

The Center for Transformative Change is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. I host other workshops in spaces that are wheelchair accessible – please be in touch if this is of interest.


****************Registration information****************

Please RSVP and Register. No one turned away for lack of funds! Please be in touch with any questions at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net


Help Halt Climate Change, Fund Ground-Breaking Eco-Drama Extreme Whether Now!

In the wake of the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a widely recognized human-made disaster in which the cost of the carbon-debt accumulated by the global North after generations of colonization and industrialization is being horrifically exacted from the global South (who else), there is no more fitting time for the a play like eco-drama Extreme Whether.  You can help bring it on a national tour and ensure its month long-run in at the Theater for the New City, New York City by supporting it on Indiegogo!

Author of the play and co-founder of Extreme Whether’s producing company, the Theater Three Collaborative (TTC), playwright Karen Malpede believes that culture alters consciousness and that to change our behavior, individually and as a species, we need to change the stories we tell.  In the market-driven context of US theatre in which truth-telling is constantly at odds with economic-censorship, Extreme Whether tells the raw, real tale of the fierce battle waged by climate scientists to urge global governments and corporations to heed the severity of climate change being wrought by human business as usual.  The play recalls both Brecht’s Galileo and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.

The acclaimed Malpede had already staged five plays and started her own theater when she debuted her ground-breaking work, Us, in 1970.  It was directed by the great Judith Malina, of the Living Theatre.  Both Malina and Julian Beck were Malpede’s earliest mentors.  Throughout her career, Malpede has written and staged 19 plays, most of which she also directed.  In 1995, with the late Lee Nagrin and George Bartenieff, Malpede founded The Theater Three Collaborative.  TTC is dedicated to creating theater that fearlessly explores the most compelling and pressing issues of our times such as war, torture, and genetic engineering, and now, the climate crisis.

Extreme Whether has been praised by noted climate scientist and former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies James Hansen, who spoke at the play’s standing room only April 2013 public reading.  In a true homage to great playwrights like Ibsen, Extreme Whether isn’t just an eco-drama packed with stunning and sobering facts about science and the dynamics of corporate climate-change deniers, it’s also a family drama.  In the work twin brother and sister, one a climate scientist, one a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry, negotiate the conflict of their beliefs amid a struggle which is shaping the world around them.  In the life-world of the play, as in our own, a young activist, an elder environmentalist, and two climate scientist must grapple with ensuring the truth they know is heard and heeded against overwhelming odds.  Further, they demonstrate how it is possible to deepen their bonds of connection, love and trust while increasing their resolve in the face of potential devastation—the truth they hold is the truth upon which the survival of our species depends.  This may seem overly dramatic-to some, but considering the *recent words of Typhoon Haiyan survivor Catherine Balila, from the hard-hit coastal Philippine city Tacloban, who comments on witnessing the sea swallow her home, “I thought it was the end of the world,” we are reminded that it is simply stark reality.

Don’t let the truth get washed away, support Extreme Whether however you are able today!


*The need to turn to international news sources to hear the words of survivors and learn the true costs of this ecological injustice.

For this article’s ecological and racial justice lens, I am indebted to the work of Aura Bogado, Colorlines blogger and Nation contributor, whose excellent article is linked above.

From the Sept. 2013 Cherry Lane Theatre Reading
From the Sept. 2013 Cherry Lane Theatre Reading