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Spring Workshop Series with the Center for Transformative Change!

 

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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,

Mordecai


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.

 

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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

 

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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

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Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenrational Trauma and the Social Nervous System Talk this Sunday at the Marxist Library!

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Happy Spring! I’m excited to announce my first of several Spring events! Please keep your eye out for other spring events and (spoiler alert!) big announcements about my new Health Justice project in collaboration with Partners for Collaborative Change (formerly Practicing Freedom)!

I am giving a free talk, Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library on April 10th at 10:30 am.

Talk of trauma is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially with the ongoing and shocking rise of violence in the US and globally. While western scientific knowledge has historically been produced and used to maintain hegemonic social control, a new synthesis in the biological sciences is emerging.  This emergent synthesis counters and de-naturalizes the central myth of capitalism, that competition and hierarchy are the primary motors of evolution, while offering new explanatory models and empirical evidence of how oppression and discrimination harm us down to the cellular level and is passed intergenerationally.

The material impacts of injustice on the individual body and across generations can no longer be plausibly denied nor can humanity’s radical connectivity with one another, our social world, and our histories.  Bringing the social theories of Gramsci and Foucault with post-colonial psychology and an overview of new findings in neuroscience and epigenetics, this talk will explore how we can understand the dynamic processes of social transformation and justice and critique the liberatory potential of science in light of this compelling paradigm shift.

I hope to see you all there!

Details:

Address: Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Contact Number: 510-332-3865

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Scent-Free Event: Yes

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.

Liberating Science: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System

telomeresTalk of trauma is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially with the ongoing and shocking rise of racist police violence. While science has historically been used to oppress and silence many groups of people, emergent studies in neuroscience and epigenetics offer explanatory models and empirical evidence of how oppression and discrimination harm us down to the cellular level and how harm is passed intergenerationally.

This lecture provides an overview of research of over 10 years on the neurobiology of the social nervous system
and explores the causal dynamics of intergenerational trauma in individual and collective behavior, social norms
and social forms. This lecture uses science as a tool of liberation to help people understand how trauma lives in
the body and the mechanisms by which it is passed from generation to generation. It will invite participants to
consider how healing trauma individually and collectively can help create new power and possibilities for social change to emerge.

About the Presenter:

Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has over 20 years experience as an educator, holistic healer, and social justice change maker. He serves as faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he is currently
creating a new Science, Technology and Society Studies Program.

His academic research focuses on the neurobiology of the social nervous system, and its implications with regard to collective trauma, healing and social change. Trained in Somatic Experiencing, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral therapy, he has studied with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Raja Selvam and MaryEllen Sperling, PT.

Mordecai has served as Interim Executive Director of Caduceus Outreach Services, Interim Co-Director of Justice Now and co-founded the Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project in 2004. Other organizations Mordecai has had the gift of working include Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC), The Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, People’s Durham, San Francisco Women Against Rape, and Sins Invalid.

Space is limited! Please rsvp at mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

For those that cannot attend, there will be a live streaming webcast. More details to come!

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.